Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Yamaha RX-V6A

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VSX-LX503 vs RX-V6A comparison chart

Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Yamaha RX-V6A review

Pioneer VSX-LX503
vs
Yamaha RX-V6A

Let's compare Pioneer VSX-LX503 versus Yamaha RX-V6A for an overview of all their pros and cons. According to the results of our review, Pioneer VSX-LX503 received 8.6 points out of 10 possible, and Yamaha RX-V6A was rated 7.4 points. The release date of VSX-LX503 is 2018, and RX-V6A is 2020. And as a result of the comparison, VSX-LX503 seems to be a better option for the role of a home theater center than RX-V6A.

Main advantages Pioneer VSX-LX503 over Yamaha RX-V6A

  • More channels, namely 9, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • 120/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 100/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Both receivers have a multi-room zone function, but VSX-LX503 has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-V6A over Pioneer VSX-LX503

  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • 8K/60Hz signal pass-through is available.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 9 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

VSX-LX503
9
RX-V6A
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Pioneer VSX-LX503 supports 9.2-channels sound, but Yamaha RX-V6A 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. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the VSX-LX503 this value is 120/8 W/Ohm, and for the RX-V6A it is 100/8 W/Ohm.

VSX-LX503 RX-V6A
Channels9.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm120/8, 230/6100/8
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.06

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the VSX-LX503 9 out of 10, and the RX-V6A - 7.

VSX-LX503
9
RX-V6A
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.

VSX-LX503 RX-V6A
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4458 384 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationMCACCYPAO
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex OptimizerCINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer VSX-LX503 scored 8, and Yamaha RX-V6A scored 9 out of 10.

VSX-LX503
8
RX-V6A
9

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

VSX-LX503 RX-V6A
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz2.4/5GHz
USB2 (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-LX503 RX-V6A
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn RadioDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz

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, Pioneer VSX-LX503 got 8 points, but Yamaha RX-V6A received 7 points.

VSX-LX503
8
RX-V6A
7

Pioneer VSX-LX503 is equipped with 7/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Yamaha RX-V6A has 7/1 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 Yamaha RX-V6A.

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-LX503 in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Yamaha RX-V6A has the HDCP 2.3 version.

VSX-LX503 RX-V6A
HDMI input/output7/27/1
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 input20
Component input/output1/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup micUSB, phones, setup mic
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-LX503 were rated 10 out of 10 against the 7 for the RX-V6A.

VSX-LX503
10
RX-V6A
7

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-LX503 works with the 4K/60Hz video, and the RX-V6A 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 Yamaha RX-V6A.

VSX-LX503 RX-V6A
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, HLG, BT.2020x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the VSX-LX503 got 8 points, but the RX-V6A has 9.

VSX-LX503
8
RX-V6A
9

Yamaha RX-V6A has the ECO mode.

VSX-LX503 RX-V6A
Voice controlGoogle AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri
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-LX503 RX-V6A
Multi-room zones32
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutpreout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlFlareConnectMusicCast
RS-23210
Remote control input/output (IR)1/10/0
DC trigger output (12V)20

Multichannel surround

Pioneer VSX-LX503 got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Yamaha RX-V6A got 6.

VSX-LX503
7
RX-V6A
6

VSX-LX503 RX-V6A
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-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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