Pioneer VSX-935 vs Denon DRA-900H review

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Pioneer VSX-935 vs Denon DRA-900H review

Pioneer VSX-935
Denon DRA-900H

The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Pioneer VSX-935 vs Denon DRA-900H that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.


A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer VSX-935 has 7.2 versus 2.2 for Denon DRA-900H. Regarding power, then VSX-935 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8, 170/6 when DRA-900H has a power of 100/8, 120/6. 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-935 and 192 KHz/32-bit for the DRA-900H. Only the VSX-935 supports Bi-amping feature. The Denon DRA-900H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.


WI-FI modules have the same characteristics: 2.4/5GHz. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The VSX-935 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, and the DRA-900H can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix.

Video features

Both AV receivers support HDR10+ technology (High dynamic range). Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/120Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the VSX-935.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer VSX-935 has 6/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/1 HDMI connectors of the Denon DRA-900H.Pioneer VSX-935 connectionsDenon DRA-900H connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. HDMI eARC is available in each model. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present only in the DRA-900H. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.3. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Each of the AV receivers from our review supports 2 Multi-room zones. Supported voice control technologies are identical - Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. An ECO mode is only available for the DRA-900H. Both VSX-935 and DRA-900H can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Only the VSX-935 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the VSX-935.

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Pioneer VSX-935
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