Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Pioneer SC-LX502

The receiver you need for your setup – Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Pioneer SC-LX502

Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Pioneer SC-LX502

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Features & Performance

Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Pioneer SC-LX502 back

The Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs SC-LX502 total output power shows that the VSX-LX503 is for people who need more power – compare its 1090 W with 560 W that the SC-LX502 can output. The VSX-LX503 supports the 9.2 channel setup, while the SC-LX502 supports the 7.2 setups. Both models feature the Phase control technology to avoid the phase lag between the main channel and the subwoofer. Another common feature is the Reflex Optimizer. These receivers have the Chromecast built-in technology, but the VSX-LX503 also supports the Google Assistant feature. The VSX-LX503 supports Sonos.

Connections & Setup

These receivers have Wi-FI and Bluetooth modules. Both models support DTS Play-Fi and various streaming services.

The Pioneer SC-LX502 vs VSX-LX503 multizone test shows the SC-LX502 supports 2 zones, while the VSX-LX503 supports 3 zones.

These models are built-well so customers do not have any troubles with the ports. Both models have 7 in and 2 out HDMI ports.

These solutions use MCACC technology to calibrate and control the output audio. The calibration is very precise and fast. Pioneer provides you with the microphone required for the calibration process. However, both models are flexible and you can tweak various parameters to get the sound you expect from a receiver.

Design

Both receivers look almost identical – they look massive and heavy. They have 2 knobs, a display, a power on/off button and the front cover that hides additional ports and buttons. The remote controller is good and it has all functions, but some customers may find it too small.

The dimensions are 15.2x17.2x7.3 in for the VSX-LX503 versus 15.6x17x7.4 in for the SC-LX502. The weight is 29 and 24 pounds respectively.

Pioneer VSX-LX503 pros & cons

Pros:

  • It has many features and parameters to tweak. The user-friendly menus allow you to quickly find and change what you need.
  • The total amount of power is high, plus the output sound is clear even if the volume is high.
  • Great compatibility with various devices.

Cons:

  • The process of setup is too complex (due to the poor documentation).

Pioneer SC-LX502 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The calibration technology is extremely helpful – it can help you adjust your speakers’ layout.
  • High performance makes the receiver responsive – you can navigate through menus easily.
  • Many sound processing features that make the output sound clear and deep.

Cons:

  • Not enough aux inputs.
  • Bluetooth may not work sometimes (it shows on the display but you get no audio).

Pioneer VSX-LX503

Pioneer VSX-LX503 review

Dec 07, 2018

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 strengthene...

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Pioneer SC-LX502

Pioneer SC-LX502 review

Oct 25, 2018

Each Pioneer product arouses the interest and receiver SC-LX502 didn’t become an exception. The high output power per channel (180W) was enough for my room (17 x 15 sq). I was sure that the rec...

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-LX503
Pioneer SC-LX502

Model

VSX-LX503
SC-LX502

Brand

Pioneer
Pioneer

Rating

4.1 of 5
4.3 of 5

Reviews

19
13

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

250 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

1090 W
560 W

Output power per channel

120 W
180 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0,01

Number of channels

9
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

109 dB
93 dB

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K
up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion
HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

7
3

Optical digital inputs

2
2

Coaxial digital inputs

2
1

HDMI inputs

7
7

HDMI outputs

2
2

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
2

USB

1
1

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station qty

40
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
Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

32bit / 384kHz
32bit / 384kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
Dolby Surround

Surround system class

9.2 channel
7.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

12

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

15.2 x 17.2 x 7.3 inches
15.6 x 17 x 7.4 inches

Product weight

29 pounds
24 pounds

AV receivers HelpToChoose comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 27.2
  • 30.7
  • 27.2Pioneer VSX-LX503
  • 30.7Pioneer SC-LX502

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