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Pioneer VSX-LX305 Elite 9.2-Channel Network AV Receiver EXPIRED

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Woot.com has Pioneer VSX-LX305 Elite 9.2-Channel Network AV Receiver on sale for $849.99. Shipping is free w/ Amazon Prime or is otherwise a flat $6 per order.

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Product Features (see the manufacturer spec page for more):
  • Dirac Live Room Correction
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Ultimate 4K Gaming Experience
  • Imax Enhanced
  • Discrete HDMI Zone 2 Switching
  • 100 Watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2-channel driven )
  • Subwoofer 2 Pre Out
  • Bi-directional Bluetooth with aptX HD
  • Built-in music streaming including Spotify and Tidal
  • Works with Sonos Certified
  • Immersive sound from your TV apps
  • Advanced MCACC
  • Roon Tested
  • DTS Play-Fi
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Dirac Live Room Correction
HDMI 2.1
Ultimate 4K Gaming Experience
Imax Enhanced
Discrete HDMI Zone 2 Switching
100 Watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2-channel driven )
Subwoofer 2 Pre Out
Bi-directional Bluetooth with aptX HD
Built-in music streaming including Spotify and Tidal
Works with Sonos Certified
Immersive sound from your TV apps
Advanced MCACC
Roon Tested
DTS Play-Fi

https://electronics.woot.com/offe...receiver-1
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hajalie24 asked this question on 08-16-2022 at 10:34 AM
08-16-2022 at 10:34 AM
Yes. I have a PS5 and XSX running through this. Both at 120
sundown asked this question on 08-16-2022 at 10:39 AM
08-16-2022 at 10:39 AM
Yes. See full spec here
https://www.pioneerhomeusa.com/product/vsx-lx305-av-receiver/

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Great review supposed to be a great receiver...... This deal looks legit.

Despite not needing one yet. Do I jump on this upgrade to my system? Damn u SD.

Thanks OP.

https://youtu.be/_fQl-HQXgss
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From quickly going through the specs, the receiver isn't capable of doing 7.1.4 with an external amp, correct? It doesn't have pre out for 11 channels?
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dang, still stuck at 9.2 receivers? was hoping the 13.2 would go mainstream.
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I got one of these a while back (after waiting for months on a waitlist for the Onkyo NZ50). It was a bit of a disappointment and I ended up returning it.

First, the audio levels/volume were super low compared to the Sony STR-DN1080 it was replacing. I don't know if my unit was bad, but it was really low. The Sony outputs 165W/ch, while the Pioneer outputs 100W/ch. I was cranking the volume to >50%, while the Sony never got past 20%.

Then there's the vocals loss on the Auto preset. It has a few presets for dolby (auto, action, game, etc). On auto the center channel audio was lost. You could switch to any other preset and vocals worked fine, but that's a sign it was undercooked. There's a guy complaining about this in the TX-NR7100 reviews on Amazon, so it looks like an issue they both share. I think Andrew Robinson might have mentioned this in the Pioneer or Onkyo reviews he did in December.

Finally, in the 3 weeks I had it, it shut down while I was gaming multiple times, shutting the TV and console down with it. Super annoying, and I never managed to figure out what was triggering it.

I submitted an RMA to Pioneer, and they wanted me to talk on the phone with one of their guys. A waste of time, since I couldn't reproduce the shutdown issue on demand. I declined, and they made pay for shipping the unit back because — if I didn't debug it with them — it counted as "changing my mind".
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Does 4k 120hz actually work on this?
Yes. I have a PS5 and XSX running through this. Both at 120
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Deal is deal/sold out
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This is BRAND NEW not refurbished. It is new and comes with 3 year Pioneer warranty (Linked directly on the woot page for this item).
https://www.pioneerhomeusa.com/warranty/

Refurbs only have 1 year warranty (See link above).
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If you don't need object based codecs I would suggest looking for a used receiver, you can get what you are looking for much less.
The faster HDMI board is primarily what I'm after. Something that can support Dolby Vision. It seems like anything that has the right speeds and has pre-outs are $1000 and up.
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dang, still stuck at 9.2 receivers? was hoping the 13.2 would go mainstream.
Very unlikely, a proper 13.2 setup in the average home is not very feasible.
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I got one of these a while back (after waiting for months on a waitlist for the Onkyo NZ50). It was a bit of a disappointment and I ended up returning it.

First, the audio levels/volume were super low compared to the Sony STR-DN1080 it was replacing. I don't know if my unit was bad, but it was really low. The Sony outputs 165W/ch, while the Pioneer outputs 100W/ch. I was cranking the volume to >50%, while the Sony never got past 20%.

Then there's the vocals loss on the Auto preset. It has a few presets for dolby (auto, action, game, etc). On auto the center channel audio was lost. You could switch to any other preset and vocals worked fine, but that's a sign it was undercooked. There's a guy complaining about this in the TX-NR7100 reviews on Amazon, so it looks like an issue they both share. I think Andrew Robinson might have mentioned this in the Pioneer or Onkyo reviews he did in December.

Finally, in the 3 weeks I had it, it shut down while I was gaming multiple times, shutting the TV and console down with it. Super annoying, and I never managed to figure out what was triggering it.

I submitted an RMA to Pioneer, and they wanted me to talk on the phone with one of their guys. A waste of time, since I couldn't reproduce the shutdown issue on demand. I declined, and they made pay for shipping the unit back because — if I didn't debug it with them — it counted as "changing my mind".
Out of curiosity which RC did you use and what make & model are your speakers?
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The faster HDMI board is primarily what I'm after. Something that can support Dolby Vision. It seems like anything that has the right speeds and has pre-outs are $1000 and up.
Unfortunately needing the faster HDMI is gonna cost you, no real way around that sorry.
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Unfortunately needing the faster HDMI is gonna cost you, no real way around that sorry.
No need to be sorry. Always good to explore options.
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Out of curiosity which RC did you use and what make & model are your speakers?
Assuming by RC you mean the remote control: I was using a combination of the stock remote, the iOS app (mostly for calibration) and my Harmony hub.

The speaker setup was: 2x Jamo S809 (front), 1x Polk S35 (center), 2x Polk S10 (rears), 2x Polk RC60i (ceiling), 1x Klipsch R-12SW (sub). I also tried my older Polk T50s, to see if the levels improved.

(Nothing fancy. I'm cheap.)
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Assuming by RC you mean the remote control: I was using a combination of the stock remote, the iOS app (mostly for calibration) and my Harmony hub.

The speaker setup was: 2x Jamo S809 (front), 1x Polk S35 (center), 2x Polk S10 (rears), 2x Polk RC60i (ceiling), 1x Klipsch R-12SW (sub). I also tried my older Polk T50s, to see if the levels improved.

(Nothing fancy. I'm cheap.)
Sorry I meant Room Correction.
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Sorry I meant Room Correction.
Oh. I think it's called Dirac Live. I did the one that took like 10 different measurements.

I also tried Pioneer's own, which is also included but supposedly inferior.

Neither of them did much for the volume levels, and I'm not super attuned to small changes in sound signatures.

I stuck with Dirac for the most part because it was the one being name-checked by most reviewers.
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