Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 vs Marantz SR8015

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Rating 5 5

Elite SC-LX904 vs SR8015 comparison chart

Overall
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904
9.2
Marantz SR8015
9.8
10
10
10
10

Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 vs Marantz SR8015 review

Pioneer Elite SC-LX904
vs
Marantz SR8015

Being able to compare Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 and Marantz SR8015 gave us an insight into what of them would be better for home theater configuration. According to the results of our review, Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 received 9.2 points out of 10 possible, and Marantz SR8015 was rated 9.8 points. The release date of Elite SC-LX904 is 2019, and SR8015 is 2020. SR8015 is more performable in terms of audio broadcast than the Elite SC-LX904.

Main advantages Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 over Marantz SR8015

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Marantz SR8015 over Pioneer Elite SC-LX904

  • 8K/60Hz signal pass-through is available.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 10 points out of 10.

Elite SC-LX904
10
SR8015
10

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 11.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. In terms of RMS power, the models have the same characteristics - 140/8/8 W/Ohm.

Elite SC-LX904 SR8015
Channels11.211.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm140/8140/8, 175/6
Output impedance, Ohm88, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.05

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the Elite SC-LX904 10 out of 10, and the SR8015 - 9.

Elite SC-LX904
10
SR8015
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.

Elite SC-LX904 SR8015
Digital to analog converter (DAC)ES9026PRO 384 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationMCACCAudyssey MultEQ XT32
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audioAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LF, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 scored 8, and Marantz SR8015 scored 10 out of 10.

Elite SC-LX904
8
SR8015
10

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

DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Marantz SR8015.

Elite SC-LX904 SR8015
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz2.4/5GHz
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.

Elite SC-LX904 SR8015
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, PandoraDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud

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 Elite SC-LX904 got 9 points, but Marantz SR8015 received 10 points.

Elite SC-LX904
9
SR8015
10

Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 is equipped with 7/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Marantz SR8015 has 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs.

Elite SC-LX904 SR8015
HDMI input/output7/38/3
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input32
Coaxial digital input22
Composite input25
Component input/output2/03/1
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 rivals in our comparison were rated 10 out of 10.

Elite SC-LX904
10
SR8015
10

With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. The Elite SC-LX904 works with the 4K/60Hz video, and the SR8015 has the 4K/120Hz.

The AV receiver passes "native" 8K signals from a video source to 8K TV without any encoding, with the 8k pass-through features. The 8K path-through is available on Marantz SR8015.

Elite SC-LX904 SR8015
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/120Hz
8K signal pass-through8K/60Hz
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 featuresx.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020HLG, BT.2020, Dynamic HDR

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the Elite SC-LX904 got 9 points, but the SR8015 has 10.

Elite SC-LX904
9
SR8015
10

Marantz SR8015 has the ECO mode.

Elite SC-LX904 SR8015
Voice controlAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
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 featureshas notIP Control, Web Control, RS-232 Control, App 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.

Elite SC-LX904 SR8015
Multi-room zones33
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlPioneer Control App, FlareConnectMarantz 2016 AVR Remote, HEOS App
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/1
DC trigger output (12V)22

Multichannel surround

Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 got 8 points for the multichannel surround sound and Marantz SR8015 got 10.

Elite SC-LX904
8
SR8015
10

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. Marantz SR8015 has Auro-3D on its feature list.

Rivals in this competition licensed by IMAX.

Elite SC-LX904 SR8015
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 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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