Marantz SR8015 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 review

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Marantz SR8015 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 review

Marantz SR8015
vs
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305

It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Marantz SR8015 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 11.2 versus 9.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the SR8015 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 140/8, 175/6, while the Elite VSX-LX305 has a power of 100/8, 225/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the SR8015 it is 0.05%, but for the Elite VSX-LX305 it is 0.08%. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. The model SR8015 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. Most popular streaming services are available for our models under consideration - Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud.

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 SR8015 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.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the SR8015 has 8/3, and the Elite VSX-LX305 has 7/2.Marantz SR8015 connectionsPioneer Elite VSX-LX305 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the SR8015 and the Elite VSX-LX305. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Marantz SR8015 has HDMI CEC. SR8015 and Elite VSX-LX305 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 SR8015 where 3 Multi zones is provided, the Elite VSX-LX305 works with 2 Multi zones. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in SR8015. The Marantz SR8015 and the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 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

Marantz SR8015
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305

Model

SR8015
Elite VSX-LX305

Brand

Marantz
Pioneer

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

11.2
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

140/8, 175/6
100/8, 225/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.05
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ XT32
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

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

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (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

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/3
7/2

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

2
1

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

5
0

Component input/output

3/1
0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

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

HLG, BT.2020, Dynamic HDR
DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync

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

IP Control, Web Control, RS-232 Control, App Control
App Control, Sonos Connect control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Marantz 2016 AVR Remote, HEOS App
Pioneer Control App

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

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

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

780
750

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.1 x 17.7 x 43.1/17.3 x 7.3 x 17.7
43.5 x 17.3 x 37/17.1 x 6.1 x 14.9

Weight, kg/lbs

17.2/38.4
10.4/22.9

Other

Release year

2020
2021
Marantz SR8015
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305
Marantz SR8015
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305

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  • 9.8Marantz SR8015
  • 8.5Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305