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Pioneer VSX-531

Pioneer VSX-531
alaScore 92

83 reviews

Jul, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 reviews of Pioneer VSX-531. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. The size and price also get good views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Pioneer VSX-531 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Pioneer VSX-531 review


Pioneer goes back to basics with this entry-level AV amplifier

Fast, articulate sound ; Agile and expressive ; Good scale and size ; HDMI inputs support 4K passthrough ; Bluetooth

Some spring-loaded terminals ; Treble lacks substance ; Rivals have more sonic solidity ; No network features

A fast and articulate albeit scarcely featured entry-level amplifier

Jan, 2017

Consumer review (

Pretty Good Sound & Value for Money


Bought this to replace an old and faulty Onkyo AV receiver (of over 7 years). The Pioneer seems like a good replacement - the added BT function is very useful for streaming from Spotify. Overall sound seems to be good but I'm using the old Onkyo...

Jun, 2018

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Great Company, Very knowledgeable and helpful


It was extremely easy to set up and use. Some new features that I have not yet used and look forward to trying them out.

Jun, 2018

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it is not bad but the passthrough feature is not very good, where as my onkyo would work on every hdmi this you have to set one channel if you set it to sky it will do that but if you want to play your bd player then you have to have the receiver...

May, 2018

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Why are in-store sales less protected than online.


I bought this amp to replace one i thought had broken. In fact it wasn't - dodgy lead instead - but was disappointed to discover that there's no refund offered for working product. If I'd had bought online I'd have got my money back with no questions...

May, 2018

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over the moon


this is how happy i was .. i went to the moon and saw Mr spoon with my new amp and we turn up the base and had a cosmic party .. my new AV amp is awesome ... well worth the money i paid and found people at richersounds helpful .. thanks for making my...

Apr, 2018

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good upgrade from my 20yr old sony receiver


needed a new receiver, not my first choice but wanted to take one home from whatever the shop had in stock, also not looking to spend too much, so far very impressed with the dolby digital processing, so much so i haven't yet used it for my favorite...

Apr, 2018

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Nice Multimedia Receiver


A good price, a nice Amp. Easy to set up with the room microphone. Excellent sound. Very pleased. Would highly recommend for the price

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (

Great value


Treble reproduction is a tad dull but otherwise you get a lot of bang for your buck. Fantastic entry-level receiver and great value.

Mar, 2018

Consumer review (

Very happy with this amp.


Very pleased with this amp. Has all the connections I need to listen to music and connect AV peripherals for 5.1 surround sound with TV. Very pleasing sound balance.

Feb, 2018

Product Specifications


Audio D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz
Audio output channels:5.1
Power output per channel (1KHz@6 Ohm):130 / 140
Power output per channel (20-20KHz@8 Ohm):80
Receiver Type:Surround

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WMA / AAC,MP3,WMA


Composite Video In:2
Digital audio coaxial in:1
Digital audio optical in:1
Remote control in:1
USB ports quantity:1


Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:3.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Wi-Fi:N / No

Optical Drive

Optical drive included:N / No


Composite Video Out:1
HDMI Out:1
Headphone outputs:1
Number of HDMI Outputs:1

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired


AC input frequency:50/60 / 60
AC input voltage:120 / 220-240
Power Consumption (Standby):0.45
Power consumption (typical):210 / 220


Internet Radio:N / No
Preset stations quantity:30
Supported radio bands:AM, FM / AM,FM


Card Reader:N / No

Technical Details

AirPlay:N / No
Audio Decoders:Dolby Digital Plus / DSD, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-HD HR, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II
Colour of product:Black
Handheld remote control:Y / Yes
Sample rate:192
Sleep timer:Y


3D:Y / Yes
Video D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:32 / 320.5
Height :16.8 / 168
Width:43.5 / 435