Marantz AV8805 vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

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Rating 5 5

AV8805 vs Elite SC-LX704 comparison chart

Overall
Marantz AV8805
9.4
Pioneer Elite SC-LX704
8.8
9
8
10
10

Marantz AV8805 vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 review

Marantz AV8805
vs
Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

Choosing an AV receiver is not an easy task and the Marantz AV8805 versus Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 comparison is meant to help you with this. According to the results of our review, Marantz AV8805 received 9.4 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 was rated 8.8 points. The release date of AV8805 is 2018, and Elite SC-LX704 is 2019. As a result, it becomes clear that AV8805 is a better option for home theater than Elite SC-LX704.

Main advantages Marantz AV8805 over Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

  • More channels, namely 13, makes this receiver more profitable than its 9-channel competitor.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 over Marantz AV8805

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 9 and 8, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

AV8805
9
Elite SC-LX704
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Marantz AV8805 supports 13.2-channels sound, but Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 supports a 9.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced.

AV8805 Elite SC-LX704
Channels13.29.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/OhmN/A135/8
Output impedance, OhmN/A8
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.08

Audio features

The score for audio features is 10 of 10 for both receivers.

AV8805
10
Elite SC-LX704
10

Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.

AV8805 Elite SC-LX704
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4490 384 KHz/32-bitES9026PRO 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQ XT32MCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audioAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is equal and was rated 8 out of 10.

AV8805
8
Elite SC-LX704
8

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.

AV8805 Elite SC-LX704
Wi-Fi
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

AV8805 Elite SC-LX704
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, TuneIn RadioDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora

Extensive connections

The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, Marantz AV8805 got 10 points, but Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 received 8 points.

AV8805
10
Elite SC-LX704
8

Marantz AV8805 is equipped with 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 has 7/3 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available only on Marantz AV8805.

The HDCP encryption protocol is now mandatory for most media devices. This security technology encrypts digital signals from one product to another. HDCP content-encryption protocol is present on Marantz AV8805 in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 has the HDCP 2.3 version.

AV8805 Elite SC-LX704
HDMI input/output8/37/3
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input23
Coaxial digital input22
Composite input42
Component input/output3/12/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUXUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of the AV8805 were rated 9 out of 10 against the 10 for the Elite SC-LX704.

AV8805
9
Elite SC-LX704
10

AV8805 Elite SC-LX704
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversionanalog to HDMIanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresDeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020, HLGx.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the AV8805 got 10 points, but the Elite SC-LX704 has 9.

AV8805
10
Elite SC-LX704
9

Only the Marantz AV8805 has the ECO mode.

AV8805 Elite SC-LX704
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AIAmazon Alexa
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresIP Control, Web Controlhas not

Multi-room

As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.

AV8805 Elite SC-LX704
Multi-room zones33
Zone audio outputpreoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMarantz AVR Remote App, HEOS AppPioneer Control App, FlareConnect
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/1
DC trigger output (12V)22

Multichannel surround

Marantz AV8805 got 10 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 got 8.

AV8805
10
Elite SC-LX704
8

Auro 3D gives a bit more versatility than Dolby Atmos or DTS:X and provides a hemispherical sound and enables a receiver to produce 3D sound stages. Only the Marantz AV8805 has Auro-3D on its feature list.

Rivals in this competition licensed by IMAX.

AV8805 Elite SC-LX704
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-SurroundDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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