Denon AVR-S970H vs Pioneer VSA-LX805 review

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Denon AVR-S970H vs Pioneer VSA-LX805 review

Denon AVR-S970H
vs
Pioneer VSA-LX805

It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Denon AVR-S970H vs Pioneer VSA-LX805.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 11.4, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-S970H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 90/8, 125/6, while the VSA-LX805 has a power of 150/8. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-S970H received the model 192 KHz/32-bit, but the VSA-LX805 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Denon AVR-S970H and Pioneer VSA-LX805 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. Most popular streaming services are available for our models under consideration - Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix.

Video features

The HDR10+ function is present in each of the rivals. The quality of 4K/120Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the AVR-S970H and the VSA-LX805. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-S970H has 6/2, and the VSA-LX805 has 7/3.Denon AVR-S970H connectionsPioneer VSA-LX805 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the AVR-S970H and the VSA-LX805. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-S970H and VSA-LX805 support the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Unlike the AVR-S970H where 2 Multi zones is provided, the VSA-LX805 works with 3 Multi zones. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Denon AVR-S970H and the Pioneer VSA-LX805 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.

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General

Item

Denon AVR-S970H
Pioneer VSA-LX805

Model

AVR-S970H
VSA-LX805

Brand

Denon
Pioneer

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
11.4

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

90/8, 125/6
150/8

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic LFC, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio
Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Dirac Live Room Correction

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

2 (USB 2.0)
2 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/2
7/3

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
4

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
3

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

0
0

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10+
HDR10+

4K signal pass-through

4K/120Hz
4K/120Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz
8K/60Hz

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI
analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync
Variable Refresh Rate, Auto Low Latency Mode

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control, Web Control, App Control, RS232 Control
IP Control, Web Control, App Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
3

Zone audio output

speaker
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote
Pioneer Control App

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DSD, LPCM

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF, DSD
AIFF, DSD

Power

Operational power consumption, W

500
1095

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.3 x 34 x 16.7/17.1 x 13.4 x 6.6
17.2 x 7.5 x 18.7 / 43.5 x 20.1 x 48

Weight, kg/lbs

9.5/21
21.5/47.4

Other

Release year

2022
2023
Denon AVR-S970H
Pioneer VSA-LX805
Denon AVR-S970H
Pioneer VSA-LX805

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  • 8.3Denon AVR-S970H
  • 9.5Pioneer VSA-LX805