Pioneer VSX-LX104 vs Pioneer VSX-LX103 Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
87
SCORE:
86

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 to Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 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-LX104 Highlights

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 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 2, 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-LX104 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-LX104

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103

AMPLIFIER
86
VIDEO FEATURES
94
AUDIO FEATURES
88
CONNECTIVITY
85
MULTIZONE
83
MISCELLANEOUS
67
RADIO
87
OVERALL
87
AMPLIFIER
86
VIDEO FEATURES
93
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
83
MULTIZONE
82
MISCELLANEOUS
67
RADIO
87
OVERALL
86

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-LX104

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 over Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103.

In video department only Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 supports HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS Virtual:X
Dialog Enhancement
AirPlay AirPlay 2 AirPlay
Newer HDCP Version 2.3 2.2
More HDMI Outputs 2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2) 1
Zone 2 Outs HDMI RCA Pre/Line Out

Advantage of Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 over Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103.

In video department only Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 supports HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
More Composite Video Inputs 2
More Component Video Inputs 1

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Certified 4 Ω Performance 👍
Bi-amp Capability 👍
Dolby Atmos 👍
Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
Dolby Surround Upmixer 👍
DTS:X 👍
DTS Neural:X 👍
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. 👍
HDR10 👍
BT.2020 color space 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
HLG 👍
3-D Ready 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
FlareConnect 👍
Chromecast Built-In 👍
DTS Play-Fi 👍
Works with SONOS 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
Bluetooth 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
USB Input 👍
Phono Input 👍
Zones 👍
Detachable Power Cord 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Spotify 👍
Tidal 👍
Deezer 👍
New Bluetooth Version 👍
WEAKNESSES
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No Sound Retriever AIR 👎
No High-resolution Music Enhancer 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No DLNA 1.5 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
No eARC 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Analog Pre-Outs 👎
No Pandora 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 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-LX104 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 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-LX104 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 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-LX104 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 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-LX104

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 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[y] AirPlay 2. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 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-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[y] 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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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-LX104 and here - Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103.

BASICS Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
BrandPioneerPioneer
SeriesEliteElite
ModelVSX-LX104VSX-LX103
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryTaiwanTaiwan
Release Year20192018
AMPLIFIER Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Amplifier DesignDirect EnergyDirect Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineDigital Quad-Core 32-bit DSP (Cirrus Logic)Digital Quad-Core 32-bit DSP (Cirrus Logic)
DACAKM AK4458AKM AK4458
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, DSDMP3, 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, DSDApple 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
Advanced Surround10 + 1Multiple
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers
Virtual Depth
CALIBRATION Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
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-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
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
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter Adjustments
Super Resolution
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2 AirPlay
Apple Product Connection Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only) Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.32.2
HDMI Input66
HDMI Output2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)1
USB Input2 (1 Front)2 (1 Front)
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input5 (1 front)5 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In11
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input 2
Composite Video Output
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input 1
Component Video Output
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-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
Zones22
Powered Zones22
Zone 2HDMIRCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output1 (MAIN: 100 mA)1 (MAIN: 100 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 01 / 0
MISC Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
GUI Languages99
AVNavigator
IP Control for CI
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSpeaker 9ch Out (FRONT, CENTER,SURROUND, SURROUND BACK/HEIGHT/Bi-AMP, ZONE 2)FRONT, CENTER, SURROUND, SURROUND BACK/HEIGHT/ Bi-AMP, ZONE 2
FL Dimmer
Remote Controller User-Friendly Simple Remote Control
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
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-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
Front PanelBrushedBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals99
Large Speaker Terminals99
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
Ceramic Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption460 W460 W
No Sound Power55 W55 W
Standby Power0.15 W0.15 W
GENERAL Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
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 370.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 14-9/16"
Weight9.4 kg (20.7 lbs)9.4 kg (20.7 lbs)
Warranty3 Years3 Years
SPECS Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)160 W (10% THD)160 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)135 W (1% THD)135 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
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kΩ3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance8 Ω - 600 Ω8 Ω - 600 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)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct/Pure Audio)10 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
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
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 1.0 µV (11.2 dBf)Mono: 1.56 µV (15.0 dBf)
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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