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Pioneer introduces VSX-934 AV receiver with flexible Atmos support

Pioneer is introducing a new VSX-934 AV receiver for 2019 with support for 5.2.2-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X speaker configurations.

Unlike its predecessor, the VSX-933, the new 7.2-channel receiver will also support Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer and DTS Virtual:X technologies (via a future firmware update), which work to create ‘virtual’ height and surround sound if there physically aren’t speakers in those positions. 

The VSX-934 is well equipped when it comes to network features too, with support for DTS Play-Fi, FlareConnect and 'Works with Sonos' platforms, hi-res audio up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD 5.6, and several music streaming services including Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer and TuneIn radio.

Bluetooth is onboard, and AirPlay 2 compatibility will also be added via a firmware update in the spring.

Alongside HDMI connections (all compatible with 4K/HDR passthrough) is a MM phono input for turntable hook-ups, too.

The 165-watts-per-channel receiver also supports Pioneer’s MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System) for adjusting sound according to your room’s environment and speaker size and layout. 

The VSX-934 is priced £549.99, available in black or silver finishes, and is expected to hit shelves at the end of February.

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.