Denon AVR-S650H vs Pioneer SC-LX901 review

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Denon AVR-S650H
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Denon AVR-S650H vs Pioneer SC-LX901 – that is a question.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.2 versus 11.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-S650H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 75/8 20Hz-20KHz, 100/6 1KHz, while the SC-LX901 has a power of 140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-S650H received the model AKM 192 KHz/32-bit, but the SC-LX901 is equipped with ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer SC-LX901. Both Denon AVR-S650H and Pioneer SC-LX901 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. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Denon AVR-S650H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mix, but the Pioneer SC-LX901 works with 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 AVR-S650H and the SC-LX901. Video scaling is only possible with the SC-LX901. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-S650H has 5/1, and the SC-LX901 has 8/2.Denon AVR-S650H connectionsPioneer SC-LX901 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the AVR-S650H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The AVR-S650H has support for the standard HDCP 2.3, compared to the SC-LX901, which supports the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. There is an ECO mode in AVR-S650H. The Denon AVR-S650H and the Pioneer SC-LX901 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the SC-LX901. Only in the SC-LX901 realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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Common

Product

Denon AVR-S650H
Pioneer SC-LX901

Model

AVR-S650H
SC-LX901

Brand

Denon
Pioneer

Reviews

624
91

Amplifier

Channels

5.2
11.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

75/8 20Hz-20KHz, 100/6 1KHz
140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
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 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mix
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

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 scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG, BT.2020
DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
iPhone, iPad, iPod, 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, Web Control
IP Control

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

5/1
8/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
3

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

0/0
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
3

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
2/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

340
340

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 15.2 x 33/17 x 6 x 13.3
43.5 x 18.5 x 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3

Weight, kg/lbs

7.7/17.2
18/39.7
Denon AVR-S650H
Pioneer SC-LX901
Denon AVR-S650H
Pioneer SC-LX901

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 6.2
  • 8.6
  • 6.2Denon AVR-S650H
  • 8.6Pioneer SC-LX901

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