The Pioneer VSX-834, in a 15% slimmer design than the previous model,is full of easy-to-use features, including the 4K indicator, and Personal Preset and Bluetooth® Input buttons on the front panel. In addition to offering immersive sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio formats, the AV receiver can also decode Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer and DTS Virtual:X, letting you experience similar virtual surround effects without using height or surround speakers. The latest video standards such as Ultra HD, HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision can be enjoyed with support for HDCP 2.2. With the Zone B feature, you can enjoy music playing in the Main Zone via wireless headphones.
Full support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X playback.
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X playback is delivered via 5.2.2 (VSX-834) channel speaker layouts. With the addition of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, movie lovers can experience a convincing 3D sound-field without having to install speakers in the ceiling. DTS:X allows for the flexible placement of speakers to enable optimized playback in a variety of layouts. Owners without Dolby Atmos speakers can still enjoy many of the benefits of object-based audio, thanks to two breakthrough surround technologies: Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer and DTS Virtual:X that simulate the output from ‘virtual’ height and surround speakers if they are not physically present in a room. The result is seamless, lifelike Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound quality in any room.
Premium High-Class Amplification Design
The VSX-834 delivers 165 W/Ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 10%, 1-ch driven), for convincing and responsive surround sound. Pioneer’s tried and tested ‘Direct Energy’ circuit design ensures wide-band frequency reproduction for an expansive soundstage with excellent spatial quality when reproducing multichannel and stereo sources.
MCACC with Phase Control Technology
Pioneer’s innovative MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System) is a microphone-based sound calibration system that adjusts output to account for variables such as speaker size and distance. Additionally, Phase Control technology eliminates phase-lag caused by the low-pass filter between main channels and subwoofer, and reproduces clearer mid- and high-range sound while adding dynamic impact to LFEs. Both technologies allow the creation of a realistic soundstage with immersive presentation of film scores and music.
When using Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, high-directivity sound reflects off the ceiling, while low-directivity sound reaches the ears directly. This subtle difference causes a phase shift, making sound feel uncomfortable. Reflex Optimizer technology resolves this phase-lag and optimizes the performance of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers for clear sound imaging at the viewing position. Sound from Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers integrates seamlessly with that from the floor speakers for a clear and comfortable sound-field.
HDMI Support for HDR, 4K/60p & BT.2020 Video Formats
All HDMI connections on the AV receivers support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, 24-bit video pass-through, and the HDCP 2.2 digital copy-protection standard for playback of premium content. Video with HDR*4 (High Dynamic Range) in HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), or Dolby Vision formats is passed through to a compatible display. Further, video with BT.2020 color space for spectacular color performance is supported. Super Resolution, which is a 4K upscaling technology particularly suited to HD sources, is also included.
In addition to conventional tone control, the VSX-834 also features a unique mid-range sound adjustment feature called “Dialogue Enhancement”. You can independently adjust the volume of predominantly mid-range sounds, such as the dialogue in films with the up/down key on remote control.
Zone B Output for Wireless Headphone
Connect your Wireless Headphone dock (not supplied) to the Zone B output (which extends the sound from the main zone) and you can listen via wireless headphones, ideal for late-night listening sessions. You can listen to all sound sources AVR received via the Zone B output.
Bluetooth Wireless Technology
Bluetooth wireless technology is incorporated into both VSX-834 and VSX-534 and includes a new Bluetooth Direct button that lets users instantly connect their smartphone, tablet, laptop or smart speaker such as a Google Mini or Alexa Dot.
Intuitive Graphical User Interface
Pioneer’s intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI) over HDMI makes operating the receivers an intuitive, stress-free experience. The top page of the on-screen GUI displays System Setup, MCACC, and Network/Bluetooth, with quick access to each menu. A simple graphical display identifies key receiver functions, improving everyday operability, while Setup Guidance makes initial network setup very straightforward. Pioneer’s new On-Screen Display (OSD) also shows detailed audio and video information during playback.
Supports HDMI-Based Control Functions
The VSX-834 support HDMI-based control function (CEC). These models allow the following operations: volume adjustment/mute via TV; automatic input change when TV channel is switched or playback starts on a player, and linked power on/off with TV.
MCACC Setup MIC In
Phones 1 Out
HDMI 4 In (4 Assignable)
HDMI 1 Out
USB 1 In for Streaming Dongles
Audio 3 In (Assignable)
Digital Coaxial 1 In (Assignable)
Digital Optical 1 In (Assignable)
Subwoofer 2 Pre Out
ZONE B Pre/Line Out for Wireless Headphones
Speaker 7ch Out (FRONT, CENTER, SURROUND, SURROUND BACK/HEIGHT, Bi-AMP/ZONE B)