Pioneer VSX-831 Receiver Review

Pioneer VSX-831Receiver Review


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Pioneer VSX-831 Receiver Review: Introducing a sophisticated level of home audio enjoyment from Pioneer, the VSX-831 AV Receiver. Incorporating a new array of modern technology, VSX-831 features Pioneer’s unique automatic sound adjustment process, Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) for in-room fine-tuning. It has a six HDMI ports; the VSX-831 also has sufficient connection resources for ambitious home theaters. Not all playback devices and also will match the new UltraHD standard may provide only standard FULL HD. For easy of use and the optimal use of suitable displays, the VSX-831 is therefore equipped with a high-quality video scaler which can convert full HD to 4K and also output the redesigned GUI user interface in this resolution. Certain, HD sound formats similar to Dolby TrueHD is also supported – VSX-831 works their implied through its new 32bit DAC better still than previous models in this class. Read More: Rega Planar 1 review

Digital music delicacies aren’t only served over HDMI or S/PDIF, however also quite a state-of-the-art via network – both by cable or by built-in Dual Band Wi-Fi and in DLNA streaming in full Studio Grasp decision (DSD as much as 5.6MHz, PCM up to 192/24). Even in the streaming services, high quality defines all the signals. Along with the popular Spotify Connect, the VSX-831 now also supports Deezer and Tidal, who provide subscriptions at full CD resolution. Alternatively, whoever prefers to stream directly from their smartphone to the system can just select the option that works at that point, with the strokes of AirPlay, Google Cast and not least the built-in Bluetooth receiver. Designed for maximum openness, nothing reaches in The Best way of the VSX-831 providing listening pleasure.

Easy to Use

The VSX-831 has adopted a new menu interface, more beautiful than ever outside of the reaction also fast. The VSX-831 is easy to set-up and use. In fact, similar functions with the former, the main difference is that the channel is set less respect two sets of output, the other is the same. This time, VSX-831 is a newly designed interface, mainly beautiful, and system settings left, middle MCACC, the network configuration on The Best pattern remains unchanged, concise and easy to know. Another feature is that every channel has a separate EQ setting, and there are three sets of memory; users can quickly try setting up. The receiver to the size of the listening room and speaker placement, on the touch of a button. With a fully overhauled graphics interface, using the VSX831 is easier and more intuitive than ever.

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The VSX-831 can support the FireConnect Powered by Blackfire with a future firmware update. The new Pioneer AV receivers with FireConnect allow the concurrent playback of each audio source connected to the AV receiver via an optional wi-fi speaker. Conveniently control the multiroom playback with track selection and volume via smartphone and tablet. Pioneer AV receiver to an optional FireConnect agreeable Pioneer wireless speaker located in another room. This cutting-edge wi-fi technology provides multi-source, the multi-room interaction between compatible devices, making it easy to set up a wi-fi multi-room system that also streams HD audio and will include video in the future. With our properties becoming ever ‘smarter’ that is the technology to integrate it all together.

Wi-fi & Bluetooth Built-in

The built-in Wi-Fi is dual-band, supporting the both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequency channels, for regular and continuous streaming even of Hi-Res Audio information. Simply stream songs from compatible devices using the built-in Bluetooth wi-fi technology. This AV receiver features A2DP and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP). Supported codecs include SBC and AAC.  The VSX-831 allows you to enjoy music wirelessly from iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, PC, laptop or every other appropriate source via built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. With two antennas providing Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz), you have got a much greater network range and throughput. From here you’ll access an extensive range of Internet radio stations plus music services such as the massively popular Spotify, Deezer, and Tidal. The re’s also AirPlay, making it simpler than ever to stream from your Apple iOS devices, too.


  • Channels: 5
  • Amplification Type: Direct Energy
  • 384 kHz/32-bit DAC (AK4458)
  • HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)
  • MCACC Auto Room Tuning
  •  Part Control
  •  Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)
  • Weight: 9.2 kg
  • Ultra HD Cross-through with HDCP 2.2
  • HDR and BT.2020 Support
  • Ultra HD Upscaling (1080p 4K)
  • Built-in Bluetooth Wireless Technology (VA2DP/AVRCP, Codec: SBC/AAC)
  • Apple AirPlay Certified
  • Spotify® Digital Music-Streaming Service Ready
  • Internet Radio with TuneIn
  • HDMI 6 In (4 Assignable)
  • HDMI 1 Out
  • Ethernet 1 In
  • AV (Composite) 2 In (Assignable)
  • Audio 2 In (Assignable)
  • Phono (MM) 1 In
  • Digital Coaxial 1 In (Assignable)
  • Digital Optical 1 In (Assignable)
  • Subwoofer 2 Pre Out
  • Speaker 5 ch Out (FRONT, CENTER, SURROUND)
  • FM/AM Antenna



Less than 12 months has passed since I called the Pioneer VSX-830 “a top-performing receiver at a competitive price level” and, simply in case that appeared too dispassionate, “a miracle.” So much has happened since then. For starters, Dolby Atmos occurred, including object-oriented surround with dedicated top channels to the basic surround footprint. The Pioneer VSX-830  is a good receiver. For $399 (or under) you get a successful amp that delivers in the sound department and is 4K ready. On the downside, the 830 has a restricted quantity of analog inputs which could be a deal breaker for anyone with older tools.

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