The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Pioneer VSX-LX301 vs Onkyo TX-SR353 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer VSX-LX301 has 7.2 versus 5.1 for Onkyo TX-SR353. Regarding power, then VSX-LX301 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 100/8, 170/6 when TX-SR353 has a power of 140/6. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit for VSX-LX301 and 192 KHz/24-bit for the TX-SR353. Only the VSX-LX301 supports Bi-amping feature. The Pioneer VSX-LX301 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the VSX-LX301 supports Spotify.
Only the Pioneer VSX-LX301 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The VSX-LX301 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-SR353. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the VSX-LX301.
The Pioneer VSX-LX301 has 7/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Onkyo TX-SR353. 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. The VSX-LX301 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is not present in each of the AV receivers. The setup assistant will help you configure Pioneer VSX-LX301.
Only the VSX-LX301 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the VSX-LX301.