Pioneer VSX-LX301 vs Pioneer VSX-90 Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
85
SCORE:
79

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 to Pioneer Elite VSX-90 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 and equally powerful amplifiers.

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

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Highlights

Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 100 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
  • 7.2 channels
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos capable
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 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-LX301

Pioneer Elite VSX-90

AMPLIFIER
81
VIDEO FEATURES
93
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
84
MULTIZONE
83
MISCELLANEOUS
67
RADIO
92
OVERALL
85
AMPLIFIER
72
VIDEO FEATURES
79
AUDIO FEATURES
83
CONNECTIVITY
80
MULTIZONE
90
MISCELLANEOUS
71
RADIO
85
OVERALL
79

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-LX301

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 over Pioneer Elite VSX-90.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 has bigger power supply, higher signal to noise ratio, higher DSD sampling rate via USB, higher wi-fi standard and higher bluetooth standard. It supports DTS:X, Tidal and Deezer. It has phono input. In video department only Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bit up to 96 kHz/24 bit
Reflex Optimizer
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 (1 front) 3
Phono Input
More Optical Inputs 2 1
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, Mini-Jack HDMI, USB
+12V Trigger Output 2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA) 1 (Main, Zone2, HDZone)
Tidal
Deezer
Bigger Power Supply 580 W 550 W
Longer Warranty 3 Years Parts & Labor 2 Years Parts & Labor
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 106 dB 101 dB
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz 2.8 MHz
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.1 + LE 2.1 + EDR
Wider AM Frequency Range 530 kHz - 1710 kHz 530 kHz - 1700 kHz

Advantage of Pioneer Elite VSX-90

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 over Pioneer Elite VSX-90.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 has bigger power supply, higher signal to noise ratio, higher DSD sampling rate via USB, higher wi-fi standard and higher bluetooth standard. It supports DTS:X, Tidal and Deezer. It has phono input. In video department only Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
Front Wide Channel Support
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
DSD to PCM Converter
Jitter Reduction
Dialog Enhancement
Sound Retriever Advanced Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
High-resolution Music Enhancer Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System MCACC MCACC Pro
Higher MCACC Memory 1 6
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment 0.1 feet 1/2 Inch
Polarity Check
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite Component, Composite
Component Video Maximum Resolution 480i/576i 1080p (1125p)
Video Parameter Adjustments
MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5 (DMR)
More HDMI Outputs 2 (simultaneous) 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
More Composite Video Outputs 1
More Zones 2 3
More Powered Zones 2 2 and HDZone
AVNavigator Built-in
More Presets 40 63

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Bi-amp Capability 👍
Dolby Atmos 👍
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 👍
Many HDMI Inputs 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Zones 👍
Detachable Power Cord 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Pandora 👍
Spotify 👍
WEAKNESSES
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 HDR10+ 👎
No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No eARC 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Analog Pre-Outs 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 and Pioneer Elite VSX-90 have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 100 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-LX301 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-LX301 and Pioneer Elite VSX-90 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-LX301 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-LX301 and Pioneer Elite VSX-90 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-LX301

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 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[y] AirPlay. It has 7 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 HDMI, USB and Mini-Jack inputs.

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Pioneer Elite VSX-90

Pioneer Elite VSX-90 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[y] AirPlay. It has 7 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has HDMI and USB 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-LX301 and here - Pioneer Elite VSX-90.

BASICS Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
BrandPioneerPioneer
SeriesEliteElite
ModelVSX-LX301VSX-90
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryNorth AmericaUSA
Release Year20172015
AMPLIFIER Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct EnergyDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability Front
AUDIO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineCirrus Logic (Quad Core) x 1Texas Instruments Aureus
DACAKM AK4458SABRE Premier (ES9006S)
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 PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:6
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
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit 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, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bit up to 96 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 (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
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 Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Auto Surround
Optimum Surround
Advanced Surround11 + 110 + 1 Mode
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC MCACC Pro
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory16
Reflex Optimizer
Phase Control
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands9-Band9-Band (Advanced)
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment0.1 feet1/2 Inch
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
HDR10
HDR10+
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 (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) up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite Component, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution480i/576i1080p (1125p)
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter Adjustments
Super Resolution
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5 (DMR)
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) iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android) iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Input7 (1 front)7 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (simultaneous)2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
USB Input1 Front1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input6 (1 front)3
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In21
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input22
Composite Video Output 1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input11
Component Video Output
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Mini-JackHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
Zones23
Powered Zones22 and HDZone
Zone 2RCA Pre/Line OutRCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA)1 (Main, Zone2, HDZone)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 11 / 1
MISC Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
On-Screen DisplayIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)Icon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
AVNavigator Built-in
IP Control for CI
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back/Front Height/Top/Front Bi-Amp/Zone 2/B SpeakerSurround Back / Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker/ Powered HD Zone
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote Controller Learning Remote Control (Lumi us)
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets4063
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
Front PanelBrushedBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals99
Large Speaker Terminals99
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption580 W550 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
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 168 mm x 363 mm
17-3/16" x 6-5/8" x 14-5/16"
Weight10.0 kg (22.0 lbs)9.8 kg (21 lb 10 oz)
Warranty3 Years Parts & Labor2 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301 Pioneer Elite VSX-90
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.08% THD)100 W (0.08% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Unbalanced)315 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dB101 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component B/R)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
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 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHzDual band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.1 + LE2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 AUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
Extension Terminal
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1710 kHz530 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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