Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Denon AVR-S720W review

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Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Denon AVR-S720W review

Pioneer SC-LX901
vs
Denon AVR-S720W

What is better - Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Denon AVR-S720W?

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 11.2 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the SC-LX901 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 140/8, 200/6, while the AVR-S720W has a power of 75/8, 110/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the SC-LX901 received the model ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit, but the AVR-S720W is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer SC-LX901. Both Pioneer SC-LX901 and Denon AVR-S720W can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. 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 SC-LX901 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, but the Denon AVR-S720W works with Pandora, SiriusXM.

Video features

Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. The quality of 4K/60Hz 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 SC-LX901 and the AVR-S720W. Video scaling is only possible with the SC-LX901. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the SC-LX901.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the SC-LX901 has 8/2, and the AVR-S720W has 6/1.Pioneer SC-LX901 connectionsDenon AVR-S720W connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the SC-LX901 and the AVR-S720W. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. SC-LX901 and AVR-S720W support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer SC-LX901.

Additional features

Unlike the SC-LX901 where 3 Multi zones is provided, the AVR-S720W works with 2 Multi zones. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in AVR-S720W. The Pioneer SC-LX901 and the Denon AVR-S720W can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.

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General

Item

Pioneer SC-LX901
Denon AVR-S720W

Model

SC-LX901
AVR-S720W

Brand

Pioneer
Denon

Reviews

91
178

Amplifier

Channels

11.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

140/8, 200/6
75/8, 110/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC Pro
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Pandora, SiriusXM

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/2
6/1

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
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

2/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

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

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

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

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

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect
HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

2/1
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-Surround

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

340
400

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
43.1 x 12.7 x 33/17.1 x 5.9 x 13.3

Weight, kg/lbs

18/39.7
8.1/18.7

Other

Release year

2016
2016
Pioneer SC-LX901
Denon AVR-S720W
Pioneer SC-LX901
Denon AVR-S720W

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.6
  • 6.6
  • 8.6Pioneer SC-LX901
  • 6.6Denon AVR-S720W

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