Sony STRZA5000ES vs Pioneer SC-LX801 review

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Sony STRZA5000ES
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Pioneer SC-LX801

The Sony STRZA5000ES vs Pioneer SC-LX801 comparison proves that these receivers have many common features.

Amplifier

Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 9.2. Regarding power, then STRZA5000ES has such a W/Ohm ratio - 130/8 1KHz when SC-LX801 has a power of 140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz, 255/4 1KHz. The THD is 0.09% for the STRZA5000ES but 0.08% for the SC-LX801. Both the STRZA5000ES and the SC-LX801 support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only the SC-LX801 has Bluetooth support. Only the SC-LX801 supports Spotify.

Video features

Both AV receivers support HDR10 technology (High dynamic range). 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.

Extensive connections

The Sony STRZA5000ES has 6/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/2 HDMI connectors of the Pioneer SC-LX801.Sony STRZA5000ES connectionsPioneer SC-LX801 connections 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. The SC-LX801 has 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 not present in each of the AV receivers. Both STRZA5000ES and SC-LX801 can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.

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Common

Product

Sony STRZA5000ES
Pioneer SC-LX801

Model

STRZA5000ES
SC-LX801

Brand

Sony
Pioneer

Reviews

8
104

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

130/8 1KHz
140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz, 255/4 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8
8, 6, 4

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

DCAC EX
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

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
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 scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

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

6/2
8/2

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

0
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
3

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

2/0
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, 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

Music Center
Pioneer Control App, iControlAV5, FlareConnect

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/2
2/1

DC trigger output (12V)

3
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

500
320

Standby consumption, W

0.3
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43 x 17.4 x 41/17 x 6.7 x 16.1
43.5 x 18.5 x 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3

Weight, kg/lbs

16.7/37.7
17.9/39.5
Sony STRZA5000ES
Pioneer SC-LX801
Sony STRZA5000ES
Pioneer SC-LX801

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  • 7.3
  • 8.4
  • 7.3Sony STRZA5000ES
  • 8.4Pioneer SC-LX801

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