The Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Yamaha CX-A5100 comparison will be extremely helpful for people who want to get a great, powerful receiver with many functions.
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the SC-LX901 it is 0.08%, but for the CX-A5100 it is 0.06%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the SC-LX901 received the model ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit, but the CX-A5100 is equipped with ESS 9016 192 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer SC-LX901. Both Pioneer SC-LX901 and Yamaha CX-A5100 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 Yamaha CX-A5100 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, JUKE.
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 CX-A5100. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs is the same - 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the SC-LX901 and the CX-A5100. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. SC-LX901 and CX-A5100 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Ability to create 3 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in CX-A5100. The Pioneer SC-LX901 and the Yamaha CX-A5100 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.