Pioneer recently announced four new receivers for 2015. They’ve added the VSX-830-K and VSX-1130-K to their regular receiver line-up.To the Elite line, they’ve added the VSX-45 and VSX-90. These receivers are the first models launched after the recent merger between Pioneer and Onkyo.


It looks like we won’t have a lot to complain about this year in regard’s to the feature set of Pioneer’s receivers. In our reviews of last years models, we noted that Pioneer lagged behind some of its competitors by not including networking features such as Bluetooth and WiFi. Since they were probably tired of reviewers like me complaining about this, they decided to include both of these features in all 4 of the new models they’ve announced. Pioneer also seems to be giving their user interface an upgrade by incorporating an improved icon-driven interface on these new models.


Read Our Full Review of the Pioneer VSX-830-K


Read Our Full Review of the Pioneer VSX-1130-K



Pioneer VSX-830-K (MSRP – $399)

Pioneer VSX-830-k

The 5.2 Channel VSX-830-K appears to be fully loaded. It includes both built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. It also offers six HDMI 2.0 inputs and  HDCP 2.2 copy protection. This means it’s ready to embrace the onslaught of 4K video when it becomes mainstream. As with past years models, it uses Pioneer’s MCACC calibration. It also supports Apple AirPlay, HTC Connect, and is DLNA 1.5 certified.




Pioneer VSX-1130-K (MSRP – $599)

Pioneer VSX-1130-k

One notch above the VSX-830-K, is the 7.2 Channel 1130-K. The 1130 has all the bells and whistles of the 830, but throws in a couple more features. First of all, the 1130-K boasts more power than the 830 and, as an added bonus, the 1130-K is Dolby Atmos compatible. The 1130 also features the ESS9006 Sabre Premier audio DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) which is a little surprising at this price point.



Pioneer Elite VSX-45 ($450)

Pioneer Elite VSX-45

The Elite 5.2 Channel VSX-45, like the two receivers above, features HDMI 2.0 and supports HDCP 2.2 copy protection. It also features dual-band WiFi as well as bluetooth. Unlike the VSX-1130, it does not support Dolby Atmos. However, being a member of Pioneers “Elite” line-up, does come with a few added bonuses. The VSX-45 is compatible with most home automation systems thanks to its RS-232c interface and full IP command set. It also supports an array of hi-res audio codecs.




Pioneer Elite VSX-90 (MSRP – $700)

Pioneer Elite VSX-90

The Elite 7.2 Channel VSX-90 has all the features of the VSX-45, plus it throws in Dolby Atmos support. The VSX-90 amps up the power a bit by offering 95 watts of power per channel thanks to its seven discrete channels of direct energy amplification. The VSX-90 is also well suited for custom installs thanks to its RS-232c interface and full IP control. It also features ESS Sabre 24-Bit DACs and supports an array of hi-resolution audio formats including; 192 kHz 24-bit AIFF, Multi-channel WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, AAC and Apple Lossless up to 96kHz 24-Bit.


All four of the above models are expected to hit store shelves this April. Considering the features that Pioneer’s added to this crop of receivers, we’re curious to see if they had to make any compromises in the sound department. When you consider that last years VSX-1124 was on of the best sounding mid-range receivers that we tested, it would be unfortunate if this was the case. Stay tuned as we’ll post our reviews of the new models as soon as we’re able to.

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