Yamaha RX-A770BL vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

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RX-A770BL vs Elite SC-LX704 comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha RX-A770BL
8.1
Pioneer Elite SC-LX704
8.8
8
8
7
10

Yamaha RX-A770BL vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 review

Yamaha RX-A770BL
vs
Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

Choosing an AV receiver is not an easy task and the Yamaha RX-A770BL versus Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 comparison is meant to help you with this. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-A770BL received 8.1 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 was rated 8.8 points. The release date of RX-A770BL 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 RX-A770BL.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-A770BL over Pioneer Elite SC-LX704

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Main advantages Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 over Yamaha RX-A770BL

  • More channels, namely 9, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • 135/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 95/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Both receivers have a multi-room zone function, but Elite SC-LX704 has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 8 points out of 10.

RX-A770BL
8
Elite SC-LX704
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Yamaha RX-A770BL supports 7.2-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 RX-A770BL it is 95/8 W/Ohm.

RX-A770BL Elite SC-LX704
Channels7.29.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm95/8135/8
Output impedance, Ohm88
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.060.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the RX-A770BL 8 out of 10, and the Elite SC-LX704 - 10.

RX-A770BL
8
Elite SC-LX704
10

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.

RX-A770BL Elite SC-LX704
Digital to analog converter (DAC)Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bitES9026PRO 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationYPAOMCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT, Extra BassAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

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

RX-A770BL
8
Elite SC-LX704
8

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 Yamaha RX-A770BL.

RX-A770BL 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.

RX-A770BL Elite SC-LX704
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXMDeezer, 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, both receivers got 8 points on our 10-point scale.

RX-A770BL
8
Elite SC-LX704
8

Yamaha RX-A770BL is equipped with 6/1 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 Yamaha RX-A770BL in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 has the HDCP 2.3 version.

RX-A770BL Elite SC-LX704
HDMI input/output6/17/3
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)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input23
Coaxial digital input22
Composite input12
Component input/output1/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUXUSB, 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 rivals in our comparison were rated 10 out of 10.

RX-A770BL
10
Elite SC-LX704
10

RX-A770BL Elite SC-LX704
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 HDMIanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the RX-A770BL got 10 points, but the Elite SC-LX704 has 9.

RX-A770BL
10
Elite SC-LX704
9

Only the Yamaha RX-A770BL has the ECO mode.

RX-A770BL Elite SC-LX704
Voice controlAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa
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 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.

RX-A770BL Elite SC-LX704
Multi-room zones23
Zone audio outputspeakerspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMusicCast, AV ControllerPioneer Control App, FlareConnect
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/1
DC trigger output (12V)12

Multichannel surround

Yamaha RX-A770BL got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer Elite SC-LX704 got 8.

RX-A770BL
7
Elite SC-LX704
8

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.

RX-A770BL Elite SC-LX704
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-EXPRESS, DTS Neo:6 Cinema, DTS Neo:6 MusicDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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