What is better - Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Yamaha RX-A2070?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the VSX-LX503 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 120/8, 230/6, while the RX-A2070 has a power of 140/8. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the VSX-LX503 it is 0.08%, but for the RX-A2070 it is 0.06%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-LX503 received the model AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit, but the RX-A2070 is equipped with ESS 192 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Pioneer VSX-LX503 and Yamaha RX-A2070 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Pioneer VSX-LX503 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, but the Yamaha RX-A2070 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM.
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-LX503 and the RX-A2070. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the VSX-LX503 has 7/2, and the RX-A2070 has 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-LX503 and the RX-A2070. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The VSX-LX503 has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the RX-A2070, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Ability to create 3 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. For voice control in the VSX-LX503 is used Google Assistant, but in the RX-A2070 is used Amazon Alexa. There is an ECO mode in RX-A2070. The Pioneer VSX-LX503 and the Yamaha RX-A2070 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.