Pioneer SC-LX501 vs Marantz SR8015 review

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Pioneer SC-LX501 vs Marantz SR8015 review

Pioneer SC-LX501
vs
Marantz SR8015

The Pioneer SC-LX501 vs Marantz SR8015 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 11.2 for Marantz SR8015. Regarding power, then SC-LX501 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 120/8, 180/6 when SR8015 has a power of 140/8, 175/6. The THD is 0.08% for the SC-LX501 but 0.05% for the SR8015. Both the SC-LX501 and the SR8015 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 SR8015 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud. 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 8/3 HDMI connectors of the Marantz SR8015.Pioneer SC-LX501 connectionsMarantz SR8015 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the SR8015. 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 SR8015. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

The SC-LX501 supports 2 Multi-room zones, versus 3 for the SR8015. An ECO mode is only available for the SR8015. Both SC-LX501 and SR8015 can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.

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General

Item

Pioneer SC-LX501
Marantz SR8015

Model

SC-LX501
SR8015

Brand

Pioneer
Marantz

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
11.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

120/8, 180/6
140/8, 175/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.05

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
Audyssey MultEQ XT32

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LF, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio

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, Napster, SoundCloud

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2
8/3

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
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
2

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

2
5

Component input/output

1/0
3/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020
HLG, BT.2020, Dynamic HDR

Additional features

Voice control

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
IP Control, Web Control, RS-232 Control, App Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect
Marantz 2016 AVR Remote, HEOS App

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

2
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

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
780

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 17.7 x 43.1/17.3 x 7.3 x 17.7

Weight, kg/lbs

11.8/26
17.2/38.4

Other

Release year

2016
2020
Pioneer SC-LX501
Marantz SR8015
Pioneer SC-LX501
Marantz SR8015

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 8.1
  • 9.8
  • 8.1Pioneer SC-LX501
  • 9.8Marantz SR8015

The Marantz SR8015 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Marantz SR8015 price