Pioneer VSX-LX102 Review

Pioneer VSX-LX102
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Pioneer VSX-LX102 review

A good home AV receiver is a combination of features and good sound performance. This is exactly what the Pioneer VSX-LX102 is. In the course of our review, this model received a rating of 7.1 out of 10. This is a receiver from famous manufacturer Pioneer released in 2013. This model is capable of process 7.2 channels.

Pioneer VSX-LX102 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, VSX-LX102 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 VSX-LX102 with an adaptive and flexible DTS:X surround format can support any speaker configuration, unlike Dolby Atmos.
  • With HDR10 pass-through support, it is possible to transfer data over the VSX-LX102 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 VSX-LX102 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.
  • Stream music from one of the most popular services Spotify directly on the Pioneer VSX-LX102.
  • This receiver consumes less power thanks to ECO mode.
  • Pioneer VSX-LX102 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.
  • With the included microphone, the Pioneer VSX-LX102 can use the auto speaker calibration mechanism to create the most suitable soundstage.

Pioneer VSX-LX102 Cons

  • HDMI eARC function not implemented.
  • Pioneer VSX-LX102 is unable to use Amazon Music.
  • There is no voice control function.
  • Has no speaker A/B switching function.
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Pioneer VSX-LX102 back and front view

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Pioneer VSX-LX102 specs and features

Amplifier

Channels 7.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm 80/8, 170/6
Output impedance, Ohm 8, 6
Frequency response 10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, % 0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC) AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration MCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio features Reflex Optimizer, Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

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

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay) AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming services Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output 4/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP) HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE) 2
Headphone output 1 x 6.3
Optical digital input 1
Coaxial digital input 1
Composite input 2
Component input/output 0/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectors USB, phones, setup mic, AUX
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range) HDR10
4K signal pass-through 4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video features x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control
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

Multi-room

Multi-room zones has not
Zone audio output has not
Zone HDMI output has not
Multi-room control FlareConnect
RS-232 1
Remote control input/output (IR) 1/0
DC trigger output (12V) 1

Multichannel surround

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

Audio file formats

MP3
WMA
AAC
WAV
FLAC
ALAC
Other audio file formats AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W 480
Standby consumption, W 0.1
Removable power cord

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches 43.5 x 17.3 x 32/17 x 6.8 x 12.6
Weight, kg/lbs 8.6/19

Other

Release year 2013