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