A new immersive audio receiver with 5.2.2 support has been detailed.
Pioneer has announced the release of its latest Elite AV receiver model. The entry-level VSX-LX103 is now rolling out to stores for an MSRP of $599.
The 7.2 channel receiver is rated for 170 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 10 %, 1ch Driven) or 80 W/ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch Driven, FTC). In addition, the unit supports up to a 5.2.2 Dolby Atmos or DTS:X speaker layout. Ultra HD pass-through is included as well with HDCP 2.2, 4K / 60 Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), WCG (Wide Color Gamut) and Ultra HD upscaling (1080p to 4K). Meanwhile, the component's Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) automatically equalizes speaker setup for a user's specific room based on size, level, and distance via an included custom microphone.
A Reflex Optimizer feature is also integrated to enhance object-based audio performance through upward firing Dolby Atmos speakers. Wireless connectivity options include Chromecast built-in, Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth, DTS Play-Fi, Wi-Fi, and FlareConnect. Likewise, the receiver is compatible with Google Assistant, enabling voice control for volume adjustments, track skipping, or play/pause with a separate Google Assistant device (like a Google Home speaker). Support for internet radio stations and services like Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, TIDAL, and Deezer are featured as well, along with high-resolution playback (192kHz / 24-bit) in FLAC, WAV, AIFF and ALAC file formats, DSD (2.8/5.6MHz) and Dolby TrueHD files. Finally, the unit also offers a few features geared toward custom integration, including an IR in, 12 V Trigger out, RS-232c, and a detachable power cable.
Pre-orders for the Pioneer VSX-LX103 Elite 7.2-Channel AV Receiver are now live on Amazon with an expected March 28 shipping date.