Pioneer SC-LX801 vs Pioneer Elite SC-87 review

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Pioneer SC-LX801
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Pioneer Elite SC-87

The Pioneer SC-LX801 vs Pioneer Elite SC-87 comparison proves that these receivers have many common features.

Amplifier

Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 9.2. Regarding power, then SC-LX801 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz, 255/4 1KHz when Elite SC-87 has a power of 140/8 1KHz, 190/6 1KHz, 240/4 1KHz. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit for SC-LX801 and ESS SABRE 192KHz/32-bit for the Elite SC-87. Both the SC-LX801 and the Elite SC-87 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-LX801 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, and the Elite SC-87 can receive a content from Pandora. 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. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the SC-LX801.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer SC-LX801 has 8/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/3 HDMI connectors of the Pioneer Elite SC-87.Pioneer SC-LX801 connectionsPioneer Elite SC-87 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the SC-LX801. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Each of the AV receivers from our review supports 3 Multi-room zones. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the Elite SC-87. Both SC-LX801 and Elite SC-87 can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the SC-LX801.

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Common

Product

Pioneer SC-LX801
Pioneer Elite SC-87

Model

SC-LX801
Elite SC-87

Brand

Pioneer
Pioneer

Reviews

104
68

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz, 255/4 1KHz
140/8 1KHz, 190/6 1KHz, 240/4 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6, 4
8, 6, 4

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit
ESS SABRE 192KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC Pro
MCACC Pro

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora
Pandora

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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color
x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, Android

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

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

IP Control
IP Control

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/2
8/3

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

3
2

Coaxial digital input

2
2

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

2/1
2/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App, iControlAV5, FlareConnect
iControlAV5

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

2/1
2/1

DC trigger output (12V)

2
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

320
370

Standby consumption, W

0.15
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 18.5 x 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3
43.5 x 18.5 x 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3

Weight, kg/lbs

17.9/39.5
17.5/38.6
Pioneer SC-LX801
Pioneer Elite SC-87
Pioneer SC-LX801
Pioneer Elite SC-87

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
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  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8.4Pioneer SC-LX801
  • 8.2Pioneer Elite SC-87

The Pioneer SC-LX801 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer SC-LX801 price