Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 vs Sony STR-AZ1000ES review

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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 vs Sony STR-AZ1000ES review

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
vs
Sony STR-AZ1000ES

The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 vs Sony STR-AZ1000ES comparison will be extremely helpful for people who want to get a great, powerful receiver with many functions.

Amplifier

AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the Elite VSX-LX105 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/8, 210/6, while the STR-AZ1000ES has a power of 100/8. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the Elite VSX-LX105 it is 0.08%, but for the STR-AZ1000ES it is 0.09%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the Elite VSX-LX105 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the STR-AZ1000ES is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. The model STR-AZ1000ES can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. 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 Sony STR-AZ1000ES works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix.

Video features

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 STR-AZ1000ES. 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 is the same - 6/2.Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 connectionsSony STR-AZ1000ES connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the Elite VSX-LX105 and the STR-AZ1000ES. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Sony STR-AZ1000ES has HDMI CEC. Elite VSX-LX105 and STR-AZ1000ES support the standard HDCP 2.3. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105.

Additional features

Unlike the Elite VSX-LX105 where 2 Multi zones is provided, the STR-AZ1000ES works with 3 Multi zones. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in STR-AZ1000ES. The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 and the Sony STR-AZ1000ES can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.

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General

Item

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
Sony STR-AZ1000ES

Model

Elite VSX-LX105
STR-AZ1000ES

Brand

Pioneer
Sony

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8, 210/6
100/8

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
DCAC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Dirac Live Room Correction
Acoustic Center Sync, DSEE Ultimate, DSD Native Playback, Pure Direct, In-Ceiling Speaker Mode, Center Speaker Lift Up

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

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
6/2

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
1

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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync
Variable Refresh Rate, 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
3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App
has not

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
DSD, LPCM

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

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
240

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 x 6.2 x 13.1 / 43 x 15.6 x 33.1

Weight, kg/lbs

9.8/21.6
9.3/19

Other

Release year

2021
2023
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
Sony STR-AZ1000ES
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
Sony STR-AZ1000ES

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.3Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
  • 8.4Sony STR-AZ1000ES