What is better - Onkyo TX-NR797 vs Pioneer SC-LX701?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the TX-NR797 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 220/6 1KHz, while the SC-LX701 has a power of 135/8 20Hz-20KHz, 185/6 1KHz. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the TX-NR797 received the model AK4458 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 Onkyo TX-NR797 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. 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. Most popular streaming services are available for our models under consideration - 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 TX-NR797 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.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the TX-NR797 has 7/2, and the SC-LX701 has 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the TX-NR797 and the SC-LX701. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. TX-NR797 and SC-LX701 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Ability to create 3 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. There is an ECO mode in neither AV receiver. The Onkyo TX-NR797 and the Pioneer SC-LX701 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.
The Onkyo TX-NR797 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Onkyo TX-NR797 price