Network & Tuner Functions
Remote + Bluetooth Control
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
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
- 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
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
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 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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,
- 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
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
- 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
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
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
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.
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
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
- 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
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.
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.
Type ||Bit-Rate ||Sampling
|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 |
| iPhone |
| 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 |
| touch |
| 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 |
| nano |
| 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
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
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
Firmware Updates: You can download firmware updates from the
Pioneer Website for the Pioneer AV receiver using either a network or USB
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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.