Pioneer VSX-LX103 vs Pioneer VSX-LX102 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
57
SCORE:
54

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 to Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 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. Both receivers have 7 channel amplifiers.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Highlights

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 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, DTS Play-Fi
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 7.2 channels
  • 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, DTS Play-Fi
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 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-LX103

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102

AMPLIFIER
62
VIDEO FEATURES
70
AUDIO FEATURES
53
CONNECTIVITY
47
MULTIZONE
48
MISCELLANEOUS
32
RADIO
63
OVERALL
57
AMPLIFIER
62
VIDEO FEATURES
71
AUDIO FEATURES
52
CONNECTIVITY
43
MULTIZONE
32
MISCELLANEOUS
26
RADIO
63
OVERALL
54

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-LX103 over Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 over Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 has more zones. It supports SONOS.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Works with SONOS
More HDMI Inputs 6 4
USB Input 2 (1 Front) 2 (1 Front)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 5 (1 front) 3 (1 front)
More Component Video Inputs 1
More Zones 2 1
More Speaker Terminals 9 7
More Large Speaker Terminals 9 7
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 135 W (1% THD) 130 W (1% THD)

Advantage of Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 over Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 over Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 has bigger power supply.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Bigger Power Supply 460 W 480 W

Common Strengths of Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 share common strengths such as Dolby Atmos support, DTS:X support, HDR10, Dolby Vision, ChromeCast, DTS Play-Fi, ethernet connection, wi-fi, bluetooth, phono input, internet radio, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer.

STRENGTHS Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Dolby Atmos
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
HDR10
Dolby Vision
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K 1080p to 4K
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2
USB Input 2 (1 Front) 2 (1 Front)
Phono Input
Composite Video Inputs 2 2
Zones 2 1
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Internet Radio TuneIn TuneIn
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
New Bluetooth Version 4.1 + LE 4.1 + LE

Common Weaknesses of Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 share common weaknesses such as no front wide channel support, no Auro3D support, no MHL input, no DLNA 1.5 support, no Amazon Alexa, no analog multi-channel input, no analog pre-outs, no Pandora, no Napster and no SiriusXM.

WEAKNESSES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
No Front Wide Channel Support
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
No DTS Virtual:X
No IMAX Enhanced
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
No VRR
No QFT
No MHL Input
No DLNA 1.5
No FireConnect
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
No eARC
Few HDMI Outputs 1 1
No Multi-Channel Input
No Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 0.2
No Pandora
No Napster
No SiriusXM Internet Radio

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. They both do 4K upscaling. The receivers support 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-LX103 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. They 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-LX103 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. Both of them 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-LX103 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 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-LX103

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 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 works with SONOS and 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-LX102

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 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 4 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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Detailed Specifications

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-LX103 and here - Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102.

BASICS Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
BrandPioneerPioneer
SeriesEliteElite
ModelVSX-LX103VSX-LX102
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryTaiwanTaiwan
Release Year20182017
AMPLIFIER Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Amplifier DesignDirect EnergyDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineDigital Quad-Core 32-bit DSP (Cirrus Logic)Digital Core Engine with Cirrus Logic (Quad Core) x1
DACAKM AK4458AKM AK4438
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHDMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHDApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bit up to 192 kHz/24 bit
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift
Sound Retriever Advanced Advanced
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
Tone Control All Channels All Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Auto Surround
Optimum Surround
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers
Virtual Depth
CALIBRATION Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC MCACC
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory11
Reflex Optimizer
Phase Control
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
Symmetric EQ
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K 1080p to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite Component**, Composite
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter Adjustments
Super Resolution
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only) Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only)
Remote App Pioneer Remote App Pioneer Remote App
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Inputs64
HDMI Outputs11
USB Input2 (1 Front)2 (1 Front)
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs5 (1 front)3 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs11
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No1 / No
Composite Video Inputs22
Composite Video Outputs
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs1
Component Video Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB, Mini-JackUSB, Mini-Jack
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Zones21
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output1 (MAIN: 100 mA)1 (MAIN: 100 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 01 / 0
MISC Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
GUI Languages99
AVNavigator
IP Control
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationFRONT, CENTER, SURROUND, SURROUND BACK/HEIGHT/ Bi-AMP, ZONE 2FRONT, CENTER, SURROUND, SURROUND BACK/HEIGHT/ Bi-AMP
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote Controller User-Friendly Simple Remote Control User-Friendly Simple Remote Control
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets4040
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Front PanelBrushedBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals97
Large Speaker Terminals97
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
Ceramic Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption460 W480 W
No Sound Power55 W45 W
Standby Power0.15 W0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
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"
435 mm x 173 mm x 320.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 12-5/8"
Weight9.4 kg (20.7 lbs)8.6 kg (19.0 lbs)
Warranty3 Years3 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)160 W (10% THD)160 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)135 W (1% THD)130 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)160 W160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)125 W125 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)85 W85 W
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ (Unbalanced)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kΩ3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance8 Ω - 600 Ω330 Ω
Rated Headphone Power Output80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
Phono Overload70 mV (MM, 1 kHz 0.5%)70 mV (MM, 1 kHz 0.5%)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dB106 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)80 dB80 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct/Pure Audio)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct/Pure Audio)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/nIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.1 + LE4.1 + LE
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalVer. 2.0, 5 V, 500 mAVer. 2.0, 5 V, 500 mA
Extension Terminal
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1710 kHz530 kHz - 1710 kHz

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

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