Yamaha RX-A870BL vs Pioneer VSX-933

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RX-A870BL vs VSX-933 comparison chart

Yamaha RX-A870BL vs Pioneer VSX-933 review

Yamaha RX-A870BL
vs
Pioneer VSX-933

The Yamaha RX-A870BL vs Pioneer VSX-933 comparison makes sense because it shows what devices in their segments can offer. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-A870BL received 8.3 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer VSX-933 was rated 7.8 points. The release date of RX-A870BL is 2017, and VSX-933 is 2018. RX-A870BL is more suitable as the heart of home theater system than its opponent - VSX-933.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-A870BL over Pioneer VSX-933

  • 100/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 80/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.

Main advantages Pioneer VSX-933 over Yamaha RX-A870BL

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 8 points out of 10.

RX-A870BL
8
VSX-933
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 7.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the RX-A870BL this value is 100/8 W/Ohm, and for the VSX-933 it is 80/8 W/Ohm.

RX-A870BL VSX-933
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm100/880/8, 165/6
Output impedance, Ohm88, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.060.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the RX-A870BL 8 out of 10, and the VSX-933 - 9.

RX-A870BL
8
VSX-933
9

Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.

RX-A870BL VSX-933
Digital to analog converter (DAC)Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bitAK4458 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationYPAOMCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT, Extra BassAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex Optimizer

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is equal and was rated 8 out of 10.

RX-A870BL
8
VSX-933
8

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.

DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Yamaha RX-A870BL.

RX-A870BL VSX-933
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
USB1 (USB 2.0)2 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

RX-A870BL VSX-933
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXMDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connections

The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, Yamaha RX-A870BL got 9 points, but Pioneer VSX-933 received 7 points.

RX-A870BL
9
VSX-933
7

Yamaha RX-A870BL is equipped with 8/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer VSX-933 has 6/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

RX-A870BL VSX-933
HDMI input/output8/26/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input21
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input12
Component input/output1/01/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUXUSB, phones, setup mic, AUX
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of rivals in our comparison were rated 10 out of 10.

RX-A870BL
10
VSX-933
10

RX-A870BL VSX-933
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversionanalog to HDMIanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the RX-A870BL got 10 points, but the VSX-933 has 9.

RX-A870BL
10
VSX-933
9

Only the Yamaha RX-A870BL has the ECO mode.

RX-A870BL VSX-933
Voice controlAmazon AlexaGoogle Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featureshas nothas not

Multi-room

As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.

RX-A870BL VSX-933
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMusicCastFlareConnect
RS-23210
Remote control input/output (IR)1/10/0
DC trigger output (12V)10

Multichannel surround

For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 7 points out of 10.

RX-A870BL
7
VSX-933
7

RX-A870BL VSX-933
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-EXPRESS, DTS Neo:6 Cinema, DTS Neo:6 MusicDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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