Sony STR-DH590 vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 review

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Sony STR-DH590 vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 review

Sony STR-DH590
vs
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904

Having had an opportunity to test Sony STR-DH590 vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX904, I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new AV receiver.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.2 versus 11.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the STR-DH590 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 145/6, while the Elite SC-LX904 has a power of 140/8. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-DH590 it is 0.09%, but for the Elite SC-LX904 it is 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the STR-DH590 received the model 192 KHz/32-bit, but the Elite SC-LX904 is equipped with ES9026PRO 384 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer Elite SC-LX904. Both Sony STR-DH590 and Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The Elite SC-LX904 has access to the Spotify service.

Video features

The HDR10 function is present in each of the rivals. 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 STR-DH590 and the Elite SC-LX904. Video scaling is only possible with the Elite SC-LX904. 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 STR-DH590 has 4/1, and the Elite SC-LX904 has 7/3.Sony STR-DH590 connectionsPioneer Elite SC-LX904 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the Elite SC-LX904. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The STR-DH590 has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the Elite SC-LX904, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer Elite SC-LX904. There is an ECO mode in neither AV receiver. The Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the Elite SC-LX904. Only in the Elite SC-LX904 realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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General

Item

Sony STR-DH590
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904

Model

STR-DH590
Elite SC-LX904

Brand

Sony
Pioneer

Reviews

816
7

Amplifier

Channels

5.2
11.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

145/6
140/8

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/32-bit
ES9026PRO 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

DCAC
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

has not
Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
7/3

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.3

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

0
2

Component input/output

0/0
2/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
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

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

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

USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

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
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS 96/24
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

200
340

Standby consumption, W

0.3
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43 x 13.3 x 29.7/ 17 x 5.3 x 11.4
43.5 x 18.5 x 44/17 x 7 x 17.3

Weight, kg/lbs

7.1/16.4
18.5/40.8

Other

Release year

2018
2019
Sony STR-DH590
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904
Sony STR-DH590
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904

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  • 4.2
  • 9.2
  • 4.2Sony STR-DH590
  • 9.2Pioneer Elite SC-LX904