Pioneer VSX-LX505 Elite 8K Home Theatre Receiver

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$2,799.00

11.2 Channel Processing & Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

9 Amplification Channels, 120 Watts Per Channel (2 Channels Driven)

Bluetooth Receiver & Transmitter, 8K Support, eARC HDMI

Sonos Compatible, Phono Input, Hi-Res Audio Playback, Internet Radio

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About The Pioneer VSX-LX505 Elite 8K Home Theatre Receiver

The Pioneer VSX-LX505 Home Theatre Receiver gives you a wide array of up-to-date features with the sound & picture quality Pioneer has been known for over the last several decades of producing top class audio & visual equipment. Pioneer Plasma TVs anyone? But back to current reality, the VSX-LX505 is part of the new wave of Pioneer AV components and show just how accomplished this brand can be.

Featuring up to 11.2 channels and 120 watts of power per channel, IMAX Enhanced Audio, and DIRAC Live Room Correction, the Pioneer VSX-LX505 ELITE 9.2 Channel AV Receiver delivers multi-dimensional excitement to your home theatre. Equipped with DIRAC Live Room Correction, the VSX-LX505 adjusts the sound according to the space and speakers while offering improved musical staging, dialog, and deeper bass.

Going beyond an experience confined to one room – the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 AV receiver brings cinema-quality sound and images to multiple rooms for real home entertainment.


DIRAC Live Room Correction

State-of-the-art digital room correction technology improves overall audio performance across the full frequency band with no additional upgrade required. Dirac Live automatically calibrates sound in your room using either your smartphone and the included wired mic or go virtually wireless with the Dirac Live PC or MacOS application, and a 3rd party USB mic (not included). Dirac Live unlocks your loudspeakers’ full potential in any listening space and delivers a uniquely pristine listening experience.


HDMI 2.1 with 8K

HDMI 2.1 is the most recent update of the HDMI spec and supports a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, as well as Dynamic HDR formats. 8K delivers a super-immersive viewing experience with 2x the horizontal and vertical resolution of 4K, and 4 times as many pixels; and combined with 60Hz refresh rate enables smooth and sharp viewing of content with high-speed action. HDMI 2.1 with 8K ensures your system is ready for the clearest and cleanest picture available both now and down the road.


Ultimate 4K Gaming Experience

4K/120 enables ultra-fast motion UHD images to be crisp and razor-sharp, and sports, action movies, and high-performance gaming benefit significantly. This receiver supports higher performance from streaming devices like the latest Apple TV.


IMAX Enhanced Mode

IMAX digitally re-mastered content for the home environment is created to provide the same sharp 4K HDR images and powerful sound just as the filmmaker intended. Pioneer Elite’s IMAX Mode is meticulously optimized to play digitally remastered content to deliver the best viewing and listening experience on Earth.


Built-In Streaming Music Services

The capability to access streaming services such as Spotify, TIDAL & Deezer, plus TuneIn internet radio is built into the VSX-LX505.


Bi-Directional Bluetooth Wireless Technology

The VSX-LX505 can send and receive audio via Bluetooth wireless technology. Stream from your device to the receiver using SBC or AAC codecs, or transmit audio playing through the AVR to compatible wireless headphones using SBC, aptX, or aptX HD codecs including 24-bit audio over aptX HD. The improved data transfer capabilities of the latest generation of Bluetooth ensure clear and reliable sound reproduction so you hear your favourite songs just as the recording engineer intended.


Built-In Multi-Zone Streaming & Voice Control

The VSX-LX505 Receiver easily integrates into your existing Smart Home ecosystem, including Apple Airplay, Alexa, Google apps, and more. A third-party AI device, sold separately, is required for voice commands. The VSX-LX505 is a highly capable and compatible network device that can stream your favourites wherever you want in your home with up to 8K60 resolution.


Works with Sonos Certified

This receiver can join your existing Sonos Home Sound System, or be the start of a new one, just by pairing it with a Sonos Port (sold separately). This Works with Sonos Certified AVR offers a best-in-class tie-in to the Sonos ecosystem, waking, changing inputs, and playing at the volume you want using the Sonos Volume-Pass Through feature from the Sonos app.


MCACC Auto Room Tuning Featuring Auto Phase Control Plus

MCACC adjusts the sound according to the listening room and speakers, and also creates clearer sound by suppressing the standing waves that occur between walls or ceiling and floor. Measurement of up to nine positions can be saved for a wide listening area. Auto Phase Control Plus makes real-time analysis of the phase difference, and automatically compensates the gap between the LFE and main signals, providing strong bass and clear high-frequency sound.


Roon Tested

Roon plays to thousands of USB, Airplay, and Chromecast devices, but Roon-tested devices are profiled by the Roon team to ensure simple setup and effortless daily use. If you own a Roon-Tested device, you can have the confidence that you will enjoy the best possible experience with it.


Ready For DTS Play-Fi Multi-Room Audio

DTS Play-Fi allows you to enjoy high-quality music from connected online services, networked media servers, and your device library over Wi-Fi to any number of compatible products using the Pioneer Music Control App for iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones/tablets. DTS Play-Fi can synchronize the music in every room. Each member of your family can use their own device to listen to their music in a room or group of rooms. DTS Play-Fi lets you structure a comprehensive multi-room ecosystem that satisfies virtually any need.

HDMI 2.1 For A Powerful Viewing & Gaming Experience: The VSX-LX505 ensures its HDMI terminals*1 support 8K/60p (4:4:4/12-bit*2, 4:2:0/10-bit*3), 8K/30p (4:4:4/12-bit*2, 4:4:4/10-bit*3, 4:2:2/12-bit*3, 4:2:0/12- bit), 4K/120p (4:4:4/12-bit*2, 4:4:4/10-bit*3, 4:2:2/12- bit*3, 4:2:0/12-bit) video passthrough to compatible displays, as well as HDCP 2.3*4 so you will have no problem when upgrading to new devices. HDMI 2.1 also supports VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) to eliminate lag, stutter and frame-tearing to deliver a fluid gaming experience. Various enhancements such as ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and QFT (Quick Frame Transport) help to optimize latency and further limit lag to ensure you’ll always be on top of your game. *1 HDMI 2.1 specification, HDR10+, and passthrough capabilities described are supported on HDMI In 1–6, HDMI Main Out and Sub/Zone 2 in sub mode output. *2 DSC signals only. *3 DSC signals only when input via HDMI In 4-6. *4 All HDMI terminals support HDCP 2.3.

IMAX Enhanced: The VSX-LX505 is IMAX Enhanced, certified to deliver the dynamic and heart-pounding sound presented by DTS just as intended by the filmmaker, and provide an immersive experience on your home theatre.

Dolby Atmos/Dolby Surround Upmixing: By adding an external amplifier, the 9.2ch AV receiver can be expanded to decode 11ch to drive the 7.2.4ch configuration of Dolby Atmos®. You can reproduce object-oriented sound in smooth, curving movements, or the realistic three-dimensional movement overhead by the top speakers. Other audio codecs such as PCM and DSD can be upmixed using Dolby Surround for enjoying 3D surround sound.

DTS:X®/DTS Neural:X Upmixing: DTS:X is the next-generation audio codec from DTS that leverages object-based audio to enable new immersive and interactive audio experiences. By adding an external amplifier, the 9.2ch AV receiver can be expanded to decode 11ch for driving a 7.2.4ch surround system. Experience an immersive soundscape with incredibly rich and life-like audio. Other audio codecs such as PCM and DSD can be upmixed using DTS Neural:X for enjoying 3D surround sound.

Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization: When playing any Dolby format, engaging the Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer enables a more immersive listening experience, creating a virtual surround and height effect from traditional speaker layouts without employing additional surround or height speakers.

Apple AirPlay 2: Apple AirPlay 2 lets you effortlessly stream music or podcasts to speakers throughout your house using any Apple device or by asking Siri, and it all stays in perfect sync.

Advanced MCACC Auto Room Tuning Featuring Auto Phase Control Plus: Advanced MCACC adjusts the sound according to the listening room and speakers, and also creates clearer sound by suppressing the standing waves that occur between walls or ceiling and floor. Measurement of up to nine positions can be saved for a wide listening area. Auto Phase Control Plus* makes real-time analysis of the phase difference, and automatically compensates the gap between the LFE and main signals, providing strong bass and clear high-frequency sound. * Effectiveness depends on content.

Works with Sonos: By bringing the VSX-LX505 into the Sonos eco-system with Connect or Port, you can play any music or audio source on your Sonos app. With “Volume Pass Through” mode selected at the Sonos App settings, you’ll be able to control the volume of the unit by Sonos app or by itself. Enjoy high-quality playback from the AV receiver by Sonos app, just as you would with your favourite Sonos system. Connection of maximum 3 Sonos devices is supported.

Powered Zone 2/Zone 3: With the powered feature, the VSX-LX505 can directly drive speakers in other rooms, without the need for a separate amplifier. What’s more, the dedicated DAC for Zone 2 lets you listen to all digital audio sources.

Zone B Output for Wireless Headphones: The VSX-LX505 is equipped with Zone B audio output terminals for expanding the Main Zone sound. You can listen to the sound playing in the living room via wireless headphones.

Voice Control: The VSX-LX505 works with Hey Google, so you can control playback of various music services supported by Chromecast by asking a Google Assistant enabled device to play, stop, skip, or take the volume up or down. This receiver also works with Alexa, so you can also use voice commands to control supported music services in multiple rooms* via Alexa built-in device. Thanks to both voice controls, you can easily operate and enjoy music services or Internet radio with your voice, without using a remote control or smartphone app. *Alexa multi-room music may require a firmware update.

High Quality Audio Transmit By Bluetooth Wireless Technology: The VSX-LX505 features a built-in Bluetooth receiver and transmitter. Thus, not only can you listen to the sound transmitted from your smartphone or tablet with the AV receiver, but you can also listen to the sound input to the AV receiver from Bluetooth headphones. Supporting aptX and aptX HD codecs for audio transmission, you can enjoy high-quality sound with low latency with compatible headphones.

About Pioneer

Pioneer is a Japanese multinational corporation based in Tokyo, that specializes in digital entertainment products. The company was founded by Nozomu Matsumoto in 1938 in Tokyo as a radio and speaker repair shop.

Pioneer played a role in the development of many cutting-edge technologies including interactive cable TV, the Laser Disc player, the first automotive CD player, the first detachable face car stereo, Supertuner technology, DVD and DVD recording, the first AV receiver with Dolby Digital, Plasma display and Organic LED display (OLED).

Today Pioneer is a world leader in electronics products for the car, home and business markets and continues to develop and manufactures innovative and high-tech entertainment and electronic products. Their current range of audio visual components offer fine performance combined with excellent value for money.

Our Take On The Pioneer VSX-LX505 Home Theatre Receiver

Part of Pioneer’s Elite Series, the VSX-LX505 home theatre receiver is the top of the range and features just about every bell and whistle you’re heard about and probably a few you haven’t. With 120 Watts per channel (2 channels driven), the VSX-LX505 is capable of driving a comprehensive fully immersive 3D home theatre setup to decent levels without breaking a sweat. Naturally it will handle all the latest signal technologies including HDMI 2.1 and 8K. It has Dirac Live Room Correction to improve performance in problem rooms as well as Advanced MCACC Auto Room Tuning to make sure your receiver is set up to operate at its best. A couple of nice features which are a little less common is its ability to ‘Work with Sonos’ when a Sonos Port is connected as well as Zone B output for wireless headphones. All up, this is a deserving flagship at a pretty keen price that definitely warrants your consideration.

Main Features & Specifications

  • Design: 11.2 Channel Network Home Theatre Receiver
  • Amplification
    • Amplification Channels: 9
    • Amplification Type: Direct Energy
    • 120 Watts per Channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch Driven, FTC)
    • 230 Watts per Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 10 %, 1ch Driven)
  • Audio Features
    • IMAX Enhanced
    • Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround Upmixer supports DTS Formats
    • DTS:X, DTS Neural:X Upmixer supports Dolby Formats
    • Reflex Optimiser
    • Dolby Atmos Height Virtualiser
    • Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus
    • DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES, DTS-HD Express
    • DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/2ch, 5.1ch)
    • Digital Quad-Core 32-bit DSP (Cirrus Logic) + Aureus floating-point DSP (TI)
    • 192 kHz/24-bit D/A Conversion for Hi-Res Audio
    • Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) on HDMI Out (Main)
    • Advanced MCACC Auto Room Tuning
      • Auto Phase Control Plus
      • Subwoofer EQ
      • Multi-point Standing Wave Control
    • Dirac Live Room Correction
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (2ch)
    • Advanced Surround Modes
      • Classical, Unplugged, Entertainment Show, Drama, Advanced Game, Action, Rock/Pop, Sports, Extended Stereo, Mono Music, Front Stage Surround Advance
  • Video Features
    • Support HDMI 2.1 with 8K, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), QFT (Quick Frame transport), DSC (Display Stream Compression), and QMS (Quick Media Switching) pass-through
    • Supports HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG; 8K/60p (4:2:0/10-bit), 8K/30p (4:4:4/10- bit, 4:2:2/12-bit), 4K/120p (4:4:4/10-bit, 4:2:2/12-bit), 4K60p (4:4:4/12-bit) and BT.2020 color; Deep Color™ (36-bit), "x.v.Color", LipSync, and HDCP 2.3
    • Dolby Vision Compatible
    • Ultra HD Upscaling (4K to 8K, 1080p to 8K/4K)
  • Home Network Features
    • Works with Alexa supporting multi-room music
    • Works with Hey Google and Chromecast built-in
    • DTS Play-Fi with Pioneer Music Control App supporting Hi-Res Audio Playback
    • Apple AirPlay 2 with Siri Voice Control
    • Works with Sonos supporting multiple Sonos Connect control and Volume Pass Through mode
    • Amazon Music HD, Spotify, TIDAL and Deezer Hi-Fi Music Streaming Services ready (Subscriptions required)
    • Internet Radio with TuneIn
    • Hi-Res Audio File Playback via USB/Network
    • Up to 192 kHz/24-bit ALAC (96 kHz wireless), AIFF, FLAC, WAV (RIFF) and 5.6 MHz DSD (Converted to PCM)
  • Convenience Features
    • Personal Preset
    • Dialogue Enhancement
    • Dual Band (5 GHz/2.4 GHz) Wi-Fi Built-in
    • Bluetooth Wireless Technology Transmitter/Receiver (Version: 4.2, Profile: A2DP 1.2/AVRCP 1.3, Codec: SBC/aptX/aptX HD (TX), SBC/AAC(RX)) Built-in
    • Pioneer Remote App (available for Apple & Android devices)
    • Ready for Multi-room Entertainment Control and Network Streaming
    • User-Friendly GUI with System Setup Menu
    • On-Screen Information for Audio, Video and Network
    • Web Setup
    • Auto Power Off in HDMI Standby Through
    • FM/AM Tuner 40 Presets
    • Sleep Timer
    • User-Friendly Simple Remote Control
  • Front Connections
    • HDMI: 1 In
    • USB: 1 In for USB Drive
    • MCACC/Dirac Live Setup: MIC In
    • Audio: 1 In (Mini Stereo Jack)
    • Headphones: 1 Out (Gold Plated)
  • Rear Connections
    • HDMI: 6 In (4 Assignable)
    • HDMI: 2 Out (1 for Main, 1 for Sub/Zone 2)
    • Ethernet: 1 In
    • USB: 1 In for USB Drive
    • AV (Component): 1 In (Assignable)
    • AV (Composite): 2 In (Assignable)
    • Audio: 1 In (Assignable)
    • Phono (MM): 1 In
    • Digital Coaxial: 1 In (Assignable)
    • Digital Optical: 1 In (Assignable)
    • Pre Out: Front, Centre, Surround, Surround Back, Height 1, Height 2, Subwoofer X 2
    • Zone 2 Pre/Line Out/Zone B Line Out
    • Zone 3/Height 2 Pre/Line Out
    • Speakers: 11ch Out (Front, Center, Surround, Height 1/Bi-Amp, Surround Back/Zone 3/Height 2, Zone 2)
    • IR: 1 In/1 Out
    • 12 V Trigger: 2 Out
    • RS-232C
    • Antenna Connections: FM/AM
  • General
    • Power Consumption/Standby: 850 W/0.1 W
    • Dimensions (WxHxD): 435 x 185 x 386 mm
    • Weight: 13 kg
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 2 Years

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.

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