Choosing an AV receiver is not an easy task and the Denon AVR-S960H versus Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 comparison is meant to help you with this. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-S960H received 7.8 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 was rated 8.5 points. The release date of AVR-S960H is 2020, and Elite VSX-LX305 is 2021. As a result, it becomes clear that Elite VSX-LX305 is a better option for home theater than AVR-S960H.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 7 and 9, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-S960H supports 7.2-channels sound, but Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 supports a 9.2-channels configuration.
RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the Elite VSX-LX305 this value is 100/8 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-S960H it is 90/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||90/8, 125/6||100/8, 225/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.08|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-S960H 6 out of 10, and the Elite VSX-LX305 - 9.
Bi-amping is the amplification of one speaker with two amplifiers. This amplification method has a positive effect on sound quality. Bi-amping is possible on the Elite VSX-LX305.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Denon AVR-S960H 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.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||N/A||192 KHz/24-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✖|
|Auto speaker calibration||Audyssey MultEQ||MCACC|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✖|
|Other audio features||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Hi-Res audio||Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Dirac Live Room Correction|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-S960H scored 10, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 scored 8 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Denon AVR-S960H.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||1 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||AirPlay, AirPlay 2||AirPlay, AirPlay 2|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz, TuneIn Radio||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud|
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, Denon AVR-S960H got 8 points, but Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 received 7 points.
Denon AVR-S960H is equipped with 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 has 7/2 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 AVR-S960H features HDMI CEC.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||HDCP 2.3|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||2||1|
|Coaxial digital input||1||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, setup mic||HDMI, USB, phones, setup mic, AUX|
|Multi channel preamp output||✔||✔|
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 rivals in our comparison were rated 8 out of 10.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||HDR10+|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/120Hz||4K/120Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||8K/60Hz||8K/60Hz|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✔||✖|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||HLG, BT.2020||DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVR-S960H got 10 points, but the Elite VSX-LX305 has 9.
Only the Denon AVR-S960H has the ECO mode.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Display||colour OSD||colour OSD|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✔||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||network, USB|
|Other additional features||IP Control, Web Control, RS-232 Control, App Control||App Control, Sonos Connect control|
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.
|Zone audio output||speaker||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||✖||✔|
|Multi-room control||HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote||Pioneer Control App|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||2|
Denon AVR-S960H got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 got 8.
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. The Elite VSX-LX305 licensed by IMAX.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS|