Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 vs Sony STR-AZ1000ES review

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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 vs Sony STR-AZ1000ES review

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505
Sony STR-AZ1000ES

The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 vs Sony STR-AZ1000ES comparison will be extremely helpful for people who want to get a great, powerful receiver with many functions.


The number of channels for receivers is different - 9.2 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the Elite VSX-LX505 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 120/8, 230/6, while the STR-AZ1000ES has a power of 100/8. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the Elite VSX-LX505 it is 0.08%, but for the STR-AZ1000ES it is 0.09%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the Elite VSX-LX505 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-LX505 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-LX505 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 varies depending on the receiver, the Elite VSX-LX505 has 7/2, and the STR-AZ1000ES has 6/2.Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 connectionsSony STR-AZ1000ES connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the Elite VSX-LX505 and the STR-AZ1000ES. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Sony STR-AZ1000ES has HDMI CEC. Elite VSX-LX505 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-LX505.

Additional features

Unlike the Elite VSX-LX505 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-LX505 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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