Pioneer VSX-S520 vs Pioneer SC-LX901 review

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Pioneer VSX-S520
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Pioneer SC-LX901

Pioneer VSX-S520 vs Pioneer SC-LX901 – that is a question.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 11.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the VSX-S520 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 50/4 1KHz, while the SC-LX901 has a power of 140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the VSX-S520 it is 0.09%, but for the SC-LX901 it is 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-S520 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the SC-LX901 is equipped with ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer SC-LX901. Both Pioneer VSX-S520 and Pioneer SC-LX901 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. 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 VSX-S520 works with Deezer, TIDAL, TuneIn Radio, but the Pioneer SC-LX901 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio.

Video features

Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. 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 VSX-S520 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 VSX-S520 has 4/1, and the SC-LX901 has 8/2.Pioneer VSX-S520 connectionsPioneer SC-LX901 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-S520 and the SC-LX901. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. VSX-S520 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. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in neither AV receiver. The Pioneer VSX-S520 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

Pioneer VSX-S520
Pioneer SC-LX901

Model

VSX-S520
SC-LX901

Brand

Pioneer
Pioneer

Reviews

77
104

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
11.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

50/4 1KHz
140/8 20Hz-20KHz, 200/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

4
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
MCACC Pro

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

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 scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

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

Additional features

Voice control

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

has not
IP Control

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
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)

1
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
3

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

0
2

Component input/output

0/0
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
3

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
2/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

60
340

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 7 x 32.5/17x 2.7 x 12.6
43.5 x 18.5 x 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3

Weight, kg/lbs

4/8.8
18/39.7
Pioneer VSX-S520
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AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 6
  • 8.6
  • 6Pioneer VSX-S520
  • 8.6Pioneer SC-LX901

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