Posted Tue May 10, 2016 at 08:30 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
The budget friendly receiver model is now available.
Pioneer has announced the release of its newest AV receiver. The VSX-531 is an entry level model with an affordable price point and 4K Ultra HD pass through.
The 5.1 channel receiver features 140 Watts (1 kHz 1% THD @ 6 Ohms 1ch Driven) or 80 Watts (8 ohms 20 Hz-20 kHz THD 0.08% 2ch Driven FTC) per channel. In addition, the device uses a Direct Energy Design, resulting in a high-power simultaneous multi-channel drive. HDCP 2.2 compliancy, Ultra HD pass through for 4K/60p/4:4:4 24-bit video signal transmissions, and HDR (high dynamic range) support are integrated as well. Likewise, the receiver incorporates Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever tech to restore the output of compressed audio sources such as WMA, AAC, and MP3 to the level of CD. Bluetooth connectivity is also included, along with a Plug & Play USB Port.
Though new immersive audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are not supported, the VSX-531 does support high-def audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Finally, the unit also features Pioneer’s Phase Control technology to effectively eliminate phase lag and enrich deep, low-frequency sounds without losing detail.
Pioneer's VSX-531 5.1 channel AV Receiver is now available for a suggested retail price of $270. The model joins the company's other recently announced 2016 home audio products, including the 7.2 Channel VSX-1131 ($600), the 5.2 channel VSX-831 ($450), the LX301 ($700) & LX101 ($500) 7.2 Channel Elite Network Receivers, and the new SW-10 Powered Subwoofer.
The VSX-1131 is a 7.2 channel receiver with 170 W/ch and Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support. Meanwhile, the LX301 is also a 7.2 channel receiver with 170 W/ch, and the LX101 is a 7.2 channel receiver with 140 W/ch. Both Elite models include Dolby Atmos support and future DTS:X support.
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