Onkyo TX-NR797 vs Pioneer SC-LX901 review

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Onkyo TX-NR797
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Pioneer SC-LX901

Onkyo TX-NR797 vs Pioneer SC-LX901 – that is a question.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 9.2 versus 11.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the TX-NR797 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 220/6 1KHz, while the SC-LX901 has a power of 140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the TX-NR797 received the model AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit, but the SC-LX901 is equipped with ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Onkyo TX-NR797 and Pioneer SC-LX901 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay, AirPlay 2 versus AirPlay respectively. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. Most popular streaming services are available for our models under consideration - Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio. The quality of 4K 60p 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 TX-NR797 and the SC-LX901. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the TX-NR797 has 7/2, and the SC-LX901 has 8/2.Onkyo TX-NR797 connectionsPioneer SC-LX901 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the TX-NR797 and the SC-LX901. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. TX-NR797 and SC-LX901 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Ability to create 3 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. There is an ECO mode in neither AV receiver. The Onkyo TX-NR797 and the Pioneer SC-LX901 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.

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Common

Product

Onkyo TX-NR797
Pioneer SC-LX901

Model

TX-NR797
SC-LX901

Brand

Onkyo
Pioneer

Reviews

17
104

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
11.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 220/6 1KHz
140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 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)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

AccuEQ
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, AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

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, HLG, BT.2020
DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Google Assistant

App control

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

Display

fluorescent
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

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2
8/2

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

1
3

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

1/0
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

FlareConnect
Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect

RS-232

1
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
2/1

DC trigger output (12V)

1
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

750
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 17.3 x 37.9/17 x 6.8 x 14.5
43.5 x 18.5 x 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3

Weight, kg/lbs

13.5/29.8
18/39.7
Onkyo TX-NR797
Pioneer SC-LX901
Onkyo TX-NR797
Pioneer SC-LX901

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 8.5
  • 8.6
  • 8.5Onkyo TX-NR797
  • 8.6Pioneer SC-LX901

The Pioneer SC-LX901 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer SC-LX901 price