Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 Review and Specs

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 The Japanese company Pioneer presents the VSX-LX304 AV receiver, the main differences from the previous VSX-LX303 model are: they removed component and composite video inputs (they are outdated and no one has been using them for a long time), they reduced the number of optical inputs from 2 to 1, and added new IMAX Enhanced technology. See other Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 specs in our Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 review.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 review

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Features

As for the power of the built-in amplifiers, for the LX304 it is 185 W per channel with a speaker impedance of 6 Ohms. Power can also be redirected to Zone 2 and Zone 3 outputs for scoring adjacent rooms. The outputs of the Zone 2 preamplifier can be reconfigured as Zone B line outputs, which allows you to transfer the signal played in Zone A (main zone) to another location or, for example, to a set of wireless headphones (via a transmitter). Also, this model received the Dialogue Enhancement function, which allows you to configure increased intelligibility of dialogs and vocals.

Design and build

Using a specific version of the DTS: X codec and precise settings modeled on the IMAX theater sound system. And there is also a bi-amp for the front speaker pair. In combination with the tremendous ability to play music from a USB flash drive (up to 384 kHz FLAC and 5.6 MHz DSD) or via a wired / wireless local area network (almost all formats are supported, except the most high-bitrate), as well as a very good built-in digital analog converter Ti BurrBrown PCM 5101 on the front channels (in multi-channel mode, the AKM4458 DAC helps him), we get an unexpectedly decent basis for a stereo system.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

Connectivity

There are 6 HDMI2.0 inputs on the rear panel, 1 front input. The receiver understands any video streams up to 4KUHD with support for HDR10. The signal can be output through either of the two HDMI 2.0 outputs, one of which is equipped with an ARC return channel.

Setup

On board of the model there is an advanced multi-channel acoustic calibration system (MCACC). This technology is designed to correct the audio parameters of a room using a special receiver microphone. The MCACC improved the results by measuring background noise, standing wave compensation, and phase matching LFE (low-frequency effects) between the channels.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • For a middle-class cinema, it is suitable without any restrictions
  • Volume, sound resolution and even dynamics - all at a decent level

Cons

  • No preamp output to all channels and zones

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Common features

Product

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

Model

Elite VSX-LX304

Brand

Pioneer

Reviews

6

Amplifier

Channels

9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 225/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6

Frequency response

5Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1

Coaxial digital input

1

Composite input

0

Component input/output

0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB

Other additional features

has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect

RS-232

1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

750

Standby consumption, W

0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.3 x 37/17 x 6.8 x 14.5

Weight, kg/lbs

10.8/23.8
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

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