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by Marc Rushton

4th May, 2017

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If you haven’t upgraded your ageing AV Receiver to take advantage of the Dolby Atmos or DTS:X immersive experience yet, now might be just the time.

One of the biggest names in home entertainment, Pioneer, announced today two new network AV receivers, the 5.1-channel VSX-832 and 7.2-channel VSX-932.

The VSX-832 is the first in the range to support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X reproduction though 3.1.2 channel layouts, while the VSX-932 offers object-based audio reproduction through 5.2.2 channels.

Power hasn’t been sacrificed for features, with both AV Receivers offering 130 watts per channel.

Sound quality is still high on the agenda for a brand which built their reputation on high quality sound. Both AV Receivers feature AKM’s AK4438 384 kHz/32-bit high resolution digital-to-analog convertors (DAC).  

Pioneer VSX-832

Pioneer’s MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System) creates an ideal listening environment in media rooms and entertainment spaces. With the supplied microphone, the system automatically compensates for differences in speaker size, level, and distance, phase, and equalizes response.

If you’ve been working with an older AV Receiver you may have run into HDMI compatibility issues by now. All HDMI terminals on both models support 4K/60p, 4:4:4 24-bit video pass-through, and the HDCP 2.2 digital copy-protection standard for playback of premium content.

Video with HDR (High Dynamic Range) in HDR10 or Dolby Vision formats is passed through to a compatible display, as is video supporting BT.2020 for vividly rich colour performance.

Pioneer VSX-932

If the allure of multi-room audio has difficult to resist, Pioneer’s two new models will appeal. Both AV Receivers feature FireConnect technology, meaning you can mirror network audio and sources connected to the AV receivers’ analog inputs, from streaming services to vinyl records and stream it across the home on FireConnect compatible wireless speakers.

From the built-in Google Chromecast to DTS Play-Fi, to on-board Internet radio and online music services including Spotify, TuneIn, TIDAL, and Deezer, it’s not likely you’ll ever run out of things to listen to.

The bugbear of many buying a new AV Reciever is the often complicated initial setup and connection. Not so in this case, thanks to Pioneer’s intuitive graphic based user interface, you can simply make the HDMI connection to your TV or projector and follow the prompts and you’ll be up and running in no time.

The Pioneer VSX-832 ($999 RRP) and VSX-932 ($1299 RRP) are available now.

For more information visit the Pioneer brand page.

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StereoNET's Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers and headphones. Marc is also the founder of the annual International HiFi Show.

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Posted in: Home Theatre
Tags: pioneer  powermove