Pioneer SC-LX701 vs Denon AVR-S720W review

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Pioneer SC-LX701
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Denon AVR-S720W

What is better - Pioneer SC-LX701 vs Denon AVR-S720W?

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 9.2 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the SC-LX701 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 135/8 20Hz-20KHz, 185/6 1KHz, while the AVR-S720W has a power of 75/8 20Hz-20KHz, 110/6 1KHz. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the SC-LX701 received the model ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit, but the AVR-S720W is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer SC-LX701. Both Pioneer SC-LX701 and Denon AVR-S720W can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Pioneer SC-LX701 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, but the Denon AVR-S720W works with Pandora, SiriusXM.

Video features

Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. The quality of 4K 60p 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 SC-LX701 and the AVR-S720W. Video scaling is only possible with the SC-LX701. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the SC-LX701.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the SC-LX701 has 8/2, and the AVR-S720W has 6/1.Pioneer SC-LX701 connectionsDenon AVR-S720W connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the SC-LX701 and the AVR-S720W. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. SC-LX701 and AVR-S720W support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer SC-LX701.

Additional features

Unlike the SC-LX701 where 3 Multi zones is provided, the AVR-S720W works with 2 Multi zones. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in AVR-S720W. The Pioneer SC-LX701 and the Denon AVR-S720W 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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Common

Product

Pioneer SC-LX701
Denon AVR-S720W

Model

SC-LX701
AVR-S720W

Brand

Pioneer
Denon

Reviews

104
178

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

135/8 20Hz-20KHz, 185/6 1KHz
75/8 20Hz-20KHz, 110/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC Pro
Audyssey MultEQ

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
Pandora, SiriusXM

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
x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

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

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/2
6/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

3
2

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

2/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

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

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

2/1
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

310
400

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 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3
43.1 x 12.7 x 33/17.1 x 5.9 x 13.3

Weight, kg/lbs

15/33.1
8.1/18.7
Pioneer SC-LX701
Denon AVR-S720W
Pioneer SC-LX701
Denon AVR-S720W

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 8.5
  • 6.6
  • 8.5Pioneer SC-LX701
  • 6.6Denon AVR-S720W

The Pioneer SC-LX701 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer SC-LX701 price