Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Onkyo TX-8140 review

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Pioneer SC-LX901
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Onkyo TX-8140

An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Onkyo TX-8140 comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer SC-LX901 has 11.2 versus 2.0 for Onkyo TX-8140. Regarding power, then SC-LX901 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz when TX-8140 has a power of 80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 110/6 1KHz. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.

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 TX-8140. Only the SC-LX901 supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The SC-LX901 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, and the TX-8140 can receive a content from SiriusXM.

Video features

Only the Pioneer SC-LX901 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Only the SC-LX901 provides HDMI signal transmission in standby mode. The SC-LX901 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-8140. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the SC-LX901. Only the SC-LX901 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the SC-LX901. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is not present in each of the AV receivers. Both SC-LX901 and TX-8140 can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Only the SC-LX901 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the SC-LX901.

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Common

Product

Pioneer SC-LX901
Onkyo TX-8140

Model

SC-LX901
TX-8140

Brand

Pioneer
Onkyo

Reviews

91
165

Amplifier

Channels

11.2
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz
80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 110/6 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)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

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

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
SiriusXM

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

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

DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020
has not

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

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
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/2
0/0

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

3
2

Coaxial digital input

2
2

Composite input

2
0

Component input/output

2/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
USB, phones

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
has not

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect
has not

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

2/1
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

2
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

340

Standby consumption, W

0.15
0.15

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 14.9 x 32.8/17 x 5.5 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

18/39.7
8.2/18.1
Pioneer SC-LX901
Onkyo TX-8140
Pioneer SC-LX901
Onkyo TX-8140

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  • 8.6
  • 6.5
  • 8.6Pioneer SC-LX901
  • 6.5Onkyo TX-8140

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