Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Denon AVR-X4400H review

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Pioneer SC-LX901
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Denon AVR-X4400H

It makes sense comparing Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Denon AVR-X4400H because they both are able to give some premium features.

Amplifier

Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 11.2. Regarding power, then SC-LX901 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz when AVR-X4400H has a power of 125/8 20Hz-20KHz, 165/6 1KHz. The THD is 0.08% for the SC-LX901 but 0.05% for the AVR-X4400H.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit for SC-LX901 and AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit for the AVR-X4400H. Both the SC-LX901 and the AVR-X4400H support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

WI-FI modules have the same characteristics: 2.4/5GHz. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Pioneer SC-LX901 has support for AirPlay, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The SC-LX901 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, and the AVR-X4400H can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud.

Video features

These units support HDR technology. 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 Pioneer SC-LX901 has 8/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/3 HDMI connectors of the Denon AVR-X4400H.Pioneer SC-LX901 connectionsDenon AVR-X4400H connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the AVR-X4400H. 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. 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. An ECO mode is only available for the AVR-X4400H. Both SC-LX901 and AVR-X4400H 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

Pioneer SC-LX901
Denon AVR-X4400H

Model

SC-LX901
AVR-X4400H

Brand

Pioneer
Denon

Reviews

91
106

Amplifier

Channels

11.2
11.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz
125/8 20Hz-20KHz, 165/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.05

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit
AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC Pro
Audyssey MultEQ XT32

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

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, BT.2020
BT.2020, HLG

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
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
IP Control, Web 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
3

Component input/output

2/1
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

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, FlareConnect
HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

2/1
1/1

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

340
710

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 15.2 x 37.9/17 x 6.6 x 15.3

Weight, kg/lbs

18/39.7
13.1/29.8
Pioneer SC-LX901
Denon AVR-X4400H
Pioneer SC-LX901
Denon AVR-X4400H

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 8.6
  • 9.4
  • 8.6Pioneer SC-LX901
  • 9.4Denon AVR-X4400H

The Denon AVR-X4400H is better receiver in this comparison. Check Denon AVR-X4400H price