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Pioneer Unveils New Flagship Elite VSX-LX805 A/V Receiver

Pioneer Elite is back and this A/V receiver packs in everything that you need for your home theater setup.

2023 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 A/V Receiver
2023 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 A/V Receiver

Pioneer has released its latest flagship A/V receiver for home theater, the Elite VSX-LX805. It has a comprehensive feature set starting with a chassis that incorporates extruded anti-resonant Aluminium heat sinks, high-grade 18,000uf rated capacitors, and an audio signal path for optimum noise reduction and signal clarity, with support from 32-bit ESS ES9026PRO Hyperstream® audiophile DACs

The Elite VSX-LX805 can also integrate into a custom install environment with  Control4, Crestron, Savant, URC, Elan, and RTI control systems. 

With 11 channels of amplification and two subwoofer outputs, the VSX-LX805 supports up to a 7.2.4-channel home theater speaker setup. Two additional wired zone outputs are also provided that support Zone 2 and Zone 3 controllable two-channel stereo setups. 

2023 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 A/V Receiver Inside

The VSX-LX805 also has Dirac Live room correction built-in (License included). This allows users to fine-tune speakers to more accurately match room acoustics. Room Correction Setup can be done via the Dirac PC/MAC app and optional USB mic (Advanced), or the more basic MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System) room correction option. 

Tip: Dirac Live requires a network/internet connection whereas MCACC can be performed without a network/internet connection. Dirac Live Bass Control is available (single or multi) as an optional user setup upgrade.

2023 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 A/V Receiver Front

Additional Features

Here are details on some of the additional features and specifications of the VSX-LX805.

  • Wireless Music Streaming: Apple Music, Amazon HD, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Tune-In, Roon Ready.

Tip: Dolby Atmos music is available from Apple Music, and will be available soon from Amazon Music and TIDAL.

  • Remote Control: A wireless handheld remote is provided.
  • Voice Control: Alexa Built-in, Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Josh AI (this option needs to be installed professionally)
  • Smartphone App Control: iOS, Android
  • Additional Control: 12-volt trigger (2), wired remote sensor (in/out), RS232C, IP Control 
2023 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 A/V Receiver Rear

Connectivity

  • Wireless: Bluetooth (AptX HD), AirPlay 2, Chromecast Built-in Wi-Fi (Wired Ethernet is also included if needed).
  • Wired Inputs: HDMI  (6 rear/1 front), Analog (5 plus 1 x XLR), Phono (MM-1), Digital Optical (3), Digital Coaxial (2), USB (1 1 Rear)
  • Wired Outputs: HDMI (3), Multichannel Pre-out (11), Subwoofer (2), XLR pre-out options for left and right front channels.
  • Speaker Connections: 15 Pairs of speaker terminals (one pair for each amplified channel).
2023 Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 A/V Receiver Angle

Dimensions and Weight

  • Dimensions (WHD): TBA
  • Weight: TBA

Pricing & Availability

The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 is available from Spring 2023 for $2,999 at Amazon and through authorized dealers. Optional Dirac Live Bass Control costs extra at:

  • One Subwoofer: $349.00
  • Multiple Subwoofers: $499.00 (when buying the multiple subwoofer option outright) or $169.00 (when upgrading from the One Subwoofer version to the multiple subwoofer version)

Competition

Integra DRX-8.4 A/V Receiver Front
Integra DRX-8.4 A/V Receiver

Just two weeks ago, Integra announced its flagship DRX-8.4 AVR, which has almost identical features except for the differences outlined in the table below. Other competitors include the Denon AVR-X4800H and Marantz Cinema 50, which are each $2,500.

Brand/ModelPioneer VSX-LX805Integra DRX-8.4
Flip Down Front PanelYesNo
Balanced Audio Outputs2 (L, R)5 (L, C, R, SW 1, SW2)
Onboard Diagnostic Tool Kit
(EDID, HDCP, Test Patterns)
Not IndicatedYes
DTS Play-FiYesNo
Subwoofer Outputs 2 (parallel)4 (2 independent/2 parallel)
Price$2,999.00$3,200.00
Premium Audio Company Logos

Tip: The Pioneer and Integra brands are both a part of the Premium Audio Company, which in turn is owned by VOXX International.

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  1. Truther

    March 14, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    Why did they switch from Class D to Class AB? Pioneer had potential for something high end on their hands, it was what they were known for.

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