Denon AVRS530BT vs Pioneer SC-LX502

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AVRS530BT vs SC-LX502 comparison chart

Denon AVRS530BT vs Pioneer SC-LX502 review

Denon AVRS530BT
vs
Pioneer SC-LX502

An overview of Denon AVRS530BT and Pioneer SC-LX502 will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Denon AVRS530BT received 4.3 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer SC-LX502 was rated 8.1 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that AVRS530BT is inferior in audio processing features to SC-LX502.

Main advantages Denon AVRS530BT over Pioneer SC-LX502

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Pioneer SC-LX502 over Denon AVRS530BT

  • More channels, namely 7, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • 120/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 70/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, SC-LX502 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • Surround sound ensures the availability of Dolby Atmos.
  • Object-oriented sound ensures the availability of DTS:X.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 8, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

AVRS530BT
6
SC-LX502
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVRS530BT supports 5.2-channels sound, but Pioneer SC-LX502 supports a 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 AVRS530BT it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

AVRS530BT SC-LX502
Channels5.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm70/8, 90/6120/8, 225/6
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 AVRS530BT 5 out of 10, and the SC-LX502 - 10.

AVRS530BT
5
SC-LX502
10

Bi-amping is the amplification of one speaker with two amplifiers. This amplification method has a positive effect on sound quality. Bi-amping is possible on the SC-LX502.

Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Pioneer SC-LX502 has Pure Direct mode.

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. Pioneer SC-LX502 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

AVRS530BT SC-LX502
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/24-bitAK4458 768 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationMCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresDialog NormalizationAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex Optimizer

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVRS530BT scored 5, and Pioneer SC-LX502 scored 8 out of 10.

AVRS530BT
5
SC-LX502
8

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

Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the SC-LX502 only.

AVRS530BT SC-LX502
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)1
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.

AVRS530BT SC-LX502
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

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 AVRS530BT got 5 points, but Pioneer SC-LX502 received 8 points.

AVRS530BT
5
SC-LX502
8

Denon AVRS530BT is equipped with 5/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer SC-LX502 has 7/2 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.

AVRS530BT SC-LX502
HDMI input/output5/17/2
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/output0/01/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, 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 AVRS530BT were rated 6 out of 10 against the 10 for the SC-LX502.

AVRS530BT
6
SC-LX502
10

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 with Pioneer SC-LX502.

AVRS530BT SC-LX502
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 featuresBT.2020DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 7 out of 10.

AVRS530BT
7
SC-LX502
7

Only the Denon AVRS530BT has the ECO mode.

AVRS530BT SC-LX502
Voice control
App controliPhone, iPad, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescentcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updateUSBnetwork, USB
Other additional featureshas notIP 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.

AVRS530BT SC-LX502
Multi-room zoneshas not2
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas notFlareConnect
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/1
DC trigger output (12V)02

Multichannel surround

Denon AVRS530BT got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer SC-LX502 got 7.

AVRS530BT
5
SC-LX502
7

Dolby Atmos' particularity is that this is the object-oriented sound format, that is, each audio signal object is independently sounded and connected to its spatial position. Pioneer SC-LX502 can create 3D sound due to the Dolby Atmos support.

DTS:X is an algorithm used by the processor to create sound scenes, where sounds connected directly to objects rather than channels, and to determine the optimum sound output distribution in space. Surround sound with DTS:X is available on the SC-LX502.

AVRS530BT SC-LX502
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)has notDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS Neo:6 CinemaDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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