Yamaha RX-S602 vs Pioneer VSX-532

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RX-S602 vs VSX-532 comparison chart

Yamaha RX-S602 vs Pioneer VSX-532 review

Yamaha RX-S602
vs
Pioneer VSX-532

The Yamaha RX-S602 versus Pioneer VSX-532 comparison makes clear all pros and cons of AV receivers. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-S602 received 6.5 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer VSX-532 was rated 4.3 points. The release date of RX-S602 is 2018, and VSX-532 is 2017. Identified advantages have shown that RX-S602 is better over VSX-532 mainly as a home theater processor.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-S602 over Pioneer VSX-532

  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, RX-S602 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Main advantages Pioneer VSX-532 over Yamaha RX-S602

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

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

RX-S602
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. In terms of RMS power, the models have the same characteristics - 80/8, 125/6/8 W/Ohm.

RX-S602 VSX-532
Channels5.15.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm80/8, 125/680/8, 150/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the RX-S602 9 out of 10, and the VSX-532 - 7.

RX-S602
9
VSX-532
7

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-S602 VSX-532
Digital to analog converter (DAC)Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationYPAOMCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONTAdvanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha RX-S602 scored 8, and Pioneer VSX-532 scored 6 out of 10.

RX-S602
8
VSX-532
6

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 RX-S602 only.

RX-S602 VSX-532
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
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.

RX-S602 VSX-532
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuzhas 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, Yamaha RX-S602 got 6 points, but Pioneer VSX-532 received 5 points.

RX-S602
6
VSX-532
5

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

The HDCP encryption protocol is now mandatory for most media devices. This security technology encrypts digital signals from one product to another. HDCP content-encryption protocol is present on Yamaha RX-S602 in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Pioneer VSX-532 has the HDCP 2.2 version.

RX-S602 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 2.3HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)11
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input11
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input32
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup mic, AUXUSB, 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 the RX-S602 were rated 6 out of 10 against the 5 for the VSX-532.

RX-S602
6
VSX-532
5

RX-S602 VSX-532
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 conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the RX-S602 got 8 points, but the VSX-532 has 5.

RX-S602
8
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 RX-S602 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant.

RX-S602 VSX-532
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDfluorescent
TunerAM, FMAM, 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.

RX-S602 VSX-532
Multi-room zones2has not
Zone audio outputspeakerhas not
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlMusicCasthas not
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/00/0
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.

RX-S602
5
VSX-532
5

RX-S602 VSX-532
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-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESSDTS 96/24, DTS Neo:X
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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