Pioneer has added two new 7.2-channel models to its Elite receiver line. The VSX-LX302 ($799, shown here) and VSX-LX102 ($599) support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, as well as UHD/HDR pass-through, hi-res audio playback, and a variety of network streaming services. Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi, and AirPlay are all onboard, and the receivers include Pioneer's MCACC automatic setup and calibration technology. The LX302 is rated at 100 watts per channel, and the VSX-LX102 is rated at 80 wps. Both models are available now.
Pioneer Home Entertainment USA has unveiled two new 7.2-channel network AV receivers: the Elite VSX-LX302 (MSRP $799 USD / $949.99 CAD) and the Elite VSX-LX102 (MSRP $599 USD / $749.99 CAD). Both AV receivers boast supremely clear and accurate Dolby Atmos and DTS:X playback in home theater environments and come with a host of networking and streaming features, including Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi and AirPlay, while streaming services include Spotify, TIDAL, TuneIn, and Deezer. These features operate over dual-band 5-GHz/2.4-GHz Wi-Fi along with FireConnect powered by Blackfire enabling wireless audio distribution to optional network speakers like Pioneer's MRX-3. The VSX-LX302 also features Powered Zone 2 and Zone 2 pre-/line out.
Smooth and Richly Detailed Sound
The VSX-LX302 effortlessly delivers 100W (8 ohms, 20Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08%, 2ch driven, FTC) through seven channels, while the entry-level VSX-LX102 packs 80W (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch driven, FTC). Superb control and smooth, clear articulation even at high volumes assures a theater-like experience without top-end distortion. Two subwoofer pre-outs are fitted to double the impact of low frequency effects (LFE) that include dual subwoofers. Hi-Res Audio playback is optimized with 384-kHz/32-bit digital-to-analog conversion, and for movie lovers with compatible 4K televisions, there's Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDCP 2.2, and BT.2020 video pass-through via HDMI.
Hi-Res Audio Realism
All of the popular Hi-Res Audio formats are supported over the local network and USB, including 192-kHz/24-bit FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC along with DSD 2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz. Each AV receiver can also play Dolby TrueHD up to 192-kHz/24-bit via USB input.
4K Ultra HD and HDR Compatibility
Both units support 4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit video signal transmission with HDCP 2.2 technology, and both are ready for next generation HDR (High Dynamic Range), including HDR10 and Dolby Vision, together with the BT.2020 video standard. 4K upscaling is incorporated to upscale standard HD content to the quality of a 4K video signal.
MCACC Creates the Ultimate Surround Sound Field
MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System), developed with the expertise of professional recording studios, creates an ideal listening environment in media rooms and entertainment spaces. Via the custom setup microphone, the system automatically compensates for differences in speaker size, level, and distance, and equalizes response.
An innovative solution for phase lag between the subwoofer and front L+R speakers, Phase Control compensates for bass delay at the viewing position to improve sound synchronization. Consequently, it makes LFEs more dynamic and achieves clearer reproduction of sound in the mid- and high-frequency bands.
Reflex Optimizer technology was developed specifically to resolve the phase lag issue. It optimizes the performance of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers for clear sound imaging at the viewing position so that sound from Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers integrates seamlessly with that from the floor speakers for a clear, comfortable, and cohesive sound field.
Intuitive Graphical User Interface with Easy Initial Setup
Pioneer's intuitive GUI over HDMI makes using these AV receivers enjoyable. Simple graphical display detailing receiver functions improves everyday operability, while "Setup Guidance" makes initial network setup fast and easy.
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