Pioneer VSX-LX303 vs Onkyo TX-NR7100

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VSX-LX303 vs TX-NR7100 comparison chart

Pioneer VSX-LX303 vs Onkyo TX-NR7100 review

Pioneer VSX-LX303
vs
Onkyo TX-NR7100

The Pioneer VSX-LX303 vs Onkyo TX-NR7100 comparison makes sense because it shows what devices in their segments can offer. According to the results of our review, Pioneer VSX-LX303 received 8.2 points out of 10 possible, and Onkyo TX-NR7100 was rated 8.6 points. The release date of VSX-LX303 is 2018, and TX-NR7100 is 2021. TX-NR7100 is more suitable as the heart of home theater system than its opponent - VSX-LX303.

Main advantages Pioneer VSX-LX303 over Onkyo TX-NR7100

  • Both receivers have a multi-room zone function, but VSX-LX303 has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.

Main advantages Onkyo TX-NR7100 over Pioneer VSX-LX303

  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • 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.

VSX-LX303
9
TX-NR7100
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 9.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. In terms of RMS power, the models have the same characteristics - 100/8, 200/6/8 W/Ohm.

VSX-LX303 TX-NR7100
Channels9.29.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm100/8, 200/6100/8, 220/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.08

Audio features

The score for audio features is 9 of 10 for both receivers.

VSX-LX303
9
TX-NR7100
9

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. Onkyo TX-NR7100 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

VSX-LX303 TX-NR7100
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationMCACCAccuEQ
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex OptimizerAdvanced Music Optimizer, Hi-Res audio, Dynamic Audio Amplification, CinemaFILTER

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer VSX-LX303 scored 8, and Onkyo TX-NR7100 scored 9 out of 10.

VSX-LX303
8
TX-NR7100
9

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

VSX-LX303 TX-NR7100
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz2.4/5GHz
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (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.

VSX-LX303 TX-NR7100
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, 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, both receivers got 8 points on our 10-point scale.

VSX-LX303
8
TX-NR7100
8

Competitors in our review have 7/2 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 Onkyo TX-NR7100.

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 Onkyo TX-NR7100 has the HDCP 2.3 version.

VSX-LX303 TX-NR7100
HDMI input/output7/27/2
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 input11
Composite input22
Component input/output1/01
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUXHDMI, 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 VSX-LX303 were rated 10 out of 10 against the 8 for the TX-NR7100.

VSX-LX303
10
TX-NR7100
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 VSX-LX303 works with the 4K/60Hz video, and the TX-NR7100 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 Onkyo TX-NR7100.

VSX-LX303 TX-NR7100
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10+
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, HLGDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSyn, Deep Color

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the VSX-LX303 got 9 points, but the TX-NR7100 has 10.

VSX-LX303
9
TX-NR7100
10

Onkyo TX-NR7100 has the ECO mode.

VSX-LX303 TX-NR7100
Voice controlGoogle AssistantAmazon 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 ControlWeb Control, App 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.

VSX-LX303 TX-NR7100
Multi-room zones32
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutlineout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlFlareConnectFlareConnect
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/0
DC trigger output (12V)21

Multichannel surround

Pioneer VSX-LX303 got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Onkyo TX-NR7100 got 8.

VSX-LX303
7
TX-NR7100
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 TX-NR7100 licensed by IMAX.

VSX-LX303 TX-NR7100
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 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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