Pioneer, like its sister company Onkyo, has released a steady stream of new amps. A few weeks ago Pioneer revealed two new entries in their 2016 Elite line. This week they’re showing us two new receivers that will make their presence known in Pioneer’s VSX line, the VSX-1131 and VSX-831. Compared to last year’s line, the 1131 and 831 feature greater support for 4K video and multi-room audio among other goodies.

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Pioneer VSX-1131

Pioneer VSX-1131

Since shiny new 4K TVs are popping up in stores everywhere, AV manufacturers are prepping their amps for the onslaught of the Ultra HD format. Pioneer is no different. Both the Pioneer VSX-1131 and VSX-831 support 4K/60p/4:4:4 24-bit video, HDR and BT.2020. For music both incorporate high-grade 384kHz/32bit DAC (digital to analog convert AK4458) produced by AMK. Both amps are capable of handling a multitude of high-definition audio files including 192kHz / 24-bit high-resolution FLAC, WAV, AIFF and Apple lossless file formats as well as DSD (2.8/5.6MHz).


Pioneer VSX-830 Preview

Pioneer VSX-831

Bluetooth and WiFi are built into both units. Multiple streaming options are available with Spotify, and Pandora pre-installed on each rig. TuneIn, Tidal, and Deezer are expected to come with a future firmware update. Thanks to Sonos, multi-room audio has gone mainstream. As such, both the 1131 and 831 support Google Cast, Airplay, and FireConnect.


The 7.2 channel Pioneer VSX-1131 has a little more power per channel (170 watts) than the 5.2 channel VSX-831 (140 watts). The 7 channel 1131 also supports object based audio formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Although DTS:X isn’t expected to be available until later in the year with a firmware update. Both receivers use Pioneer’s tried and true Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) which adjusts your system based on the size of your speakers, their distances and your room’s acoustics. The 1131 goes the extra mile and includes a Reflex Optimizer which is designed specifically to calibrate systems that are using Dolby Atmos or DTS:X speakers.


Both the VSX-1131 and VSX-831 are available at major retailers now.

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