Pioneer SC-LX502 vs Denon AVR-X1400H

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SC-LX502 vs AVR-X1400H comparison chart

Pioneer SC-LX502 vs Denon AVR-X1400H review

Pioneer SC-LX502
vs
Denon AVR-X1400H

To get informed with the specs of the receivers, we suggest you read the Pioneer SC-LX502 and Denon AVR-X1400H review. According to the results of our review, Pioneer SC-LX502 received 8.1 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-X1400H was rated 7.3 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. This review shows us that the SC-LX502 is a better choice as a home AV receiver than the AVR-X1400H.

Main advantages Pioneer SC-LX502 over Denon AVR-X1400H

  • 120/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 80/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.

Main advantages Denon AVR-X1400H over Pioneer SC-LX502

  • Both receivers have a multi-room zone function, but AVR-X1400H has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 8 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

SC-LX502
8
AVR-X1400H
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 7.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the SC-LX502 this value is 120/8 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-X1400H it is 80/8 W/Ohm.

SC-LX502 AVR-X1400H
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm120/8, 225/680/8, 120/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the SC-LX502 10 out of 10, and the AVR-X1400H - 8.

SC-LX502
10
AVR-X1400H
8

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.

SC-LX502 AVR-X1400H
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4458 768 KHz/32-bit192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationMCACCAudyssey MultEQ XT
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex OptimizerAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ

Connectivity

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

SC-LX502
8
AVR-X1400H
8

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

SC-LX502 AVR-X1400H
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
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.

SC-LX502 AVR-X1400H
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn RadioDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

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, Pioneer SC-LX502 got 8 points, but Denon AVR-X1400H received 6 points.

SC-LX502
8
AVR-X1400H
6

Pioneer SC-LX502 is equipped with 7/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon AVR-X1400H has 6/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the SC-LX502 has a Phono interface.

SC-LX502 AVR-X1400H
HDMI input/output7/26/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input22
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input22
Component input/output1/00/0
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 SC-LX502 were rated 10 out of 10 against the 6 for the AVR-X1400H.

SC-LX502
10
AVR-X1400H
6

Most of the AV receivers have a video scaling function, it is the process of reformatting the video signal to a higher resolution without losing the quality of the image. Upscaling the video signal resolution is possible only with Pioneer SC-LX502.

SC-LX502 AVR-X1400H
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 HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLGHLG, x.v.Color

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the SC-LX502 got 7 points, but the AVR-X1400H has 10.

SC-LX502
7
AVR-X1400H
10

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The AVR-X1400H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Denon AVR-X1400H has the ECO mode.

SC-LX502 AVR-X1400H
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
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 ControlIP Control

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.

SC-LX502 AVR-X1400H
Multi-room zones23
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlFlareConnectHEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote
RS-23210
Remote control input/output (IR)1/10/0
DC trigger output (12V)20

Multichannel surround

For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 7 points out of 10.

SC-LX502
7
AVR-X1400H
7

SC-LX502 AVR-X1400H
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS Surround
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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