Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Marantz NR1403 review

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Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Marantz NR1403 review

Pioneer VSX-LX102
vs
Marantz NR1403

Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Marantz NR1403 comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer VSX-LX102 has 7.2 versus 5.1 for Marantz NR1403. Regarding power, then VSX-LX102 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8, 170/6 when NR1403 has a power of 50/8, 80/6. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit for VSX-LX102 and 192 KHz/24-bit for the NR1403. Only the VSX-LX102 supports Bi-amping feature. 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. Only the VSX-LX102 supports Spotify. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The VSX-LX102 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the NR1403. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the VSX-LX102.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer VSX-LX102 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/1 HDMI connectors of the Marantz NR1403.Pioneer VSX-LX102 connectionsMarantz NR1403 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. The VSX-LX102 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the VSX-LX102. The setup assistant will help you configure Pioneer VSX-LX102.

Multichannel surround

Only the VSX-LX102 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the VSX-LX102.

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General

Item

Pioneer VSX-LX102
Marantz NR1403

Model

VSX-LX102
NR1403

Brand

Pioneer
Marantz

Reviews

58
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 170/6
50/8, 80/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Reflex Optimizer, Advanced Sound Retriever
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
0

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
6/1

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
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
3

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

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

Additional features

Voice control

App control

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

Other additional features

IP Control
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
has not

Zone audio output

has not
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not
has not

Multi-room control

FlareConnect
has not

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24
DTS-EXPRESS, DTS Neo:6

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

480
180

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.2

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
44 x 10 x 36.7/17.3 x 3.9 x 14.1

Weight, kg/lbs

8.6/19
8.3/17.6

Other

Release year

2013
2012
Pioneer VSX-LX102
Marantz NR1403
Pioneer VSX-LX102
Marantz NR1403

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.1
  • 4
  • 7.1Pioneer VSX-LX102
  • 4Marantz NR1403

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