Pioneer VSX-531-B 5.1AV receiver at Amazon for £169
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Pioneer VSX-531-B 5.1AV receiver at Amazon for £169

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Found 6th Jan
Great value entry-level receiver.

Available for the same price at RIcher Sounds.
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themiso2 m ago

What is a receiver? And why do I feel like I need it?



Because it looks comfy to sit on.
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What is a receiver? And why do I feel like I need it?
Edited by: "themiso" 6th Jan
themiso2 m ago

What is a receiver? And why do I feel like I need it?



Because it looks comfy to sit on.
Prefer onkyo personally
curr26 s ago

Prefer onkyo personally



Who?
Great little entry-level receiver. PS4 Pro and Xbox X both work perfectly through it.
themiso4 m ago

What is a receiver? And why do I feel like I need it?


The opposite of a transmitter. These days most TV speakers don't give room filling sound, these connect to your home entertainment devices to provide better sound output.
curr2 m ago

Prefer onkyo personally


oh, that famous chinese brand?

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tempt1 m ago

oh, that famous chinese brand?[Image]



Cough Japanese Cough
rev68 m ago

Who?



you needed to be here quite a few years ago, though usually the comment is Sony based
Can't beat my Logitech Z5500's.
After around 8 years or so they keep pumping and thumping.
VimesUK1 m ago

Can't beat my Logitech Z5500's. :)After around 8 years or so they keep …Can't beat my Logitech Z5500's. :)After around 8 years or so they keep pumping and thumping.



Not exactly the same thing is it
I’ve got the model before this (without Bluetooth) and it’s absolutely amazing. My Xbox One plays perfectly through it.
This or the Yamaha VSX381?
rev620 m ago

Not exactly the same thing is it


Yeah you're right, the Logitech's are far superior
Hate the damn things.

I have just set up a Sony STR DN 1050 and having nothing but problems. Several times in the last 10 days I have had to do factory reset and then input all of the settings again.

It will soon be going out the window if it does not start to behave.

Sooooooooo frustrating.
Does it pass through HDR? Edit: yes it does
Edited by: "barneystuta" 6th Jan
donaldduck211 m ago

Hate the damn things.I have just set up a Sony STR DN 1050 and having …Hate the damn things.I have just set up a Sony STR DN 1050 and having nothing but problems. Several times in the last 10 days I have had to do factory reset and then input all of the settings again.It will soon be going out the window if it does not start to behave.Sooooooooo frustrating.



Blame Sony
donaldduck219 m ago

Hate the damn things.I have just set up a Sony STR DN 1050 and having …Hate the damn things.I have just set up a Sony STR DN 1050 and having nothing but problems. Several times in the last 10 days I have had to do factory reset and then input all of the settings again.It will soon be going out the window if it does not start to behave.Sooooooooo frustrating.


I have had more intelligible sound from a hifi amp running 2 sets of speakers.
If you buy a receiver you have to pair it with proper surround system. Which I did not do.

I now let my Bravia tv manage the sound and then send 1 signal to the amp.
Films are easier to understand, adverts don't blow the roof off and it still sounds full and has plenty of low end.
shindigger5 m ago

I have had more intelligible sound from a hifi amp running 2 sets of …I have had more intelligible sound from a hifi amp running 2 sets of speakers. If you buy a receiver you have to pair it with proper surround system. Which I did not do. I now let my Bravia tv manage the sound and then send 1 signal to the amp. Films are easier to understand, adverts don't blow the roof off and it still sounds full and has plenty of low end.



They'll work fine with 2 speakers. I don't know what a "proper surround system" is. You mean speakers?
VimesUK56 m ago

Can't beat my Logitech Z5500's. :)After around 8 years or so they keep …Can't beat my Logitech Z5500's. :)After around 8 years or so they keep pumping and thumping.


you can, quite easily
Nice wee entry level av from Yamaha, I am on my 3rd one now purely to move with the technology and certainly not through unreliability, Yamaha 2016 on screen menu combined with the setup app makes this a doddle to set up if your a novice..
You would also need to buy six speakers and a subwoofer but at this level £200 would be ample for a speaker package from richer sounds
VimesUK38 m ago

Yeah you're right, the Logitech's are far superior



The Logitech system is an "all-in-one". Not really comparable to this as it's just an AV receiver. AV receivers have much more functionality than what you mentioned. You just need to add the speaksers.
Edited by: "rev6" 6th Jan
IanMacLeod23 m ago

Nice wee entry level av from Yamaha, I am on my 3rd one now purely to move …Nice wee entry level av from Yamaha, I am on my 3rd one now purely to move with the technology and certainly not through unreliability, Yamaha 2016 on screen menu combined with the setup app makes this a doddle to set up if your a novice..


which yamaha model are you talking about? i've a 5 year old yamaha soundbar & SR301 sub-woofer AV combo and thinking of upgrading now i've a 4k HDR TV.
kencol1 h, 34 m ago

The opposite of a transmitter. These days most TV speakers don't give room …The opposite of a transmitter. These days most TV speakers don't give room filling sound, these connect to your home entertainment devices to provide better sound output.


With external speakers of course.
IanMacLeod45 m ago

You would also need to buy six speakers and a subwoofer but at this level …You would also need to buy six speakers and a subwoofer but at this level £200 would be ample for a speaker package from richer sounds


6 and a sub for a 5.1 system??
I remember back in the day the receivers were Dolby Pro-logic then Dolby digital. Then I lost interest as I’m not overly impressed by surround sound (atleast in the cinema). My hearing isn’t great which might explain it !

I have no idea if this model is good. I couldn’t see a Dolby mention but wondered if the decoding was all custom
these days on custom Digital signal processors / fppga chips ?
ashman335 m ago

I remember back in the day the receivers were Dolby Pro-logic then Dolby …I remember back in the day the receivers were Dolby Pro-logic then Dolby digital. Then I lost interest as I’m not overly impressed by surround sound (atleast in the cinema). My hearing isn’t great which might explain it ! I have no idea if this model is good. I couldn’t see a Dolby mention but wondered if the decoding was all customthese days on custom Digital signal processors / fppga chips ?



I don't think general cinema sound is very good. It's loud. But not discrete enough for me. Home theater setups can be much more discrete and localized. Which is good for the speakers, not the sub. The latest codecs are Atmos and DTS:X which I don't think this supports. It will support the more used ones though, Dolby Digital, DTS < And their HD versions.
I have the vsx-529 which lacks Bluetooth but unlike this one does have an extra hdmi on the front, so I think I'll stick.
I wouldn't even get this for a beginner set up personally. Lacks many features. Pioneer do however produce loud and crisp sound though.
Edited by: "Naruto" 6th Jan
Richer sounds also selling the Yamaha RVX 383 for £200, which is better one to go for?
Sandy10124 m ago

Richer sounds also selling the Yamaha RVX 383 for £200, which is better …Richer sounds also selling the Yamaha RVX 383 for £200, which is better one to go for?


Go for the Yamaha, they make good recievers. I have the A2060 and it’s awesome.
the__cat49 m ago

6 and a sub for a 5.1 system??


Ehh no 6 speakers including the sub which is actually a speaker,
IanMacLeod29 m ago

Ehh no 6 speakers including the sub which is actually a speaker,


That's his point. You said "six speakers and a subwoofer"
Naruto1 h, 8 m ago

I wouldn't even get this for a beginner set up personally. Lacks many …I wouldn't even get this for a beginner set up personally. Lacks many features. Pioneer do however produce loud and crisp sound though.


Which features exactly?
Naruto1 h, 8 m ago

I wouldn't even get this for a beginner set up personally. Lacks many …I wouldn't even get this for a beginner set up personally. Lacks many features. Pioneer do however produce loud and crisp sound though.


Such as?
rev62 h, 39 m ago

They'll work fine with 2 speakers. I don't know what a "proper surround …They'll work fine with 2 speakers. I don't know what a "proper surround system" is. You mean speakers?


I mean 5:1 which is what theae are meant to work with.
I set my Denon up with audyssey etc to cater for 2 pairs in stereo. Small room etc..etc.
I never got it as good as running a hifi amp and 2 sets of speakers despite hours of ******* about with it. Adverts are less invasive now even though I had all the dynamics engaged on the denon. I let the TV manage the sound before it arrives at the amp having plugged all sources in to the tv.
Life is simpler and viewing more enjoyable.
Just my experience. Ymmv.
Edited by moderator: "removed swear word" 6th Jan
Jonnyblock1 h, 30 m ago

I have the vsx-529 which lacks Bluetooth but unlike this one does have an …I have the vsx-529 which lacks Bluetooth but unlike this one does have an extra hdmi on the front, so I think I'll stick.



I've also got the VSX-529. Impressed me with the actual sound from it -,much more dynamic than my older Yamaha system it replaced. Network DLNA stuff and Airplay is very hit or miss though and the on screen user interface is dismal. If I didn't like the sound so much it would have been replaced a while ago.
Had this for less than a week before i returned it and paid extra for the Yamaha
Problems with lip sync and HDMI handshake issues even after upgrading all my HDMI cables

The manager said he would never have sold me pioneer had he served my originally
wh43127 m ago

Which features exactly?


For the price I can't find any lacking features.
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