Pioneer VSA-LX805 Review

Pioneer VSA-LX805
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Pioneer VSA-LX805 review

A modern AV receiver is perhaps one of the most sought after categories of home electronics. We've got one of these receivers for review - Pioneer VSA-LX805. Based on the characteristics and features considered, the model received a score of 9.5 on a 10-point scale. In 2023, this receiver was released. An amplifier with 11.4 channels is one of the main model’s feature.

Pioneer VSA-LX805 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, VSA-LX805 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 VSA-LX805 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 VSA-LX805, 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 VSA-LX805 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 VSA-LX805 to support advanced high-quality audio formats.
  • The manufacturer claims support for CEC in Pioneer VSA-LX805 and therefore you can control any HDMI-connected device using one remote control.
  • 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 VSA-LX805.
  • The main functions of this model can be controlled using voice control.
  • This receiver consumes less power thanks to ECO mode.
  • Pioneer VSA-LX805 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.
  • When using the VSA-LX805, it is possible to switch between the main and additional set of speakers - speaker A/B switching.
  • 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 VSA-LX805 can use the auto speaker calibration mechanism to create the most suitable soundstage.

Pioneer VSA-LX805 Cons

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Pioneer VSA-LX805 back and front view

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Pioneer VSA-LX805 specs and features

Amplifier

Channels 11.4
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm 150/8
Output impedance, Ohm 8
Frequency response 10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, % 0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC) 192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration MCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio features Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Dirac Live Room Correction

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz
USB 2 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45) 1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay) AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming services Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output 7/3
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP) HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE) 4
Headphone output 1 x 6.3
Optical digital input 3
Coaxial digital input 2
Composite input 0
Component input/output 0/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectors phones, setup mic
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range) HDR10+
4K signal pass-through 4K/120Hz
8K signal pass-through 8K/60Hz
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion analog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video features Variable Refresh Rate, Auto Low Latency Mode

Additional features

Voice control Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App control iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Display colour OSD
Tuner AM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware update network, USB
Other additional features IP Control, Web Control, App Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones 3
Zone audio output speaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room control Pioneer Control App
RS-232 1
Remote control input/output (IR) 1/1
DC trigger output (12V) 2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other) DSD, LPCM
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other) DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3
WMA
AAC
WAV
FLAC
ALAC
Other audio file formats AIFF, DSD

Power

Operational power consumption, W 1095
Standby consumption, W 0.1
Removable power cord

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches 17.2 x 7.5 x 18.7 / 43.5 x 20.1 x 48
Weight, kg/lbs 21.5/47.4

Other

Release year 2023