Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Pioneer SC-LX502

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Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Pioneer SC-LX502

Pioneer VSX-LX503 review

This model can work in configuration 7.2.2 or 7.2.4 with an additional external amplifier. The receiver has a high power of 120 W/channel at 8 Ohm. The integrated AK4458 DAC handles Hi-Res audio (ALAC, FLAC decoding). Users can listen to music from home wireless (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) or wired (Ethernet) source, as well as from streaming services Spotify, Tidal, Deezer. There is support for wireless technologies ChromeCast, AirPlay, Play-Fi, and multi-room FlareConnect. The list of surround sound technology supported by the model includes Dolby Atmos, DTS: X and DTS Neural: X. The AV receiver has an MCACC multi-channel speaker calibration system.

Pioneer VSX-LX503

Pioneer SC-LX502 review

The Pioneer SC-LX502 has the power of 220 W/channel at 4 Ohm. There are object-oriented audio formats Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. The device supports popular streaming services: Deezer, Spotify, and TIDAL. Thanks to the integrated technology of Chromecast, AirPlay, and Bluetooth, the unit connected with mobile devices. The MCACC Auto-Calibration System can adapt the sound to any speaker's characteristics. However, compared to the VSX-LX503, this model doesn't support work in the Third Zone. A clear difference between the devices in the Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Pioneer SC-LX502 comparison is the ability to work with two sets of speakers in the SC-LX502.

Pioneer SC-LX502

Pioneer VSX-LX503 pros and cons

Pros

  • Used proprietary Direct Energy amplifiers that produce almost no heat

Cons

  • There is no ASR technology
  • The AirPlay works with interruptions

Pioneer SC-LX502 pros and cons

Pros

  • DTS PlayFi and FireConnect enable to create multiroom networks
  • The device supports Dolby Atmos Surround Enhancer multi-channel systems

Cons

  • The ARC HDMI input is not really reliable, disconnections happen

Pioneer VSX-LX503

Pioneer VSX-LX503 review

Jan 10, 2020

Pioneer & Onkyo Europe Introduces the VSX-LX503 Network AV Receiver. This is a 9.2-channel unit with Multi-Room Audio, which provides the ability to distribute the signal from different sources. ...

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-LX503
Pioneer SC-LX502

Model

VSX-LX503
SC-LX502

Brand

Pioneer
Pioneer

Reviews

79
13

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

120/8 20Hz-20KHz, 230/6 1KHz
120/8 1KHz, 225/6 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 768 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

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

2
2

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

1/0
1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
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

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

IP Control
IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

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 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-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
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

850
250

Standby consumption, W

0.15
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 18.5 x 38.6/17 x 7 x 14.9
43.5 x 18.5 x 39.5/17 x 7 x 15.3

Weight, kg/lbs

13/28.7
11.9/26.2
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