Denon HEOS AVR vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

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HEOS AVR vs Elite SC-LX704 comparison chart

Denon HEOS AVR vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 review

Denon HEOS AVR
vs
Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

Choosing an AV receiver is not an easy task and the Denon HEOS AVR versus Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 comparison is meant to help you with this. According to the results of our review, Denon HEOS AVR received 4.8 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 was rated 8.8 points. The release date of HEOS AVR is 2017, and Elite SC-LX704 is 2019. As a result, it becomes clear that Elite SC-LX704 is a better option for home theater than HEOS AVR.

Main advantages Denon HEOS AVR over Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 over Denon HEOS AVR

  • More channels, namely 9, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • 135/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 50/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 3 multi-room zones support, Elite SC-LX704 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • Can process HDR video.
  • 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.

HEOS AVR
6
Elite SC-LX704
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon HEOS AVR supports 5.1-channels sound, but Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 supports a 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 Elite SC-LX704 this value is 135/8 W/Ohm, and for the HEOS AVR it is 50/8 W/Ohm.

HEOS AVR Elite SC-LX704
Channels5.19.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm50/8, 65/6135/8
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.050.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the HEOS AVR 5 out of 10, and the Elite SC-LX704 - 10.

HEOS AVR
5
Elite SC-LX704
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 Elite SC-LX704.

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 Elite SC-LX704 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

HEOS AVR Elite SC-LX704
Digital to analog converter (DAC)N/AES9026PRO 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationMCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featureshas notAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon HEOS AVR scored 7, and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 scored 8 out of 10.

HEOS AVR
7
Elite SC-LX704
8

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

HEOS AVR Elite SC-LX704
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.

HEOS AVR Elite SC-LX704
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, 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 HEOS AVR got 5 points, but Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 received 8 points.

HEOS AVR
5
Elite SC-LX704
8

Denon HEOS AVR is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 has 7/3 HDMI inputs and outputs.

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 HEOS AVR in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 has the HDCP 2.3 version.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the Elite SC-LX704 has a Phono interface.

HEOS AVR Elite SC-LX704
HDMI input/output4/17/3
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)12
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input13
Coaxial digital input12
Composite input02
Component input/output0/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, 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 HEOS AVR were rated 5 out of 10 against the 10 for the Elite SC-LX704.

HEOS AVR
5
Elite SC-LX704
10

HDR pass-through gives you the possibility to broadcast HDR content directly from source to TV without the processing of the receiver. HDR support is available on the Pioneer Elite SC-LX704.

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 Elite SC-LX704.

HEOS AVR Elite SC-LX704
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 featureshas notx.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the HEOS AVR got 4 points, but the Elite SC-LX704 has 9.

HEOS AVR
4
Elite SC-LX704
9

HEOS AVR Elite SC-LX704
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google AssistantAmazon Alexa
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSD
TunerAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featureshas nothas 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.

HEOS AVR Elite SC-LX704
Multi-room zoneshas not3
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlHEOS AppPioneer Control App, FlareConnect
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)1/01/1
DC trigger output (12V)02

Multichannel surround

Denon HEOS AVR got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 got 8.

HEOS AVR
5
Elite SC-LX704
8

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 Elite SC-LX704 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 Elite SC-LX704.

IMAX Enhanced is a licensing and certification program under which home theater devices deliver crisp 4K HDR pictures and powerful sound as it was designed by the IMAX engineers. The Elite SC-LX704 licensed by IMAX.

HEOS AVR Elite SC-LX704
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Pro LogicDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)has notDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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