Denon HEOS AVR vs Pioneer VSX-532

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HEOS AVR vs VSX-532 comparison chart

Denon HEOS AVR vs Pioneer VSX-532 review

Denon HEOS AVR
vs
Pioneer VSX-532

The Denon HEOS AVR versus Pioneer VSX-532 comparison makes clear all pros and cons of AV receivers. According to the results of our review, Denon HEOS AVR received 4.8 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer VSX-532 was rated 4.3 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. Identified advantages have shown that HEOS AVR is better over VSX-532 mainly as a home theater processor.

Main advantages Denon HEOS AVR over Pioneer VSX-532

  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.

Main advantages Pioneer VSX-532 over Denon HEOS AVR

  • 80/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 50/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Can process HDR video.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 6 points out of 10.

HEOS AVR
6
VSX-532
6

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 5.1-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 VSX-532 this value is 80/8 W/Ohm, and for the HEOS AVR it is 50/8 W/Ohm.

HEOS AVR VSX-532
Channels5.15.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm50/8, 65/680/8, 150/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.050.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the HEOS AVR 5 out of 10, and the VSX-532 - 7.

HEOS AVR
5
VSX-532
7

Bi-amping is the amplification of one speaker with two amplifiers. This amplification method has a positive effect on sound quality. Bi-amping is possible on the VSX-532.

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.

HEOS AVR VSX-532
Digital to analog converter (DAC)N/A192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationMCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featureshas notAdvanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon HEOS AVR scored 7, and Pioneer VSX-532 scored 6 out of 10.

HEOS AVR
7
VSX-532
6

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Denon HEOS AVR.

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

Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the HEOS AVR only.

HEOS AVR VSX-532
Wi-Fi
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)1
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.

HEOS AVR VSX-532
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloudhas not

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, both receivers got 5 points on our 10-point scale.

HEOS AVR
5
VSX-532
5

Competitors in our review have 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HEOS AVR VSX-532
HDMI input/output4/14/1
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)11
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input11
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input02
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup mic
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 5 out of 10.

HEOS AVR
5
VSX-532
5

HDR pass-through gives you the possibility to broadcast HDR content directly from source to TV without the processing of the receiver. HDR support is available on the Pioneer VSX-532.

HEOS AVR VSX-532
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
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 conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featureshas notDeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the HEOS AVR got 4 points, but the VSX-532 has 5.

HEOS AVR
4
VSX-532
5

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The HEOS AVR can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. Pioneer VSX-532 has the ECO mode.

HEOS AVR VSX-532
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescent
TunerAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, 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.

HEOS AVR VSX-532
Multi-room zoneshas nothas not
Zone audio outputhas nothas not
Zone HDMI outputhas nothas not
Multi-room controlHEOS Apphas not
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)1/00/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 5 points out of 10.

HEOS AVR
5
VSX-532
5

HEOS AVR VSX-532
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Pro LogicDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)has notDTS 96/24, DTS Neo:X
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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