Marantz SR7015 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 review

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Marantz SR7015 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 review

Marantz SR7015
vs
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505

Having had an opportunity to test Marantz SR7015 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505, I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new AV receiver.

Amplifier

AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the SR7015 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 125/8, 165/6, while the Elite VSX-LX505 has a power of 120/8, 230/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the SR7015 it is 0.05%, but for the Elite VSX-LX505 it is 0.08%. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. The model SR7015 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, 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, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud.

Video features

The quality of 4K/120Hz 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 SR7015 and the Elite VSX-LX505. 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 SR7015 has 8/3, and the Elite VSX-LX505 has 7/2.Marantz SR7015 connectionsPioneer Elite VSX-LX505 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the SR7015 and the Elite VSX-LX505. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Marantz SR7015 has HDMI CEC. SR7015 and Elite VSX-LX505 support the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Unlike the SR7015 where 3 Multi zones is provided, the Elite VSX-LX505 works with 2 Multi zones. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in SR7015. The Marantz SR7015 and the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 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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General

Item

Marantz SR7015
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505

Model

SR7015
Elite VSX-LX505

Brand

Marantz
Pioneer

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