Pioneer VSX-935 vs Onkyo TX-RZ50 review

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Pioneer VSX-935 vs Onkyo TX-RZ50 review

Pioneer VSX-935
vs
Onkyo TX-RZ50

What is better - Pioneer VSX-935 vs Onkyo TX-RZ50?

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 9.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the VSX-935 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/8, 170/6, while the TX-RZ50 has a power of 120/8, 250/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-935 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the TX-RZ50 is equipped with 384 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. The model TX-RZ50 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. Most popular streaming services are available for our models under consideration - Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud.

Video features

The HDR10+ function is present in each of the rivals. The quality of 4K/120Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the VSX-935 and the TX-RZ50. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the VSX-935 has 6/2, and the TX-RZ50 has 7/2.Pioneer VSX-935 connectionsOnkyo TX-RZ50 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the VSX-935 and the TX-RZ50. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Onkyo TX-RZ50 has HDMI CEC. VSX-935 and TX-RZ50 support the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in TX-RZ50. The Pioneer VSX-935 and the Onkyo TX-RZ50 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.

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General

Item

Pioneer VSX-935
Onkyo TX-RZ50

Model

VSX-935
TX-RZ50

Brand

Pioneer
Onkyo

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 170/6
120/8, 250/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
AccuEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio
Advanced Music Optimizer, Hi-Res audio, Dynamic Audio Amplification, CinemaFILTER

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

2 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/2
7/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

0
1

Component input/output

0
1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10+
HDR10+

4K signal pass-through

4K/120Hz
4K/120Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz
8K/60Hz

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, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync
DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSyn, Deep Color

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

App Control, Sonos Connect control
Web Control, App Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

speaker
lineout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App
FlareConnect

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF, DSD
AIFF, DSD

Power

Operational power consumption, W

460
850

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.3 x 37/17.1 x 6.3 x 14.9
43.5 x 20.1 x 39.8/17 x 7 x 15

Weight, kg/lbs

9.6/21.2
14/30.9

Other

Release year

2021
2021
Pioneer VSX-935
Onkyo TX-RZ50
Pioneer VSX-935
Onkyo TX-RZ50

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  • 7.6
  • 8.5
  • 7.6Pioneer VSX-935
  • 8.5Onkyo TX-RZ50