Pioneer VSX-LX303 review & specs

Pioneer VSX-LX303 review – Lots of Versatility in a Mid-Range Receiver

Pioneer VSX-LX303

Pioneer VSX-LX303 review deals with the high quality and straightforward 9-channel AV with the impeccable performance and up to 170W per channel. It is flexible enough to handle a wide range of speaker impedances. The receiver supports the most current object-based audio codecs as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Besides, it supports the next generation video standards as pass-through for HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The compatibility with Google Assistant gladdens with the opportunity to use any compatible devices for the voice control.

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Design

The VSX-LX303 is available in black and glamour silver. The large display makes all the information on it clear and readable. The full set of control is on the front panel that is very convenient to make any connections quickly. The front panel USB is also helpful for playing music files off a thumb drive.

Characteristics

Pioneer VSX-LX303 specs make this AV completely modern and versatile for everyday use in multi-room houses and apartments.

  • DTS Play-Fi and the built-in Chromecast allow streaming the content from Tidal, Deezer, and other popular sources, as well as vinyl ones.
  • The built-in Wi-Fi provides streaming directly through this unit after the firmware updating.
  • Bluetooth allows the easy connection of Amazon Alexa.
  • MCCAC Pro does all the tuning for the speakers and adjusts it further to one’s own taste. It has 3 memories for tuning, so it is possible to use, for example, one for music and one for the movie.
  • The Reflex Optimizer with the Phase Control tech creates the perfect reproduction environment by improving the localization of the sound image via adjusting the phase shift.

Performance

It offers good spatial effects and L-R separation on the front channels. Its D3 class makes it run much cooler with the better heat dissipation. The lack of LED meters to up the volume on each speaker, hear the changes, and get the confirmation by watching the meter go up on the display is the only issue. The microphone makes the measuring the layouts of the room customized in order to make the speakers sound according to personal preferences.

Sound Quality

The device has a great power and good SQ to provide the amazing sound either for two-channel stereo or 4K Blu-ray. The AVR handles with the bi-amped speakers wonderfully giving the crystal clear sound without distortions. The automatic volume level adjustment provides the volume auto-tuning in case of its sudden changes. You can get the multi-channel sound even in the common 2-channel headphones.

Connectivity

The Pioneer VSX-LX303’s HDMI terminals support HDCP 2.2, 4K and BT.2020 for easy and flawless upgrading to new systems. The return audio feed transmits the sound via HDMI interface from the TV to the AV without using the additional cables and connections. The device’s 7 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs for connecting the TV or the projector. Numerous audio inputs, as well as 4 line ins and a phono stage, allow indulging the favorite tracks.

Setup

Set up is very easy due to the GUI (graphical user interface) that allows using the software not having any special skills; it is very complete and makes the room calibration straightforward.

The free app allows controlling the device wirelessly including from the other rooms where it is possible to place zone 2 or zone 3 speakers. The remote is not over-crowded with the numerous small buttons; it is clear and with the legible labels.

Conclusion

Being one of the mid-range receivers, Pioneer VSX-LX303’s performance and functionality bring it to the premium class devices though. It is the affordable AV with the 4K video features and upscaling and the ability to upmix legacy content. The model is a real catch to work with the systems in the 5.2.4 and 7.2.2 configurations. It the good pattern of the AVs that give a wealth of cinema options for optimizing the sound from ones’ favorite movies.

Common features

Product

Pioneer VSX-LX303

Model

VSX-LX303

Brand

Pioneer

Rating

3.9 of 5

Reviews

5

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

D

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

760 W

Standby power consumption

0.15 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

Amplifier

Total output power

900 W

Output power per channel

170 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0,01

Number of channels

9

Signal-to-noise ratio

108 dB

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

3

Optical digital inputs

2

Coaxial digital inputs

1

HDMI inputs

7

HDMI outputs

2

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 qty

40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

32bit / 384kHz

Surround sound effects

Dolby Surround

Surround system class

9.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

12

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

14.6 x 17.3 x 6.9 inches

Product weight

24 pounds

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