Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Sony STRZA1100ES review

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Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Sony STRZA1100ES review

Pioneer VSX-LX102
vs
Sony STRZA1100ES

Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Sony STRZA1100ES 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 STRZA1100ES has a power of 70/8, 90/6. The THD is 0.08% for the VSX-LX102 but 0.09% for the STRZA1100ES. Both the VSX-LX102 and the STRZA1100ES support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only the VSX-LX102 has Bluetooth support. Only the VSX-LX102 supports Spotify.

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 5/2 HDMI connectors of the Sony STRZA1100ES.Pioneer VSX-LX102 connectionsSony STRZA1100ES connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the STRZA1100ES. 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. Both VSX-LX102 and STRZA1100ES 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
Sony STRZA1100ES

Model

VSX-LX102
STRZA1100ES

Brand

Pioneer
Sony

Reviews

58
20

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 170/6
70/8, 90/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
DCAC EX

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Reflex Optimizer, Advanced Sound Retriever
Sound Optimize

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

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
5/2

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
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

0/0
2/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

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
HLG

Additional features

Voice control

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
has not

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
1/2

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-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD

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
290

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.3

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 x 17.4 x 41/17 x 6.8 x 16.1

Weight, kg/lbs

8.6/19
12.8/28.4

Other

Release year

2013
2017
Pioneer VSX-LX102
Sony STRZA1100ES
Pioneer VSX-LX102
Sony STRZA1100ES

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.1
  • 6.6
  • 7.1Pioneer VSX-LX102
  • 6.6Sony STRZA1100ES

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