Marantz AV8805 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105

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Rating 5 5

AV8805 vs Elite VSX-LX105 comparison chart

Overall
Marantz AV8805
9.4
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105
8.3
9
8
10
10

Marantz AV8805 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 review

Marantz AV8805
vs
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105

Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Marantz AV8805 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 takes place. According to the results of our review, Marantz AV8805 received 9.4 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 was rated 8.3 points. The release date of AV8805 is 2018, and Elite VSX-LX105 is 2021. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that AV8805 has better performance than Elite VSX-LX105.

Main advantages Marantz AV8805 over Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105

  • More channels, namely 13, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • Both receivers have a multi-room zone function, but AV8805 has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.
  • HDMI CEC is present.

Main advantages Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 over Marantz AV8805

  • 8K/60Hz signal pass-through is available.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 9 and 8, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

AV8805
9
Elite VSX-LX105
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Marantz AV8805 supports 13.2-channels sound, but Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 supports a 7.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced.

AV8805 Elite VSX-LX105
Channels13.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/OhmN/A100/8, 210/6
Output impedance, OhmN/A8, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz20Hz-20KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AV8805 10 out of 10, and the Elite VSX-LX105 - 9.

AV8805
10
Elite VSX-LX105
9

Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Marantz AV8805 has Pure Direct mode.

Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.

Speaker A/B switching allows you to change between the main and sub speaker set. Marantz AV8805 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

AV8805 Elite VSX-LX105
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQ XT32MCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audioAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Dirac Live Room Correction

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is equal and was rated 8 out of 10.

AV8805
8
Elite VSX-LX105
8

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.

AV8805 Elite VSX-LX105
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
USB1 (USB 2.0)2 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

AV8805 Elite VSX-LX105
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, TuneIn RadioDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud

Extensive connections

The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, Marantz AV8805 got 10 points, but Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 received 7 points.

AV8805
10
Elite VSX-LX105
7

Marantz AV8805 is equipped with 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 has 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HDMI-CEC helps gadgets attached to your TV to link back and forth with your TV via HDMI ports. It is become possible to control all linked devices with one remote. The AV8805 features HDMI CEC.

The HDCP encryption protocol is now mandatory for most media devices. This security technology encrypts digital signals from one product to another. HDCP content-encryption protocol is present on Marantz AV8805 in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 has the HDCP 2.3 version.

AV8805 Elite VSX-LX105
HDMI input/output8/36/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input21
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input40
Component input/output3/10
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUXUSB, phones, setup mic, AUX
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of the AV8805 were rated 9 out of 10 against the 8 for the Elite VSX-LX105.

AV8805
9
Elite VSX-LX105
8

With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. The AV8805 works with the 4K/60Hz video, and the Elite VSX-LX105 has the 4K/120Hz.

The AV receiver passes "native" 8K signals from a video source to 8K TV without any encoding, with the 8k pass-through features. The 8K path-through is available on Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105.

AV8805 Elite VSX-LX105
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10+
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/120Hz
8K signal pass-through8K/60Hz
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversionanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresDeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020, HLGDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the AV8805 got 10 points, but the Elite VSX-LX105 has 9.

AV8805
10
Elite VSX-LX105
9

Only the Marantz AV8805 has the ECO mode.

AV8805 Elite VSX-LX105
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AIAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresIP Control, Web ControlApp Control, Sonos Connect control

Multi-room

As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.

AV8805 Elite VSX-LX105
Multi-room zones32
Zone audio outputpreoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMarantz AVR Remote App, HEOS AppPioneer Control App
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/1
DC trigger output (12V)21

Multichannel surround

Marantz AV8805 got 10 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 got 7.

AV8805
10
Elite VSX-LX105
7

Auro 3D gives a bit more versatility than Dolby Atmos or DTS:X and provides a hemispherical sound and enables a receiver to produce 3D sound stages. Only the Marantz AV8805 has Auro-3D on its feature list.

IMAX Enhanced is a licensing and certification program under which home theater devices deliver crisp 4K HDR pictures and powerful sound as it was designed by the IMAX engineers. Only the AV8805 licensed by IMAX.

AV8805 Elite VSX-LX105
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-SurroundDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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