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Pioneer Elite Entry Level $599 Receiver
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Pioneer and Onkyo U.S.A. Corporation have announced details of a new Elite network AV receiver, the VSX-LX103, priced at a cool $599 (or $749.99 CAD). Featuring 5.2.2 channel surround audio with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the receiver maxes out at 7.2 channels with amplification rated at 170W/ch (6 ohms, 1kHz, THD 10%, 1 ch driven). Two channels can be fed for a powered Zone 2, and a Zone 2 pre/line out connection enables those with dedicated amplifiers to power a separate room independently.

The unit also features 6 HDMI In and 1 Out, and supports Ultra HD pass-through 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). Pioneer's own Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) sets up a customized audio environment for the user with included microphone, and characteristically will compensate for speaker size, level and distance, while also equalizing response.

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Pioneer's onboard Phase Control feature compensates for the phase lag between a subwoofer and main channel speakers by improving sound synchronization to achieve clearer reproduction of sound in mid- and high-frequency bands, claims the company.

Additional features include the following:

• Reflex Optimizer enhances object-based audio reproduction from upward firing Dolby Atmos 'enabled' speakers.

• Works with Google Assistant so you can tell the VSX-LX103 to turn up the volume, skip tracks, or stop the music using a device with the Google Assistant built-in, like Google Home.

• Wireless connectivity includes Chromecast built-in, Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth, DTS Play-Fi, Wi-Fi, as well as FireConnect, Pioneer's wireless protocol that mirrors any audio source connected to the receiver on compatible speakers in other rooms.

• Enjoy a limitless flow of music, sports, talk, and news entertainment from internet radio stations and online music services, including Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, TIDAL, and Deezer.

• In addition to high-resolution sound source (192-kHz/24-bit) in FLAC, WAV, AIFF and ALAC file formats, DSD (2.8/5.6 MHz) and Dolby TrueHD files are also supported.

• Custom integration features common in Elite receivers including IR in, 12V Trigger out, RS-232c and a detachable power cable.

• Comes with Pioneer's three-year warranty.
 
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