Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302

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    Highlights

    • 7.2 Channels
    • 7.1 Channel Processing
    • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/30Hz Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
    • Phono Input

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    1. Overview

    Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales 1080p to 4K video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 88 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
    89
    Audio Features
    86
    Video Features
    95
    Connectivity
    84
    Zones
    82
    Radio
    92
    OVERALL
    88

    For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluation section.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302.

    PROs

    •   Dolby Atmos
    •   DTS:X
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Chromecast Built-In
    •   7 HDMI Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   Phono Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal

    CONs

    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Digital Radio

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   Power Output - 100 W
    •   7.1 Channel Processing
    •   2 HDMI Outputs
    •   RCA Line Inputs
    •   2 Zones
    •   Bluetooth 4․1 + LE

    3. Pioneer 2017 Lineup

    In 2017 Pioneer released 14 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Pioneer 2017 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsImmersive AudioHDRZones Price
    SC-LX502 Image cannot be found 7.2120 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX302 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX102 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-932 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-832 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-532 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.1HDR101
    SC-LX901 Image cannot be found 11.2140 W11.211.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    3
    SC-LX801 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W11.211.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    3
    SC-LX701 Image cannot be found 9.2135 W11.211.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    3
    SC-LX501 Image cannot be found 7.2120 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX301 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX101 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-1131 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-831 Image cannot be found 5.280 W5.1HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Pioneer SC-LX502 vs VSX-LX302 vs VSX-LX102 vs VSX-932 vs VSX-832 vs VSX-532.

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    4. Changes from the VSX-LX301

    Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 has replaced VSX-LX301. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 vs Pioneer VSX-LX301
    Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
    HLG vs
    Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite vs Component**, Composite
    DTS Play-Fi vs
    USB Input 2 (1 Front) vs 1 Front
    DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 vs Pioneer VSX-LX301
    DTS Neo vs Neo:6
    Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K vs up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
    Less RCA Line Inputs 5 (1 front) vs 6 (1 front)
    Lower Rated Headphone Power Output 80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD) vs 90 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)

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    5. Amplifier

    7 channel Discrete Direct Energy Amplifier

    Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 features 7 channel power amplifier with Discrete Direct Energy design. It is rated at 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels7.2
      Power Output100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct Energy
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability

      6. Speaker Configurations

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • DTS:X Configurations: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
      • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 allows you to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

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      7. Immersive Audio Formats

      Dolby Atmos

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 supports Dolby Atmos with Surround Upmixer.

      • Surround Upmixer: 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

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 supports DTS:X with Neural:X.

      • Neural:X is an advanced 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.
      DECODING
      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
      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

      8. HDMI

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 features 7 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) video signal.
      • 4K Upscaling: Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 can upscale 1080p to 4K from HDMI and analog sources.
      • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: The a/v receiver supports video upconversion, so you can connect your analog Component and Composite video sources and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
      • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35%.
      • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma via HDMI ports. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.



      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.2
      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 (YCbCr 4:4:4)
      Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K

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      9. Room Calibration

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 comes with MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      • MCACC: Pioneer’s exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) delivers an easy-to-use, automatic sound adjustment system to precision-tune your Pioneer and Pioneer Elite receivers with minimal effort. Every MCACC system comes with a microphone to measure and analyze reverb characteristics. The equalizer optimally adjusts sound parameters to fit the size and shape of your home environment while maintaining the integrity of high-resolution playback without any degradation to the quality of your music.

      10. Multi-zone Playback

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.


      Zone 2

      • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      • Audio Pre/Line Output: If you have a dedicated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre/line outs and use "pre out" option to control volume from the a/v receiver or use "line out" option - send fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 2 amplifier.
      ZONES
      Number of Zones2
      Powered Zones2
      Zone 2 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA)
      Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1

      11. Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the a/v receiver.
      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 5 line inputs for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 1 coaxial input are available for digital audio connection.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Inputs: 7 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (simultaneous)
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 0
      • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 supports up to 480i/576i resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Inputs: 1   Outputs: 0

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, USB, Mini-Jack
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs7 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)
      8K Inputs
      USB Input2 (1 Front)
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs2
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs1
      RCA Line Inputs5 (1 front)
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs0.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs2
      Composite Video Outputs
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs1
      Component Video Outputs

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      12. Evaluation

      We evaluate Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 and give score of 88 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


      OVERALL
      88

      Amplifier

      EXCELLENT
      89

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 a score of 89 for Amplifier features.

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 100 W

      Audio Features

      EXCELLENT
      86

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 a score of 86 for Audio Features features.

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      EXCELLENT
      95

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 a score of 95 for Video Features features.

      •   HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion

      Connectivity

      GOOD
      84

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 a score of 84 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   2 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 4․1 + LE

      Zones

      GOOD
      82

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 a score of 82 for Zones features.

      •   2 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      92

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 a score of 92 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      13. Replaced by VSX-LX303

      In 2018 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 was replaced by Pioneer VSX-LX303. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 and its successor.

      UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-LX303 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302
      More Channels 9.2 vs 7.2
      More Channel Processing 9.1 vs 7.1
      Works with SONOS vs
      More Zones 3 vs 2
      More Powered Zones 2 and 3 vs 2
      Bigger Power Supply 750 W vs 580 W
      Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 3 Ω, Front) 250 W vs 240 W
      Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 4 Ω, Front) 220 W vs 210 W
      Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 130 W vs 120 W
      Higher Rated Headphone Power Output 85 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD) vs 80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
      Higher DSD Sampling Rate via HDMI 2.8 MHz (2-ch/multi-ch), 5.6 MHz (2-ch) vs 2.8 MHz

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