Pioneer supports IMAX Enhanced with VSX-LX504 and VSX-LX304 AV receivers

posted on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 by Steve May

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Pioneer is the latest brand to join the IMAX Enhanced initiative, announcing its first AV receivers and a home theatre package compatible with the new quality and performance standard.

The VSX-LX504 and VSX-LX304 are both nine channel Dolby Atmos models with DTS:X decoding optimises for IMAX Enhanced software. They’ll be joined by the HTP-076 Home Theatre package.

Software, be it on disc or from a streaming service, featuring a proprietary IMAX audio mix will be played back “as the filmmakers originally intended but tailored for a home environment,” it says.

Both models sport seven HDMI Inputs with two outputs, with HDCP 2.2, 4K / 60 Hz, Dolby Vision, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and WCG (Wide Color Gamut) support. Quoted power output is 215W per channel and 185W per channel (into 6 Ohms), for the VCX-LX504 and VSX-LX304 respectively..

The receivers also offer multi-zone support, with new Powered Zone 2 and Zone 3 outputs. Zone 2 Pre-amp outputs have also been added for those who wish to add a dedicated amplifier in Zone 2. These Zone 2 Pre-amp outputs can also be re-configured as Zone B Line outputs, to extend the sound playing in Zone A (the Main Zone) to another location or to a set of wireless headphones.

Room EQ is carried out using the brand’s Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC), which adjusts speaker size, level and distance, reducing standing waves, and matches the phase of LFE to other channels.

Wireless connectivity includes Chromecast built-in, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, DTS Play-Fi, Wi-Fi and FlareConnect, a wireless protocol which mirrors any audio source connected to the receiver on compatible speakers in other rooms. Custom integration features include IR-in, 12v Trigger ou and RS-232c.

The HTP-076 is a 5.1 channel Bluetooth home theatre package, but still supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in a 3.1.2 channel configuration. Power output is rated at 150W per channel (into 6 ohms). The system uses Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer and DTS Virtual:X to create a ‘virtual’ height channel.

Connectivity includes four HDMI inputs, with one output, with HDCP 2.2, 4K / 60 Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and WCG (Wide Color Gamut) .

The VSX-LX504 is priced at £1200, available in black or silver finishes from May. The VSX-LX304 is available for £900. The all-in-one system will retail for £500.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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