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Pioneer Elite® VSX-90

7.2-channel home theater receiver with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, Apple® AirPlay® and Dolby Atmos®

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Our take on the Pioneer Elite® VSX-90

We're proud to count Pioneer's Elite line among our A/V receiver offerings. An exceptional value for the advanced feature set it offers, the VSX-90 wears the Elite designation well. Take full advantage of cutting-edge surround sound and video formats with Dolby Atmos and 4K Ultra HD pass-through, for the most immersive home theater experience to date. With ample options for wireless music streaming, you'll be able to cue your favorite tracks instantly and sample new music anytime you like. Intuitive setup and control apps give you easy, convenient operation of your system from your phone or tablet.

Home entertainment, redefined

We're proud to count Pioneer's Elite line among our A/V receiver offerings. An exceptional value for the advanced feature set it offers, the VSX-90 wears the Elite designation well. Take full advantage of cutting-edge surround sound and video formats with Dolby Atmos and 4K Ultra HD pass-through, for the most immersive home theater experience to date. With ample options for wireless music streaming, you'll be able to cue your favorite tracks instantly and sample new music anytime you like. Intuitive setup and control apps give you easy, convenient operation of your system from your phone or tablet.

Take your home theater above and beyond with Dolby Atmos

A technology that just made its debut in home theater receivers last year, Dolby Atmos creates the most lifelike, captivating surround sound of any audio format to date. If you're watching a plane take off onscreen, your ears will follow it down the runway along with your eyes, and as it flies overhead you might swear your hair is blowing back as it roars directly above you. The VSX-90 supports a 5.1.2 Atmos setup. If you're ready to explore this new dimension in home theater sound, you'll just need to add a pair of in-ceiling speakers to your five-channel system, or pick up a pair of Atmos enabled upward-firing speakers to project sound off your ceiling and create the height effects that make an Atmos system so riveting.

Connections you can put to good use

If you're waiting for more Atmos content before taking the plunge, there are other things you can do with the VSX-90's height channels in the meantime. Use them to power a pair of rear surrounds in a traditional 7-channel system, bi-amp your main speakers for increased clarity, or reassign them to get stereo sound in a separate room. A second HDMI out means you can also send video to a second zone. Don't want the kids distracting you while you're catching up on your Netflix shows? Pop in a Blu-ray for them to watch in Zone 2 while you enjoy your favorite shows in the living room. Two subwoofer outputs with the option to use the second one in Zone 2 give you even further flexibility.

Get more music from more sources

The VSX-90 connects to your home network for instant access to your entire digital music library. vTuner® makes thousands of global Internet radio stations instantly available, and a comprehensive array of wireless music streaming options including Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay means you'll never be at a loss for good music. If you have a Spotify® subscription, Spotify Connect gives you wireless access to the entire Spotify music library, complete with onscreen album art and music info, and you can play all of your favorite Pandora® stations, too.

High-quality audio and pinpoint surround sound accuracy

The VSX-90 boasts a built-in ESS SABRE digital-to-analog-converter that lets you get the most out of all your digital music, including compressed music files. There is also support for high-resolution playback of WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, and DSD files, along with multi-channel WAV and FLAC files. When it comes to home theater sound, Pioneer's MCACC Pro calibration system with full support for Dolby Atmos will take care of compensating for differences in speaker size, distance and level, taking into account your room's layout to give you spot-on audio performance with minimal effort. Just connect the included setup microphone to the receiver, and the rest of the process is automatic.

Easy interactive setup and control

Setting up the VSX-90 is a straightforward process. Pioneer's Start-Up Navi app takes you through your initial network setup, and the receiver's built-in AVNavigator gives you a step-by-step walkthrough of all of the connections. You can fine-tune your settings using your computer, smartphone, or tablet. The Interactive Contents section of the AVNavigator lets you explore all of the receiver's features. Just push a button on the virtual remote, and AVNavigator will activate a given feature and tell you what it does. Once you're all set up, the iControlAV5 app for Apple and Android™ lets you use your device as a Wi-Fi remote to control your system.

Product Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Discrete Direct Energy amplifier design for consistent multi-channel sound quality
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
    • Dolby Atmos processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping surround sound; compatible with 7-channel setups
    • 4K Ultra HD upscaling
    • Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration Pro automatically optimizes your speakers for your room and setup (microphone included)
    • Subwoofer EQ and Standing Wave Control help deliver accurate, even bass throughout the room
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • built-in Wi-Fi for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and online music services
      • includes support for Pandora and thousands of free Internet radio stations with vTuner
      • Spotify Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through the receiver via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
    • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer running iTunes
    • DLNA-certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer
      • PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution; DSD files up to 2.8 MHz
    • MHL-ready HDMI input for accessing content from select Android smartphones, tablets, and Roku streaming media sticks
    • HTC Connect™ for wireless music streaming from a compatible HTC smartphone
    • gapless playback of digital music files
    Multi-room Audio/Video:
    • dual-room/dual-source output for audio playback from two different sources at the same time
    • 2 independent HDMI outputs for watching video content from different sources in two zones simultaneously
    • powered and line-level outputs for second room allow simultaneous 5.2-channel sound in main room
    Audio Performance Features:
    • 24-bit/192kHz ESS SABRE™ Premier digital-to-analog converter for exceptional sound from stereo and multichannel sources
    • Advanced Sound Retriever restores details to MP3s and other compressed digital music files
    • Sound Retriever Air listening mode restores detail when using Bluetooth audio sources
    • 24-bit processing engine adds detail and smoothness to CD-quality audio signals
    • bi-amp compatible front left and right speakers by reassigning surround back/zone 2 channels
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 7 in, 2 out (includes 1 front-panel input)
      • HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (BD, DVD, SAT/CBL inputs and monitor outputs only)
    • component video switching: 1 in
    • composite video switching: 2 in, 1 out
    • digital audio inputs: 1 optical and 1 coaxial
    • 3 analog stereo audio inputs
    • 2 preamp outputs for powered subwoofers
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • front-panel USB input for connecting an iPod®, iPhone®, or thumb drive
      • direct digital connection for iPod or iPhone bypasses the device's digital-to-analog converter for better sound
    • outputs for 9 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Top Middle L/R)
    • receiver can power a maximum of 7 channels at once
    • Ethernet port
    • RS-232C port for use with external controllers
    • IR in/out and 12-volt trigger
    • full-sized headphone jack
    General Features:
    • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
    • simplified rear panel layout with clearly labeled configuration options
    • dual Wi-Fi antennas for greater network range
    • free iControlAV5 app for iOS® and Android™ lets you control the receiver with your smartphone or tablet
    • AVNavigator walks you through connections and setup using your computer, tablet, or smartphone (requires a network connection to your receiver)
    • IP Control lets you operate the receiver from a web browser control screen on a Windows PC connected to your home network
    • energy-saving ECO Mode
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • AM/FM tuner with 63 presets
    • learning remote control
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-9/16"H x 16-5/16"D
    • weight: 21.6 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • 7.2ch AV receiver
    • 6.5' AC power cord
    • Remote control (AXD7723)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Auto-calibration microphone
    • FM wire antenna
    • AM loop antenna
    • Operating Instructions on CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty Card
    • Safety Brochure
    • "Preventing Shorting of Speaker Cords" note
    • "Bluetooth/MCACC Setup" note
    • Software Update Notice

    For the money it would be hard to get a better receiver than this one!!

    Jon, albertville, AL


    Pioneer Elite® VSX-90 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (14 Reviews)

    Definite upgrade in sound...

    Cory B from Ladera Ranch, CA on 4/10/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After about a month of using this Pioneer receiver, I've really enjoyed it. I purchased it to replace a Denon (AVR-3806) that was about 10 years old because the current home theater technology had passed it by. The Pioneer receiver powers Definitive Technology speakers (Mains- BP-7001SC, Center- C/L/R- 3000, Side and Rear- BPVX/P) and surprisingly sounds better than the Denon which cost twice as much (when the Denon was new). I've found the Pioneer VSX-90 to not only sound very smooth with my speaker system, but to be user friendly in accessing and adjusting the settings to my preferences. My side and surround sound speakers are all wall-mounted, so I can't speak to the quality of the Dolby Atmos feature, but I'm sure that it will sound very nice if that's what you're interested in. If I could do it again, I'd definitely purchase this one again (and I did an exhaustive listening search including Yamaha, Marantz, Sony, this Pioneer and others, and Denon). This goes without saying, but Crutchfield was a pleasure to work with...yet again.

    Pros: Sound quality, ease of use

    Cons: None that I've come across yet.

    Pioneer Elite® VSX-90 Review

    Steve from cabot, AR on 3/20/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Upgraded from HK AVR-247 to gain more HDMI inputs and features. Fairly easy setup for those who have setup an AVR before. Connection to WiFi is quick once you know what you are doing; setting up on iPad could not be done for me. I ended using the on-screen menu and WiFi Protected setup and it worked like a charm. Still exploring features and setting the unit up for my JBL 5.2.2 Surround Sound configuration. So far impressed with ease of use. Need to get a few movies through it to enjoy the clarity. Really like being able to access menus via smart phone and iPad.

    Pros: Zone 2 speaker outputs for outdoor speaker usage on patio.

    Cons: While not difficult to setup, receiver is still not as easy to setup as a smart TV.


    Jon from albertville, AL on 2/20/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money it would be hard to get a better receiver than this one!!

    Pros: Easy to use ,good price, great sound

    Cons: Airplay is difficult to use

    Pioneer VSX-90

    Mike from Washington on 1/10/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had the same Pioneer receiver for over 20 years and recently decided to upgrade. Wow, what a difference. The sound quality is phenomenal. Paired with the Dolby Atmos enabled speakers it's like my own little movies theater. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who enjoys theater quality sound in their own home.

    Pros: All the HDMI inputs, Blutooth and WiFi connectivity and ease of operating this unit either with the remote or my cell phone.

    Cons: The setup was a little involved but well worth it in the end

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    alsettleBusaguy from International Falls, MN on 1/3/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    You just can't go wrong with Pioneer, over the years I have bought many Pioneer products and have always been satisfied, they just make great products.

    Pros: What can I say, great product with all the bells and whistles that you need

    Cons: none

    Pioneer VSX-90

    Dan from Florida on 1/2/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This replaces a older Denon and while not as powerful at 100 watts/ channel, it is plenty powerful for my room. The surround sound reproduction is so far superior to my old AVR-4800, as I would expect from a product 15 years newer, still was a nice surprise. I currently am only using 5.1 channels, but may add speakers for the Atmos channels. I do not have vinyl any longer so lack of a phono input was not a problem for me. The manual is on disc and so for novices setting up and programming could be a challenge. I have had the unit 2 weeks and it is a great product and having caught it on sale just made it better.

    Pros: Great surround calibration

    Cons: No phono input and manual on disc

    vsx-90 pioneer elite

    Moldy from Washington on 12/30/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good unit

    Pros: very good

    Cons: none

    Great receiver; annoying setup app

    Len from Bellevue, WA on 12/30/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is great! It is my first network capable receiver. I've been hesitating to get a network capable receiver because of many bad things I heard, mostly how unreliable they are. I have this receiver for a week. So far, it is very reliable. I am loving the Spotify Connect feature. Everything is working very well. It sounds good. The video looks pretty good too. There are plenty of power for my demanding speakers. On the negative side, I don't like the Pioneer's Start-up Navi app. You don't have to use it to setup the receiver. I wish I didn't because it is very annoying. It is not flexible. The app makes a lot of assumption how you will connect to the receiver. I have to run it three times to get it set up the way I want it. I can do without this app. However, the iControlAV5 app seems pretty cool! I've only used it once but it seems to provide some good and handy feature. One last comment. MCACC Pro is great but not without problem. It analyze a lot of things which I appreciate but it did not detect my speaker accurately. My surround speakers are actually full range floor-stand speakers and MCACC Pro detect that as small. It also set the cross-over to high. Once I changed it from 150Hz down to 100Hz, I feel that the sound is fuller and without gap.

    Pros: Reliable receiver; good power; MCACC Pro does a lot of analysis; iControlAV5 seems like a cool app!

    Cons: Start-up Navi app made too many assumption how I used the receiver; MCACC Pro was not accurate in detecting my speaker.

    Great For 4K System

    Dave from South Carolina on 12/13/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this receiver to replace a Yamaha RX-A3030 receiver that didn't have HDCP 2.2 support. It is driving a pair of Klipsch RF-7 main speakers, Klipsch RC-35 Center Speaker, a pair of Klipsch RS-25 rear surround, a pair of Klipsch RA 41 side surround, a pair of Klipsch VS-14 for Dolby ATMOS, and a Klipsch SW-110 subwoofer. After running the Pioneer speaker calibration, I hear sounds that I never heard before, even on some old TV shows, i.e., NYPD Blue. When the set is in the detective office, I can hear other people talking in the background. I kept turning around, thinking that I heard someone behind me.

    Pros: WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 support.

    Cons: Unable to use an external USB keyboard, when renaming the HDMI ports.

    A good upgrade

    JeffM from Florida on 9/25/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver to replace a unit that was lacking Bluetooth, Airplay, and wireless networking. I am pleased with the performance so far. Airplay works flawlessly with my iPod Touch for streaming Tidal, and I get great picture/audio from my cable box. Having said that, my main test for any new piece of gear is, how easy is it to set up and use? How intuitive are the menus? I feel the Pioneer falls short in that regard. I like a unit that is so easy to program that I don't need to open the manual. The Pioneer isn't that unit. I don't regret my decision; it sounds great and functions well, it just requires a little extra work on the front end.

    Pros: Airplay, Bluetooth, wireless networking

    Cons: Not -so-intuitive menu structure

    Excellant Receiver

    Darrin from Washington on 7/31/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The VSX-90 from Pioneer is packed full of great features. No wonder why this model is an Elite series. It has it all... Bluetooth, wifi, 2nd zone, HD zone and 7.2 Atmos Surround Sound. With the on screen wizard, setup was a incredible easy.

    Pros: Bluetooth, wifi, Zone 2, HD zone and 7.2 Atmos Surround Sound, Control through App., on-screen menu and setup.

    Cons: I am using Zone 2 for my outside speakers. It would have been nice if it was powered. Even though going through an external amp, the volume is turned up quite a bit to hear the music.

    Excellent Receiver

    DavidK from Florida on 7/27/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This replaced a 5 year old Yamaha receiver that kept having the two front channels going in and out. I use it in a 5.1 setup hooked up to my computer, Blu-ray player, and turntable. Its a huge improvement over my old receiver and even eliminated most of the background noise from my TT.

    Pros: The sound is great from both digital and analog. Tons of features and room for growth. Easy to update. Easy to setup. Huge improvement over my old receiver.

    Cons: The only real con would be the Bluetooth, one of the big reasons I went for this receiver. Its kind of clunky having to manually connect to it every time and then a lot of the time the music just wants to stutter as if the receiver and my phone aren't in sync with one another. I didn't take any stars off for this as I'm going to blame my Blackberry Z10 which doesn't play well with other devices. Would have been nice to have a second optical input but not a big deal.

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    DaleG from Nevada on 7/20/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing quality. Even with older speaker system, the sound in my house is full and rich. This receiver has added so much to my system. Not to mention the features of blue tooth and WiFi.

    Pros: With the many complex options or features on this receiver, it was amazingly simple to set up. Once it is connected to your WiFi, there is a simple guided process to follow to ensure you get the most out of this receiver.

    Cons: None. (Except now I want to upgrade the rest of my system)

    Awesome Product

    EJG from New York on 7/20/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the first receiver I have ever bought and was recommended by a Crutchfield advisor for what I wanted to use it for. I have a 5.1 surround sound in my family room and plan on using the other two channels outdoors on my deck using the dual zone feature on this unit. It sounds great and has more than enough pwr to drive my speakers.

    Pros: Easy to use, Works great with an Iphone, Plenty of power, Great Sound.

    Cons: N/A


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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 100
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20Hz-20kHz Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 6.0 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 6.0 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 6.0 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready Yes
    Bluetooth Built-in
    Apple AirPlay Built in
    App Remote Control Yes
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration MCACC Pro
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video Yes
    HDR-compatible Firmware update required
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    4K Video Upscaling Yes
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion Yes
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible Yes
    Multibrand Remote Control Yes
    Learning Remote Yes
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 6-9/16
    Depth (inches) 16-5/16
    Weight (pounds) 21.6
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Multi-room Video Yes
    Multi-room HDMI Output Yes
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, DD+, TrueHD
    Dolby Atmos Yes
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, 96/24, Neo:6
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 7
    Audio-only Inputs 2
    Component Video Inputs 1
    Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
    Optical Digital Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 7
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1
    Removable Power Cord IEC 2-prong

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    Audio Section
    Video Section
    Network & Tuner Functions
    iPod/USB Integration
    Convenience Features
    Remote + Bluetooth Control

    Audio Section

    Discrete Direct Energy Amplification: The Pioneer Elite VSX-90 AV receiver is equipped with a discrete 7-channel amplifier rated at 100 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20Hz-20kHz, with 0.08% THD, driving 2 channels). The Discrete Direct Energy Amplifier design creates a wide range frequency response that makes it ideal for reproducing new high resolution audio formats. With this proprietary amplifier design, Pioneer's engineers have found the key to managing the wide fluctuations in heat that can significantly alter the overall audio performance of each of the discrete amplified channels. By utilizing a new temperature compensation circuitry of the temperature fluctuations are effectively minimized between channels to maintain high quality audio from all connected devices. The Direct Energy amplifier also features a low impedance, high current, and compact circuit design to maximize performance in the critical output stages.

    Amplifier Assignment: The VSX-90's seven discrete amplifier channels can be configured to accommodate your type of home theater setup. Both the Surround Back and Front Wide/Top Middle speaker terminals can be connected at the same time. In this case sound will be automatically output from either the surround back or front wide/top middle speakers based on the type of surround format.

    • Surround Back (7.2ch): The AV receiver's amplifier channels can be configured as Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, and Surround Back Left/Right for Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx 7.1ch playback.
    • Dolby Atmos (5.2.2ch): The receiver's amplifier channels can be configured as Front Left/Right, Center, Top Middle Left/Right and Surround Left/Right for Dolby Atmos 5.2.2ch playback.
    • Front Wide (7.2ch): The receiver's amplifier channels can also be configured as Front Left/Right, Front Wide Left/Right, Center, and Surround Left/Right for more front effects from select surround sound formats.
    • Bi-Amp (5.2ch): Five speakers are powered in the main room (Front L/R, center, and Surround L/R) with the surround back amplifier channels reassigned to bi-amp the front speakers. A bi-amplification connection uses two amplifiers for one speaker. One amplifier is connected to the woofer section of a loudspeaker while the other is connected to the combined midrange and tweeter section. With this arrangement each amplifier operates over a limited frequency range, making its job easier.
    • Speaker B (5.2ch + 2ch): The VSX-90's amplifier channels can be configured as Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, and Speaker B for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II 5.1ch playback in the main zone and 2ch PCM playback of the same source in another room.
    • Zone2 (5.2ch + 2ch): In addition, the AV receiver's amplifier channels can be configured as Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, and Zone 2 for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II 5.1ch playback in the main zone and 2ch PCM playback of a different source in the second zone.

    192kHz/24-bit ESS Sabre DACs + TI Aureus DSP Engine: The Pioneer VSX-90 receiver is equipped with 192kHz/24-bit ESS Sabre Premier digital-to-analog converters (DACs) to decode and playback high-resolution recordings with clearer sound. The VSX-90 AV receiver is equipped with a Texas Instruments (TI) Aureus Digital Signal Processor (DSP) Engine for better surround sound reproduction.

    PQLS Jitter Reduction: PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock System) is a digital audio signal transfer control technology using the HDMI Control function. It offers higher-quality audio playback by controlling audio signals from the receiver to a PQLS compatible Pioneer Blu-ray player. This enables removing jitter that has a negative effect on the quality of the sound and is generated upon transmission.

    Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Pioneer Elite VSX-90 AV receiver supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding formats.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

    Dolby Atmos: Dolby Atmos is one of the most significant home entertainment introductions since the launch of surround sound. Dolby Atmos adds height to the sonic landscape, creating a true 3D, multi-dimensional space that puts listeners inside the experience. Played through Atmos-enabled speakers like the new Elite Home Theater Speaker System or dedicated ceiling-mounted speakers (all sold separately), theatrical releases created in Dolby Atmos simply come alive. Dolby Atmos brings new life to traditional soundtracks, putting sounds into motion and delivering the full impact of the artist's work like never before. To enjoy Dolby Atmos, users must have Blu-ray Disc content encoded for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos-enabled receiver, and new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, add-on modules, or at least two overhead speakers.

    • Ceiling Mounted Speakers: Ceiling speakers are used for maximizing effects in Dolby Atmos listening mode. Install these speakers midway between the position just above the listening position and the position just above the front speakers, or simply install them just above the listening position.
    • Dolby Enabled Speakers: There are two types of Dolby Enabled Speakers; one is to be placed on the top board of other speakers such as front speakers and surround speakers; the other is integrated within the front or surround speakers. Dolby Enabled Speakers are designed with their output facing toward the ceiling to create an elevated audio effect in the Dolby Atmos mode by providing sounds echoing off the ceiling.
    Note: Globally, more than 100 cinema blockbusters have been released featuring Dolby Atmos soundtracks in the past two years, and many more are on the way. Major Hollywood studios are partnering with Dolby to create home video versions of both current box office releases and previously released favorites for release starting in 2014.

    Dolby Surround: Dolby Surround offers an enhanced cinema experience to your Dolby Digital (Plus/TrueHD) and DTS (ES/HD) movie soundtracks using your existing 7.1ch or Dolby Atmos speaker setup. Dolby Surround enhances audio definition by improving the spatial dimension and overall audio definition of movie soundtracks. It does this by using four distinct surround zones that provide greater control over the exact placement of each detail in a movie sound track, so audio can be matched more accurately to the video on screen; this means more depth and greater realism for your movies. As a result, individual sounds are clearer and more distinct. It also improves the surround sound experience across the entire theater by widening the listening "sweet spot".

    MCACC Pro Room Calibration: MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration) is taken to a new level of performance with MCACC Pro. Designed by Pioneer for Atmos-enabled receivers and speaker systems, MCACC Pro calibrates sound output using a microphone to monitor the sound environment and an equalizer to optimize and precision-tune each speaker to the room. Pioneer engineers have even included dual independent subwoofer output tuning, each with individual EQ. Tailoring left- and right-channel low frequency response curves lets you achieve optimum subwoofer performance based on specific room placement, creating powerful bass response and seamless integration with your main speaker system. With the push of a button, it's like having a professional acoustical engineer fine-tune your home theater system.

    • Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (MCACC): The VSX-90 features Pioneer's exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC), providing an optimized multi-channel listening experience by measuring every speaker's connection, noting its size and distance from the listening point, sound levels and timbre in order to calibrate, customize and maximize performance specifically for your room. An auto-calibration microphone is included.
      • 3 Correction Curves: After a single calibration is performed, each of the following three correction curves can be stored separately in the MCACC memory. SYMMETRY implements symmetric correction for each pair of left and right speakers to flatten the frequency-amplitude characteristics. ALL CH ADJ is a 'flat' setting where all the speakers are set individually so no special weighting is given to any one channel. FRONT ALIGN sets all speakers in accordance with the front speaker settings (no equalization is applied to the front left and right channels.
      • EQ Pro & S-Wave: In addition to measurements at the listening position, you can use two more reference points for which test tones will be analyzed for standing waves. This is useful if you want to get a balanced 'flat' calibration for several seating positions in your listening area. Place the microphone at the reference point indicated on-screen and note that the last microphone placement will be at your main listening position.
      • Discrete Subwoofer EQ: The dual discrete subwoofer EQ determines the distance and characteristics of both of your subwoofers, and makes adjustments using four different frequency parameters and an extremely low-latency DSP to reduce phase and timing errors that are often found in other room calibration systems.
      • Full Band Phase Control: The AV receiver's Full Band Phase Control feature uses phase correction measurements to make sure your system's sound arrives at the listening position in phase, preventing unwanted distortion and/or coloring of the sound. Full Band Phase Control technology takes into account each speaker's high-, mid-, and low-frequency ranges respectively. As a results, the AV receiver provides coherent sound reproduction through the use of phase matching for an optimal sound image at your listening position.
    • Manual MCACC Setup: You can use the settings in the Manual MCACC setup menu to make detailed adjustments, after the Auto MCACC Setup has completed.
      • Fine Channel Level: You can achieve better surround sound by properly adjusting the overall balance of your speaker system. You can adjust the Channel Level of each speaker in 0.5 dB increments (+/-12dB).
      • Precision Speaker Distance: For proper sound depth and separation with your system, it is necessary to add a slight bit of delay to some speakers so that all sounds will arrive at the listening position at the same time. You can adjust the distance of each speaker within a millimeter.
      • Standing Wave: Acoustic standing waves occur when, under certain conditions, sound waves from your speaker system resonate mutually with sound waves reflected off the walls in your listening area. This can have a negative effect on the overall sound, especially at certain lower frequencies. Depending on speaker placement, your listening position, and ultimately the shape of your room, it results in an overly resonant (boomy) sound. The Standing Wave Control uses filters to reduce the effect of overly resonant sounds in your listening area.
      • EQ Adjust: Acoustic Calibration Equalization is a kind of room equalizer for your speakers (excluding the subwoofer). It works by measuring the acoustic characteristics of your room and neutralizing the ambient characteristics that can color the original source material (providing a 'flat' equalization setting).
      • EQ Professional: This setup minimizes the unwanted effects of room reverberation by allowing you to calibrate your system based on the direct sound coming from the speakers. Performing the Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional procedure is effective when the lower frequencies seem overly reverberant in your listening room.

    Stream Direct Modes: You can use the receiver's two Direct Modes when you want to hear the truest possible reproduction of a source; all unnecessary signal processing is bypassed.

    • Direct: Sources are heard according to the settings made in the Manual Speaker Setup (speaker setting, channel level, speaker distance), as well as with dual mono settings. You will hear sources according to the number of channel in the signal.
    • Pure Direct: Analog and PCM sources are heard without any digital processing.

    Advanced Surround Modes: The Advance Surround Modes create a variety of surround effects. You can choose from Action, Drama, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop, Front Stage Surround, Extended Stereo, or Headphone Surround.

    • Front Stage Surround: Allows you to create a virtual surround effect using only front speakers and a powered subwoofer.
    • Extended Stereo: Allows you to listen to multi-channel stereo through all 7.1 speakers.
    • Headphone Surround: When listening through headphones, you can still get a virtual surround sound effect.

    Audio Enhancements: The Pioneer Elite VSX-90 offers several audio enhancement settings to improve your listening experience.

    • Advanced Sound Retriever: Even compressed audio such as WMA, MP3, and AAC is enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever, by filling in areas where subtle details were left out during the compression process. When audio data is removed during the compression process, sound quality often suffers from an uneven sound image. The Sound Retriever feature employs new DSP technology that helps bring CD quality sound back to compressed 2-channel audio by restoring sound pressure and smoothing jagged artifacts left over after compression.
    • Hi-Bit 24: This feature creates a wider dynamic range with digital sources; like CDs, DVDs, or BDs. Smoother, more delicate musical expression can be achieved by converting 16-bit PCM or 20-bit compressed audio signals to 24-bit.
    • X-Curve: Most soundtracks mixed for cinema sound too bright when played back in large rooms. The X-Curve setting acts as a kind of re-equalization for home theater listening, and restores proper tonal balance of movie soundtracks.
    • Dialogue Enhancement: Localizes dialog in the center channel to make it stand out from other background sounds in a TV or movie soundtrack. By moving from UP1 through UP2 and UP3 up to UP4, you can make the sound source seem to relocate upwards.
    • Auto Phase Control Plus: The LFE channel can be delayed on some recordings. This function automatically corrects phase shifting on such recordings. This feature is particularly effective when playing multi-channel music containing low frequency effects (LFE).

    Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters.

    • Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II/x Music format, there are three further enhancements you can adjust - Panorama (broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels), Dimension (allows you to move the soundfield forward or backward), and Center Width (allows you to adjust the width of the center channel).
    • Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 7 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).
    • Virtual Settings: Choose between 4 Virtual Speaker Modes - V.Height (when you're not using front height speakers, selecting this mode allows you to hear a virtual front height channel through your front speakers), V.Wide (when you're not using front wide speakers, selecting this mode allows you to hear a virtual front wide channel through your front speakers), V.Depth (when this mode is selected, the soundfield expands virtually behind the display, resulting a soundfield with the same depth as the 3D picture to achieve a better sense of presence), or V.SB (when you're not using surround back speakers, selecting this mode allows you to hear a virtual surround back channel through your surround speaker)

    Audio Level Controls: The Pioneer Elite VSX-90 offers a variety of audio level controls to tailor your audio.

    • Auto Level Control: The Auto Level Control lets you hear high frequency sounds, dialog, and surround effects better at low listening volumes.
    • Input Volume Absorber: This feature can be used to correct for the differences in volume levels between input sources.
    • Dynamic Range Control: This function adjusts the level of dynamic range for movie soundtracks optimized for Dolby Digital/DTS formats. This feature is helpful when listening to Dolby Digital/DTS soundtracks at low volume levels.
    • Loudness: The Loudness function is used to get good bass and treble from music sources at low volumes.
    • LFE Attenuate: Dolby Digital and DTS audio sources can include ultra-low bass tones. Set the LFE Attenuator as necessary to prevent the ultra low bass tones from distorting the sound from the speakers. The LFE attenuator can be set to 0, -5, -10, -15, or -20 dB.

    Audio Connections: Here is a lists of some of the audio connections that you'll find on the VSX-90 AV receiver.

    • Digital Inputs: The Pioneer Elite receiver is equipped with one optical digital input and one coaxial digital input.
    • Speaker Terminals: The receiver is equipped with binding posts for all speaker terminals. The binding post terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), single banana plugs, and pin connectors.
    • Dual Sub Pre-Outs: For compatibility with dual subwoofer home theater systems, the VSX-90 features two non-discrete subwoofer outputs; the same signal is output from each sub output.
    • Headphone Jack: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.

    Video Section

    HDMI 2.0: The VSX-90 provides connectivity for all your sources like Blu-ray Disc players, cable boxes, and gaming consoles. Offering seven HDMI 2.0 inputs (6 rear/1 front) and two HDMI 2.0 outputs (Main/Zone 2), the VSX-90 handles 4K Ultra HD video at 60 frames per seconds. 4K Ultra HD is the latest high-definition video display format, with four times the resolution of 1080p. Ready to deliver 4K Ultra HD video signals to a compatible TV, the Pioneer Elite VSX-90 supports home theater systems dedicated to producing the highest quality picture available today.

    • 4K/60Hz/4:4:4 + HDCP 2.2: All of the receiver's HDMI jacks support 4K Ultra-HD. However, only HDMI inputs labeled "1", "2", and "BD, as well as the HDMI Main output support full-bandwidth transmission of 4K video @ 60 frames per second with 4:4:4 color subsampling. The receiver's HDMI "1/2/BD" inputs and both HDMI outputs also support HDCP 2.2 HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Copy Protection, ensuring the receiver's compatibility with the many upcoming 4K Ultra-HD sources and televisions.
    • 3D Ready: The VSX-90 AV receiver supports 3D HDMI pass-through from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI). 3D provides a more engaging audio and video consumer experience. Note that special eyewear may be required for viewing 3D content.
    • Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The VSX-90 also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
    • ARC (Audio Return Channel): The receiver's HDMI Main output supports ARC. This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
    • AV LipSync: This function adjusts the delay between audio and video output. You can do this manually or have the receiver set the AV LipSync function automatically. The AV LipSync can be adjusted from 0 - 800 msec.
    • HDMI Standby Through: HDMI Standby Through mode lets video and audio signals pass through the VSX-90 to the TV even when the receiver is off.

    4K Ultra-HD Upscaling & Conversion: The VSX-90 employs the Marvel Qdeo Video Scaler to upscale 1080p HDMI video to 4K Ultra-HD for exceptional picture quality. The Pioneer Elite receiver can also upconvert composite and component video to HDMI; this is done without any upscaling (video resolution will remain the same).

    HDR Compatible (via Firmware Update): The Pioneer VSX-90 will support transmission of HDR (High Dynamic Range) video adopted by next generation 4K Blu-ray. Firmware update available on Pioneer's website.

    MHL-Compatible HDMI Port: One of the rear HDMI inputs is MHL compatible. This MHL compatible HDMI port provides easy, direct connection of MHL compatible Android smartphones. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phone is supported. The receiver will also charge your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV receiver's remote control. Check here for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.

    Analog Video Inputs/Outputs: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the receiver provide analog video inputs and outputs. There are two composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output that will support 480i video signals only. There is also one component video input that will support up to 1080p video signals.

    Network & Tuner Functions

    Network Connection: The Pioneer Elite VSX-90 offers wired (Ethernet) and wireless (WiFi) connectivity to your home's network. By connecting this receiver to the your home network, you can play audio files stored on your Windows PC (via DLNA), listen to Internet Radio (from vTuner), stream online music services (like Pandora & Spotify), and stream music from you iTunes music library (through AirPlay).

    • Ethernet: The Pioneer AV receiver is fitted with a rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) LAN Port for a wired connection to your home network.
    • WiFi: The VSX-90 is also equipped with dual antennas providing 2.4GHz/5.8GHz Dual Band WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n) for a wireless connection to your home's network.
    Note: Network setup requires that the receiver be connected to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. The receiver's network setup cannot be accessed through its front-panel display.

    WiFi Direct: When using WiFi Direct, you can connect directly with other WiFi-enabled devices without using a wireless router. You'll be able to wirelessly stream a variety of music files to the Pioneer Elite receiver without connecting to your home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses your WiFi access point/router, so it's easy to set up. You'll continue to navigate your music and view song/artist information from your mobile device.

    Internet Radio: With Internet Radio, the VSX-90 gives you a wealth of entertainment options. Not only can you enjoy thousands of Internet radio stations around the world with vTuner, you can also access your favorite music from Pandora and Spotify Connect, complete with on-screen album art and music information.

    • vTuner: You can also listen to Internet radio stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service particularly customized for this unit, providing a database of numerous radio stations around the world. You can search for Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, or Podcast.
    • Pandora: Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark up to 100 stations and easily switch between favorites.
    • Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify the Pioneer AV receiver. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.

    DLNA Certified (1.5): The Pioneer Elite VSX-90 is DLNA 1.5 certified. This means you can stream your MP3 (32-320kbps; 32-48kHz), AAC (16-320kbps; 32-48kHz), WMA (48-320kbps; 32-48kHz), WAV (24-bit/192kHz), FLAC (24-bit/192kHz), AIFF (24-bit/192kHz), Apple Lossless (24-bit/96kHz), and DSD (2.8/5.6MHz) music files from your Windows PC or laptop to the Pioneer AV receiver. This unit allows for the streaming of audio files stored on the following devices.

    • PCs running Microsoft Windows Vista or XP with Windows Media Player 11 installed.
    • PCs running Microsoft Windows 7/8 with Windows Media Player 12 installed.
    • DLNA-compatible digital media servers (on PCs or other components).

    HTC Connect: HTC Connect lets you stream MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV music files to the Pioneer AV receiver wirelessly from a compatible HTC Connect mobile device. You don't need a separate app because HTC Connect is built right into your HTC smartphone. Simply swiping the HTC smartphone screen starts music output to the AV receiver, from the HTC device's stored music library or online music apps. Click here for HTC Connected compatible smartphones.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Pioneer Elite VSX-90 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner with 63 preset stations. For easier identification, you can name all of your saved preset stations. The receiver includes an external indoor AM loop antenna and FM wire antenna.

    iPod/USB Integration

    Front-Panel USB Port: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy MP3, WMA, and AAC music files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) or USB thumbdrive. Compatible USB devices must be mass storage class compliant and formatted in FAT16/32. The receiver's remote control can be used for basic playback of files stored on your USB memory device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/1A). The USB function of this receiver supports the following file formats.

    File Type Bit-Rate Sampling Frequency
    MP3 32-320 kbps 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WMA 48-320 kbps 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    AAC 16-320 kbps 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    ALAC 16-bit, 24-bit 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
    FLAC 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
    DSD 1-bit 2.8, 5.6 MHz
    Note: Not compatible with Android devices with newer operating systems. Not compatible with all USB devices. This receiver does not support USB hubs.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Pioneer AV receiver offers wired (via USB) and wireless (via AirPlay) connectivity for your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. You can even watch video from your Apple device via the receiver's front-panel HDMI input.

    • AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the AV receiver, over your home's wireless network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music on your device, downloaded music apps, and music on your iCloud to the AV receiver. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the AV receiver; you can even download Apple's free Remote App onto your compatible iOS device to browse and control playback functions of the the music stored in your iTunes music library on your computer that is being streamed to the AV receiver. With AirPlay you also get to see song/artist information and album art via the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI).
    • USB Direct: The Pioneer Elite VSX-90's front-panel USB port allows you to control playback of audio content from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad using the controls of this receiver. Simply connect your iPod, iPhone, or iPad to the receiver's USB port using the Lightning or 30-pin cable supplied with your Apple device. You can enjoy stored music and music apps on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad through the Pioneer AV receiver. You can use the VSX-90's included IR remote, front-panel display, and On-Screen Menu (via composite only) to operate your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. You can browse songs stored on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad by Playlist, Artist, Album, song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, Audiobook, or Shuffle. You can also simply control your iPod, iPhone, or iPad device directly from its clickwheel or touchscreen. The Apple device will charge (1A) automatically when connected.
    • HDMI Video: The front-panel HDMI input, along with the receiver's front-panel USB port can also be used to connect your Lightning or 30-pin connector Apple iOS device via Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter or 30-pin digital AV adapter; you'll also need the USB cable that came with your Apple iOS device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately). This type of connection provides "screen mirroring", audio/video playback, and charging of your Apple iOS device through the Pioneer Elite receiver and your HDMI-connected TV. All control of your Apple iOS device will be done through its own touchscreen (not the receiver).

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The VSX-90 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices (as of 5/20/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connector Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    USB AirPlay Bluetooth Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2/3 8.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4/air 8.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 8.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Convenience Features

    On-Screen Display (via HDMI): If your home theater system is enclosed in a cabinet, it's often difficult to know the status of certain functions, such as current volume level. With On Screen Display (OSD), your receiver's basic information, such as volume, input, and surround mode, will overlay on screen as you make adjustments with the remote, so you don't have to switch to a blank screen background. Meanwhile, the GUI (Graphical User Interface) lets you easily navigate Internet radio and iPod/iPhone contents. Both the OSD and GUI operate via HDMI. If your TV is connected to the composite video, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.

    Note: Initial setup requires that the receiver be connected to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. Many of the receiver's setup functions can only be found via the on-screen menu and not the front-panel display.

    Zone 2: In addition to the main listening room, you can also enjoy audio/video playback from a different source in another room of your home using the receiver's Zone 2 function. The Zone 2 function offers speaker level and preamp level outputs, as well as HDMI connectivity.

    • Speaker Level Outputs: By using the receiver's Zone 2 speaker-level outputs on the VSX-90, you can directly connect a secondary pair of speakers in another room, allowing you to listen to 5.2ch surround sound in your main room and play a different 2ch audio source in the other room. The volume of Zone 2 can be controlled from the receiver's front-panel control or included IR remote. Only AM/FM tuner, Network, Internet Radio, USB/iPod, Bluetooth, and analog input audio sources can be sent to Zone 2 in this setup.
    • Line-Level Outputs: When using the receiver's RCA preamp outputs for the second room, you need an additional integrated amplifier to power those speakers; and the main zone of the receiver remains 7.2-channel. Only AM/FM tuner, Network, Internet Radio, USB/iPod, Bluetooth, and analog input audio sources can be sent to Zone 2 via the RCA outputs. Volume of Zone 2 will be controlled from the receiver's front-panel control, the included IR remote, or your connected external integrated amp.
    • HDMI Output: The Pioneer Elite receiver also provides a Zone 2 HDMI output, so two different HDMI audio/video feeds can be sent to two different displays (Main Zone & Zone 2) at the same time directly from the receiver's HDMI inputs. HDMI Zone 2 will output up to 4K video and 2-channel audio for the HDMI input source (1-7) selected; when HDMI 3-6 inputs are select in the main zone, it is only possible to select the same input in Zone 2. You can also listen to Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Network Music, and USB/iPod sources in stereo through HDMI Zone 2. Volume will be controlled by your connected TV or receiver in Zone 2.
    Note: When Internet Radio, Network, Bluetooth, or iPod/USB is selected in the Main Zone, it is only possible to select the same input as in the Main Zone for Zone 2. When listening to AM/FM radio, you cannot select different stations for the main room and Zone 2. Optical/coaxial digital audio sources and analog video sources are not output to Zone 2.

    Gapless Playback: The Pioneer AV receiver offers Gapless Playback for AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AAC, and MP3 music files. The silent section between tracks are skipped when playing music files, eliminating the interruptions that usually occur when playing live or convert contents.

    Display Dimmer: You can dim or brighten the receiver's front-panel display. The brightness level can be controlled in four steps.

    Sleep Timer + Auto Power Down: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set to 30, 60, or 90 minutes. The receiver will also automatically turn off the power when it has not been operated for 2, 4, or 6 hours.

    ECO Mode: The new, energy-saving ECO Mode found on all 2014 Pioneer AV receivers goes far beyond the conventional wisdom about "green" electronics, with a standby power consumption of only 0.1 watt when enabled. Pioneer's ECO Mode offers all of the convenience features of today's modern AV receivers, including Network Standby and HDMI CEC support, while reducing power consumption in both on and standby modes, you can feel better about your entertainment experience without sacrificing power or features. The intelligent ECO Mode analyzes your sources in real time, adjusting power consumption accordingly to meet your needs, or you can choose the power-saving settings that are right for you.

    Firmware Updates: You can download firmware updates from the Pioneer Website for the Pioneer AV receiver using either a network or USB connection. Visit Pioneer's AV Receiver Support Site for the latest firmware updates.

    Remote + Bluetooth Control

    Bluetooth Music Streaming: The VSX-90 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (A2DP/AVRCP) which lets you enjoy wireless audio playback and control of stored music and music apps from your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac computer/laptop, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices through the Pioneer Elite receiver. Basic control functions (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) can be done from the receiver's remote, while song/artist information is displayed on the receiver's front-panel display or on-screen menu (via HDMI).

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Pioneer AV receiver.

    Setup & Control Apps: Pioneer offers a unique setup application for Apple, Android, Windows, and Mac that guides your through the setup of the AV receiver. Pioneer also offers a convenient control app for Apple iOS and Android devices, so you can operate the AV receiver from your smartphone or tablet.

    • Built-In AVNavigator: Simplifying the process of connecting and setting up an AV Receiver, the VSX-90 features Pioneer's latest version of AVNavigator. Unlike previous versions that required an app download or the installation of a CD-ROM, simply connect the VSX-90 to your network and launch your favorite web browser on virtually any device. AVNavigator will walk you through connecting and setting up your new receiver. You can even explore new features of your AV Receiver using the Interactive Operation Guide section. Just push a button on the virtual remote control and AVNavigator will activate the feature and explain what it does. AVNavigator is compatible with Windows PC (Vista/7/8/8.1), Mac OSX (10.8/10.9), Apple iOS (6.1+), and Android (OS 4.0.3+).
    • Start-Up Navi App: The Start-up Navi App (from the Apple App Store or GooglePlay Store) is convenient app to help you easily set up the AV receiver via WiFi with your Apple iOS (6.1+) or Android (4.0.3+) device. As you proceed with the Start-up Navi App, the network set-up for the AV receiver will be completed smoothly. Then, in coordination with the AVNavigator, the app lets you do all the initial settings of the AV receiver.
    • iControlAV5 App: Download Pioneer's free iControlAV5 App (from the Apple App Store or GooglePlay Store) onto your Apple iOS or Android device for control of the AV receiver from your smartphone or tablet device. You'll be able to power on/off receiver, select input sources, choose listening modes, and control volume from the iControlAV5 app on your Apple iOS or Android device. You can even wirelessly stream music stored on your smartphone or tablet to the Pioneer AV receiver from the app.

    Multibrand/Learning Remote Control: The supplied wireless remote is a multibrand/learning remote. The remote is pre-programmed to operate popular brands of equipment including Blu-ray/DVD players, Blu-ray/DVD recorders, CD/SACD players, TVs, and Satellite/Cable boxes. Also, the remote can learn specific commands from infrared remotes of other components. The power, volume, and source buttons glow in the dark for easy use while the lights are turned off.

    HDMI Control: The Pioneer Elite VSX-90 supports the HDMI Control function. With HDMI Control, you can synchronize operation between the Pioneer AV receiver and your HDMI CEC-compatible TV or Blu-ray disc player (equipment must be connected via HDMI). HDMI Control Functions included:

    • Synchronized Amp Mode: The receiver's volume can be set and the sound can be muted from the TV's remote control.
    • Power Synchronization: The receiver and your connected TV will power On/Off at the same time.
    • Automatic Switching Inputs: The receiver's input switches over automatically when the TV's input is changed or your Blu-ray player starts playback.

    Note: Not all HDMI CEC-compatible components will be supported by this receiver.

    Custom Integration: The Pioneer Elite AV receiver offers an RS-232C port, IR jack input/out, and 12V trigger for custom home integration.

    • RS-232C Port: The RS-232C port can be used for connection to an external whole-house control system from companies such as AMX, Crestron, etc.
    • IR Input/Output: The AV receiver offers minijack (3.5mm) input and output jacks for use with an optional IR repeater system (sold separately).
    • 12V Trigger Output: The receiver has a single minijack output to send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger, such as a projector.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

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    Why did you buy this?

    product features and price [ william  Feb 22, 2016 ]
    Pioneer Reputation. Upgrade from Pioneer VSX-09TX. Research on features compared to other models. [ GORDON  Dec 18, 2015 ]
    Replacing a (much) older Elite receiver - no HDMI, Bluetooth, etc. Still works and sounds great. Hoping for a repeat experience with a more modern version. [ George  Dec 17, 2015 ]
    I researched this system for months and I find it's the best for the price, especially for use with a home theater. [ Joanna  Dec 14, 2015 ]
    Required HDCP 2.2 HDMI inputs and output to support 4K UHD signals. [ David  Dec 04, 2015 ]

    2 questions already asked

    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  Sep 30, 2015 ]  Staff
    Yes, they can. [ Darrin  Sep 30, 2015 ]
    I have the VSX-90 and yes it does support 7.2. I am sure the 1130 will as well. Plenty of power and will run Atmos if you are interested. [ DALE  Sep 30, 2015 ]
    Both are advertised as 7.2. I have the VSX-90 and can personally verify that it will support 7.2. As for the VSX-1130, Pioneer advertises it as 7.2 and the photos they show of its rear also verify this. [ DAVID  Sep 30, 2015 ]