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Side-by-Side Comparison

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101

SCORE:
91
SCORE:
80

Highlights

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

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

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Content

Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 to Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 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-LX305 has 9 channel and the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 has 7 channel amplifiers with Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305's being more powerful.

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 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-LX305

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101

AMPLIFIER
90
VIDEO FEATURES
100
AUDIO FEATURES
90
CONNECTIVITY
88
MULTIZONE
91
MISCELLANEOUS
67
RADIO
92
OVERALL
91
AMPLIFIER
76
VIDEO FEATURES
92
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
81
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
61
RADIO
92
OVERALL
80

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-LX305

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 over Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more zones, bigger power supply, higher DSD sampling rate via USB, higher wi-fi standard and higher bluetooth standard. It supports IMAX Enhanced, Amazon Alexa and SONOS. In video department only Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 supports HDCP 2.3 copy protection and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
More Channels 9.2 vs 7.2
Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
More Channel Processing 9.1 vs 7.1
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
IMAX Enhanced vs
Dialog Enhancement vs
Standing Wave Control Multi-Point vs
HDR10+ vs
HLG vs
QMS vs
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through vs
VRR vs
QFT vs
Video Signal Passthrough up to 8K/60p RGB/YCbCr4:2:0/10-bit uncompressed or RGB/YCbCr4:4:4/12-bit compressed (TV needs DSC) vs up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K/8K and 4K to 8K vs up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
DTS Play-Fi via Pioneer Music Control App vs
Works with Amazon Alexa vs
Works with SONOS vs
AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
Newer HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2
More HDMI Inputs 7 (1 front) vs 6
More HDMI Outputs 2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2) vs 1
More 8K Inputs 7 vs
USB Input 2 (1 Front) vs 1 Front
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, Mini-Jack vs USB, Mini-Jack
More Zones 3 vs 1
RS-232 Interface vs
+12V Trigger Output 2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA) vs
Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 vs 0 / 0
More Speaker Terminals 9 vs 7
More Large Speaker Terminals 9 vs 7
Bigger Power Supply 750 W vs 460 W
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 100 W (0.08% THD) vs 80 W (0.08% THD)
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 3 Ω, Front) 250 W vs 160 W
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 4 Ω, Front) 220 W vs 125 W
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 130 W vs 85 W
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz vs 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac vs IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Newer Bluetooth Version 4․2 vs 4․1 + LE

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-LX305.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
DTS Neo vs Neo:6
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
More Composite Video Inputs vs 2

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
  Dolby Atmos
  DTS:X
  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  HDR10
  Dolby Vision
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
  Chromecast Built-In
  Ethernet
  Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth
  New HDCP Version
  USB Input
  Phono Input
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Pandora
  Spotify
  Tidal
WEAKNESSES
  No Front Wide Channel Support
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No Analog Pre-Outs

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 has 9 channel and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 has 7 channel amplifiers. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 delivers 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both 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

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 supports 8K passthrough up to 60p and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 supports 4K passthrough up to 60p. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 can do 8K upscaling up to 60p and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 can do 4K upscaling up to 60p. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and 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 and HDR10+

Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are both updates 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 support up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers and the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 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-LX305 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers. The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 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-LX305 and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 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-LX305

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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 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 Amazon Alexa and works with SONOS and supports AirPlay 2. It has 7 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 HDMI, USB and Mini-Jack inputs.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101

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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.

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-LX305 and here - Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101.

BASICS Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
BrandPioneerPioneer
SeriesEliteElite
ModelVSX-LX305VSX-LX101
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryNorth AmericaNorth America
Release Year20212017
AMPLIFIER Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
Channels9.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
AmplifierDirect EnergyDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineDigital Quad-Core 32-bit DSP (Cirrus Logic) + Aureus™ Floating-Point DSP (TI)Cirrus Logic (Quad Core) x 1
Maximum Channel Processing9.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Atmos Music
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 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, LPCM, AIFF, DSDMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 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
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Sound Retriever Advanced (2ch) 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
Advanced Surround11 + 1
Front Stage Surround Advance
Virtual Speakers
Virtual Depth
CALIBRATION Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Advanced MCACC and Dirac Live™ Room Correction MCACC
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory11
Reflex Optimizer
Phase Control
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control Multi-Point
VIDEO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
QMS (Quick Media Switching)
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
QFT (Quick Frame transport)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 8K/60p RGB/YCbCr4:2:0/10-bit uncompressed or RGB/YCbCr4:4:4/12-bit compressed (TV needs DSC)up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K/8K and 4K to 8K up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Composite
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
MHL Input
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi via Pioneer Music Control App
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2 AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only)
Remote AppPioneer Remote App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.32.2
HDMI Inputs7 (1 front)6
HDMI Outputs2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)1
8K Inputs7
USB Input2 (1 Front)1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input44 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In11
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input2
Composite Video Output
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input
Component Video Output
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Mini-JackUSB, Mini-Jack
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
Zones31
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 10 / 0
MISC Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
GUI Languages77
AVNavigator
IP Control for CI
PreAmp Mode
FL Dimmer
Remote Controller
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
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-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
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-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption750 W460 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
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"
Weight10.4 kg (22.9 lbs)9 kg (19.8 lbs)
Warranty3 Years3 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.08% THD)80 W (0.08% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)250 W160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)220 W125 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)130 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 Output85 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)85 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
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB11.2 MHz, 5.6 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/n/acIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version4․24․1 + LE
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalFront : Ver.2.0, 5 V/0.5 A
Rear : Ver.2.0, 5V/1 A
USB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
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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