Posted Wed May 31, 2017 at 02:00 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
Two new receiver models with immersive audio support have been detailed.
Pioneer has announced the release of its latest Elite AV receivers. The new lineup includes the Elite VSX-LX302 and the Elite VSX-LX102.
Both receivers feature 7.2 channel support along with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding for up to a 5.2.2 system. The VSX-LX302 is rated for 100W (8 ohms, 20Hz–20 kHz, THD 0.08%, 2ch driven, FTC) through seven channels and the entry-level VSX-LX102 is rated for 80W (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch driven, FTC). In addition, the devices include 4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit video signal transmission along with Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDCP 2.2, and BT.2020 video pass-through via HDMI. MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System) is integrated as well, and the units offer Reflex Optimizer technology to enhance sound from Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.
Several Hi-Res Audio formats are supported over the local network and USB, including 192 kHz/24-bit FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC along with DSD 2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz. Likewise, both models can also play Dolby TrueHD up to 192 kHz/24-bit via USB input. Finally, networking and streaming features include Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi, AirPlay, Spotify, TIDAL, TuneIn, and Deezer via dual-band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and FireConnect powered by Blackfire.
Pioneer's Elite VSX-LX302 is now available for an MSRP of $799, though the current Amazon list price is $699.
Meanwhile, the Elite VSX-LX102 is currently available for an MSRP of $599, though the current Amazon list price is $499.
Beyond the company's new Elite receiver lineup, Pioneer also recently launched a firmware update for select audio gear adding support for Google's Chromecast built-in technology. Likewise, the update also offers voice control support through the Google Home speaker or future Google Assistant Audio devices.
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