Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-LX303

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Pioneer VSX-LX303 review

Despite the quite obvious similarity in appearance these models have many differences. The LX303 boasts 9.2 channels, his opponent has 7.2. The power per channel is 100W vs 80W at 8 Ohms. This device supports DTS:X and Dolby Atmos. The model can work with audio systems in configurations 5.2.4 and 7.2.2. In addition, the VSX-LX303 features DTS Neural:X and Dolby Surround upmix functionality. Altitude / surround channels, if you do not use them in the main surround sound system, can be used to connect two pairs of speakers in other zones. Pioneer VSX-LX303

Pioneer VSX-933 review

The model is ready to work with video format 4K / 60Hz, as well as with HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG, but differs in the absence of connectors for automation. To connect the sources on the rear panel of the Pioneer VSX-933 posted six HDMI-inputs. There is an upscaling function to UHD. The VSX-933 model is suitable for listening to Hi-Res music: it supports FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC up to 24 bit / 192 kHz and DSD (2.8 / 5.6 MHz). To fine-tune the receiver and audio system, Pioneer developers equipped the device with the MCACC calibration system, which allows you to customize the sound to the characteristics of the room. Pioneer VSX-933

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 VSX-933 pros & cons

Pros

  • The Chromecast is connecting easily to any compatible device
  • The native mobile application gives full control of the receiver

Cons

  • The VSX-933 has not Pure Direct to exclude the influence of the video path on the sound
  • The digital DAB signal is supported by built-in radio tuner

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

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Pioneer VSX-933

Pioneer VSX-933 review

Dec 20, 2019

Your living room can become a center of vivid emotions and unlimited multimedia enjoyment. Pioneer VSX-933 can make this dream a reality. System 7.2 powered by a network receiver satisfies all your au...

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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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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-933
Pioneer VSX-LX303

Model

VSX-933
VSX-LX303

Brand

Pioneer
Pioneer

Reviews

15
167

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 165/6 1KHz
100/8 1KHz, 200/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-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, Reflex Optimizer
Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex Optimizer

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

2 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/1
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

2
2

Component input/output

1/0
1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, 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

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

Google Assistant
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

2
3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

FlareConnect
FlareConnect

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
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

460
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

9.4/20.7
13.5/29.8
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