Posted Wed May 31, 2017 at 02:00 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
Two new receiver models with immersive audio support have been detailed.
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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