Pioneer VSX-532 Review and Specs

Pioneer VSX-532 The Pioneer VSX-532 is impressive because it provides enough options to demonstrate how much its small black box and low cost can deliver. A subwoofer preamp output provides a connection to a powered subwoofer. See other Pioneer VSX-532 specs in this Pioneer VSX-532 review.

Pioneer VSX-532 review

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Features

It boasts 80W power at 8 ohms and Dolby TrueHD/ DTS-HD Master Audio. Pioneer designed the VSX-532 to support both DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. It’s an opportunity to experience quality HD entertainment from Blu-ray discs and surround soundtracks. The studio master and lossless codecs are bit-for-bit identical to ensure flawless delivery. Ready with Next Generation Video Standard. The video standard High Dynamic Range (HDR) adopted by Ultra HD Blu-ray addresses a higher contrast with light and dark images by expanding the brightness peak.

Design and build

The receiver looks really very compact and classically strict. A brushed front panel is an aesthetic advantage. As the device doesn’t take up much space (12.6 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches) and weighs only 19.9 pounds, I placed it as a part of the home theater and this small unit perfectly fitted it.

Pioneer VSX-532

Connectivity

I hooked up 4 HDMI inputs: VHS using an RCA to HDMI converter, a DVD player, the TV Cable, and the Fire stick. Oh, one more thing, the Bluetooth connects perfectly. I was connected to my iPad and playing from 36 feet away. Of course it will come with Pioneer’s FireConnect whole home audio and DTS Play-Fi (with a future firmware update), as well as tremendous streaming options like Chromecast built-in (also with a future firmware update) and Apple AirPlay. These join built-in dual band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, along with a host of Internet streaming service such as Spotify, Pandora, Deezer and TIDAL.

Setup

The 531 has no automatic calibration system. It’s a challenge to get the receiver close to or at its optimum performance quickly unless it’s something a person does on a regular basis. If I were in a hurry to watch a movie or listen to my favorite sounds, it would be tempting to bring the sound up to par over a week or so. The VSX-532 rectifies this situation perfectly with Pioneer’s addition of Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC).

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The unit automatically “switches” when I start my Blu-ray player or when I turn on other devices
  • Bass, mid-range, and high-range sound is clearer and closer to the original version

Cons

  • Not a network-enabled amp
  • No internet radio access

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Common features

Product

Pioneer VSX-532

Model

VSX-532

Brand

Pioneer

Reviews

196

Amplifier

Channels

5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 150/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1

Coaxial digital input

1

Composite input

2

Component input/output

0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

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 scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

Display

fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

Other additional features

has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not

Zone audio output

has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not

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 96/24, DTS Neo:X

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

210

Standby consumption, W

0.35

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.2 x 36/17. x 6.6 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

7.7/17.6
Pioneer VSX-532
Pioneer VSX-532

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