It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305.
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, the receivers have the same performance - 100/8, 225/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the Elite VSX-LX304 received the model AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit, but the Elite VSX-LX305 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. The model Elite VSX-LX304 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-LX304 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, but the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud.
Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the Elite VSX-LX304 and the Elite VSX-LX305. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs is the same - 7/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the Elite VSX-LX305. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 has HDMI CEC. The Elite VSX-LX304 has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the Elite VSX-LX305, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Unlike the Elite VSX-LX304 where 3 Multi zones is provided, the Elite VSX-LX305 works with 2 Multi zones. For voice control in the Elite VSX-LX304 is used Amazon Alexa, but in the Elite VSX-LX305 is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. There is an ECO mode in neither AV receiver. The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 and the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.