Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805

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    Highlights

    • 11.4 Channels
    • 11.2 Channel Processing
    • 150 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • HDMI 2.1
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D
    • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
    • 8K Passthrough, 8K Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
    • Phono Input

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    1. Overview

    Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 was introduced in 2023 and represents a current flagship model of a manufacturer. It is equipped with 11 channel amplifier with 150 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 11.2 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz and upscales 1080p to 4K/8K and 4K to 8K video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 95 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
    94
    Audio Features
    93
    Video Features
    100
    Connectivity
    93
    Zones
    92
    Radio
    92
    OVERALL
    95

    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-LX805.

    PROs

    •   Many Channels - 11.4
    •   High Power Output - 150 W
    •   11.2 Channel Processing
    •   Dolby Atmos
    •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   DTS:X
    •   IMAX Enhanced
    •   Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   HDR10+
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   HDMI 2.1
    •   eARC
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
    •   VRR
    •   QFT
    •   8K Passthrough
    •   8K Upscaling
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Works with Amazon Alexa
    •   Google Assistant
    •   Chromecast Built-In
    •   7 HDMI Inputs
    •   4 HDMI Outputs
    •   6 8K Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   XLR Line Inputs
    •   Phono Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   XLR Pre-outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   3 Zones
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal

    CONs

    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   No Digital Radio

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

    AVERAGE

    •   RCA Line Inputs
    •   Bluetooth 4․2

    3. Changes from the SC-LX904

    Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 has replaced SC-LX904. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 vs Pioneer SC-LX904
    More Channels 11.4 vs 11.2
    Higher Power Output 150 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    Amplifier Design All new symmetric Class AB vs Class D3 (Direct Energy HD)
    Higher DAC Specs 768 kHz/32 Bit vs 384 kHz/32 Bit
    Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer vs
    Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, LPCM, AIFF, DSD vs MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
    HDR10+ vs
    Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) 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 1080p to 4K
    More 8K Inputs 6 vs
    XLR Line Inputs 1 vs
    XLR Pre-outs Front L/R vs
    More Speaker Terminals 15 vs 11
    More Large Speaker Terminals 15 vs 11
    Bigger Power Supply 1095 W vs 340 W
    Higher Rated Headphone Power Output 75 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD) vs 57 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
    Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac vs IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
    DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 vs Pioneer SC-LX904
    Bi-amp capability Front L/R and Center Channels vs
    Less RCA Line Inputs 4 vs 6
    Less Component Video Inputs 1 vs 2
    Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 vs 2 / 1
    Higher THD 0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power) vs 0.04% (1 kHz, 100 W)
    Lower S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 107 dB vs 108 dB
    Lower S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 78 dB vs 90 dB

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    4. Amplifier

    11 channel All new symmetric Class AB Amplifier

    Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 features 11 channel power amplifier with All new symmetric Class AB design. It is rated at 150 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels11.4
      Power Output150 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      Amplifier DesignAll new symmetric Class AB
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability Front L/R and Center Channels

      5. Speaker Configurations

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805's 11 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.4.2, 5.4.4, 7.4.2, 7.4.4 with internal amplifier.
      • DTS:X Configurations: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.4.2, 5.4.4, 7.4.2, 7.4.4 with internal amplifier.
      • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
      • 5.4, 7.4 with internal amplifier.
      • 3-ch Bi-Amp: Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 allows you to bi-amp up to 3 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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      6. Immersive Audio Formats

      Dolby Atmos

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 supports Dolby Atmos with Surround Upmixer and Atmos Height Virtualization.

      • 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.
      • Atmos Height Virtualization is a digital signal processing solution that leverages Dolby's deep understanding of human audio perception to create the sensation of overhead sound from the listener-level speakers.

      DTS:X

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 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.
      • DTS Dialog Control: This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.

      Auro-3D

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 supports Auro-3D after paid upgrade after paid upgrade after paid upgrade. It is an immersive 3D audio format developed by the Belgium-based company Auro Technologies.

      • Auro-Matic upmixer takes non Auro-3D sound and upmixes to the current speaker configuration.

      IMAX Enhanced

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 is IMAX Enhanced certified. To qualify for IMAX Enhanced certification, 4K HDR televisions, projectors, sound bars, a/v receivers, loudspeakers, powered subwoofers and other premium home entertainment devices must meet carefully prescribed performance requirements established by IMAX, DTS and Hollywood's leading experts.

      • What makes an IMAX Enhanced A/V receiver different from an A/V receiver with DTS:X technology? DTS:X technology is commonly found in most multi-channel A/V receivers on the market today. All IMAX Enhanced A/V receivers include DTS:X technology and deliver additional features, such as auto-sensing of IMAX Enhanced content, via IMAX Mode. IMAX Mode indicates that your A/V receiver supports fully immersive IMAX signature sound.
      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

      7. HDMI 2.1

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 features 6 HDMI 2.1 inputs with 8K support and 1 inputs with 4K support. It has 3 outputs: 1 MAIN and 1 SUB and 1 ZONE 2.

      • 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz Passthrough: 6 out of 7 inputs pass up to 8K/60p RGB/YCbCr4:2:0/10-bit uncompressed or RGB/YCbCr4:4:4/12-bit compressed (TV needs DSC) and the rest of the inputs pass up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
      • 8K Upscaling: Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 can upscale 1080p to 4K/8K and 4K to 8K 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-LX805 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 2.3 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • Quick Media Switching (QMS): With HDMI 2.1a, Quick Media Switching for movies and video uses the HDMI VRR mechanism to eliminate the blackout period when an HDMI Source device switches its video mode. As long as the resolution remains the same and only the frame rate changes, QMS will instantly switch between frame rates. QMS eliminates A/V blackouts by using VRR technology to change frame rates, allowing instant changes from 24Hz to 60Hz frame rate, and anywhere in-between. The viewer never sees blank screens and gets a seamless experience.
      • 3D Ready: Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, 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.


      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

      Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature allows the compatible TV to send audio signal to the a/v receiver through the same HDMI cable which is used to send audio and video signals to the TV. So one HDMI cable is used to transfer audio signal in both directions. New Enhanced ARC will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio whereas the previous ARC could support only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.


      Gaming Features

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) for lag-free and smooth gaming.



      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDMI Version2.1
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.3
      QMS (Quick Media Switching)
      ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
      VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
      QFT (Quick Frame transport)
      DSC (Display Stream Compression)
      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)
      Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K/8K and 4K to 8K

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      8. Room Calibration

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 comes with MCACC Pro and Dirac Live™ Premium Room Correction 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.
      • Dirac Live: The interaction between your sound system and the physical layout of your room has a huge impact on sound quality. Dirac Live™ Room Correction applies state-of-the-art, patented algorithms to analyze and digitally reduce room impact and enhance speaker performance. Dirac Live delivers a larger sweet spot, accurate staging, clarity, voice intelligibility, and a deeper, tighter bass not otherwise possible. Fully tunable to your preference.

      9. Multi-zone Playback

      Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 3 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 9 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      • HDMI Output: Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 offers HDMI output for Zone 2. This means that it can send two different HDMI signals to two displays.
      • 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.

      Zone 3

      • Powered Zone 3: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 3 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 9 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 3 amplifier.
      ZONES
      Number of Zones3
      Powered Zones2 and 3
      Zone 2 OutsHDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out (shared with Zone B line out)
      Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA)
      Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1

      10. 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 Pre-Outs: Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 has 11.4 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the a/v receiver to power the rest.
      • XLR Inputs and Outputs: There is one pair of XLR inputs on this a/v receiver. If your CD player, Blu-Ray player or other source have XLR outputs you can connect them to the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805's XLR Inputs for higher quality balanced connection. Besides 11 unbalanced RCA pre-outs there are 2 XLR outputs for Front L/R. In case your external power amplifier has XLR inputs you can use this balanced connection for higher audio quality.
      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 4 line inputs for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs: 3 optical inputs and 2 coaxial inputs 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: 3 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB, 1 ZONE 2)
        8K Inputs: 6
      • 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-LX805 supports up to 480i/576i resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Inputs: 1   Outputs: 0

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, USB
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs7 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs3 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB, 1 ZONE 2)
      8K Inputs6
      USB Input2 (1 Front)
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs3
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs2
      RCA Line Inputs4
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs1
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs11.4
      XLR Pre-outsFront L/R
      Composite Video Inputs2
      Composite Video Outputs
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs1
      Component Video Outputs

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      11. Evaluation

      We evaluate Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 and give score of 95 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
      95

      Amplifier

      EXCELLENT
      94

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 a score of 94 for Amplifier features.

      •   Many Channels - 11.4
      •   High Power Output - 150 W

      Audio Features

      EXCELLENT
      93

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 a score of 93 for Audio Features features.

      •   Many Channels - 11.4
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   11.2 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   IMAX Enhanced
      •   Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      EXCELLENT
      100

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 a score of 100 for Video Features features.

      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI 2.1
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   VRR
      •   QFT
      •   8K Passthrough
      •   8K Upscaling
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion

      Connectivity

      EXCELLENT
      93

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 a score of 93 for Connectivity features.

      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   4 HDMI Outputs
      •   6 8K Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   XLR Line Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   XLR Pre-outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 4․2

      Zones

      EXCELLENT
      92

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 a score of 92 for Zones features.

      •   3 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      92

      We give Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 a score of 92 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

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