Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Marantz SR7015 review

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Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Marantz SR7015 review

Pioneer SC-LX901
vs
Marantz SR7015

It makes sense comparing Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Marantz SR7015 because they both are able to give some premium features.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer SC-LX901 has 11.2 versus 9.2 for Marantz SR7015. Regarding power, then SC-LX901 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 140/8, 200/6 when SR7015 has a power of 125/8, 165/6. The THD is 0.08% for the SC-LX901 but 0.05% for the SR7015. Both the SC-LX901 and the SR7015 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 SR7015 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud. 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 Marantz SR7015.Pioneer SC-LX901 connectionsMarantz SR7015 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the SR7015. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The SC-LX901 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.2, versus HDCP 2.3 in the SR7015. 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 SR7015. Both SC-LX901 and SR7015 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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General

Item

Pioneer SC-LX901
Marantz SR7015

Model

SC-LX901
SR7015

Brand

Pioneer
Marantz

Reviews

91
0

Amplifier

Channels

11.2
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

140/8, 200/6
125/8, 165/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.05

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC Pro
Audyssey MultEQ XT32

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LF, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
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, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud

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 2.3

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
4

Component input/output

2/1
3/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/120Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz

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
HLG, BT.2020, Dynamic HDR

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, RS-232 Control, App Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

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

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

2/1
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

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

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF, DSD

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
43.1 x 17.8 x 38.1/17.3 x 7.3 x 15.8

Weight, kg/lbs

18/39.7
14/31.3

Other

Release year

2016
2020
Pioneer SC-LX901
Marantz SR7015
Pioneer SC-LX901
Marantz SR7015

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.6
  • 9.6
  • 8.6Pioneer SC-LX901
  • 9.6Marantz SR7015

The Marantz SR7015 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Marantz SR7015 price