Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Pioneer SC-LX701

The combination of performance and quality - Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs SC-LX701

Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Pioneer SC-LX701

I have tested two amazing solutions from Pioneer – Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs SC-LX701. This review should help people who look for a great receiver.

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Features & Performance

Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Pioneer SC-LX701 back

Both models support the 9.2 channel setup. VSX-LX503 wins when we compare Pioneer SC-LX701 vs VSX-LX503 in terms of the total output power – 1090 W versus 760 W that SC-LX701 outputs. Both models work with Sonos and they are compatible with Dolby Atmos. These two receivers support the DTS:X technology. However, SC-LX701 features the Advanced Sound Retriever technology, while VSX-LX503 uses the phase control and the reflex optimizer technologies. Both models support the modern 4K video standard with HDR and other features.

Connections & Setup

These solutions have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules, so you can stream content from your devices or from online services. These receivers support the Chromecast technology, while VSX-LX503 supports the Google Assistant. Both models support the Zone 2/3 feature.

These receivers are built well and customers do not experience any issues with the ports. SC-LX701 has 8 in and 2 out HDMI ports, while VSX-LX503 has 7 in and 2 out HDMI ports.

Pioneer uses the MCACC technology to control the output sound. It is precise in terms of the speaker's calibration, but you can adjust the settings via a special menu (it is not very difficult). The manufacturer provides you with the microphone required. Overall, the calibration process is fast.

Design

These two receivers look almost the same – there is a simple LCD display that shows some basic information, two large knobs, a power on/off button and a front cover that hides some small round-shaped buttons with additional ports.

These receivers come with a remote controller. It is well-designed and all buttons are labeled properly. Overall, it is easy to control these receivers using the remote controller.

The dimensions are 15.2x17.2x7.3 in for VSX-LX503 versus 7.4x17.1x7.3 in for SC-LX701.

Pioneer VSX-LX503 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The menu is user-friendly and it is more intuitive than the menus which previous models have. You can easily find various adjustments.
  • The output sound is deep and clear – no lags or noise.
  • It assures a stable wireless connection.

Cons:

  • Some customers find the setup process quite complex (due to the poor documentation).

Pioneer SC-LX701 pros & cons

Pros:

  • Great flexibility – it has many options and features. You can easily adjust various parameters.
  • It does not become too hot.
  • The output sound quality is stunning, plus it has the 7.2.4 effect.

Cons:

  • The ARC technology may not work sometimes (you need to disconnect and connect again an HDMI cable).

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Pioneer VSX-LX503 review

Dec 07, 2018

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-LX503
Pioneer SC-LX701

Model

VSX-LX503
SC-LX701

Brand

Pioneer
Pioneer

Rating

3.6 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

10
88

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

310 W

Standby power consumption

0.15 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

1090 W
760 W

Output power per channel

120 W
135 W, 185 W, 220 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
4 Ohm, 6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

9
9

Signal-to-noise ratio

109 dB
107 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
4

Optical digital inputs

2
3

Coaxial digital inputs

2
2

HDMI inputs

7
8

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 / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance

Surround system class

9.2 channel
9.2 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
7.4 x 17.1 x 7.3 inches

Product weight

29 pounds
33.2 pounds

AV receivers comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 35.5
  • 43.5
  • 35.5Pioneer VSX-LX503
  • 43.5Pioneer SC-LX701

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