In the evolving world of home theater equipment, the VSX-LX305 stands out as a feature-rich addition to the Pioneer Elite series. In my opinion, this is a quite successful solution from the manufacturer, which will satisfy not only movie buffs but also music lovers. In addition to being certified to the highest standards by IMAX Enhanced, this model has a lot to surprise you with. In my Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 review, I’ll talk about its key features and what kind of experience it can bring to your home theater.
Features and specs
Elite VSX-LX305 specifications start with a 9.2-channel system. It supports configurations like 5.1.4, 7.1.2, or basic 9.2, giving you flexibility in setting up your home theater. The receiver is not too powerful, but its 0,08% THD with the power of 100W (8 Ohm, 20 Hz – 20 kHz) allows it to produce crystal clear sound even at maximum power (provided you have good speakers, though).
This device comes with 6 HDMI inputs 2.1 and 2 outputs 2.0 with support for 8K/60 Hz, HDCP 2.2, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log-Gamma (beneficial for those who regularly watch real-time content). The model can upscale 1080p to 4K/8K and 4K to 8K from HDMI sources. Gamers also should pay attention to this AVR since it supports ALLM, VRR, and QFT. For those who prefer multi-room audio/video setups, there’s a discrete HDMI Zone 2 switching. Zone 1 will have 8K/60 Hz in this scenario, while Zone 2 – 4K/120 Hz.
The VSX-LX305 features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to stream music wirelessly via Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, TIDAL, and Deezer. Additionally, it supports popular wireless audio protocols like AirPlay 2 and Chromecast, enabling easy integration with your smart devices. If you have a Sonos system, you may connect to this AVR, however, the Sonos port is required to purchase.
Moreover, you can transmit audio from the gadget to the receiver using both SBC or AAC with Bluetooth of 4.2 version. In addition, you can send sound via the receiver to suitable wireless headphones that are equipped with SBC, aptX, or aptX HD codecs. DTS Play-Fi also transfers audio data from any connected gadget to your receiver as well as other compatible audio sources across your home. This results in a flexible multi-room audio configuration.
And now, the most critical aspect of this receiver is the surround sound technologies it supports. There are Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Height Virtualizer, and DTS Virtual:X. As you can see, enjoying a more immersive audio experience is guaranteed, especially without the need for complex speaker installations with the last two processing technologies.
Did you think that was all? No, on top of that, this unit comes with an Advanced MCACC and Dirac Live room correction system, including the calibration microphone. It’s great that Pioneer gives us these two options. If you want a basic room calibration system, you may use MCACC since it’s more straightforward and may be adequate for less complex setups. Dirac Live is ideal if you seek a higher level of audio optimization and have more advanced audio equipment.
Testing VSX-LX305, I mainly wanted to check how it works as part of a home theater. This time, I’ve chosen MCACC. Its automatic settings are sufficient for the average viewer. As a result, the overall sound quality of the system was significantly improved, and the bass became clearer and more energetic. When watching movies, this Pioneer receiver demonstrated excellent conversion and playback quality. As for music, in my opinion, it sounded quite rich, creating a realistic acoustic picture.
- Channels: 9.2.
- Power output: 100W/8 Ohm, 225W/6 Ohm.
- HDMI inputs/outputs: 6/2.
- Video functions: 8K/60Hz, 4K/60Hz, 4K/120Hz, HDMI upscaling up to 8K.
- Bluetooth/Wi-Fi: yes/yes.
- Streaming services: AirPlay 2, Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Netflix, Amazon Prime.
- Supports: HDMI ARC, HDMI eARC, HDMI CEC, HDCP2.3, HDR10+, Dolby Vision.
- Surround sound: DTS HD Master, DTS Neural:X, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, Dolby Atmos, IMAX Enhanced.
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