Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45 Detailed Comparison

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101

Pioneer Elite VSX-45

SCORE:
80
SCORE:
72

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, Chromecast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 to Pioneer Elite VSX-45 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 has 7 channel and the Pioneer Elite VSX-45 has 5 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101

Pioneer Elite VSX-45

AMPLIFIER
76
VIDEO FEATURES
93
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
82
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
61
RADIO
92
OVERALL
80
AMPLIFIER
67
VIDEO FEATURES
79
AUDIO FEATURES
70
CONNECTIVITY
78
MULTIZONE
68
MISCELLANEOUS
56
RADIO
85
OVERALL
72

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 over Pioneer Elite VSX-45.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 has more channels, more channel processing, bigger power supply, higher signal to noise ratio, higher DSD sampling rate via USB, higher wi-fi standard and higher bluetooth standard. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Tidal and Deezer. It has phono input. In video department only Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
More Channels 7.2 vs 5.2
More Channel Processing 7.1 vs 5.1
Dolby Atmos vs
Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
DTS:X vs
DTS Neural:X vs
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD vs MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bit vs up to 96 kHz/24 bit
More Tone Control Channels All Channels vs Front L/R Channels
HDR10 vs
BT.2020 color space vs
Dolby Vision vs
FireConnect vs
FlareConnect vs
Chromecast Built-In vs
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 4 (1 front) vs 2
Phono Input vs
Front A/V Inputs USB, Mini-Jack vs USB
Detachable Power Cord vs
Tidal vs
Deezer vs
More Large Speaker Terminals 7 vs 5
Bigger Power Supply 460 W vs 450 W
Longer Warranty 3 Years Parts & Labor vs 2 Years Parts & Labor
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 106 dB vs 100 dB
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz vs 2.8 MHz
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n vs IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.1 + LE vs 2.1 + EDR
Wider AM Frequency Range 530 kHz - 1710 kHz vs 530 kHz - 1700 kHz

Advantage of Pioneer Elite VSX-45

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 over Pioneer Elite VSX-45.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 has more channels, more channel processing, bigger power supply, higher signal to noise ratio, higher DSD sampling rate via USB, higher wi-fi standard and higher bluetooth standard. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Tidal and Deezer. It has phono input. In video department only Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
Dolby Pro Logic vs PLII
DSD to PCM Converter vs
Dialog Enhancement vs
Sound Retriever Advanced vs Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIR vs
Digital Noise Reduction vs
Headphone Surround vs
Virtual Speakers vs (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
Higher MCACC Memory 1 vs 6
Full Band Phase Control vs
Standing Wave Control vs
X-Curve vs
Distance Adjustment 0.1 feet vs 1/2 Inch
Polarity Check vs
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Composite vs Composite
Video Parameter Adjustments vs
MHL Input vs 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5 vs (DMR)
More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
Speaker A/B vs
RS-232 Interface vs
+12V Trigger Output vs 1 (Main)
Remote (IR) Input/Output 0 / 0 vs 1 / 1
AVNavigator vs Built-in
More Presets 40 vs 63

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Bi-amp Capability
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   DTS Neo
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   DTS Express
👍   DTS-ES
👍   High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
👍   Gapless Playback
👍   DSD via HDMI
👍   DSD via USB
👍   Sound Retriever
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
👍   Ethernet
👍   Wi-Fi
👍   Bluetooth
👍   New HDCP Version
👍   USB Input
👍   Composite Video Inputs
👍   Zones
👍   Analog Tuner
👍   Pandora
👍   Spotify
CONS
👍   Not Certified 4 Ω Performance
👍   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👍   No DTS Virtual:X
👍   No IMAX Enhanced
👍   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👍   No High-resolution Music Enhancer
👍   No HDR10+
👍   No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
👍   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
👍   Does Not Work with SONOS
👍   No eARC
👍   Few HDMI Outputs
👍   No Component Video Inputs
👍   No Multi-Channel Input
👍   No Analog Pre-Outs
👍   No Napster
👍   No SiriusXM Internet Radio

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 has 7 channel and Pioneer Elite VSX-45 has 5 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. They both do 4K upscaling up to 60p. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 supports HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 supports DTS:X. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 and Pioneer Elite VSX-45 is done by Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever. Hear the detail, warmth and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3 and WMA files stored on USB, Smartphone and portable media players. By restoring data that tend to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneers Advanced Sound Retriever Technology enhances audio reproduction all the way upto 20 Khz frequencies.


Connectivity

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver.

Front panel has USB and Mini-Jack inputs.

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Pioneer Elite VSX-45

Pioneer Elite VSX-45 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has USB input.

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Side by Side Comparison

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 and here - Pioneer Elite VSX-45.

BASICS Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
BrandPioneervsPioneer
SeriesElitevsElite
ModelVSX-LX101vsVSX-45
TypeA/V ReceivervsA/V Receiver
CountryNorth AmericavsUSA
Release Year2017vs2015
AMPLIFIER Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
Channels7.2vs5.2
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct EnergyvsDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certificationvs
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedvs
Certified 4 Ω Performancevs
Bi-amp Capabilityvs Front
AUDIO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineCirrus Logic (Quad Core) x 1vsTexas Instruments Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing7.1vs5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationvs
Dolby Atmosvs
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationvs
Dolby TrueHDvs
Dolby Digital Plusvs
Dolby Surround Upmixervs
Dolby Pro Logicvs PLII
Dolby Digital EXvs
Surround EXvs
DTS:Xvs
DTS Neural:Xvs
DTS Virtual:Xvs
DTS Neo Neo:6vs Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audiovs
DTS-HD High Resolution Audiovs
DTS 96/24vs
DTS Expressvs
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1vs Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedvs
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixervs
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHDvsMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bitvs 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHDvsApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bitvs up to 96 kHz/24 bit
Gapless Playbackvs
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Inputvs 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Convertervs
USB DACvs
Jitter Reductionvs
Dialog Enhancementvs
Dialogue Liftvs
Sound Retriever Advancedvs Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIRvs
Digital Noise Reductionvs
Tone Control All Channelsvs Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retrievervs Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancervs
Audyssey Dynamic EQvs
Audyssey Dynamic Volumevs
Audyssey LFCvs
Audyssey Sub EQ HTvs
Audyssey DSXvs
Direct Modevs
Pure Direct Modevs
Auto Surroundvs
Optimum Surroundvs
Advanced Surround11 + 1vs10 + 1 Mode
Wide Surroundvs
Front Stage Surround Advancevs
Headphone Surroundvs
Virtual Speakersvs (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
Virtual Depthvs
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputvs
CALIBRATION Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACCvs Advanced MCACC
Manual MCACCvs
MCACC Memory1vs6
Phase Controlvs
Full Band Phase Controlvs
Standing Wave Controlvs
EQ Bands9-Bandvs9-Band (Advanced)
Symmetric EQvs
X-Curvevs
Distance Adjustment0.1 feetvs1/2 Inch
Precision Distancevs
Polarity Checkvs
Auto Subwoofer Crossovervs
VIDEO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
HDR10vs
HDR10+vs
BT.2020 color spacevs
Dolby Visionvs
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)vs
QMS (Quick Media Switching)vs
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)vs
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)vs
QFT (Quick Frame transport)vs
3-D Readyvs
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)vsup to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)vs up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Compositevs Composite
Stream Smoothervs
Pure Cinemavs
Video Parameter Adjustmentsvs
Super Resolutionvs
isf Certified Calibration Controlvs
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
MHL Inputvs 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5vs (DMR)
FireConnectvs
FlareConnectvs
Chromecast Built-Invs
DTS Play-Fivs
Works with Amazon Alexavs
Works with SONOSvs
AirPlay AirPlayvs AirPlay
Apple Product Connection Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only)vs iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)vs iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevuevs
Ethernetvs
Ethernet Switchvs
Wi-Fivs
Bluetooth SBC, AACvs
HDBaseT Compatiblevs
Enhanced ARCvs
HDCP Version2.2vs2.2
HDMI Input6vs6
HDMI Output1vs1
USB Input1 Frontvs1 Front
USB DC Out Portvs
Analog Audio Line Input4 (1 front)vs2
Analog Audio Line Outputvs
Phono Inputvs
Optical In1vs1
Optical Outvs
Coaxial In/Out1 / vs1 /
Composite Video Input2vs2
Composite Video Outputvs1
S-Video Inputvs
S-Video Outputvs
Component Video Inputvs
Component Video Outputvs
PC Invs
Multi-Channel Inputvs
Analog Pre-Outs0.2vs0.2
XLR Inputsvs
XLR Pre-outsvs
Front A/V InputsUSB, Mini-JackvsUSB
Speaker A/Bvs
Headphone Out 6.3 mmvs 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
Zones1vs1
RS-232vs
+12V Trigger Outputvs1 (Main)
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0vs1 / 1
MISC Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
On-Screen DisplayIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)vsIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
AVNavigatorvs Built-in
IP Control for CIvs
PreAmp Modevs
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back/Front Height/Top/Front Bi-AmpvsSpeaker B / Bi-Amp
FL Dimmervs
Function Renamevs
Remote ControllervsSystem Remote Control
Detachable Power Cordvs
adapterportvs
RADIO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
Analog Tuner FM/AMvs FM/AM
Presets40vs63
Digital Radiovs
Internet Radio TuneInvs vTuner
Pandoravs
Spotifyvs
Tidalvs
Deezervs
Napstervs
SiriusXM Internet Radiovs
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
Front PanelBrushedvsBrushed
Solid Aluminum Frontvs
Speaker Terminals7vs7
Large Speaker Terminals7vs5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsvs
3D Space Frame Constructionvs
Gold plated RCA terminalsvs
POWER Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzvsAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformervs
Transformer Stabilizervs
Power Consumption460 Wvs450 W
Standby Power0.1 Wvs0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 173 mm x 370.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 14-9/16"
vs435 mm x 168 mm x 331.5 mm
17-3/16" x 6-5/8" x 13-1/16"
Weight9 kg (19.8 lbs)vs8.7 kg (19 lb 3 oz)
Warranty3 Years Parts & Laborvs2 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.08% THD)vs80 W (0.08% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Unbalanced)vs315 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dBvs100 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHzvs2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHzvs2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)vs1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TXvs10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/nvsIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHzvsDual band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.1 + LEvs2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHzvs2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 AvsUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
Extension Terminalvs
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHzvs87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1710 kHzvs530 kHz - 1700 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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