Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 (Taiwanese version)
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 was introduced in 2019. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.
We evaluated the Receiver and gave 87 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 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-LX104.
|👍 Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|👍 Bi-amp Capability|
|👍 Dolby Atmos|
|👍 Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|👍 Dolby TrueHD|
|👍 Dolby Digital Plus|
|👍 Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|👍 DTS Neural:X|
|👍 DTS Virtual:X|
|👍 DTS-HD Master Audio|
|👍 DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|👍 DTS 96/24|
|👍 DTS Express|
|👍 High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network|
|👍 Gapless Playback|
|👍 DSD via HDMI|
|👍 DSD via USB|
|👍 Dialog Enhancement|
|👍 Dialog Normalization|
|👍 Sound Retriever|
|👍 Compressed Music Enhancer|
|👍 Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.|
|👍 BT.2020 color space|
|👍 Dolby Vision|
|👍 3-D Ready|
|👍 4K or 8K Video Passthrough|
|👍 4K or 8K Signal Upscaling|
|👍 Chromecast Built-In|
|👍 DTS Play-Fi|
|👍 Apple Siri|
|👍 Works with SONOS|
|👍 New HDCP Version|
|👍 USB Input|
|👍 Phono Input|
|👍 Detachable Power Cord|
|👍 Analog Tuner|
|👍 New Bluetooth Version|
|👎 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 Composite Video Inputs|
|👎 No Component Video Inputs|
|👎 No Multi-Channel Input|
|👎 No Analog Pre-Outs|
|👎 No Pandora|
|👎 No Napster|
|👎 No SiriusXM Internet Radio|
Major Changes from its predecessor
Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 to its predecessor VSX-LX103 and displaying the major changes.
|UPGRADES||Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104||vs||Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103|
|Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||vs|
|Newer HDCP Version||2.3||vs||2.2|
|More HDMI Outputs||2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)||vs||1|
|DOWNGRADES||Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104||vs||Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103|
|Analog To HDMI Upconversion||vs||Component**, Composite|
|Less Composite Video Inputs||vs||2|
|Less Component Video Inputs||vs||1|
For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103.
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.
The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.
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 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 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It 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 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. 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 a new 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 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.
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 comes with MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.
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 AirPlay 2. It has 6 HDMI inputs and 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.
Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104.
|Front Wide Channel Support|
|Amplifier Design||Direct Energy|
|Continuous 6 Ω Rated|
|Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine||Digital Quad-Core 32-bit DSP (Cirrus Logic)|
|Maximum Channel Processing||7.1|
|Air Studios Monitor Certification|
|Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|Dolby Digital Plus|
|Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|Dolby Pro Logic|
|Dolby Digital EX|
|DTS-HD Master Audio|
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|DTS-ES||Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1|
|Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|Music Playback via USB||MP3, 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|
|High Resolution Audio Formats via USB||Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD|
|Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB||up to 192 kHz/24 bit|
|DSD via HDMI||2-ch/Multi-ch Input|
|DSD via USB||2-ch Input|
|DSD to PCM Converter|
|Sound Retriever AIR|
|Digital Noise Reduction|
|Tone Control||All Channels|
|Compressed Music Enhancer||Advanced Sound Retriever|
|High-resolution Music Enhancer|
|Audyssey Dynamic EQ|
|Audyssey Dynamic Volume|
|Audyssey Sub EQ HT|
|Pure Direct Mode|
|Advanced Surround||10 + 1|
|Front Stage Surround Advance|
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.||MCACC|
|Full Band Phase Control|
|Standing Wave Control|
|Distance Adjustment||0.1 feet|
|Auto Subwoofer Crossover|
|BT.2020 color space|
|HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)|
|QMS (Quick Media Switching)|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)|
|VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)|
|QFT (Quick Frame transport)|
|Video Signal Passthrough||up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)|
|Video Signal Upscaling||1080p to 4K|
|Analog To HDMI Upconversion|
|Video Parameter Adjustments|
|isf Certified Calibration Control|
|Works with Amazon Alexa|
|Works with SONOS|
|Apple Product Connection||Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only)|
|InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue|
|HDMI Output||2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)|
|USB Input||2 (1 Front)|
|USB DC Out Port|
|Analog Audio Line Input||5 (1 front)|
|Analog Audio Line Output|
|Coaxial In/Out||1 /|
|Composite Video Input|
|Composite Video Output|
|Component Video Input|
|Component Video Output|
|Front A/V Inputs||USB, Mini-Jack|
|Headphone Out||6.3 mm|
|+12V Trigger Output||1 (MAIN: 100 mA)|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||1 / 0|
|IP Control for CI|
|Versatile Speaker Configuration||Speaker 9ch Out (FRONT, CENTER,SURROUND, SURROUND BACK/HEIGHT/Bi-AMP, ZONE 2)|
|Detachable Power Cord|
|SiriusXM Internet Radio|
|Solid Aluminum Front|
|Large Speaker Terminals||9|
|Color-Coded Speaker Terminals|
|Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals|
|Ceramic Speaker Terminals|
|3D Space Frame Construction|
|Gold plated RCA terminals|
|Power Supply||AC 120 V, 60 Hz|
|Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer|
|Power Consumption||460 W|
|No Sound Power||55 W|
|Standby Power||0.15 W|
|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"
|Dimensions of Package (W x H x D)||536 mm x 265 mm x 458 mm|
21-1/8" x 10-7/16" x 18-1/16"
|Weight||9.4 kg (20.7 lbs)|
|Weight of Package||12.0 kg (26.5 lbs)|
|Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)||160 W (10% THD)|
|Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)||135 W (1% THD)|
|Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)||160 W|
|Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)||125 W|
|Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)||85 W|
|THD||0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)||200 mV/47 kΩ|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)||3.5 mV/47 kΩ|
|Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance||8 Ω - 600 Ω|
|Rated Headphone Power Output||80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)|
|Phono Overload||70 mV (MM, 1 kHz 0.5%)|
|S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)||106 dB|
|S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)||80 dB|
|Frequency Response (Analog In)||5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct/Pure Audio)|
|DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI||2.8 MHz|
|DSD Sampling Rates via USB||5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz|
|Wi-Fi Standard||IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency||5 GHz, 2.4 GHz|
|Bluetooth Version||4.1 + LE|
|Bluetooth Frequency||2.4 GHz|
|USB Terminal||Ver. 2.0, 5 V, 500 mA|
|FM Frequency||87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz|
|FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)||Mono: 1.0 µV (11.2 dBf)|
|AM Frequency||530 kHz - 1710 kHz|
* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted
In 2021 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 was replaced by VSX-LX105. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.
|UPGRADES||Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105||vs||Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104|
|Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through||vs|
|Video Signal Passthrough||up to 8K/60p YCbCr4:2:0/10-bit||vs||up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)|
|Works with Amazon Alexa||vs|
|Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)||vs|
|Bigger Power Supply||635 W||vs||460 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|
For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104.