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Pioneer AV Receivers: SC, Elite & VSX Models Compared

Pioneer AV Receivers: Comparing the Elite vs VSX Models - front view of two amplifiers

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Pioneer AV receivers are a good choice for any home theater system. This guide compares the SC, Elite & VSX models and lists the most useful features of each.

Pioneer has been making AV products for many years. Although not as popular as some brands, Pioneer AV receivers are high-quality and well worth considering if you are in the market for a receiver.

Their receivers have two broad categories – the high-end Elite Series and the budget VSX Series. However, just to confuse you, some Elite receivers also use the VSX tag.

The Elite VSX models are labeled VSX-LXxxx, and the non-Elite VSX models are VSX-xxx (without the LX).

The following summarises the different ranges:

  • Elite SC Series: this is top-of-the-range for audiophiles with the best technology and engineering.
  • Elite VSX Series: high-end AV receivers at a slightly lower price point.
  • VSX Series: not part of the Elite series. Slightly fewer features and aimed at the lower end of the market.

Their naming convention can be slightly confusing, but they produce good receivers, so don’t let that put you off.

The receivers here are grouped by their year of release and then listed in order of value (using the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price as a guide).

You will often find the MSRP undercut by many retailers, but it provides an excellent ballpark to quickly judge each product’s quality.

The specifications are from the US models, which may vary slightly worldwide, but they should be broadly similar.

If you’re unsure what some technical terms mean, you may find the buying guide to the best AV receivers helpful – it goes into more detail about the features and what they do.



Pioneer Elite SC Series

The Elite SC Series of AV receivers are the high-end audiophile range from Pioneer. These receivers use Pioneer’s D³ amplifier technology and are aimed at sound purists.

One of the main advantages of a Class D amplifier is that it uses less power – and doesn’t get as hot – as a traditional Class A/B amp. This may be reason enough for you to consider one of these.

2019

Pioneer Elite SC-LX904

MSRP: $2999

Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 11.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 11.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 11.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 Manual
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 Specifications
Channels 11.2
Dolby Atmos 7.2.4
HDMI In / Out 6+1/3 (eARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone 3 (2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone B (2-ch audio line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch / Zone 2 & Zone B (2-Ch) & Zone 3 (2-Ch)
Power (W)* 140
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.3 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / Airplay 2 / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect / Sonos Connect / Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning – Full Band Phase Control, Precision Distance, Subwoofer EQ, 9-Point Standing Wave Control
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz/2ch), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/2-ch & 5.1-ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Neural:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 17-5/16 in (435 x 185 x 440 mm)
Weight (lbs) 40.8
* 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2019

Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

MSRP: $1599

Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 9.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 Manual
Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 Specifications
Channels 9.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 / 7.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4)
HDMI In / Out 6+1/3 (eARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone 3 (2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone B (2-ch audio line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch / Zone 2 & Zone B (2-Ch) & Zone 3 (2-Ch)
Power (W)* 135
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.3 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / Airplay 2 / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect / Sonos Connect / Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning – Full Band Phase Control, Precision Distance, Subwoofer EQ, 9-Point Standing Wave Control
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz/2ch), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/2-ch & 5.1-ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Neural:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 17-5/16 in (435 x 185 x 440 mm)
Weight (lbs) 40.8
* 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2017

Pioneer Elite SC-LX502

MSRP: $999

Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Manual
Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Specifications
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & powered 2-ch audio)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone 2 (2-ch)
Power (W)* 120
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz/2ch), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 15-9/16 in (435 x 185 x 395 mm)
Weight (lbs) 26.2
* 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2016

Pioneer Elite SC-LX901

MSRP: $3000

Pioneer Elite SC-LX901 11.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite SC-LX901 11.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX901 11.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite SC-LX901 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX901 Manual
Pioneer Elite SC-LX901 Specifications
Channels 11.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 / 7.2.4
HDMI In / Out 7+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone 3 (2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2ch / Zone 2 (2-ch) & Zone 3 (2-ch)
Power (W)* 140
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect / Sonos Connect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning – Full Band Phase Control, Precision Distance, Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz/2ch), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 17-1/3 in (435 x 185 x 441 mm)
Weight (lbs) 39.7
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2016

Pioneer Elite SC-LX801

MSRP: $2000

Pioneer Elite SC-LX801 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite SC-LX801 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX801 9.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite SC-LX801 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX801 Manual
Pioneer Elite SC-LX801 Specifications
Channels 9.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 / 7.2.2
HDMI In / Out 7+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone 3 (2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2ch / Zone 2 (2-ch) & Zone 3 (2-ch)
Power (W)* 140
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect / Sonos Connect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning – Full Band Phase Control, Precision Distance, Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz/2ch), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 17-1/3 in (435 x 185 x 441 mm)
Weight (lbs) 39.5
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2016

Pioneer Elite SC-LX701

MSRP: $1600

Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 9.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 Manual
Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 Specifications
Channels 9.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 / 7.2.2
HDMI In / Out 7+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone 3 (2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2ch / Zone 2 (2-ch) & Zone 3 (2-ch)
Power (W)* 135
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect / Sonos Connect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning – Full Band Phase Control, Precision Distance, Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz/2ch), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 17-1/3 in (435 x 185 x 441 mm)
Weight (lbs) 33.1
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2016

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501

MSRP: $1000

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Manual
Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Specifications
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone 2 (2-ch)
Power (W)* 120
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / FlareConnect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz/2ch), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 15-9/16 in (435 x 185 x 395 mm)
Weight (lbs) 26
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven

Pioneer Elite VSX Series

Like the SC Series, the Elite VSX Series of Pioneer AV receivers are still aimed at audiophiles and sound geeks. The main difference is that they don’t have the D³ amplifiers of the SC range.

So, this is the place to go if you want a high-end Pioneer AV receiver but aren’t sold on the Class D amplification.

They come with a great sound and features you would expect in a modern home theater receiver.

2021

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505

MSRP: $1499

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 9.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 Manual
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 Specifications
Channels 9.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 / 7.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4)
HDMI In / Out 6+1/2 (eARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone B (2-ch audio – line out) / Zone 3 (2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch / Zone 2/B (2-Ch) & Zone 3 (2-Ch)
Power (W)* 120
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 8K/60p & 4K/120p, HDCP 2.3 / HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi (5 GHz/2.4 GHz) / Bluetooth (Send & Receive) / Airplay 2 + Siri / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / Sonos Certified / Amazon Alexa / Hey Google
Auto Room Calibration Dirac Live
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/2-ch & 5.1-ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Neural:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 15-3/16 in | 435 x 185 x 386 mm
Weight (lbs/Kg) 28.7 / 13.0
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2021

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305

MSRP: $1199

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 9.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Manual
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Specifications
Channels 9.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 / 7.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6+1/2 (eARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone B (2-ch audio – line out) / Zone 3 (2-ch audio – powered)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone 2 or Zone B (2-ch)
Power (W)* 100
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 8K/60p & 4K/120p, HDCP 2.3 / HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi (5 GHz/2.4 GHz) / Bluetooth (Send & Receive) / Airplay 2 + Siri / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / Sonos Certified / Amazon Alexa / Hey Google
Auto Room Calibration Dirac Live
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/2-ch & 5.1-ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Neural:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 14-9/16 in | 434 x 173 x 370 mm
Weight (lbs/Kg) 22.9 / 10.4
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2019

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX504

MSRP: $999

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX504 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX504 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX504 9.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX504 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX504 Manual
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX504 Specifications
Channels 9.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 / 7.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4)
HDMI In / Out 6+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone 3 (2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone B (2-ch audio line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 9.2-Ch / Zone 2 & Zone B (2-Ch) & Zone 3 (2-Ch)
Power (W)* 120
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay 2 / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect / Sonos Connect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Auto Phase Control Plus, Subwoofer EQ, Multi-point Standing Wave Control
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz/2ch), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/2-ch & 5.1-ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 15-3/16 in (435 x 185 x 386 mm)
Weight (lbs) 28.7
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2019

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

MSRP: $799

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 9.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 Manual
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 Specifications
Channels 9.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 / 7.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone 3 (powered 2-ch audio) / Zone B (2-ch audio line out)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone 2 & Zone B (2-Ch)
Power (W)* 100
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay 2 / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect / Sonos Connect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Auto Phase Control Plus, Subwoofer EQ, Multi-point Standing Wave Control
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/2-ch & 5.1-ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 14-9/16 in (434 x 173 x 370 mm)
Weight (lbs) 23.8
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2019

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104

Features in the best AV receivers under $500

MSRP: $499

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Manual
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Specifications
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI) / Zone B (2-ch audio line out)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone B (2-Ch)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay 2 / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / Sonos Connect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/2-ch & 5.1-ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 14-9/16 in (434 x 173 x 370 mm)
Weight (lbs) 20.7
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2018

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX503

MSRP: $999

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX503 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX503 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX503 9.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX503 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX503 Manual
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX503 Specifications
Channels 9.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 / 7.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out) / Zone 3 (2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 9.2 / Zone 2 (2-ch) & Zone 3 (2-ch)
Power (W)* 120
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect / Sonos Connect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ, Multi-point Standing Wave Control
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz/2ch), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (5.6, 2.8 MHz/2 ch, 2.8 MHz/5.1 ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 15-3/16 in (435 x 185 x 386 mm)
Weight (lbs) 28.7
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2018

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303

MSRP: $799

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 9.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 9.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 Manual
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 Specifications
Channels 9.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4 / 7.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone 2 (2-ch)
Power (W)* 120
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect / Sonos Connect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ, Multi-point Standing Wave Control
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (5.6, 2.8 MHz/2 ch, 2.8 MHz/5.1 ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 14-9/16 in (434 x 173 x 370 mm)
Weight (lbs) 23.8
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2018

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103

MSRP: $499

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Manual
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Specifications
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6/1 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone 2 (2-ch)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (5.6, 2.8 MHz/2 ch, 2.8 MHz/5.1 ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 14-9/16 in (434 x 173 x 370 mm)
Weight (lbs) 20.7
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2017

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302

MSRP: $799

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 Manual
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 Specifications
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone 2 (2-ch)
Power (W)* 100
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 14-9/16 in (434 x 173 x 370 mm)
Weight (lbs) 20.7
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2017

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102

MSRP: $599

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 – Rear View
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 Manual
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 Specifications
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 4/1 (ARC)
Zones None
Pre Out Subwoofer (x2)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 12-5/8 in (434 x 173 x 321 mm)
Weight (lbs) 19
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

Pioneer VSX Series

The VSX Series of Pioneer AV receivers are their budget models. If you don’t want to break the bank, you can still get a solid receiver for your money that will serve you well.

As with all AV receivers, you should consider the features necessary for your use and purchase the model that ticks all the boxes.

These might be budget receivers, but they offer many modern features like 8K/4K support and Dolby Atmos. Just think about what you need in your room.

2021

Pioneer VSX-935

MSRP: $699

Pioneer VSX-935 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer VSX-935 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer VSX-935 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer VSX-935 – Rear View
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Pioneer VSX-935 Manual
Pioneer VSX-935 Specifications
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6(3x 8K)/2 (eARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI + 2-ch audio powered or line out) / Zone B (2-ch audio line out)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone 2 & B (2-ch)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 8K/60p & 4K/120p, HDCP2.3 / HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / Airplay 2 / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / Sonos Connect / Amazon Alexa / Hey Google
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning with Auto Phase Control Plus & Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD (2.8 MHz), PCM (Max 7.1-ch 24/192)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 14-9/16 in (435 x 173 x 370.5 mm)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 21.2/9.6
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2019

Pioneer VSX-934

MSRP: $479

Pioneer VSX-934 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer VSX-934 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer VSX-934 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer VSX-934 – Rear View
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Pioneer VSX-934 Manual
Pioneer VSX-934 Specifications
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI + 2-ch audio powered) / Zone B (2-ch audio line out)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone B (2-ch)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay 2 / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect / Sonos Connect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 14-9/16 in (435 x 173 x 370.5 mm)
Weight (lbs) 20.7
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2019

Pioneer VSX-834

MSRP: $379

Pioneer VSX-834 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer VSX-834 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer VSX-834 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer VSX-834 – Rear View
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Pioneer VSX-834 Manual
Pioneer VSX-834 Specifications
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 4/1 (ARC)
Zones Zone B (2-ch audio line out)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone B (2-ch)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Bluetooth
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 5-13/16 x 12-5/8 in (435 x 148 x 321 mm)
Weight (lbs) 17.6
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2019

Pioneer VSX-534

MSRP: $279

Pioneer VSX-534 5.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer VSX-534 5.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer VSX-534 5.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer VSX-534 – Rear View
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Pioneer VSX-534 Manual
Pioneer VSX-534 Specifications
Channels 5.2
Dolby Atmos 3.2.2
HDMI In / Out 4/1 (ARC)
Zones Zone B (2-ch audio line out)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone B (2-ch)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Bluetooth
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 5-13/16 x 12-5/8 in (435 x 148 x 321 mm)
Weight (lbs) 17.6
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2018

Pioneer VSX-933

MSRP: $479

Pioneer VSX-933 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer VSX-933 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer VSX-933 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer VSX-933 – Rear View
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Pioneer VSX-933 Manual
Pioneer VSX-933 Specifications
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6/1 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out Subwoofer (x2) / Zone 2 (2-ch)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect / Sonos Connect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 14-9/16 in (435 x 173 x 370.5 mm)
Weight (lbs) 20.7
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2017

Pioneer VSX-932

MSRP: $579

Pioneer VSX-932 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer VSX-932 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer VSX-932 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer VSX-932 – Rear View
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Pioneer VSX-932 Manual
Pioneer VSX-932 Specifications
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 4/1 (ARC)
Zones None
Pre Out Subwoofer (x2)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 12-5/8 in (435 x 173 x 320.5 mm)
Weight (lbs) 19.4
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2017

Pioneer VSX-832

MSRP: $479

Pioneer VSX-832 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer VSX-832 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer VSX-832 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer VSX-832 – Rear View
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Pioneer VSX-832 Manual
Pioneer VSX-832 Specifications
Channels 5.1
Dolby Atmos 3.1.2
HDMI In / Out 4/1 (ARC)
Zones None
Pre Out Subwoofer (x2)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-13/16 x 12-5/8 in (435 x 173 x 320.5 mm)
Weight (lbs) 19
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2017

Pioneer VSX-532

MSRP: $379

Pioneer VSX-532 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Pioneer VSX-532 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Pioneer VSX-532 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer VSX-532 – Rear View
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Pioneer VSX-532 Manual
Pioneer VSX-532 Specifications
Channels 5.1
Dolby Atmos None
HDMI In / Out 4/1 (ARC)
Zones None
Pre Out Subwoofer (x1)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 6 – 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10
Network / Wireless Bluetooth
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Automatic Crossover Detection
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Pro Logic II & DTS Neo:6
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 6-5/8 x 12-5/8 in (435 x 168 x 320.5 mm)
Weight (lbs) 17.6
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven FTC

2016

Pioneer VSX-S520

MSRP: $399

Pioneer VSX-S520 5.1-Ch Slim AV Receiver
Pioneer VSX-S520 5.1-Ch Slim AV Receiver
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Pioneer VSX-S520 5.1-Ch Slim AV Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer VSX-S520 – Rear View
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Pioneer VSX-S520 Manual
Pioneer VSX-S520 Specifications
Channels 5.1
Dolby Atmos 3.1.2
HDMI In / Out 4/1 (ARC)
Zones None
Pre Out Subwoofer (x1)
Power (W)* 50
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 4 – 8
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi / FlareConnect
Auto Room Calibration MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning – Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz/2ch), DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8 x 2-3/4 x 12-13/16 in (435 x 70 x 325 mm)
Weight (lbs) 8.8
* 4 Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD, 2 Channels Driven

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