Pioneer VSX-LX503 review & specs

Votes 60 60
Rating 4.1 4.1

Pioneer VSX-LX503 – Home Device for Audiophiles

Pioneer VSX-LX503

This Pioneer VSX-LX503 review is about a mid-range 9-channel device that is very close to premium models due to the plenty of options and smart features. The AV is powerful enough (can be strengthened with outboard subs) to provide a decent sound even in large spaces. Besides, it has the three-zone capability to use wireless speakers outdoors and to create the main viewing or gaming area, wired speakers, and Sonos Wi-Fi extensions. The unit has 13 pre-outs to arrange 7.2.4 system.

Article navigation

Design

Its style and functionality are impressive because it is possible to manage plenty of functions from the AV’s front panel. All the ports are covered with the lid. The unit is available in both black and silver finishes.

Features

Pioneer VSX-LX503 specs include Direct Energy amplification to deliver high-output power to all the speakers at once. It is equipped with LPF to enhance the low-frequency signal from sub outputs. Phase Control improves the multi-channel sound without extra settings. Standing Wave Control offsets the negative effect of standing waves.

Performance

This model got two new channels – the movie-surround performance and Atmos-configured Blu-ray discs to enhance movie soundtracks. Pioneer VSX-LX503 supports 4K and can upscale Full HD video to this level of quality. The unit has a special digital filter to make any distortions extremely low.

Sound Quality

The device produces a crisp and clear sound and DTS allows hearing levels of detail either on TV or on the game systems. The device shortens audio paths and removes interferences that provides the accurate sound reproduction and dynamic bass. DTS:X makes the sound field well-balanced and provides the 3D spatial effect.

Connectivity

The number of HDMI inputs permits to fill them with different components, including 4K TV, PS4 Pro, Roku Ultra, X Box, and others. All the inputs handle them perfectly and the AV’s 2 HDMI outputs work great with both a TV and a projector.

Setup

Despite the fact that MCCAC calibration has the only EQ option to provide a basic equalizing of the speakers the sound becomes smooth due to the high-quality mic. However, there is only one MCCAC preset for different seating locations. It is necessary to use one of the simulation modes to calibrate the soundstaging while listening to CDs.

Conclusion

The MCCAC peculiarities make Pioneer VSX-LX503 an appropriate device only for the home systems. The AV’s functional design simplifies its managing. The implemented techs let us call this model an audiophile-grade one. Besides, it is rather powerful to make the sound environment perfect in the large rooms. VSX-LX503 features don’t let it be out of date in a few years.

Common features

Product

Pioneer VSX-LX503

Model

VSX-LX503

Brand

Pioneer

Rating

4.1 of 5

Reviews

22

Amplifier

Total output power

1090 W

Output power per channel

120 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %

Number of channels

9

Signal-to-noise ratio

109 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

7

Optical digital inputs

2

Coaxial digital inputs

2

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

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

32bit / 384kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround

Surround system class

9.2 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

15.2 x 17.2 x 7.3 inches

Weight

29 pounds
Pioneer VSX-LX503
Pioneer VSX-LX503

On sale AV receivers

Denon AVR-X4200W review
  • $450 OFF
  • %30 OFF
  • Check Price

Onkyo TX-8020 review
  • $130 OFF
  • %52 OFF
  • Check Price

Marantz SR5010 review
  • $250 OFF
  • %27 OFF
  • Check Price

Denon AVR-X1500H review
  • $200 OFF
  • %33 OFF
  • Check Price

Show all discounts

© 2017 - 2019 helptochoose.com. All rights reserved.