Onkyo TX-RZ710 vs Pioneer Elite SC-99 review

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Onkyo TX-RZ710
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Pioneer Elite SC-99

It makes sense comparing Onkyo TX-RZ710 vs Pioneer Elite SC-99 because they both are able to give some premium features.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Onkyo TX-RZ710 has 7.2 versus 9.2 for Pioneer Elite SC-99. Regarding power, then TX-RZ710 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 175/6 1KHz when Elite SC-99 has a power of 140/8 1KHz, 200/6 1KHz, 255/4 1KHz. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit for TX-RZ710 and ESS SABRE 192KHz/32-bit for the Elite SC-99. Both the TX-RZ710 and the Elite SC-99 support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

WI-FI modules have the same characteristics: 2.4/5GHz. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The TX-RZ710 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Tunein Radio, and the Elite SC-99 can receive a content from Pandora.

Video features

These units support HDR technology. Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K 60p signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is not supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Onkyo TX-RZ710 has 8/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/3 HDMI connectors of the Pioneer Elite SC-99.Onkyo TX-RZ710 connectionsPioneer Elite SC-99 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the TX-RZ710. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

The TX-RZ710 supports 2 Multi-room zones, versus 3 for the Elite SC-99. A voice control is not available. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. The setup assistant will help you configure Pioneer Elite SC-99.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the TX-RZ710.

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Common

Product

Onkyo TX-RZ710
Pioneer Elite SC-99

Model

TX-RZ710
Elite SC-99

Brand

Onkyo
Pioneer

Reviews

72
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

175/6 1KHz
140/8 1KHz, 200/6 1KHz, 255/4 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8, 6, 4

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit
ESS SABRE 192KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

AccuEQ
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, Pandora, Tunein Radio
Pandora

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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color
x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

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

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

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

8/2
8/3

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

2
2

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

2
3

Component input/output

2/0
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Onkyo Remote App, FlareConnect
iControlAV5, AMX, Control4, Crestron

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

600
370

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.7 x 37.8/ 17 x 6.6 x 14.5
43.5 x 18.5 x 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3

Weight, kg/lbs

10.5/23.1
17.6/38.7
Onkyo TX-RZ710
Pioneer Elite SC-99
Onkyo TX-RZ710
Pioneer Elite SC-99

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  • 7.5Onkyo TX-RZ710
  • 9.5Pioneer Elite SC-99

The Pioneer Elite SC-99 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer Elite SC-99 price