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Pioneer VSX-531

Pioneer VSX-531
alaScore 92

90 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 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 products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and design are generally positive. The size and price also get good opinions.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category 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

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Great sound


Very happy with purchasing this product great helpful staff

Sep, 2018

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Powerful clear sound


I bought this a month ago,as I was having problems with a denon purchased from you,very helpful staff who recommended the pioneer,very pleased with the product.thx.

Sep, 2018

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Great sound for a fantastic price


The sound from this unit is fantastic, love the bluetooth feature for streaming music from my phone. With my new uhd tv it makes the films i watch spectacular with the surround sound.

Aug, 2018

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Setting up eas so easy


Noah used my old receiver on his ark - scart plugs and all. A new TV called for a replacement I surveyed the market seeking simplicity, value for money and ease of use This piece of kit ticked all the boxes - Am truly happy with my purchase

Aug, 2018

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Great sound easy to use!!


Upgraded from my previous pioneer amp as I brought a 4K tv. Amazing sound and picture.

Jul, 2018

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Get entry level received, and Richer Sounds helped


Love this unit, its the right price for me. Had an issue with it and took it to Richer Sounds Cambridge who just swapped it there and then no quibble and gave me loads of support too.

Jul, 2018

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Sounds really good easy to set up recommended good value for money

Jul, 2018

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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

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