What is better - Pioneer VSX-LX102 vs Sony STR-DN1040?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the VSX-LX102 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/8, 170/6, while the STR-DN1040 has a power of 100/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the VSX-LX102 it is 0.08%, but for the STR-DN1040 it is 0.09%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-LX102 received the model AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit, but the STR-DN1040 is equipped with 96 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Pioneer VSX-LX102 and Sony STR-DN1040 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay. The VSX-LX102 has access to the Spotify service. 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 VSX-LX102 and the STR-DN1040. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the VSX-LX102.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the VSX-LX102 has 4/1, and the STR-DN1040 has 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-LX102 and the STR-DN1040. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. VSX-LX102 and STR-DN1040 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer VSX-LX102. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in VSX-LX102. The Pioneer VSX-LX102 and the Sony STR-DN1040 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the VSX-LX102. Only in the VSX-LX102 realized a DTS:X surround technology.
The Pioneer VSX-LX102 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer VSX-LX102 price