What is better - Sony STR-DN1040 vs Pioneer SC-LX701?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 9.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the STR-DN1040 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/6 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 STR-DN1040 it is 0.09%, but for the SC-LX701 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the STR-DN1040 received the model 96 KHz/24-bit, but the SC-LX701 is equipped with ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Sony STR-DN1040 and Pioneer SC-LX701 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. The SC-LX701 has access to the Spotify service.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of the SC-LX701. 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 STR-DN1040 and the SC-LX701. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the SC-LX701.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs is the same - 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the STR-DN1040 and the SC-LX701. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. STR-DN1040 and SC-LX701 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.
Unlike the STR-DN1040 where 2 Multi zones is provided, the SC-LX701 works with 3 Multi zones. 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 Sony STR-DN1040 and the Pioneer SC-LX701 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the SC-LX701. Only in the SC-LX701 realized a DTS:X surround technology.
The Pioneer SC-LX701 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer SC-LX701 price