Pioneer SC-LX501 vs Yamaha RX-V4A review

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Pioneer SC-LX501 vs Yamaha RX-V4A review

Pioneer SC-LX501
vs
Yamaha RX-V4A

Pioneer SC-LX501 vs Yamaha RX-V4A comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer SC-LX501 has 7.2 versus 5.2 for Yamaha RX-V4A. Regarding power, then SC-LX501 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 120/8, 180/6 when RX-V4A has a power of 80/6. The THD is 0.08% for the SC-LX501 but 0.06% for the RX-V4A. Both the SC-LX501 and the RX-V4A support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

WI-FI modules have the same characteristics: 2.4/5GHz. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Pioneer SC-LX501 has support for AirPlay, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The SC-LX501 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, and the RX-V4A can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer SC-LX501 has 7/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Yamaha RX-V4A.Pioneer SC-LX501 connectionsYamaha RX-V4A connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the RX-V4A. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The SC-LX501 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.2, versus HDCP 2.3 in the RX-V4A. The SC-LX501 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the RX-V4A. Both SC-LX501 and RX-V4A can be configured using the Setup assistant.

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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General

Item

Pioneer SC-LX501
Yamaha RX-V4A

Model

SC-LX501
RX-V4A

Brand

Pioneer
Yamaha

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

120/8, 180/6
80/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.06

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever
CINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
0

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
0

Component input/output

1/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/120Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz

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
x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

App control

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

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
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
App Control

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
MusicCast

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS Neo:X
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
AIFF, DSD

Power

Operational power consumption, W

250
260

Standby consumption, W

0.15
0.1

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
43.1 x 15.2 x 35.5/17.1 x 6.7 x 14.8

Weight, kg/lbs

11.8/26
8.6/19.4

Other

Release year

2016
2020
Pioneer SC-LX501
Yamaha RX-V4A
Pioneer SC-LX501
Yamaha RX-V4A

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.1
  • 6.5
  • 8.1Pioneer SC-LX501
  • 6.5Yamaha RX-V4A

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