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Pioneer Elite VSX-45 (USA version)

SCORE:
72

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

Pioneer Elite VSX-45 was introduced in 2015. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 72 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer Elite VSX-45

PROS
👍   Bi-amp Capability
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Pro Logic
👍   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
👍   DSD to PCM Converter
👍   DTS Dialog Control
👍   Dialog Enhancement
👍   Sound Retriever
👍   Sound Retriever AIR
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
👍   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
👍   MHL Input
👍   DLNA 1.5
👍   Ethernet
👍   Wi-Fi
👍   Bluetooth
👍   New HDCP Version
👍   USB Input
👍   Composite Video Inputs
👍   Composite Video Outputs
👍   Zones
👍   Analog Tuner
👍   Pandora
👍   Spotify
CONS
👎   Not Certified 4 Ω Performance
👎   Few Channel Processing
👎   No Dolby Atmos
👎   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👎   No Dolby Surround Upmixer
👎   No DTS:X
👎   No DTS Neural:X
👎   No DTS Virtual:X
👎   No IMAX Enhanced
👎   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👎   No High-resolution Music Enhancer
👎   No HDR10
👎   No HDR10+
👎   No BT.2020 color space
👎   No Dolby Vision
👎   No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
👎   No Chromecast Built-In
👎   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
👎   Does Not Work with SONOS
👎   No eARC
👎   Few HDMI Outputs
👎   Few Analog Audio Line Inputs
👎   No Phono Input
👎   No Component Video Inputs
👎   No Multi-Channel Input
👎   No Analog Pre-Outs
👎   No Tidal
👎   No Deezer
👎   No Napster
👎   No SiriusXM Internet Radio
👎   Old Bluetooth Version

Predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-45 to its predecessor VSX-44 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-45 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-44
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio vs
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 96 kHz/24 bit vs
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input vs 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter vs
Auto Level Control Multi-Channel vs 2 Channel
Dialog Enhancement vs
Sound Retriever Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC) vs Advanced (2-Channel)
Digital Noise Reduction vs
Virtual Speakers (Surround Back/Height/Wide) vs
Manual MCACC vs
Higher MCACC Memory 6 vs 1
Full Band Phase Control vs
Standing Wave Control vs
More EQ Bands 9-Band (Advanced) vs 5
X-Curve vs
Distance Adjustment 1/2 Inch vs .1 Ft
Polarity Check vs
Auto Subwoofer Crossover vs
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo) vs
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Composite vs
Video Parameter Adjustments vs
Super Resolution vs
Wi-Fi vs via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth vs via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
RS-232 Interface vs
On-Screen Display Icon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) vs Network GUI / Set-Up Text - HDMI Only
AVNavigator Built-in vs
IP Control for CI vs
Function Rename vs
More Presets 63 vs 30
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB vs 98 dB

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-45 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-44
Less Channels 5.2 vs 7.2
Less Channel Processing 5.1 vs 7.1
Dolby Pro Logic PLII vs PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX vs
Surround EX vs
USB DC Out Port vs 1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 vs 3
Less Component Video Inputs vs 1
Less Component Video Outputs vs 1
Front A/V Inputs USB vs HDMI, USB
Less Zones 1 vs 2
adapterport vs
More Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9
More Large Speaker Terminals 5 vs 7
Smaller Power Supply 450 W vs 520 W

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite VSX-45 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-44.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite VSX-45 has 5 channel amplifier and delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 60p.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in 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.


Room Correction

Pioneer Elite VSX-45 comes with Advanced MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

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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 and HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has USB input.

Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer Elite VSX-45.

BASICS
BrandPioneer
SeriesElite
ModelVSX-45
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2015
AMPLIFIER
Channels5.2
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability Front
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
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
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 96 kHz/24 bit
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
Auto Level ControlMulti-Channel
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift
Sound Retriever Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
Tone Control Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer 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 + 1 Mode
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Advanced MCACC
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory6
Phase Control
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands9-Band (Advanced)
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment1/2 Inch
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO
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 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 (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter Adjustments
Triple HD Noise Reduction
Super Resolution
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
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
Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Input6
HDMI Output1
USB Input1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input2
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In1
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 /
Composite Video Input2
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input
Component Video Output
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output1 (Main)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
MISC
On-Screen DisplayIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
AVNavigator Built-in
IP Control for CI
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSpeaker B / Bi-Amp
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerSystem Remote Control
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets63
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals7
Large Speaker Terminals5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption450 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 168 mm x 331.5 mm
17-3/16" x 6-5/8" x 13-1/16"
Weight8.7 kg (19 lb 3 oz)
Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.08% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)315 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal FrequencyDual band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
HDMI Terminal19-pin (not DVI)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 55 mA
HDMI Input/MHL Terminal5 V, 900 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
Extension Terminal
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1700 kHz

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

Successor

In 2017 Pioneer Elite VSX-45 was replaced by VSX-LX101. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES 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

DOWNGRADES 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)
Less 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
Less Presets 40 vs 63

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-45.

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