Marantz SR7012 vs Pioneer VSX-LX504 – that is a question.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 11.2 versus 9.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the SR7012 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 125/8, 165/6, while the VSX-LX504 has a power of 120/8, 230/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the SR7012 it is 0.05%, but for the VSX-LX504 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the SR7012 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the VSX-LX504 is equipped with AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Marantz SR7012 and Pioneer VSX-LX504 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
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, AirPlay 2. 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. The quality of 4K/60Hz 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 SR7012 and the VSX-LX504. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the SR7012 has 8/3, and the VSX-LX504 has 7/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the SR7012. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. SR7012 and VSX-LX504 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Ability to create 3 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. For voice control in the SR7012 is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI, but in the VSX-LX504 is used Amazon Alexa. There is an ECO mode in SR7012. The Marantz SR7012 and the Pioneer VSX-LX504 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.