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@sgrosz awesome and glad I was wrong! You might have just changed my mind too, keep us posted on how it sounds and using arc, setup with mcacc , etc.
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Hi all
Just upgraded my sc-91 too VSXLX503 ( well not too sure if its an 100% hardware upgrade
But im having a problem
When i play on PS4 pro HDR sometimes im getting a pink color tint screen. On the setting i put 1080p-4k conversion off so it does not upscale mixup with ps4 and my samsung SUHD JS8500 (2015) model TV.

I have the input on TV 2.2hdcp using Carbon audioquest HDMI and when i conntect the PS4 directly to the tv its fine.

Is there any other settings for me to change on the VSX?
On the old SC91 u can change the 3 HDMI inputs from 4:2:2 too 4:4:4 but this new one i cant figure out how to change it?

Could it be a setting on my sansung tv mixing with the Receiver 🥴
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Hi all
Just upgraded my sc-9 too VSXLX503 ( well not too sur eif its an 100% hardware upgrade
But im having a problem
When i play on PS4 pro HDR sometimes im getting a pink color tint screen. On the setting i put 1080p-4k conversion off so it does not upscale mixup with ps4 and my samsung SUHD JS8500 (2015) model TV.

I have the input on TV 2.2hdcp using Carbon audioquest HDMI and when i conntect the PS4 directly to the tv its fine.

Is there any other settings for me to change on the VSX?
On the old SC91 u can change the 3 HDMI inputs from 4:2:2 too 4:4:4 but this new one i cant figure out how to change it?

Could it be a setting on my sansung tv mixing with the Receiver 🥴
Thanks in advance.
I have a similar problem. When I switch from DVD player to cable box, I get the pink screen. After I turn off/on cable box it is fine. I thought it was a timing issue with my Harmony remote but since you have the same problem it might be the AVR. Do you use a universal remote?
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I have a similar problem. When I switch from DVD player to cable box, I get the pink screen. After I turn off/on cable box it is fine. I thought it was a timing issue with my Harmony remote but since you have the same problem it might be the AVR. Do you use a universal remote?
I have a Harmony Elite remote.
My Harmony Turns on the AVR & the TV then I manual set input on the receiver for the PS4 & power the PS4 on by hand.
I don't think its a harmony issue my Fire cube works good on HDR 4K
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Since the Pioneer's support the SONOS system can you use SONOS speakers to increase your stage to 7.2.4?
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Is $694 a goo9d price (from echo-and-optics) for the VSX-LX503 ?
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Is $694 a goo9d price (from echo-and-optics) for the VSX-LX503 ?

Best Buy has it on sale now for $799.99 or a open box $679.99
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Did the price drop because of some problem?



Or is it just getting close to Christmas and prices are coming down?
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Probably Black Friday & Christmas
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Anyone deal with echo-and-optics ???
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Has anyone tested out Alexa integration with this yet?

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Probably Black Friday & Christmas

Speaking of Black Friday...apparently Frys is going to have the 503 marked down to $549 on 11/22 only (with promo code of course). It says in-store only and my Frys has never had the 503 in stock as far as I've seen, only the 303. May be worth braving Frys on BF though.
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Speaking of Black Friday...apparently Frys is going to have the 503 marked down to $549 on 11/22 only (with promo code of course). It says in-store only and my Frys has never had the 503 in stock as far as I've seen, only the 303. May be worth braving Frys on BF though.
Thats a great price
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As predicted, Fry's did not have any in stock. I tried to get them to sell me the Display model but they said it would be at the non-Black-Friday price of $799. Seemed like shenanigans to me, but I supopose I didn't really expect anything different from them.
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Using external power amp with Pioneer VSX-LX503 to Bi-Amp Fronts

I know that LX503 is a 9.2 channel receiver. I was wondering if LX503 can be used in full 7.2.2 configuration, and still do bi-amping of main front channels by making use of Front pre-outs and an external power amplifier.

This is what I was thinking: First, start with configuring the LX503 for a typical 7.2.2 channel system (F-L, C, F-R, S-L, S-R, R-L, R-R, FH-L, FH-R plus two powered subs attached to two sub-pre-outs). And then...change it by powering the two front channels by routing pre-out for Front L + R to an external power amplifier, and then bi-amp the F-L and F-R speakers by making use of outputs from the external power amplifier. I have a feeling that this setup would work. Can you please confirm it?

Question-2: Further to the above: if I use an external power amplifier to drive the two main channels (i.e. Front Left and Front Right), would I still be able to take advantage of advanced functionality offered by the receiver such as Room Calibration, Standing Wave Elimination, etc.? Or, would using an external amplifier to power the two front main channels would totally mess up the sonic magic that this receiver may otherwise be able to do by controlling amplification of all 9 channels through its own circuitry? In other words, would I mess anything up (sounds effects wise--this setup is mainly for watching movies in a dedicated home theatre) by going this route?

Thanks much.
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Got the Onkyo 787 for ~500 last month. Still under BB holiday return. Thinking should I move to LX503 if i get it in another ~150 more. Other than the extra power, are there any upgrades going to LX503?

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So I just upgraded my SC-63 to the 503. So far I really like this amp. It has a much better sound and separation.

One thing I am missing though is the application I have on the SC-63. That receiver had an app that I could run on my Windows PC to configure the thing. It makes setting the input labels so much easier. Does anyone know if they plan to release an app for the newer models? I think it was one of the main things I liked about my old one. It made making changes to the setup much faster.
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So I just upgraded my SC-63 to the 503. So far I really like this amp. It has a much better sound and separation.

One thing I am missing though is the application I have on the SC-63. That receiver had an app that I could run on my Windows PC to configure the thing. It makes setting the input labels so much easier. Does anyone know if they plan to release an app for the newer models? I think it was one of the main things I liked about my old one. It made making changes to the setup much faster.
I have a app on my phone that helps configure the AVR. Is that what you are looking for?

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I have the phone app but it does not do as much as the Windows app that I had for the SC-63.
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Going to be a new LX503 owner shortly.
One of the guys mentioned that there is no way to set the crossover frequency for individual channels on this unit. Is that right?
That seems like a big shortcoming I would think. On my current receiver I set my fronts and surrounds to about 60hz while I set my atmos to about 100hz since they don't go that low.

Can one of the owners on this forum confirm?


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Going to be a new LX503 owner shortly.
One of the guys mentioned that there is no way to set the crossover frequency for individual channels on this unit. Is that right?
That seems like a big shortcoming I would think. On my current receiver I set my fronts and surrounds to about 60hz while I set my atmos to about 100hz since they don't go that low.

Can one of the owners on this forum confirm?


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Curious about this as well. I'm thinking about getting this at the current $548.
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Picked one from Frys yesterday for excellent price($548 on sale)). I compared it to Onkyo RZ830, seems to be exactly same from power consumption to features to back panel.

Did not set it up yet, but tried streaming some music via Bluetooth. Ran in to few issue, Bluetooth connection itself is not a problem, but weird artifacts, like there is gap in playback and suddenly it plays veryfast trying to catch up. Eventually it stabilizes, but there is too much delay from source to playback, not in milliseconds, more like 4-5 seconds delay.

I have poineer 530 downstairs for living room use and it does not have any issue like this for Bluetooth streaming. Did anyone ran into this issue? Any suggestions?

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Going to be a new LX503 owner shortly.
One of the guys mentioned that there is no way to set the crossover frequency for individual channels on this unit. Is that right?
That seems like a big shortcoming I would think. On my current receiver I set my fronts and surrounds to about 60hz while I set my atmos to about 100hz since they don't go that low.

Can one of the owners on this forum confirm?


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That is correct. I played with it a little bit yesterday. There is no way to set different cross-overs for different speakers. You have an option to select Small/Large for each set like front/center/surround etc. If you set as small, the cross over will apply to that set of speakers. But that cross over is common across all speakers set to size small.

That is big bummer, generally I set fronts to 80, and surrounds to 100. This is first receiver in recent years which does not have different cross-overs(have been using Denon, Onkyo with different levels of Audyssey from Mult-EQ XT and XT 32).

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Yea my store in Roseville has one and I almost pulled the trigger yesterday. Thank God I didn't, that problem is a function of mcacc and cannot be changed. It was addressed by David Susilo in his review below. Looks like I am back to the Denon x3400h with audyssey xt32.

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That is correct. I played with it a little bit yesterday. There is no way to set different cross-overs for different speakers. You have an option to select Small/Large for each set like front/center/surround etc. If you set as small, the cross over will apply to that set of speakers. But that cross over is common across all speakers set to size small.

That is big bummer, generally I set fronts to 80, and surrounds to 100. This is first receiver in recent years which does not have different cross-overs(have been using Denon, Onkyo with different levels of Audyssey from Mult-EQ XT and XT 32).
Oh man.. I was hoping I would hear something good. I was so excited to move to the 503 from my NR787 that I bought a month ago. Thought it would be a decent upgrade for $50 more plus will get a 3 yr warranty as well.
Now I am thinking should I stay with NR787 just for this reason??

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That is correct. I played with it a little bit yesterday. There is no way to set different cross-overs for different speakers. You have an option to select Small/Large for each set like front/center/surround etc. If you set as small, the cross over will apply to that set of speakers. But that cross over is common across all speakers set to size small.

That is big bummer, generally I set fronts to 80, and surrounds to 100. This is first receiver in recent years which does not have different cross-overs(have been using Denon, Onkyo with different levels of Audyssey from Mult-EQ XT and XT 32).
Can you tell me how big a deal this would be to me (a non-audiophile) with a beginner 5.2.4 atmos setup?
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There are others on here much more educated than myself, but I think that as long as you have atmos and surround speakers large enough to be crossed at 80hz, you will be fine. For example, 8in woofer on the atmos speakers (Micca m-8s) and 6.5in woofer on the surrounds (most bookshelf speakers).

My issue is my in-ceiling atmos speakers are 6.5in woofer and my surrounds are old small Boston micro 110x which probably cant play below 200hz so I am stuck.

All of this aside, the receiver gets damn good reviews for its power and the video scaling is supposed to be amazing too.
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There are others on here much more educated than myself, but I think that as long as you have atmos and surround speakers large enough to be crossed at 80hz, you will be fine. For example, 8in woofer on the atmos speakers (Micca m-8s) and 6.5in woofer on the surrounds (most bookshelf speakers).

My issue is my in-ceiling atmos speakers are 6.5in woofer and my surrounds are old small Boston micro 110x which probably cant play below 200hz so I am stuck.

All of this aside, the receiver gets damn good reviews for its power and the video scaling is supposed to be amazing too.
These are my in ceiling atmos speakers: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sonance...?skuId=5852330

Looks like they can handle 80htz no problem.

For surrounds, I was thinking Polk T15's, so I think those can handle 80htz as well.


Edit: someone over on slickdeals pointed out this review on Amazon:

"SECOND, setting the satellites to either LARGE or SMALL (the latter to keep low bass from overwhelming small woofers) was weird. With the VSX-1122 you would tell it (using the on-screen prompts) if your satellites had large or small woofers, and then run the program - with the unit behaving accordingly. However, the VSX-LX503 does the EQ with no such preparation. Once complete, a check of the result showed that it treated all of my speakers as large (even the small surrounds) and THEN I was given the option of choosing the size of the speakers. It then made follow-up adjustments for subwoofer usage and the crossover frequency, with the three significant options being 50, 80, and 100 Hz. I chose 80 Hz, which works best with the small woofer in my nine satellite speakers."

So, it looks like the crossovers can be adjusted?
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Yea those should work fine then.

Well need more input from @chinna_n since I do not own one and can only speculate.
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The issue is you cannot pick separate crossovers for each channel.

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