Pioneer introduced Tuesday its entry model VSX-531 5.1 channel AV receiver with Bluetooth support.

The Pioneer-line AVR rings in at an affordable $270 suggested retail price and is available now. It supports 4K Ultra HD video resolution through HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection, up to 24-bit video signals, will pass through high dynamic range (HDR) metadata, up to 60 fps high frame rates, and 4:4:4 chroma sub sampling to support the latest video standards.

The built-in Bluetooth v 3.0 system will pair with handheld devices to wirelessly stream playlists, and even works with AAC codecs that compress audio files for wireless transmission without affecting their quality.

The receiver also uses Phase Control technology, which effectively eliminates phase lag and enriches deep, low-frequency tones without losing details.

Read more about Pioneer’s entry VSX-531 AV receiver after the jump:

The VSX-531 is a 5.1-channel AV receiver with 140 Watts (1 kHz 1 percent THD @ 6 Ohms 1ch Driven) or 80 Watts (8 ohms 20 Hz-20 kHz THD 0.08 percent 2ch Driven FTC) per channel of power.

It also integrates a Direct Energy Design that allows a high-power simultaneous multi-channel drive.

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The VSX-531 supports high-def audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio to support immersive Blu-ray disc surround sound.

The receiver also incorporates Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever that restores the fidelity of compressed audio output from formats such as WMA, AAC, and MP3 to CD-quality sound levels by creating new signals that restore the subtle details left out during the compression process, the company said.

Also included is a front-panel USB input that will accept thumb drives to play back favorite digital music files.

By Greg Tarr


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