What is better - Pioneer VSX-S520 vs Pioneer SC-LX701?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 9.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the VSX-S520 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 50/4 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 VSX-S520 it is 0.09%, but for the SC-LX701 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-S520 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the SC-LX701 is equipped with ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer SC-LX701. Both Pioneer VSX-S520 and Pioneer SC-LX701 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. 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 VSX-S520 works with Deezer, TIDAL, TuneIn Radio, but the Pioneer SC-LX701 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. 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 VSX-S520 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 VSX-S520 has 4/1, and the SC-LX701 has 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-S520 and the SC-LX701. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. VSX-S520 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. 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 Pioneer VSX-S520 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 Pioneer SC-LX701 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer SC-LX701 price