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Pioneer VSX-531

Pioneer VSX-531
alaScore 94

66 reviews

Jan, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 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. Reviews about the reliability and design are overall positive. The size and price are also mentioned favorably.

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: Nik99 (



I bought this because I wanted to future proff my set up I'm happy with this purchase.

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: BedroomDjay (



great sound quality, easy to set up! Plastic dials on the front feel cheap but don't let that put you off.

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (

Does the job


Replaced a previous model which was having audio-sync problems with BD (but not DVD!) and HDMI computer output kept dropping out (audio and video). This one has none of those problems and I am very happy with it. As always there are far too many...

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: Hutchie1984 (

Easy to setup and use


Bought this a month ago. So gar has been perfect for what i need. Good sound and easy to use

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (

Easy to set up and a beautiful rich sound.


A truly excellent product and very good value for money.

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: BO55 VXR (

Does what it does.. very well and excellent price


My old Sony amp was slowing dying so and I needed to replace it but to replace like for like would have cost a lot of money. I found this one on Richer Sounds after being referred by a friend... Absolute bargain for the price paid, had all the inputs I...

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: StuartyR (

Easy to set up


This was bought to replace an old 5.1 DVD player. It was easy to set up and I'm sure the sound is even better than before. The only downside with this and other receivers is the size. Is too big for a lot TV cabinets etc

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (

easy setup


as soon as i got this setup was easy straight forward instruction and very good also works with alexa which is a bonus too. great item worth every penny. a must buy

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: notechie (

excellent purchase


does everything i need and lots more besides. difficult to fault.

Dec, 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