Pioneer VSX-532 vs Sony STRZA1100ES

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Pioneer VSX-532 vs Sony STRZA1100ES review

Pioneer VSX-532
vs
Sony STRZA1100ES

Review of Pioneer VSX-532 versus Sony STRZA1100ES will reveal the best features offered by the devices. According to the results of our review, Pioneer VSX-532 received 4.3 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STRZA1100ES was rated 6.6 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. STRZA1100ES is better suited for home theater use than the VSX-532. Its sound profile is better balanced.

Main advantages Pioneer VSX-532 over Sony STRZA1100ES

  • 80/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 70/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Has the Bluetooth protocol.

Main advantages Sony STRZA1100ES over Pioneer VSX-532

  • More channels, namely 7, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, STRZA1100ES bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • Surround sound ensures the availability of Dolby Atmos.
  • Object-oriented sound ensures the availability of DTS:X.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

VSX-532
6
STRZA1100ES
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Pioneer VSX-532 supports 5.1-channels sound, but Sony STRZA1100ES supports a 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 VSX-532 this value is 80/8 W/Ohm, and for the STRZA1100ES it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

VSX-532 STRZA1100ES
Channels5.17.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm80/8, 150/670/8, 90/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.09

Audio features

The score for audio features is 7 of 10 for both receivers.

VSX-532
7
STRZA1100ES
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.

VSX-532 STRZA1100ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/24-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationMCACCDCAC EX
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAdvanced Sound RetrieverSound Optimize

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer VSX-532 scored 6, and Sony STRZA1100ES scored 5 out of 10.

VSX-532
6
STRZA1100ES
5

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting. Of the two receivers reviewed, only Pioneer VSX-532 has a built-in Bluetooth.

Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the STRZA1100ES only.

VSX-532 STRZA1100ES
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.

VSX-532 STRZA1100ES
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas nothas 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, Pioneer VSX-532 got 5 points, but Sony STRZA1100ES received 6 points.

VSX-532
5
STRZA1100ES
6

Pioneer VSX-532 is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STRZA1100ES has 5/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available on Sony STRZA1100ES.

VSX-532 STRZA1100ES
HDMI input/output4/15/2
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)12
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input22
Component input/output0/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup micUSB, 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 VSX-532 were rated 5 out of 10 against the 7 for the STRZA1100ES.

VSX-532
5
STRZA1100ES
7

Most of the AV receivers have a video scaling function, it is the process of reformatting the video signal to a higher resolution without losing the quality of the image. Upscaling the video signal resolution is possible with Sony STRZA1100ES.

VSX-532 STRZA1100ES
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.ColorHLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the VSX-532 got 5 points, but the STRZA1100ES has 7.

VSX-532
5
STRZA1100ES
7

Only the Pioneer VSX-532 has the ECO mode.

VSX-532 STRZA1100ES
Voice control
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescentcolour OSD
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.

VSX-532 STRZA1100ES
Multi-room zoneshas not2
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas nothas not
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/2
DC trigger output (12V)01

Multichannel surround

Pioneer VSX-532 got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Sony STRZA1100ES got 7.

VSX-532
5
STRZA1100ES
7

Dolby Atmos' particularity is that this is the object-oriented sound format, that is, each audio signal object is independently sounded and connected to its spatial position. Sony STRZA1100ES can create 3D sound due to the Dolby Atmos support.

DTS:X is an algorithm used by the processor to create sound scenes, where sounds connected directly to objects rather than channels, and to determine the optimum sound output distribution in space. Surround sound with DTS:X is available on the STRZA1100ES.

IMAX Enhanced is a licensing and certification program under which home theater devices deliver crisp 4K HDR pictures and powerful sound as it was designed by the IMAX engineers. The STRZA1100ES licensed by IMAX.

VSX-532 STRZA1100ES
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 96/24, DTS Neo:XDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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