Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 vs Pioneer VSX-LX303

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Pioneer VSX-LX303 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

Pioneer VSX-LX303 review

The VSX-LX303 is a 9.2-channel DTS: X and Dolby Atmos device that delivers 100 watts of power per channel (6 Ohm). To connect external sources are seven HDMI inputs. Like the younger LX103, the more advanced LX303 supports 4K / 60 Hz and three types of HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG). There is also a feature upscaling resolution to UHD. The model is fully ready to play Hi-Res audio: the built-in DAC on the PCM5101 chip from Texas Instruments and the Aureus DSP processor support quality up to 384 kHz / 32 bit and can work with FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, as well as with DSD (2,8 / 5.6 MHz) and Dolby TrueHD (up to 192 kHz / 24 bit). The receiver has a built-in MCACC calibration system, which adjusts the sound to the characteristics of the room. Pioneer VSX-LX303

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 review

As for the power of the built-in amplifiers, for the 9.2-channeled LX304 it is 185 W per channel with a speaker impedance of 6 Ohms. The user will also have the opportunity to enjoy the unlimited flow of music, sports, talk shows and news while listening to Internet radio stations and online music services, including Amazon Music, Spotify, TIDAL and Deezer. And support for wireless technologies Google Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, DTS Play-Fi, as well as FlareConnect, the Pioneer wireless protocol, will make it possible to organize a real multi-room system in the house. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

Pioneer VSX-LX303 pros & cons

Pros

  • The rich equipment, sound quality (including stereo) and real power output do not disappoint
  • By the way, the graphics in the menu are very nice

Cons

  • No support for aptX codec for bluetooth

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 pros & 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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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 review

Dec 27, 2019

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the main differences from the previous VSX-LX303 model are: they removed component and composite video inputs (they are outdated and n...

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Pioneer VSX-LX303

Pioneer VSX-LX303 review

Dec 06, 2019

When one device allows you to build a home theater Dolby Atmos / DTS: X according to the scheme 7.1.2 with a gain of 170 watts per channel and at the same time it feeds the speakers in two other zone...

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Product

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304
Pioneer VSX-LX303

Model

Elite VSX-LX304
VSX-LX303

Brand

Pioneer
Pioneer

Reviews

7
167

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 225/6 1KHz
100/8 1KHz, 200/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

5Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit
AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio
Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex Optimizer

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2
7/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
2

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

0
2

Component input/output

0/0
1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX
USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect
FlareConnect

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

2
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

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

Power

Operational power consumption, W

750
750

Standby consumption, W

0.15
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
43.5 x 17.3 x 37/17 x 6.8 x 14.6

Weight, kg/lbs

10.8/23.8
13.5/29.8
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