Most customers are looking to find an AV receiver with decent equipment, and an improved decoder with strong amplifiers and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 might be favorite in this question. We estimated the model 8.5 out of 10, after carefully reviewing. This model went on sale in 2019. A 9.2 channel amplifier is one of the main features of the model.
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 Pros
- ✔The receiver has a function of wireless connection to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
- ✔Bluetooth is now one of the key wireless communication protocols. In AV receivers, it is used for audio signal transmission or remote control. And it is in the model under review that Bluetooth support is implemented.
- ✔The presence of a USB port allows the receiver to play content from external media.
- ✔Like any modern receiver, Elite VSX-LX304 has a Phono (MM) input for connecting a phonograph or turntable.
- ✔Dolby Atmos technology has been included in this model specifically to create a 3D effect when watching movies, which reveals all its features with a minimum 5.1 configuration.
- ✔Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 with an adaptive and flexible DTS:X surround format can support any speaker configuration, unlike Dolby Atmos.
- ✔IMAX Enhanced is a licensing and certification program under which receivers, including Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304, deliver that crisp 4K HDR picture and powerful sound by IMAX.
- ✔With HDR10 pass-through support, it is possible to transfer data over the Elite VSX-LX304 with a much wider range of colors.
- ✔With 4K/60Hz pass-through support, it is possible to pass data through this model without degrading image quality.
- ✔ARC feature eliminates the need for an additional composite or optical cable when connecting this unit to a TV.
- ✔The manufacturer claims support for CEC in Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 and therefore you can control any HDMI-connected device using one remote control.
- ✔This receiver supports the data encryption protocol HDCP 2.2 which allows licensed devices to play high definition audio and video.
- ✔Can stream audio using the AirPlay protocol.
- ✔Has access to the Amazon Music network service.
- ✔Stream music from one of the most popular services Spotify directly on the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304.
- ✔The main functions of this model can be controlled using voice control.
- ✔Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 uses bi-amping to amplify each dynamic in a speaker separately, resulting in clearer, better sound.
- ✔The reviewed receiver has a Pure Direct mode, when used it feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
- ✔This AV receiver is able to use 3 zones to send a source signal to speakers or a separate audio system in different locations.
- ✔With the included microphone, the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 can use the auto speaker calibration mechanism to create the most suitable soundstage.
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 Cons
- ✖HDMI eARC function not implemented.
- ✖Energy-saving ECO mode is not implemented.
- ✖Has no speaker A/B switching function.