An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Pioneer SC-LX701 vs Yamaha RX-A870BL comparison definitely makes sense.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer SC-LX701 has 9.2 versus 7.2 for Yamaha RX-A870BL. Regarding power, then SC-LX701 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 135/8 20Hz-20KHz, 185/6 1KHz when RX-A870BL has a power of 100/8 20Hz-20KHz. The THD is 0.08% for the SC-LX701 but 0.06% for the RX-A870BL.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit for SC-LX701 and Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit for the RX-A870BL. Both the SC-LX701 and the RX-A870BL support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The SC-LX701 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, and the RX-A870BL can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM. Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K 60p signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. 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.
Each receiver has 8/2 HDMI inputs/outputs. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
The SC-LX701 supports 3 Multi-room zones, versus 2 for the RX-A870BL. An ECO mode is only available for the RX-A870BL. Both SC-LX701 and RX-A870BL can be configured using the Setup assistant.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.
The Pioneer SC-LX701 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer SC-LX701 price