Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Onkyo TX-RZ830

Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Onkyo TX-RZ830 – what will be better for you?

Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Onkyo TX-RZ830

I have tested two high-performance solutions - Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Onkyo TX-RZ830. This review will be helpful for people who look for a great receiver with many functions.

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Features & Performance

Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Onkyo TX-RZ830 back

The total output power is very important and comparing Onkyo TX-RZ830 vs Pioneer VSX-LX503 in terms of the power, we can see that Pioneer VSX-LX503 is better – compare its 1090 W and 980 W that Onkyo TX-RZ830 outputs. Both models support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Both receivers work with the Sonos technology. Pioneer VSX-LX503 also uses the Phase Control technology to exclude the phase lag and the reflex optimizer feature to improve the localization of sound image. However, TX-RZ830 is THX certified. Both models support the modern 4K video standard with HDR, HLG, HDR10.

Connections & Setup

Both solutions have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules allowing you to stream content from online services. These receivers have built-in Chromecast technology. Both models work with the Google Assistant.

These receivers support the Zone 2/3 technology. You can control the playback using a remote controller or the buttons located on the receiver.

Pioneer uses the MCACC technology and Onkyo uses the AccuEQ technology to control the output sound. Both manufacturers provide you with the microphone. If you are not satisfied with the result of the auto calibration – you can fine-tune the settings.

Design

Both models have a simple LCD display, but Pioneer has two large knobs, a power on/off button and a front flap that covers some extra buttons and ports, while Onkyo has one large and two small knobs, a power on/off buttons, some small buttons above the large knob and a front flap that also cover additional buttons and ports. Both models come with ergonomic remote controllers.

The dimensions are 15.2x17.2x7.3 in for VSX-LX503 versus 15.7x17.2x8 in for TX-RZ830. The weight is 29 and 31 pounds respectively.

Pioneer VSX-LX503 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The high quality of the output sound – it is crisp. The bass sound is deep and rich.
  • The menus are user-friendly and responsive – you can easily find various parameters to tweak.
  • HDMI sources switching is fast.

Cons:

  • The setup process may be complex and confusing for some customers (the documentation is not informative enough).

Onkyo TX-RZ830 pros & cons

Pros:

  • Easy to set up and calibrate (due to the AccuEQ technology with its user-friendly UI).
  • The output sound is crisp while the video output is clear. No lagging or stuttering.
  • The wireless connection is stable.

Cons:

  • Some customers do not like the remote controller (the buttons are too close to each other).

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-LX503
Onkyo TX-RZ830

Model

VSX-LX503
TX-RZ830

Brand

Pioneer
Onkyo

Rating

3.6 of 5
3.5 of 5

Reviews

10
4

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

850 W

Standby power consumption

0.15 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

1090 W
980 W

Output power per channel

120 W
180 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
5 Hz-100 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

9
9

Signal-to-noise ratio

109 dB
108 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
7

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
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround

Surround system class

9.2 channel
9.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

4

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
15.7 x 17.2 x 8 inches

Product weight

29 pounds
31 pounds

AV receivers comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 40.5
  • 34
  • 40.5Pioneer VSX-LX503
  • 34Onkyo TX-RZ830

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