Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Sony STRZA1100ES

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VSX-LX503 vs STRZA1100ES comparison chart

Pioneer VSX-LX503 vs Sony STRZA1100ES review

Pioneer VSX-LX503
vs
Sony STRZA1100ES

Review of Pioneer VSX-LX503 versus Sony STRZA1100ES will reveal the best features offered by the devices. According to the results of our review, Pioneer VSX-LX503 received 8.6 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STRZA1100ES was rated 6.6 points. The release date of VSX-LX503 is 2018, and STRZA1100ES is 2017. VSX-LX503 is better suited for home theater use than the STRZA1100ES. Its sound profile is better balanced.

Main advantages Pioneer VSX-LX503 over Sony STRZA1100ES

  • 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 70/8 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.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • Has the Bluetooth protocol.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Main advantages Sony STRZA1100ES over Pioneer VSX-LX503

  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Amplifiers

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

VSX-LX503
9
STRZA1100ES
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Pioneer VSX-LX503 supports 9.2-channels sound, but Sony STRZA1100ES 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 STRZA1100ES it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

VSX-LX503 STRZA1100ES
Channels9.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm120/8, 230/670/8, 90/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the VSX-LX503 9 out of 10, and the STRZA1100ES - 7.

VSX-LX503
9
STRZA1100ES
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 STRZA1100ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4458 384 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationMCACCDCAC EX
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex OptimizerSound Optimize

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer VSX-LX503 scored 8, and Sony STRZA1100ES scored 5 out of 10.

VSX-LX503
8
STRZA1100ES
5

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting. Of the two receivers reviewed, only Pioneer VSX-LX503 has a built-in Bluetooth.

VSX-LX503 STRZA1100ES
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
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 STRZA1100ES
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radiohas not

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 Sony STRZA1100ES received 6 points.

VSX-LX503
8
STRZA1100ES
6

Pioneer VSX-LX503 is equipped with 7/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STRZA1100ES has 5/2 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 Sony STRZA1100ES.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the VSX-LX503 has a Phono interface.

VSX-LX503 STRZA1100ES
HDMI input/output7/25/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input22
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input22
Component input/output1/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup micUSB, 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 STRZA1100ES.

VSX-LX503
10
STRZA1100ES
7

VSX-LX503 STRZA1100ES
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
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.2020HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the VSX-LX503 got 8 points, but the STRZA1100ES has 7.

VSX-LX503
8
STRZA1100ES
7

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The VSX-LX503 can be controlled by voice via Google Assistant.

VSX-LX503 STRZA1100ES
Voice controlGoogle Assistant
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 Controlhas not

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 STRZA1100ES
Multi-room zones32
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlFlareConnecthas not
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/2
DC trigger output (12V)21

Multichannel surround

For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 7 points out of 10.

VSX-LX503
7
STRZA1100ES
7

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 STRZA1100ES licensed by IMAX.

VSX-LX503 STRZA1100ES
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus
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
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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