Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Yamaha RX-A1070BL review

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Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer VSX-LX503 has 9.2 versus 7.2 for Yamaha RX-A1070BL. Regarding power, then VSX-LX503 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 120/8 20Hz-20KHz, 230/6 1KHz when RX-A1070BL has a power of 110/8 20Hz-20KHz. The THD is 0.08% for the VSX-LX503 but 0.06% for the RX-A1070BL.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit for VSX-LX503 and ESS 192 KHz/24-bit for the RX-A1070BL. Both the VSX-LX503 and the RX-A1070BL support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The VSX-LX503 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, and the RX-A1070BL can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM. Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K 60p signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer VSX-LX503 has 7/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/2 HDMI connectors of the Yamaha RX-A1070BL.Pioneer VSX-LX503 connectionsYamaha RX-A1070BL connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

The VSX-LX503 supports 3 Multi-room zones, versus 2 for the RX-A1070BL. The VSX-LX503 supports voice control via Google Assistant, and the RX-A1070BL - Amazon Alexa. An ECO mode is only available for the RX-A1070BL. Both VSX-LX503 and RX-A1070BL can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-LX503
Yamaha RX-A1070BL

Model

VSX-LX503
RX-A1070BL

Brand

Pioneer
Yamaha

Reviews

166
0

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

120/8 20Hz-20KHz, 230/6 1KHz
110/8 20Hz-20KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.06

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit
ESS 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

2 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI
analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa

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

IP Control
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2
8/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
3

Coaxial digital input

1
3

Composite input

2
3

Component input/output

1/0
2/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

FlareConnect
MusicCast, AV Controller

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

2
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

850
450

Standby consumption, W

0.15
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 18.5 x 38.6/17 x 7 x 14.9
43.5 x 24.7 x 44/17 x 9.4 x 17.2

Weight, kg/lbs

13/28.7
14.9/32.8
Pioneer VSX-LX503
Yamaha RX-A1070BL
Pioneer VSX-LX503
Yamaha RX-A1070BL

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  • 8.3
  • 8.6Pioneer VSX-LX503
  • 8.3Yamaha RX-A1070BL

The Pioneer VSX-LX503 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer VSX-LX503 price