Denon AVR-X3600H vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

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AVR-X3600H vs Elite VSX-LX304 comparison chart

Denon AVR-X3600H vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 review

Denon AVR-X3600H
vs
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

Let's compare Denon AVR-X3600H versus Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 for an overview of all their pros and cons. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-X3600H received 8.7 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 was rated 8.5 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2019. And as a result of the comparison, AVR-X3600H seems to be a better option for the role of a home theater center than Elite VSX-LX304.

Main advantages Denon AVR-X3600H over Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

  • 105/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 100/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 over Denon AVR-X3600H

  • Both receivers have a multi-room zone function, but Elite VSX-LX304 has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.

Amplifiers

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

AVR-X3600H
8
Elite VSX-LX304
9

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 9.2-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 AVR-X3600H this value is 105/8 W/Ohm, and for the Elite VSX-LX304 it is 100/8 W/Ohm.

AVR-X3600H Elite VSX-LX304
Channels9.29.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm105/8, 135/6100/8, 225/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz5Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-X3600H 8 out of 10, and the Elite VSX-LX304 - 9.

AVR-X3600H
8
Elite VSX-LX304
9

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.

Speaker A/B switching allows you to change between the main and sub speaker set. Denon AVR-X3600H can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

AVR-X3600H Elite VSX-LX304
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bitAK4458 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, Audyssey LFC, Compressed Audio RestorerAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

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

AVR-X3600H
8
Elite VSX-LX304
8

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

AVR-X3600H Elite VSX-LX304
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.

AVR-X3600H Elite VSX-LX304
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound CloudDeezer, 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, Denon AVR-X3600H got 10 points, but Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 received 7 points.

AVR-X3600H
10
Elite VSX-LX304
7

Denon AVR-X3600H is equipped with 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 has 7/2 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 Denon AVR-X3600H.

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 Denon AVR-X3600H in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 has the HDCP 2.2 version.

AVR-X3600H Elite VSX-LX304
HDMI input/output8/37/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input21
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input20
Component input/output2/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup micUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX
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 AVR-X3600H were rated 9 out of 10 against the 8 for the Elite VSX-LX304.

AVR-X3600H
9
Elite VSX-LX304
8

AVR-X3600H Elite VSX-LX304
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10
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 featuresHLG, BT.2020DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVR-X3600H got 10 points, but the Elite VSX-LX304 has 9.

AVR-X3600H
10
Elite VSX-LX304
9

Only the Denon AVR-X3600H has the ECO mode.

AVR-X3600H Elite VSX-LX304
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AIAmazon Alexa
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon KindleiPhone, 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.

AVR-X3600H Elite VSX-LX304
Multi-room zones23
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlHEOS AppPioneer Control App, FlareConnect
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/1
DC trigger output (12V)12

Multichannel surround

Denon AVR-X3600H got 9 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 got 8.

AVR-X3600H
9
Elite VSX-LX304
8

Rivals in this competition licensed by IMAX.

AVR-X3600H Elite VSX-LX304
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height VirtualizationDolby 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-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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