Pioneer VSX-531 vs Onkyo TX-NR626 review

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Pioneer VSX-531 vs Onkyo TX-NR626 review

Pioneer VSX-531
vs
Onkyo TX-NR626

Pioneer VSX-531 vs Onkyo TX-NR626 comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer VSX-531 has 5.1 versus 7.2 for Onkyo TX-NR626. Regarding power, then VSX-531 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8, 140/6 when TX-NR626 has a power of 160/6. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192 KHz/24-bit for VSX-531 and Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit for the TX-NR626. Only the TX-NR626 supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Only the Onkyo TX-NR626 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the TX-NR626 supports Spotify.

Video features

Only the Pioneer VSX-531 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/60Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The TX-NR626 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the VSX-531. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is not supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer VSX-531 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/2 HDMI connectors of the Onkyo TX-NR626.Pioneer VSX-531 connectionsOnkyo TX-NR626 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. The TX-NR626 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the VSX-531. Unfortunately, the setup assistant is not available in each of the models.

Multichannel surround

None of the rivals equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The receivers do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X.

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General

Item

Pioneer VSX-531
Onkyo TX-NR626

Model

VSX-531
TX-NR626

Brand

Pioneer
Onkyo

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 140/6
160/6

Output impedance, Ohm

6
6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
5Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever
Advanced Music Optimizer, Theater-Dimensional, CinemaFILTER, Double Bass Function

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
TuneIn Radio, Last.fm, AUPEO, Simfy

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
6/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

1
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

2
5

Component input/output

0/0
1/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
USB, phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPod, Android

Display

fluorescent
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
2

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS-Neo:6

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
Ogg Vorbis

Power

Operational power consumption, W

220
600

Standby consumption, W

0.45
0.2

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 16.8 x 32/17 x 6.3 x 12.6
43.5 x 17.3 x 32.8/17 x 6.8 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8/17.6
12.5/26.4

Other

Release year

2016
2013
Pioneer VSX-531
Onkyo TX-NR626
Pioneer VSX-531
Onkyo TX-NR626

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 4.3
  • 7
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531
  • 7Onkyo TX-NR626

The Onkyo TX-NR626 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Onkyo TX-NR626 price