Pioneer VSX-S520 vs Yamaha RX-A770BL

VSX-S520 vs RX-A770BL comparison chart

Pioneer VSX-S520 vs Yamaha RX-A770BL review

Pioneer VSX-S520
vs
Yamaha RX-A770BL

This is a review and detailed comparison of Pioneer VSX-S520 vs Yamaha RX-A770BL. The VSX-S520 has 5.1 channels amplifier and the RX-A770BL 7.2 channels. Both receivers have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices. We have evaluated both AV receivers, VSX-S520 has an overall score of 6 out of 10 vs 8.1 out of 10 for RX-A770BL.

Advantages Pioneer VSX-S520 over Yamaha RX-A770BL

  • Has an A/B switch for the front speakers

Advantages Yamaha RX-A770BL over Pioneer VSX-S520

  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Multi-zone

Common strengths

  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
  • Phono (MM) input
  • Dolby Vision compatible
Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
Pioneer VSX-S520

Dec 20, 2019

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Yamaha RX-A770BL

Dec 06, 2019

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-S520
Yamaha RX-A770BL

Model

VSX-S520
RX-A770BL

Brand

Pioneer
Yamaha

Reviews

92
48

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/4
95/8

Output impedance, Ohm

4
8

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.06

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio
CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT, Extra Bass

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
6/1

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)

1
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
2

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

0
1

Component input/output

0/0
1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX

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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color
DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
2

Zone audio output

has not
speaker

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
MusicCast, AV Controller

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
1

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-EXPRESS, DTS Neo:6 Cinema, DTS Neo:6 Music

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

60
400

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 7 x 32.5/17x 2.7 x 12.6
43.5 x 17.1 x 38/17 x 6.7 x 14.8

Weight, kg/lbs

4/8.8
10.5/23.1

Other

Release year

2016
2017
Pioneer VSX-S520
Yamaha RX-A770BL
Pioneer VSX-S520
Yamaha RX-A770BL

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 8.1
  • 6Pioneer VSX-S520
  • 8.1Yamaha RX-A770BL

The Yamaha RX-A770BL is better receiver in this comparison - check Yamaha RX-A770BL price.