Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 Review and Specs
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 (European version)

SCORE:
87

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, DTS Play-Fi
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 Overview

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 was introduced in 2017. 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
89
VIDEO FEATURES
93
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
85
MULTIZONE
83
MISCELLANEOUS
67
RADIO
90
OVERALL
87

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-LX302.

PROS
Certified 4 Ω Performance πŸ‘
Bi-amp Capability πŸ‘
Dolby Atmos πŸ‘
Dolby TrueHD πŸ‘
Dolby Digital Plus πŸ‘
Dolby Surround Upmixer πŸ‘
DTS:X πŸ‘
DTS Neural:X πŸ‘
DTS-HD Master Audio πŸ‘
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio πŸ‘
DTS 96/24 πŸ‘
DTS Express πŸ‘
DTS-ES πŸ‘
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network πŸ‘
Gapless Playback πŸ‘
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
DSD via USB πŸ‘
Sound Retriever πŸ‘
Compressed Music Enhancer πŸ‘
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. πŸ‘
HDR10 πŸ‘
BT.2020 color space πŸ‘
Dolby Vision πŸ‘
HLG πŸ‘
3-D Ready πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling πŸ‘
Analog To HDMI Upconversion πŸ‘
FlareConnect πŸ‘
Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘
DTS Play-Fi πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
Wi-Fi πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
Many HDMI Inputs πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Phono Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Component Video Inputs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Detachable Power Cord πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
Spotify πŸ‘
Tidal πŸ‘
Deezer πŸ‘
New Bluetooth Version πŸ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No Sound Retriever AIR πŸ‘Ž
No High-resolution Music Enhancer πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘Ž
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS πŸ‘Ž
No eARC πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘Ž
No Pandora πŸ‘Ž
No Napster πŸ‘Ž
No SiriusXM Internet Radio πŸ‘Ž

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 to its predecessor VSX-LX301 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301
Certified 4 Ω Performance βœ” βœ–
HLG βœ” βœ–
Analog To HDMI Upconversion βœ” Component**, Composite βœ” Component**, Composite
DTS Play-Fi βœ” βœ–
USB Input 2 (1 Front) 1 Front
Analog Tuner βœ” FM/AM with RDS βœ” FM/AM

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301
Video Signal Upscaling βœ” 1080p to 4K βœ” up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
FireConnect βœ– βœ”
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 5 (1 front) 6 (1 front)
Pandora βœ– βœ”
Smaller Power Supply 570 W 580 W

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX301.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

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


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 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 Audioβ„’ 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-LX302 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-LX302 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-LX302 comes with[y] MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 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 and 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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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302.

BASICS
BrandPioneer
SeriesElite
ModelVSX-LX302
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryEurope
Release Year2017
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Supportβœ–
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct Energy
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ”
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ”
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineDigital Core Engine with Cirrus Logic (Quad Core) x1
DACAKM AK4458
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ”
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ”
Dolby Pro Logicβœ–
Dolby Digital EXβœ–
Surround EXβœ–
DTS:Xβœ”
DTS Neural:Xβœ”
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ–
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedβœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerβœ–
PCMβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkβœ” 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBβœ” up to 192 kHz/24 bit
Gapless Playbackβœ”
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBβœ” 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ–
Dialog Enhancementβœ–
Dialogue Liftβœ–
Sound Retrieverβœ” Advanced
Sound Retriever AIRβœ–
Digital Noise Reductionβœ–
Tone Controlβœ” All Channels
Compressed Music Enhancerβœ” Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancerβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic EQβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeβœ–
Audyssey LFCβœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTβœ–
Audyssey DSXβœ–
Direct Modeβœ”
Pure Direct Modeβœ”
Auto Surroundβœ”
Optimum Surroundβœ–
Wide Surroundβœ–
Front Stage Surround Advanceβœ”
Headphone Surroundβœ–
Virtual Speakersβœ–
Virtual Depthβœ–
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputβœ–
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” MCACC
Manual MCACCβœ”
MCACC Memory1
Reflex Optimizerβœ”
Phase Controlβœ”
Full Band Phase Controlβœ–
Standing Wave Controlβœ–
Symmetric EQβœ”
Precision Distanceβœ–
Polarity Checkβœ–
Auto Subwoofer Crossoverβœ”
VIDEO
HDR10βœ”
HDR10+βœ–
Dynamic HDRβœ–
BT.2020 color spaceβœ”
Dolby Visionβœ”
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)βœ”
Quick Media Switching (QMS)βœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-throughβœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)βœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)βœ–
3-D Readyβœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscalingβœ” 1080p to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ” Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscalingβœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionβœ–
Component Video Maximum Resolution480i/576i
Stream Smootherβœ–
Pure Cinemaβœ–
Video Parameter Adjustmentsβœ–
Super Resolutionβœ”
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
DLNA 1.5βœ–
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ”
Chromecast Built-Inβœ”
DTS Play-Fiβœ”
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ–
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ” AirPlay
Apple Product Connectionβœ” Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only)
Remote Appβœ” Pioneer Remote App
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ”
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ”
Bluetoothβœ” SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced ARCβœ–
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Input7 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (simultaneous)
USB Input2 (1 Front)
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Input5 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputβœ–
Phono Inputβœ”
Optical In2
Optical Outβœ–
Coaxial In/Out1 / βœ–
Composite Video Input2
Composite Video Outputβœ–
S-Video Inputβœ–
S-Video Outputβœ–
Component Video Input1
Component Video Outputβœ–
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Mini-Jack
Speaker A/Bβœ”
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zones2
Zone 2RCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232βœ”
+12V Trigger Output2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
MISC
GUI Languages9
AVNavigatorβœ–
IP Control for CIβœ”
PreAmp Modeβœ–
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationFRONT, CENTER, SURROUND, SURROUND BACK/ZONE 2/ Bi-AMP, HEIGHT/SP B
FL Dimmerβœ”
Function Renameβœ”
Remote Controllerβœ” User-Friendly Simple Remote Control
Detachable Power Cordβœ”
adapterportβœ–
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM with RDS
Presets40
Digital Radioβœ–
Internet Radioβœ” TuneIn
Pandoraβœ–
Spotifyβœ”
Tidalβœ”
Deezerβœ”
Napsterβœ–
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelBrushed
Solid Aluminum Frontβœ–
Speaker Terminals9
Large Speaker Terminals9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ–
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsβœ–
Ceramic Speaker Terminalsβœ–
3D Space Frame Constructionβœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformerβœ–
Transformer Stabilizerβœ–
Power Consumption570 W
No Sound Power60 W
Standby Power0.15 W
GENERAL
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"
Weight10.0 kg (22.0 lbs)
Warranty3 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)170 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)240 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)210 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)120 W
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Unbalanced)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance330 Ω
Rated Headphone Power Output80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
Phono Overload70 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 HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 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)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.1 + LE
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
USB TerminalVer. 2.0, 5 V, 500 mA
Extension Terminalβœ–
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz

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

Successor

In 2018 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302 was replaced by VSX-LX303. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302
More Channels 9.2 7.2
More Channel Processing 9.1 7.1
Works with SONOS βœ” βœ–
More Zones 3 2
Bigger Power Supply 760 W 570 W

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX302.

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