Sony STR-AZ5000ES vs Pioneer VSX-LX505 review

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Sony STR-AZ5000ES vs Pioneer VSX-LX505 review

Sony STR-AZ5000ES
vs
Pioneer VSX-LX505

Sony STR-AZ5000ES vs Pioneer VSX-LX505 – that is a question.

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 STR-AZ5000ES has such a ratio W/Ohm - 130/8, while the VSX-LX505 has a power of 120/8. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-AZ5000ES it is 0.09%, but for the VSX-LX505 it is 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the STR-AZ5000ES received the model 192 KHz/32-bit, but the VSX-LX505 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Sony STR-AZ5000ES and Pioneer VSX-LX505 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. Most popular streaming services are available for our models under consideration - 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 STR-AZ5000ES and the VSX-LX505. 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.Sony STR-AZ5000ES connectionsPioneer VSX-LX505 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the STR-AZ5000ES and the VSX-LX505. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. STR-AZ5000ES and VSX-LX505 support the standard HDCP 2.3. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer VSX-LX505.

Additional features

Ability to create 3 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Sony STR-AZ5000ES and the Pioneer VSX-LX505 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

Sony STR-AZ5000ES
Pioneer VSX-LX505

Model

STR-AZ5000ES
VSX-LX505

Brand

Sony
Pioneer

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

11.2
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

130/8
120/8

Output impedance, Ohm

8
8

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

DCAC
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

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

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
2 (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, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix
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

2
3

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

2
0

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

Variable Refresh Rate, Auto Low Latency Mode
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

IP Control, Web Control, App Control
IP Control, Web Control, App Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

has not
Pioneer Control App

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/2
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

3
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

DSD, LPCM
DSD, LPCM

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

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

500
850

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

17 x 7.3 x 17.3 / 43 x 19.4 x 44
21.5 x 12.3 x 19.3 / 54.1 x 31 x 48.7

Weight, kg/lbs

9.3/19
16/35.3

Other

Release year

2023
2023
Sony STR-AZ5000ES
Pioneer VSX-LX505
Sony STR-AZ5000ES
Pioneer VSX-LX505

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.6
  • 9.3
  • 8.6Sony STR-AZ5000ES
  • 9.3Pioneer VSX-LX505