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Pioneer VSX-LX303 9.2 Receiver

I am looking for an entry level 9.2 (want to actually run 5.2.4).
Is this Pioneer unit worth trying?
https://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-L...tronics&sr=1-4

I think the only real negative for me is that is has no powered zone 2 and the subout 1 and 2 can not be independently controlled (I think both outputs have same settings).
I have a very modest setup using older polk monitors in my current 7.1 setup. I just want to experiment with atmos. Is this worth a try?
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You need to step up to the older Elite lx701 or new lx704 with mcacc pro for dual sub control. Or move over to Denon x3600/x4500 which have dual sub control and zone 2 preouts. Just add a simple $100 2 channel amp for zone 2.

Onkyo rz630 is the cousin to the lx303 but more room correction control with accueq advance, plus it can play digital/hdmi sources to zone 2. The rz730 was the best bang for the buck 9 channel receiver but it's very hard to find anymore. It can do 7.1.4, has full preouts and zone 2/3 preouts, but again cannot control dual subs.

Bet way to control dual subs is the minidsp 2x4 with umik. Otherwise if your subs can be placed equidistant to the MLP, no need for dual sub control. That is FREE!
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I have had the vsx-lx303 for about 6 months now and I think it does a great job in a 5.x.4. Pioneer uses the universal crossover, so that might be something to take into consideration- mine is set at 100hz, which works well for my sony core bookshelves. If you have towers and run them full range, or set 40hz, 60 hz crossover, the vsx-lx303 might have trouble with action movies at high volume. But, coming from a 5.1 sony str-dh550, the vsx-lx303 has been a revelation: atmos (and dts neural x upmixing) have been surprisingly great in my 7 ft tall room.
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I have had the vsx-lx303 for about 6 months now and I think it does a great job in a 5.x.4. Pioneer uses the universal crossover, so that might be something to take into consideration- mine is set at 100hz, which works well for my sony core bookshelves. If you have towers and run them full range, or set 40hz, 60 hz crossover, the vsx-lx303 might have trouble with action movies at high volume. But, coming from a 5.1 sony str-dh550, the vsx-lx303 has been a revelation: atmos (and dts neural x upmixing) have been surprisingly great in my 7 ft tall room.
Monitor 60s are my mains.
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Monitor 60s are my mains.
You should be fine with those 8 ohm 90 db sensitive polks and the vsx-lx303. If you're doing in-ceiling atmos, I've seen that most forums recommend placing the atmos speakers at least 2 ft away from side walls, so you might have to manage the atmos placement on the right side

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I have had the vsx-lx303 for about 6 months now and I think it does a great job in a 5.x.4. Pioneer uses the universal crossover, so that might be something to take into consideration- mine is set at 100hz, which works well for my sony core bookshelves. If you have towers and run them full range, or set 40hz, 60 hz crossover, the vsx-lx303 might have trouble with action movies at high volume. But, coming from a 5.1 sony str-dh550, the vsx-lx303 has been a revelation: atmos (and dts neural x upmixing) have been surprisingly great in my 7 ft tall room.
That for the pointer on the crossover. Should not be an issue for me. I crossover everything at 80 anyway.
I have Monnitor 60s front and 30's for surround. I send everything else to the subs.
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