Pioneer SC-LX701 vs Harman Kardon HK 3700 review

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Pioneer SC-LX701
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Harman Kardon HK 3700

Pioneer SC-LX701 vs Harman Kardon HK 3700 – that is a question.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 9.2 versus 2.0, 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 HK 3700 has a power of 85/8 20Hz-20KHz. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the SC-LX701 it is 0.08%, but for the HK 3700 it is 0.07%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the SC-LX701 received the model ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit, but the HK 3700 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer SC-LX701. The model SC-LX701 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The SC-LX701 has access to the Spotify service. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Pioneer SC-LX701 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, but the Harman Kardon HK 3700 works with vTuner.

Video features

Support for the HDR function can only boast of the SC-LX701. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode can provide only the SC-LX701. Video scaling is only possible with the SC-LX701. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the SC-LX701. HDMI Audio Return Channel is only available on Pioneer SC-LX701. HDMI eARC is not supported by the SC-LX701 and the HK 3700. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Pioneer SC-LX701 has HDMI CEC. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in neither AV receiver. The Pioneer SC-LX701 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the SC-LX701. Only in the SC-LX701 realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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Common

Product

Pioneer SC-LX701
Harman Kardon HK 3700

Model

SC-LX701
HK 3700

Brand

Pioneer
Harman Kardon

Reviews

104
53

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

135/8 20Hz-20KHz, 185/6 1KHz
85/8 20Hz-20KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8

Frequency response

10Hz-130KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.07

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC Pro

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

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
vTuner

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

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, 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

Other additional features

IP Control
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/2
0/0

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

3
0

Coaxial digital input

2
0

Composite input

2
0

Component input/output

2/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
USB, phones

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
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)

2/1
1/1

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

310
310

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 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3
44 x 12.1 x 30/17.3 x 4.7 x 11.8

Weight, kg/lbs

15/33.1
6/13.2
Pioneer SC-LX701
Harman Kardon HK 3700
Pioneer SC-LX701
Harman Kardon HK 3700

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  • 8.5Pioneer SC-LX701
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