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 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.
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.