When planning to purchase an AV receiver, a future user is faced with numerous questions that cannot always be dealt with without a specialist. We will try to answer many of these questions in a review of one of the receivers - Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505. During the review, we evaluated the technical characteristics and features of the device. 8.7 out of 10 - this is the estimate that we consider fair. The release of this receiver took place in 2021. The model from Pioneer can process 9.2-channel sound.
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 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-LX505 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-LX505 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-LX505, deliver that crisp 4K HDR picture and powerful sound by IMAX.
- ✔With 4K/120Hz pass-through support, it is possible to pass data through this model without degrading image quality.
- ✔The Elite VSX-LX505 is fitted with the 8K pass-through feature and able to send 8K signals directly to an 8K TV without degrading image quality.
- ✔ARC feature eliminates the need for an additional composite or optical cable when connecting this unit to a TV.
- ✔eARC is more bandwidth-intensive than ARC and therefore allows Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 to support advanced high-quality audio formats.
- ✔This receiver supports the data encryption protocol HDCP 2.3 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-LX505.
- ✔The main functions of this model can be controlled using voice control.
- ✔Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 uses bi-amping to amplify each dynamic in a speaker separately, resulting in clearer, better sound.
- ✔This AV receiver is able to use 2 zones to send a source signal to speakers or a separate audio system in different locations.
- ✔With the included microphone, the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 can use the auto speaker calibration mechanism to create the most suitable soundstage.
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 Cons
- ✖The manufacturer does not claim support for HDMI CEC.
- ✖Energy-saving ECO mode is not implemented.
- ✖Does not have Pure Direct mode.
- ✖Has no speaker A/B switching function.