Yamaha RX-A780 vs Pioneer SC-LX701 review

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Yamaha RX-A780
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Pioneer SC-LX701

What is better - Yamaha RX-A780 vs Pioneer SC-LX701?

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 9.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-A780 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 95/8 20Hz-20KHz, 160/4 1KHz, while the SC-LX701 has a power of 135/8 20Hz-20KHz, 185/6 1KHz. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-A780 it is 0.06%, but for the SC-LX701 it is 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-A780 received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the SC-LX701 is equipped with ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-A780 and Pioneer SC-LX701 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay, AirPlay 2 versus AirPlay respectively. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Yamaha RX-A780 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz, but the Pioneer SC-LX701 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio. 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 RX-A780 and the SC-LX701. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the RX-A780 has 7/2, and the SC-LX701 has 8/2.Yamaha RX-A780 connectionsPioneer SC-LX701 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-A780. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The RX-A780 has support for the standard HDCP 2.3, compared to the SC-LX701, which supports the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Unlike the RX-A780 where 2 Multi zones is provided, the SC-LX701 works with 3 Multi zones. There is an ECO mode in RX-A780. The Yamaha RX-A780 and the Pioneer SC-LX701 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

Yamaha RX-A780
Pioneer SC-LX701

Model

RX-A780
SC-LX701

Brand

Yamaha
Pioneer

Reviews

52
104

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

95/8 20Hz-20KHz, 160/4 1KHz
135/8 20Hz-20KHz, 185/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 4
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.06
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit
ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

YPAO
MCACC Pro

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

iPhone, 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

has not
IP Control

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2
8/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
3

Coaxial digital input

2
2

Composite input

1
2

Component input/output

1/0
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

MusicCast
Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
2/1

DC trigger output (12V)

1
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

400
310

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.1 x 38/17 x 6.7 x 14.9
43.5 x 18.5 x 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3

Weight, kg/lbs

11/23.4
15/33.1
Yamaha RX-A780
Pioneer SC-LX701
Yamaha RX-A780
Pioneer SC-LX701

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 8.2
  • 8.5
  • 8.2Yamaha RX-A780
  • 8.5Pioneer SC-LX701

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