Pioneer VSX-1131 review

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Big. Powerful. Muscular. Words we traditionally associate with Yamaha and Onkyo’s affordable AV receivers. Not Pioneer’s, whose signature sound has always been more about precision and agility.

We’ve noticed things changing in recent years with the Pioneer’s budget and mid-priced VSX range of receivers gaining in richness and heft, with last year’s VSX-930 achieving a hitherto elusive fifth star.

There’s no VSX-931 this year, the feature-laden VSX-1131 taking its place – and this £550/$825 AV receiver is a powerful beast.

Sound

We start with the two-hour cinematic chase that is Mad Max: Fury Road, and the VSX-1131 roars into life. As the monstrous cars tear through the desert wasteland, the receiver rumbles and charges through the soundtrack with stacks of energy.
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