Pioneer SC-LX701 vs Yamaha R-N602BL review

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Pioneer SC-LX701
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Yamaha R-N602BL

Having had an opportunity to test Pioneer SC-LX701 vs Yamaha R-N602BL, I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new AV receiver.

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 R-N602BL has a power of 115/8 20Hz-20KHz, 105/4 1KHz. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the SC-LX701 it is 0.08%, but for the R-N602BL it is 0.01%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the SC-LX701 received the model ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit, but the R-N602BL is equipped with Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer SC-LX701. Both Pioneer SC-LX701 and Yamaha R-N602BL 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 Yamaha R-N602BL works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz.

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 R-N602BL. 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 R-N602BL. 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
Yamaha R-N602BL

Model

SC-LX701
R-N602BL

Brand

Pioneer
Yamaha

Reviews

104
0

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

135/8 20Hz-20KHz, 185/6 1KHz
115/8 20Hz-20KHz, 105/4 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 4

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.01

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit
Burr-Brown 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
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

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, iPod, Android

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
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
2

Coaxial digital input

2
2

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
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
190

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
43.5 x 15.1 x 39.2/17.1 x 5.9 x 15.3

Weight, kg/lbs

15/33.1
9.8/21.6
Pioneer SC-LX701
Yamaha R-N602BL
Pioneer SC-LX701
Yamaha R-N602BL

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  • 8.5Pioneer SC-LX701
  • 5.8Yamaha R-N602BL

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