Pioneer debuts VSX-832 virtual Dolby Atmos AV receiver, plus Chromecast VSX-LX302 and VSX-932 5.1.2 4K AV receivers

posted on Wednesday, 26th April 2017 by Steve May

home cinema  High Res Audio  Dolby Atmos  DTS:X 


Pioneer has announced a trio of new Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled AV receivers, including a low cost 5.1 model that offers Dolby Atmos virtualization (pictured above).

Top of the line-up is the £699 VSX-LX302 (pictured below), a 7.2/5.2.2 channel model that boasts 170W per channel with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatibility.

The VSX-LX302 has six HDMI inputs, all of which support HDCP 2.2, and two HDMI outputs.  Integrated service support includes TuneIn, Spotify, TIDAL and Deezer. There’s also Chromecast built-in. This allows you to cast directly from any Chromecast enabled app on a smartphone, tablet or PC.

It also intros a new feature dubbed Reflex Optimiser, designed to eliminate phase-lag issues within Dolby Atmos elevation speakers, for better mid and high frequency performance.

VSX-932 Front

VSX-832(B) Rearpanel

Hi-Res audio includes DSD 2.8MHz/5.6MHz. For vinyl fans there’s a built-in MM phono stage. An optional USB dongle for DAB radio reception will be launched later this year. Beneath the lid is a 384 kHz/32-bit DAC produced by AKM.

There’s also Play-Fi and FireConnect wireless audio distribution, Powered Zone 2 operation (including Zone 2 digital audio outputs) and MCACC auto set-up.

The £499 VSX-932 is also a 7.2-channel design, but has a 130w p/c power plant, four HDMI inputs and one output and a single subwoofer output. It also lacks Zone 2 outputs and uses a slightly less potent DAC.

The £499 VSX-832  is a 5.1 channel, amplifier but promises Dolby Atmos support in the form of a 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos Surround Enhancer. This virtual solution uses DSP to recreate the sound that normally comes from separate Atmos speakers. It’s rated at 130w p/c.

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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