Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 vs Marantz STEREO 70s review

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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
8.3
Marantz STEREO 70s
7
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6
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 vs Marantz STEREO 70s review

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
vs
Marantz STEREO 70s

Having had an opportunity to test Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 vs Marantz STEREO 70s, I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new AV receiver.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 2.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the Elite VSX-LX105 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/8, 210/6, while the STEREO 70s has a power of 75/8, 100/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the Elite VSX-LX105 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the STEREO 70s is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. The model STEREO 70s can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, but the Marantz STEREO 70s works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix.

Video features

The HDR10+ function is present in each of the rivals. The quality of 4K/120Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the Elite VSX-LX105 and the STEREO 70s. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the Elite VSX-LX105 has 6/2, and the STEREO 70s has 6/3.Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 connectionsMarantz STEREO 70s connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the Elite VSX-LX105. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Marantz STEREO 70s has HDMI CEC. Elite VSX-LX105 and STEREO 70s support the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Unlike the Elite VSX-LX105 where 2 Multi zones is provided, the STEREO 70s works with 1 Multi zones. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in STEREO 70s. The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 and the Marantz STEREO 70s can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the Elite VSX-LX105. Only in the Elite VSX-LX105 realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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General

Item

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
Marantz STEREO 70s

Model

Elite VSX-LX105
STEREO 70s

Brand

Pioneer
Marantz

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
2.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8, 210/6
75/8, 100/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
Audyssey MultEQ XT

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Dirac Live Room Correction
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

2 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/2
6/3

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

0
0

Component input/output

0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic, AUX
USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10+
HDR10+

4K signal pass-through

4K/120Hz
4K/120Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz
8K/60Hz

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync
Dynamic HDR, Variable Refresh Rate, Quick Frame Transport, Auto Low Latency Mode

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

App Control, Sonos Connect control
IP Control, Web Control, App Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
1

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App
Marantz 2016 AVR Remote, HEOS App

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
has not

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS
has not

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF, DSD
AIFF, DSD

Power

Operational power consumption, W

635
210

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.3 x 37/17.1 x 6.3 x 14.9
17.4x14.7x4.3 / 44.1x37.3x10.9

Weight, kg/lbs

9.8/21.6
8.8/19

Other

Release year

2021
2023
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
Marantz STEREO 70s
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
Marantz STEREO 70s

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  • 8.3Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
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