Pioneer SC-LX501 vs Harman Kardon AVR 1610 review

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Pioneer SC-LX501
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Harman Kardon AVR 1610

The Pioneer SC-LX501 vs Harman Kardon AVR 1610 comparison proves that these receivers have many common features.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer SC-LX501 has 7.2 versus 5.1 for Harman Kardon AVR 1610. Regarding power, then SC-LX501 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 120/8 20Hz-20KHz, 180/6 1KHz when AVR 1610 has a power of 85/8 1KHz, 85/6 1KHz. The THD is 0.08% for the SC-LX501 but 0.09% for the AVR 1610.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit for SC-LX501 and 192 KHz/24-bit for the AVR 1610. Only the SC-LX501 supports Bi-amping feature. The Pioneer SC-LX501 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver.

Video features

Only the Pioneer SC-LX501 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K 60p signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The SC-LX501 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the AVR 1610. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the SC-LX501.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer SC-LX501 has 7/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 5/1 HDMI connectors of the Harman Kardon AVR 1610.Pioneer SC-LX501 connectionsHarman Kardon AVR 1610 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the SC-LX501. The SC-LX501 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.2, versus HDCP 1.4 in the AVR 1610. The SC-LX501 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is not present in each of the AV receivers. The setup assistant will help you configure Pioneer SC-LX501.

Multichannel surround

Only the SC-LX501 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the SC-LX501.

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Common

Product

Pioneer SC-LX501
Harman Kardon AVR 1610

Model

SC-LX501
AVR 1610

Brand

Pioneer
Harman Kardon

Reviews

0
57

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

120/8 20Hz-20KHz, 180/6 1KHz
85/8 1KHz, 85/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-130KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
has not

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020
has not

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, 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
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2
5/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 1.4

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

1/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
USB, phones

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
has not

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect
has not

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

250
450

Standby consumption, W

0.15
0.5

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 18.5 x 39.5/17 x 7 x 15.4
44 x 12.1 x 30/17.3 x 4.7 x 11.8

Weight, kg/lbs

11.8/26
4.6/10
Pioneer SC-LX501
Harman Kardon AVR 1610
Pioneer SC-LX501
Harman Kardon AVR 1610

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 8.1
  • 4.5
  • 8.1Pioneer SC-LX501
  • 4.5Harman Kardon AVR 1610

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