Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Onkyo TX-8260 review

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Rating 5 5

AV receivers comparison chart

Overall
Pioneer SC-LX901
8.6
Onkyo TX-8260
6
9
7
10
5
10
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7
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Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Onkyo TX-8260 review

Pioneer SC-LX901
vs
Onkyo TX-8260

It makes sense comparing Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Onkyo TX-8260 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 2.0 for Onkyo TX-8260. Regarding power, then SC-LX901 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 140/8, 200/6 when TX-8260 has a power of 80/8, 160/6. The THD is 0.08% for the SC-LX901 but 0.09% for the TX-8260.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit for SC-LX901 and AK4452 384 KHz/32-bit for the TX-8260. Only the SC-LX901 supports Bi-amping feature. The Pioneer SC-LX901 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. 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-8260 can receive a content from TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio.

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-8260. 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.

Additional features

The SC-LX901 supports 3 Multi-room zones, versus 2 for the TX-8260. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is not present in each of the AV receivers. The setup assistant will help you configure Pioneer SC-LX901.

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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General

Item

Pioneer SC-LX901
Onkyo TX-8260

Model

SC-LX901
TX-8260

Brand

Pioneer
Onkyo

Reviews

91
40

Amplifier

Channels

11.2
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

140/8, 200/6
80/8, 160/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit
AK4452 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC Pro

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio
WRAT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
2 (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
TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

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

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

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
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

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect
Onkyo Controller app

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

2/1
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
has not

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS
has not

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
230

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 x 32.8/ 17 x 6.5 x 13

Weight, kg/lbs

18/39.7
8.3/18.3

Other

Release year

2016
2017
Pioneer SC-LX901
Onkyo TX-8260
Pioneer SC-LX901
Onkyo TX-8260

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 8.6
  • 6
  • 8.6Pioneer SC-LX901
  • 6Onkyo TX-8260

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