Marantz SR7012 vs Pioneer VSX-LX503

Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Marantz SR7012: Comparison in Middle Price Category

Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Marantz-SR7012

The main difference in the battle Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Marantz SR7012 is in their total power: 1090W (VSX-LX503) versus 950W (SR7012).

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Features & Performance

Marantz SR7012 vs Pioneer VSX-LX503

The Pioneer VSX-LX503 is a 9.2-channel receiver with a power of 120W per channel. A user can get immersive surround sound regardless of the number of speakers. The Marantz SR7012 is a device with a 192 kHz DAC. It can apply 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 setups, due to its 11.2 processing.

The Marantz has less total power than the Pioneer, but this is offset by more power per channel – 125W. In a pure-direct mode, bypassing all sound circuits, the SR7012 is creating a believable sound field.

In Marantz SR7012 vs Pioneer VSX-LX503 comparison, it should be mentioned that the VSX-LX503 produces perfect sound due to the built-in DAC, which can handle Hi-Res audio up to 384 kHz/32 bit if I compare it with DAC in the SR7012.

Connections & Setup

The Marantz SR7012 has a lot of connectors. One of its HDMI can work with the enhanced return channel, allowing a user to transfer Hi-Res audio. The Pioneer has 7 HDMI inputs and 7 AV inputs. Both receivers have the same number of digital inputs and terminals. The VSX-LX503 works with popular streaming services and can work with external devices. The SR7012 supports wireless technologies ChromeCast, AirPlay, and Play-Fi.

The audio tuning and calibration system Audyssey MultEQ XT32 delivers the SR7012 precise sound, which the user can customize using the Audyssey Editor app that is available on Android and iOS. The VSX-LX503 has similar calibration system MCACC but without calibration app support.

Design

The Marantz SR7012 has an elegant appearance. Buttons, knobs, and a small round screen are on the front panel. They look minimalistic. The entire panel is occupied by connectors.

The Pioneer VSX-LX503 has a functional appearance. Main controls and screen are on the front panel and it is possible to manage plenty of functions from a hidden control panel.

Pioneer VSX-LX503

Pros:

  • It is possible to control the receiver through Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, which gives full voice control over the basic functions of the receiver.

Cons:

  • The automatic tuning system doesn’t work with different types of speakers.
  • AirPlay is not stable.

Marantz SR7012

Pros:

  • The receiver allows controlling the full 5.1.4-channel configuration without additional external amplifiers.
  • The Marantz supports the integration of Amazon Home Entertainment Skill, giving users the ability to control the main functions of the receiver.

Cons:

  • Complex on-screen menu system.

Marantz SR7012

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Common

Product

Marantz SR7012
Pioneer VSX-LX503

Model

SR7012
VSX-LX503

Brand

Marantz
Pioneer

Rating

4.4 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

42
22

Amplifier

Total output power

950 W
1090 W

Output power per channel

125 Watt
120 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.05 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

9
9

Signal-to-noise ratio

105 dB
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
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

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

2
7

Optical digital inputs

2
2

Coaxial digital inputs

2
2

HDMI inputs

8
7

HDMI outputs

3
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

40
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 / 192kHz
32bit / 384kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround

Surround system class

9.2 channel
9.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

710 W

Standby power consumption

0.2 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

15.8 x 17.3 x 7.3 inches
15.2 x 17.2 x 7.3 inches

Weight

31.1 pounds
29 pounds
Marantz SR7012
Pioneer VSX-LX503
Marantz SR7012
Pioneer VSX-LX503

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  • 22.9
  • 25.1Marantz SR7012
  • 22.9Pioneer VSX-LX503

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