5.1 Channel Networked AV Receiver
Featuring 3D and 4K Ultra HD Pass-through
- Update: Spotify® Connect now available
- AirPlay® and HTC ConnectTM Music Streaming
- Pandora® and vTuner® Music Services Built-In
- 6 HDMI® Inputs with MHL® 2.0 Compatibility
With 140 Watts (1 kHz 1 % THD @ 6 Ohms) 1ch Driven or 80 Watts (20Hz-20kHz .08% THD @ 8 Ohms) per channel of clear audio reproduction and advanced new technologies, Pioneer’s VSX-8231 feature rich, yet affordable receiver that lets you take advantage of Pioneer’s innovative approach to the networked home theater experience. Proving that connectivity is the key, the VSX-8231 delivers the broadest platform for your Apple® or AndroidTM lifestyle, streaming your favorite content and controlling your receiver, right from the palm of your hand. The VSX-8231 is ready for advanced new technologies, such as high-resolution music files, 4K Ultra HD video files, and an intuitive Eco mode for a “smart” home theater system.
Connectivity is Key
Smartphones have become a convenient and powerful way to stay connected to your favorite entertainment. Pioneer’s new networked receivers give instant access to your favorite content and control options through smartphones and tablets. The VSX-8231 unleashes more music and video content in the living room and through the home, thanks to class-leading digital connectivity and flexible networking features
The VSX-8231 features the latest Made for iPhone® and iPad® certification, which includes the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini. Since this receiver is networked, it also supports Apple’s AirPlay® wireless music streaming technology allowing you to wirelessly stream music from your iPhone, iPod® or iTunes® directly to the receiver.
That is just half the story. Pioneer is the only receiver brand with HTC ConnectTM, the only unified approach for the Android platform for streaming music wirelessly from select compatible HTC smartphones. HTC Connect makes it easy to wireless stream your favorite music to your receiver, there is no need for a separate app, HTC Connect is built right into your phone’s music player.
The VSX-8231 also supports DLNA® 1.5 media streaming which allows for access to your favorite music from a DLNA server or computer connected to the same home network. Not only are compressed music files supported such as MP3, WMA, and AAC but also high resolution files such as FLAC, WAV, AIFF and Apple Lossless.
Can’t find the remote? Because the VSX-8231 is a networked receiver, simply download Pioneer’s ControlApp at no charge, turning your Apple or Android device into a remote control for the VSX-8231. ControlApp not only allows you to control and manage your receiver settings, this app also allows you to access music stored on your smartphone and push it wirelessly to the receiver, without juggling between ControlApp and your phone’s built in music player. Control app makes it easy to stream new music with Pandora®, or use vTuner® internet radio to access thousands of radio stations from all over the world.
Music File Playback
With the growing interest in high-quality digital music, Pioneer AV Receivers have broadened their support for high-resolution audio playback. In addition to MP3 WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV music file playback, the VSX-8231 now supports high resolution Apple Lossless and AIFF music files. Stream these files from your home network, smartphone device, tablet, or even the front USB.
Spotify Connect is a Premium feature that lets you play and control Spotify on your devices. Choose music on one device and listen on another. At home, hit play on your mobile and hear high fidelity sound on your AV receiver. You can also control the music from your mobile phone. Update your AV Receiver
Windows® 8 Certified
Windows 8 Play To feature makes it easy to stream your favorite music stored on your PC to our new line of networked AV Receivers. Don't limit your media experience to your laptop speakers. With the Windows 8 Play To feature and Pioneer’s new networked Receivers you can enjoy your media library on the biggest speakers in the house.
4K Ultra HD Compatible
4K x 2K resolution, usually referred to as simply “4K Ultra HD”, is the latest high definition video display format, with four times the resolution of 1080p. The Pioneer VSX-8231 is ready to pass through 4K Ultra HD video signals to a compatible display, meaning it can support home theater systems dedicated to producing the highest quality picture available today.
Expanded HDMI® Connectivity and MHL® 2.0 Capability
Offering more inputs than comparable receivers, the VSX-8231 features 6 HDMI inputs, including support for both 3D and 4K Ultra HD sources. The front HDMI terminal is MHL 2.0 (Mobile High-Definition Link) compatible, letting you connect and control compatible Android devices. High-definition video can be displayed on your HDTV with multi-channel sound, while also charging your device. MHL 2.0 adds support for 3D content, 1080p 60Hz, and faster cell phone charging.
The new, energy-saving ECO Mode found on all 2013 Pioneer AV receivers goes far beyond the conventional wisdom about "green" electronics, with a standby power consumption of only 0.1 watt when enabled. Our 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. 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. You can control ECO Mode using the receiver's front panel, the included remote control, or the ECO Manager page of Pioneer’s free ControlApp for your smartphone or tablet. Now you can feel better about your entertainment experience without sacrificing power or features.
Available free of charge for compatible iOS and Android devices, Pioneer’s ControlApp turns your smartphone into a powerful remote control for compatible VSX-8231. From the Control screen, you have access to the main controls of your receiver. Adjust volume by rotating the dial with your fingers and the Receiver’s actual volume level is displayed above. Select one of the many audio and surround modes from the buttons at the bottom of the screen and you can even toggle through the receiver’s available ECO modes. All functions are shown on your receiver’s display as they change. Click here for more info!
A Customized Home Theater Experience
The VSX-8231 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.
On Screen Display
If your home theater system is hidden away in a cabinet or closet it is often difficult to know the current volume level or other status indicators of the receiver. This is where the On Screen Display feature comes into play. When turned on, On-Screen Display will overlay your receiver’s basic information such as volume, input, and surround mode as you make adjustments using the remote.
- Discrete Direct Energy
- 80 Watts
- 140 Watts
- 450 W/0.1 W (standby)
Handheld and Internet
- iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, iPod
Decoders & Formats
- Texas Instruments Aureus
- MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF via USB and Network
- 2 Channel
- 0.1 Feet
- Yes (Direct, Pure Direct)
- 9+1 Mode DSP
- 2 Channel
- Yes (9 Frame)
- Yes with Input Switch / Last Memory
- 6 In (Rear) / 1 Out
- 1 (Front)
- Optional AS-BT200
- 2 In / 1 Out
- Yes (Audio Only)
- 1 (Front)
- 3 in (1 assignable)
- 2 In
- .1 ch (SW)
- USB & HDMI/MHL
- 30 Preset AM / FM Tuner
- Network GUI / Set-Up Text - HDMI Only
- Preset Remote Control
- 30, 60, 90 min.
- 5 Large
- 1 Year Parts & Labor
- 17.13 x 6.61 x 13.07
- 18.68 lbs
Specifications and design subject to modification without notice. PIONEER and the Pioneer logo, MCACC and Advanced Sound Retriever are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
The impedances indicated are actual values that speakers can present to an amplifier while playing back music. They do not refer to the nominal rated impedances of speakers you use.
Phase Control is a trademark placed on a product with Pioneer’s Phase Control Technology concept. The technology enables high-grade sound reproduction environment by improving the phase matching for each of the components.
HDMI connection may not allow transmission of copyright protected material, depending on the capability of the signal source.
HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
Dolby, Pro Logic, Dolby Digital, and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
DTS is a registered trademark & the DTS logo and Symbol are trademarks of DTS, Inc.
Blu-ray Disc is a trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
Windows and the Windows logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
“Made for iPod,” “Made for iPhone,” and “Made for iPad” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod, iPhone, or iPad, respectively, and has been certified by the
developer to meet Apple performance standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod, iPhone, or iPad may affect wireless performance.
Apple, AirPlay, the AirPlay Logo, iPhone, iPad, iPod, iPod touch and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. AirPlay works with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (5th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd generations), iPad 2, iPad (4th, 3rd, and 1st generations), iPad mini with iOS 4.2 or later, and iTunes 10.1 (Mac and PC) or later.
DLNA, the DLNA Logo and DLNA Certified are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of the Digital Living Network Alliance.
HTC, the HTC logo, and HTC Connect are trademarks of HTC Corporation.
“x.v.Color” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
MHL, the MHL Logo, and Mobile High-Definition Link are trademarks or registered trademarks of MHL LLC in the United States and other countries.
Pandora is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.
vTuner is a registered trademark of Nothing Else Matters Software, Ltd.
Texas Instruments Aureus is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments, Inc.
Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
For details on iPod compatibility, visit http://pioneer.jp/homeav/support/ios/na/