The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 vs Denon AVR-A1H comparison makes sense because it shows what devices in their segments can offer. According to the results of our review, Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 received 8.7 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-A1H was rated 9.7 points. The release date of Elite VSX-LX505 is 2021, and AVR-A1H is 2022. AVR-A1H is more suitable as the heart of home theater system than its opponent - Elite VSX-LX505.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 9 and 10, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 supports 9.2-channels sound, but Denon AVR-A1H supports a 15.4-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-A1H this value is 150/8 W/Ohm, and for the Elite VSX-LX505 it is 120/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||120/8, 230/6||150/8, 190/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0,05|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the Elite VSX-LX505 9 out of 10, and the AVR-A1H - 10.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Denon AVR-A1H 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. Denon AVR-A1H can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||192 KHz/24-bit||192 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✖||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||MCACC||Audyssey MultEQ|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✔|
|Other audio features||Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Dirac Live Room Correction||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic LFC, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio, Dirac Live|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 scored 8, and Denon AVR-A1H scored 9 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
|USB||2 (USB 2.0)||2 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||AirPlay, AirPlay 2||AirPlay, AirPlay 2|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix|
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 VSX-LX505 got 7 points, but Denon AVR-A1H received 9 points.
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 is equipped with 7/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon AVR-A1H has 7/3 HDMI inputs and outputs.
HDMI-CEC helps gadgets attached to your TV to link back and forth with your TV via HDMI ports. It is become possible to control all linked devices with one remote. The AVR-A1H features HDMI CEC.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||HDCP 2.3|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||4|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||1||2|
|Coaxial digital input||1||2|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||HDMI, USB, phones, setup mic||USB, phones, setup mic|
|Multi channel preamp output||✔||✔|
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 Elite VSX-LX505 were rated 8 out of 10 against the 10 for the AVR-A1H.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10+||HDR10+|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/120Hz||4K/120Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||8K/60Hz||8K/60Hz|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✖||✔|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Video conversion||✖||analog to HDMI|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✔|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync||x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the Elite VSX-LX505 got 9 points, but the AVR-A1H has 10.
Denon AVR-A1H has the ECO mode.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Display||colour OSD||colour OSD|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✔||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||network, USB|
|Other additional features||App Control, Sonos Connect control||IP Control, Web Control, App Control, RS232 Control|
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.
|Zone audio output||speaker, preout||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||✔||✔|
|Multi-room control||Pioneer Control App||HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||1/1||1/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||2||2|
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 got 8 points for the multichannel surround sound and Denon AVR-A1H got 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. Denon AVR-A1H has Auro-3D on its feature list.
Rivals in this competition licensed by IMAX.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS|