Pioneer VSX-LX103 review & specs

Pioneer VSX-LX103 – Great Quality for Good Money

Pioneer VSX-LX103

The main aim of the Pioneer VSX-LX103 review is to clarify the mid-range 7-channel AV’s peculiarities. It doesn’t hit the total output power and a power per channel but has plenty of inputs and outputs to deliver a good movie theater experience.

It permits to stream content from both the Web services and USB flash drive. Its dual-zone capability allows playing content in two rooms simultaneously and you can control its performance via smartphone. The unit uses its branded MCCAC Pro tech for speakers’ calibration with the included mic.

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Design

The amp’s front panel is neat with the large fluorescent screen and two large buttons – input selector and volume control. The USB port the phone jack is also there for fast and convenient connections.

Features

One of the Pioneer VSX-LX103 specs in demand is its FlareConnect to arrange the wireless multi-room system at home. Its Ultra HD upscaling can turn 1080p content into 4K. Besides, the HDMI pass-through lets video content transfer through the AV without distortions to save picture quality.

Performance

The AV provides streaming content from Pandora, Tidal, Spotify, and Deezer. It has a digital tuner, but the antenna is weak that’s why some stations do not come in. VSX-LX103 has the Phase Control function that’s responsible for delayed bass compensation to increase sound sync.

Sound Quality

The sound is deep, immersive, and realists, it is oriented to the object due to the combined codec compatibility.

The surround sound options allow using the rear speakers with a diversity of sources – broadcast TV from the cable box, for example. DTS:X provides 3D sound from the sources with more even and common sound.

The built-in Pure Direct mode doesn’t let any interferences spoil the sound clarity.

Connectivity

Pioneer VSX-LX103 supports speaker 7.1:5.2 configuration and 2 subs. It comes with both built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet output. The unit comes with the built-in Chromecast for streaming content from the mobile device to the speakers.

Setup

There is manual instruction that is very easy to understand. You can control the amp’s volume and turn it on/off via TV remote. The settings are not the easiest. Each of VSX-LX103’s HDMI ports supports 4K and its content protection, as well as Wide Color Gamut that is great in case of upgrading the other components of the system.

Conclusion

Taking into consideration the AVs power and settings, this device would be great for a medium-size room with low ceilings. Its high-end connectivity and multiple settings give the possibility to arrange the home theater system with the latest technology.

Common features

Product

Pioneer VSX-LX103

Model

VSX-LX103

Brand

Pioneer

Rating

4.6 of 5

Reviews

19

Amplifier

Total output power

640 W

Output power per channel

80 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %

Number of channels

7

Signal-to-noise ratio

104 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

6

Optical digital inputs

2

Coaxial digital inputs

1

HDMI inputs

6

HDMI outputs

1

Optical digital outputs

has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not

Subwoofer outputs

2

USB

1

Phones

1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM

Preset station

40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround

Surround system class

7.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

Standby power consumption

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

14.7 x 17.1 x 6.8 inches

Weight

21 pounds
Pioneer VSX-LX103
Pioneer VSX-LX103

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