Sony STR-DH790 vs Pioneer VSX-531

STR-DH790 vs VSX-531 comparison chart

Sony STR-DH790 vs Pioneer VSX-531 review

Sony STR-DH790
vs
Pioneer VSX-531

Here we show you AV receivers comparison of Sony STR-DH790 vs Pioneer VSX-531 based on specifications, reviews and ratings. The STR-DH790 has 7.2 channels amplifier and the VSX-531 5.1 channels. Only the STR-DH790 has a Dolby Atmos support. DTS:X is supported only by the STR-DH790. We have evaluated both AV receivers, STR-DH790 has an overall score of 5.3 out of 10 vs 4.3 out of 10 for VSX-531.

Advantages Sony STR-DH790 over Pioneer VSX-531

  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Has an A/B switch for the front speakers
  • HDMI eARC features compatible
  • Dolby Vision compatible
  • Has a GUI (Graphic User Interface)
  • Setup assistant

Common strengths

  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
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Rating 5 5
Sony STR-DH790

Dec 13, 2019

In the beginning of the 2018 Sony announced a 4K HDR STR-DH790 7.2ch AV receiver with Dolby Atmos. This unit provides comfortable sound for large screens that can be adapted for viewing in any home. ...

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Common

Product

Sony STR-DH790
Pioneer VSX-531

Model

STR-DH790
VSX-531

Brand

Sony
Pioneer

Reviews

713
144

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

90/6
80/8, 140/6

Output impedance, Ohm

6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

DCAC
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Hi-Res audio
Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

0
2

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

phones, setup mic
USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

USB
USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
has not

Zone audio output

has not
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not
has not

Multi-room control

has not
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24
DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

240
220

Standby consumption, W

0.3
0.45

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43 x 13.3 x 29.7/ 17 x 5.3 x 11.4
43.5 x 16.8 x 32/17 x 6.3 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

7.4/15.4
8/17.6

Other

Release year

2018
2016
Sony STR-DH790
Pioneer VSX-531
Sony STR-DH790
Pioneer VSX-531

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.3
  • 4.3
  • 5.3Sony STR-DH790
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531

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