An overview of Pioneer VSX-935 and Yamaha RX-A8A will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Pioneer VSX-935 received 7.6 points out of 10 possible, and Yamaha RX-A8A was rated 9.4 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2021. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that VSX-935 is inferior in audio processing features to RX-A8A.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 7 and 10, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Pioneer VSX-935 supports 7.2-channels sound, but Yamaha RX-A8A supports a 11.2-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-A8A this value is 150/8 W/Ohm, and for the VSX-935 it is 80/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||80/8, 170/6||150/8|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.06|
The score for audio features is 9 of 10 for both receivers.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Yamaha RX-A8A has Pure Direct mode.
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.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||192 KHz/24-bit||384 KHz/32-bit|
|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|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer VSX-935 scored 8, and Yamaha RX-A8A scored 9 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
|USB||2 (USB 2.0)||1 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||AirPlay, AirPlay 2||AirPlay, AirPlay 2|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud|
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-935 got 7 points, but Yamaha RX-A8A received 10 points.
Pioneer VSX-935 is equipped with 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Yamaha RX-A8A has 7/3 HDMI inputs and outputs.
HDMI-CEC helps gadgets attached to your TV to link back and forth with your TV via HDMI ports. It is become possible to control all linked devices with one remote. The RX-A8A features HDMI CEC.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||HDCP 2.3|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||1||3|
|Coaxial digital input||1||2|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, setup mic, AUX||USB, phones, setup mic|
|Multi channel preamp output||✔||✔|
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-935 were rated 8 out of 10 against the 9 for the RX-A8A.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10+||HDR10+|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/120Hz||4K/120Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||8K/60Hz||8K/60Hz|
|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||✔||✔|
|Other video features||DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync||x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the VSX-935 got 9 points, but the RX-A8A has 10.
Yamaha RX-A8A has the ECO mode.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Display||colour OSD||colour OSD|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✔||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||network, USB|
|Other additional features||App Control, Sonos Connect control||Web Control, App Control|
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.
|Zone audio output||speaker||preout|
|Zone HDMI output||✔||✔|
|Multi-room control||Pioneer Control App||MusicCast|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||2|
Pioneer VSX-935 got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Yamaha RX-A8A got 8.
Auro 3D gives a bit more versatility than Dolby Atmos or DTS:X and provides a hemispherical sound and enables a receiver to produce 3D sound stages. Yamaha RX-A8A has Auro-3D on its feature list.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS-HD|