Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Pioneer VSX-932

Pioneer VSX-932 vs Onkyo TX-NR686 – Great Sound and Video

Pioneer VSX-932 vs Onkyo TX-NR686

I’d like to compare two mid-range units – Pioneer VSX-932 vs Onkyo TX-NR686 – in order to find out not so obvious differences as the power (Pioneer’s 560W versus Onkyo’s 800W) or their number of channels (and they both have 7 ones) to see the reasons for a significant price difference between those two AVs.

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Features & Performance

Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Pioneer VSX-932 in terms of their ability provide a high-quality picture in home theater system has the same feature – they can stream 4K content and upscale more old videos up to this advanced format.

Pioneer VSX-932 has its brand ASR tech to save the sound quality of such compressed files like MP3, AAC, and WMA. Besides, it has DTS neural:X decoder to create the three-dimension sound field with the aid of front high-frequency speakers.

Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Pioneer VSX-932

Connections & Setup

Onkyo TX-NR686 has one more HDMI input and output, as well as AV input that is not a meaningful difference – both AVs have enough of them to provide great connectivity with TV, subs, speakers, and any other components. 2 Onkyo TX-NR686’s USB ports are remarkable though. Onkyo TX-NR686 has got built-in Chromecast, but it works only for audio.

Pioneer VSX-932 impresses with its great power for patio speakers. However, the perfect sound is possible only after calibration via mic. By the way, the calibration takes some minutes on 5.1.2. setup. The AV has FireConnect to provide wireless interaction between all the compatible devices.

Design

Onkyo TX-NR686 is wider, longer, and much heavier than Pioneer VSX-932.

Both devices have a decent appearance with neat front panels that are not overcrowded with the buttons. Onkyo TX-NR686 has black legs and Pioneer demonstrates silver ones, but Onkyo is introduced both in black and in silver.

Onkyo has no input selector on the front panel and the other button isn’t identified as volume control.

Pioneer VSX-932 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Low power consumption to save energy.
  • Enough inputs on the front panel to make calibrations, to plug in headphones, as well as connect mobile device or USB for streaming.

Cons:

  • The manual setup allows making settings only for 4 or 6 Ohms speakers.

Onkyo TX-NR686 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Clear and organized menu.
  • Produces a good and loud volume from quite demanding speakers.

Cons:

  • The streaming services that require premium subscriptions are not listed.
  • Bluetooth devices glitched short blank spaces during music playback.

Onkyo TX-NR686

Onkyo TX-NR686 review

Dec 07, 2018

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Pioneer VSX-932

Pioneer VSX-932 review

Nov 27, 2018

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Common

Product

Onkyo TX-NR686
Pioneer VSX-932

Model

TX-NR686
VSX-932

Brand

Onkyo
Pioneer

Rating

4.2 of 5
3.5 of 5

Reviews

55
13

Amplifier

Total output power

800 W
560 W

Output power per channel

160 W
80 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

7
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

106 dB
100 dB

Functions

Amplifier class

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

DSD

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS neural:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K
up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion
HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

7
6

Optical digital inputs

2
1

Coaxial digital inputs

1
1

HDMI inputs

7
6

HDMI outputs

2
1

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
2

USB

1
2

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station

40
30

Preset station qty

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

MCACC Pro

Deep color

X.v.Color

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

32bit / 384kHz
32bit / 384kHz

DSP preset qty

Sound output mode

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround

Surround system class

7.2 channel
7.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Digital sound processor (DSP)

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

570 W
480 W

Standby power consumption

0.15 W
0.1 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

14.9 x 17.1 x 6.8 inches
12.6 x 17.1 x 6.8 inches

Weight

22 pounds
19.4 pounds
Onkyo TX-NR686
Pioneer VSX-932
Onkyo TX-NR686
Pioneer VSX-932

AV receivers HelpToChoose comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 25.4
  • 21.4
  • 25.4Onkyo TX-NR686
  • 21.4Pioneer VSX-932

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