Being able to compare Pioneer VSX-LX303 and Marantz CINEMA 50 gave us an insight into what of them would be better for home theater configuration. According to the results of our review, Pioneer VSX-LX303 received 8.2 points out of 10 possible, and Marantz CINEMA 50 was rated 8.6 points. The release date of VSX-LX303 is 2018, and CINEMA 50 is 2022. CINEMA 50 is more performable in terms of audio broadcast than the VSX-LX303.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 9 and 8, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Pioneer VSX-LX303 supports 9.2-channels sound, but Marantz CINEMA 50 supports a 9.4-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 CINEMA 50 this value is 110/8 W/Ohm, and for the VSX-LX303 it is 100/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||100/8, 200/6||110/8, 150/6|
|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 VSX-LX303 9 out of 10, and the CINEMA 50 - 7.
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 CINEMA 50 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit||192 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||MCACC||Audyssey MultEQ XT|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✔|
|Other audio features||Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex Optimizer||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic LFC, Dirac Live Suppot, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer VSX-LX303 scored 8, and Marantz CINEMA 50 scored 9 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 Marantz CINEMA 50.
|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, AirPlay 2|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix|
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, both receivers got 8 points on our 10-point scale.
Pioneer VSX-LX303 is equipped with 7/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Marantz CINEMA 50 has 6/3 HDMI inputs and outputs.
HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available on Marantz CINEMA 50.
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 Pioneer VSX-LX303 in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Marantz CINEMA 50 has the HDCP 2.3 version.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✖||✔|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.2||HDCP 2.3|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||4|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||2||2|
|Coaxial digital input||1||2|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX||USB, phones, setup mic|
|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 the VSX-LX303 were rated 10 out of 10 against the 8 for the CINEMA 50.
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 VSX-LX303 works with the 4K/60Hz video, and the CINEMA 50 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 Marantz CINEMA 50.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||HDR10+|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/60Hz||4K/120Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||8K/60Hz|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✔||✖|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Video conversion||analog to HDMI||✖|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✔||✖|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG||HLG, BT.2020, Dynamic HDR|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the VSX-LX303 got 9 points, but the CINEMA 50 has 10.
Marantz CINEMA 50 has the ECO mode.
|Voice control||Google Assistant||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Display||colour OSD||port hole OLED|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✔||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||network, USB|
|Other additional features||IP Control||IP Control, Web Control, App Control, RS232 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, preout||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||✖||✔|
|Multi-room control||FlareConnect||Marantz 2016 AVR Remote, HEOS App|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||1/1||1/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||2||1|
Pioneer VSX-LX303 got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Marantz CINEMA 50 got 10.
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. Marantz CINEMA 50 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. The CINEMA 50 licensed by IMAX.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS|