Pioneer VSX-1131 Review and Specs

Pioneer VSX-1131 The Pioneer VSX-1131 receiver is positioned in the company's lineup as the top model in the middle segment. The next model has the LX index and refers to the upper segment. Let’s enjoy Pioneer VSX-1131 specs from this Pioneer VSX-1131 review.

Pioneer VSX-1131 review

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Features

The top model of the budget line of Pioneer AVX AV receivers offers state-of-the-art cinema technology, powerful sound processing, and compliance with the latest video and audio standards for relatively little money. This is the only VSX-series AV receiver with seven gain channels. This means that this is the most affordable option for building a home theater with support for new surround formats Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Its output power is 160 W / channel (6 Ohms). For home cinemas, a version of the standard adapted for working in living rooms is used that uses surround sound systems in configurations from 5.1.2 to 7.2.4, when the standard version with seven surround speakers and two subwoofers is supplemented by two pairs of “ceiling” speakers.

Design and build

Classic power amplifiers based on complementary pairs of Toshiba 2SA1962 / 2SC5242 transistors operating in class A / B are used here, and not branded Direct Energy HD amplifiers operating in class D. The necessary computing power to decode the new Dolby Atmos and DTS: X audio formats is provided by the Cirrul Logic quad-core processor with Digital Core Engine technology. The digital-to-analog conversion is entrusted to the Asahi Kasei eight-channel 32-bit AK4458 chip. This DAC is capable of processing digital streams with resolutions up to 32 bit / 768 kHz.

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Connectivity

We were pleased with the presence of two HDMI outputs. If desired, you can configure the signal output to only one of the outputs or both at the same time. Inputs: 6x HDMI, component, 2x composite, coaxial, 2x optical, linear, with phono. Outputs: 2x HDMI, 2x for subwoofer, for the second zone.

Setup

Calibrating the sound of the AV receiver to the acoustic features of the room is traditionally assigned to the Pioneer company MCACC Pro, created in collaboration with the British professional recording studio AIR Studios.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • In general, the impressions of the appearance, sound, control and correct operation of the Pioneer VSX-1131 are positive
  • In addition, the receiver plays stereo recordings at a level sufficient for many music lovers, you can even connect a record player

Cons

  • The minimum number of gain channels

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Common features

Product

Pioneer VSX-1131

Model

VSX-1131

Brand

Pioneer

Reviews

226

Amplifier

Channels

7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 170/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2

Coaxial digital input

1

Composite input

2

Component input/output

1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB

Other additional features

has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

FlareConnect

RS-232

0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS Neo:X

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

580

Standby consumption, W

0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.3 x 37.5/17 x 6.8 x 14.6

Weight, kg/lbs

10/22
Pioneer VSX-1131
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