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Pioneer VSX-531

Pioneer VSX-531
alaScore 94

41 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 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. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The size and price also get good comments.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

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 94/100 = 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 by: gloves (

excellent item


bought this to replace a rather dated av.brilliant and works perfectly with old speakers.great easy to set up.

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Retracer (

Pioneer SVX531


I decided to buy this after the failure of an old Sony AVR. I am delighted with it's proformance. Not as loud as my Yamaha, doesn't have Atmos or DTS:X but great at all the other formats. Ideal for my man cave, teamed it up with some vintage speakers....

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Leroy04 (



Great entry level amp. Replaced my old pioneer that was actually in hindsight too high speced. I did'nt need 7.1 and all the other extras. Ive only ever had 5.1 and this sounds exactly the same as my old vsx923 that was three times the price. It even...

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Robbbbb (

Couldn't want for more!


I haven't had an AV receiver for years but recently decided to setup a 5.1 surround system so decided to start here. I bought the Panasonic with some Q Acoustic speakers (will add the rears and the centre soon). This AV receiver is an excellent place...

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Forgetatmos (

Great and gives me all the surround modes I reqire


Bought this a couple of weeks ago and find it sounds really good. If you are not after Dolby Atmos, then you cant go wrong for the price.

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: Craigieson (

Crystal clear audio


I bought this to replace a 10 year old Yamaha amp. Although the Pioneer can't match the Yamaha amps loud volume capability, it does hhowever beat the sound clarity of the Yamaha. The Pioneer is Crystal clear and each channel works together to give an...

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: (

Excellent features and easy to set up


I brought this for my first surround sound set up and the simplicity is fantastic, the features are brilliant and the quality is spot on as well

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: xmattx84 (

Good value


Was looking for an entry level 4K compatible receiver with standby hdmi pass though and this ticked all the boxes.Good value and very easy to setup.

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: Bread (

Good receiver at great price


I was looking for a cheap receiver for a new set up and after advice from helpful staff at Cheltenham branch I went for the Pioneer VSX-531. I've paired it with a set of Wharfedale DX1-SE speakers and the sound is superb. The set up was very simple and...

Oct, 2017

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