Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 vs Pioneer VSX-1131 review

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Pioneer Elite SC-LX904
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Pioneer VSX-1131

An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 vs Pioneer VSX-1131 comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 has 11.2 versus 7.2 for Pioneer VSX-1131. Regarding power, then Elite SC-LX904 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 140/8 1KHz when VSX-1131 has a power of 100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 170/6 1KHz. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, ES9026PRO 384 KHz/32-bit for Elite SC-LX904 and AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit for the VSX-1131. Both the Elite SC-LX904 and the VSX-1131 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 Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 has support for AirPlay, AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The Elite SC-LX904 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, and the VSX-1131 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio. 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 supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 has 7/3 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 7/2 HDMI connectors of the Pioneer VSX-1131.Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 connectionsPioneer VSX-1131 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the Elite SC-LX904. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The Elite SC-LX904 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.3, versus HDCP 2.2 in the VSX-1131. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

The Elite SC-LX904 supports 3 Multi-room zones, versus 2 for the VSX-1131. An ECO mode is not present in each of the AV receivers. Both Elite SC-LX904 and VSX-1131 can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.

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Common

Product

Pioneer Elite SC-LX904
Pioneer VSX-1131

Model

Elite SC-LX904
VSX-1131

Brand

Pioneer
Pioneer

Reviews

3
145

Amplifier

Channels

11.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

140/8 1KHz
100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 170/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ES9026PRO 384 KHz/32-bit
AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
MCACC

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 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

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

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

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
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/3
7/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

3
2

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

2/0
1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect
FlareConnect

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

340
580

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 18.5 x 44/17 x 7 x 17.3
43.5 x 17.3 x 37.5/17 x 6.8 x 14.6

Weight, kg/lbs

18.5/40.8
10/22
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX904
Pioneer VSX-1131

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 9.2
  • 7.5
  • 9.2Pioneer Elite SC-LX904
  • 7.5Pioneer VSX-1131

The Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 price