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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.