Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 review

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Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 review

Pioneer VSX-LX102
vs
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

What is better - Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304?

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 9.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the VSX-LX102 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/8, 170/6, while the Elite VSX-LX304 has a power of 100/8, 225/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-LX102 received the model AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit, but the Elite VSX-LX304 is equipped with AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Pioneer VSX-LX102 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay versus AirPlay, AirPlay 2 respectively. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Pioneer VSX-LX102 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, but the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora.

Video features

The HDR10 function is present in each of the rivals. The quality of 4K/60Hz 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 VSX-LX102 and the Elite VSX-LX304. 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 VSX-LX102 has 4/1, and the Elite VSX-LX304 has 7/2.Pioneer VSX-LX102 connectionsPioneer Elite VSX-LX304 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-LX102 and the Elite VSX-LX304. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. VSX-LX102 and Elite VSX-LX304 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. There is an ECO mode in VSX-LX102. The Pioneer VSX-LX102 and the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 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

Pioneer VSX-LX102
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

Model

VSX-LX102
Elite VSX-LX304

Brand

Pioneer
Pioneer

Reviews

58
8

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 170/6
100/8, 225/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
5Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit
AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Reflex Optimizer, Advanced Sound Retriever
Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

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, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
7/2

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

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
0

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

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

Additional features

Voice control

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

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
3

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

FlareConnect
Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

1
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24
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
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

480
750

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.3 x 32/17 x 6.8 x 12.6
43.5 x 17.3 x 37/17 x 6.8 x 14.5

Weight, kg/lbs

8.6/19
10.8/23.8

Other

Release year

2013
2019
Pioneer VSX-LX102
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304
Pioneer VSX-LX102
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.1
  • 8.5
  • 7.1Pioneer VSX-LX102
  • 8.5Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 price