Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Yamaha RX-A870BL review

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Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Yamaha RX-A870BL review

Pioneer VSX-LX102
vs
Yamaha RX-A870BL

An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Yamaha RX-A870BL comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 7.2. Regarding power, then VSX-LX102 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8, 170/6 when RX-A870BL has a power of 100/8. The THD is 0.08% for the VSX-LX102 but 0.06% for the RX-A870BL.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit for VSX-LX102 and Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit for the RX-A870BL. Both the VSX-LX102 and the RX-A870BL support Bi-amping. 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. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The VSX-LX102 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, and the RX-A870BL can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM.

Video features

Both AV receivers support HDR10 technology (High dynamic range). Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/60Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer VSX-LX102 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/2 HDMI connectors of the Yamaha RX-A870BL.Pioneer VSX-LX102 connectionsYamaha RX-A870BL 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. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. Both VSX-LX102 and RX-A870BL can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.

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General

Item

Pioneer VSX-LX102
Yamaha RX-A870BL

Model

VSX-LX102
RX-A870BL

Brand

Pioneer
Yamaha

Reviews

58
35

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 170/6
100/8

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.06

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Reflex Optimizer, Advanced Sound Retriever
CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT, Extra Bass

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

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
8/2

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
2

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

2
1

Component input/output

0/0
1/0

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

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
2

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

FlareConnect
MusicCast

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

1
1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

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

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
400

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

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 17.1 x 38.2/17 x 6.7 x 15

Weight, kg/lbs

8.6/19
10.5/23.2

Other

Release year

2013
2017
Pioneer VSX-LX102
Yamaha RX-A870BL
Pioneer VSX-LX102
Yamaha RX-A870BL

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.1
  • 8.3
  • 7.1Pioneer VSX-LX102
  • 8.3Yamaha RX-A870BL

The Yamaha RX-A870BL is better receiver in this comparison. Check Yamaha RX-A870BL price