Pioneer SC-LX502 vs Denon AVR-X4400H

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SC-LX502 vs AVR-X4400H comparison chart

Pioneer SC-LX502 vs Denon AVR-X4400H review

Pioneer SC-LX502
vs
Denon AVR-X4400H

An overview of Pioneer SC-LX502 and Denon AVR-X4400H will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Pioneer SC-LX502 received 8.1 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-X4400H was rated 9.6 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that SC-LX502 is inferior in audio processing features to AVR-X4400H.

Main advantages Pioneer SC-LX502 over Denon AVR-X4400H

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Denon AVR-X4400H over Pioneer SC-LX502

  • More channels, namely 11, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • 125/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 120/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Both receivers have a multi-room zone function, but AVR-X4400H has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Amplifiers

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

SC-LX502
8
AVR-X4400H
10

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Pioneer SC-LX502 supports 7.2-channels sound, but Denon AVR-X4400H supports a 11.2-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 AVR-X4400H this value is 125/8 W/Ohm, and for the SC-LX502 it is 120/8 W/Ohm.

SC-LX502 AVR-X4400H
Channels7.211.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm120/8, 225/6125/8, 165/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.05

Audio features

The score for audio features is 10 of 10 for both receivers.

SC-LX502
10
AVR-X4400H
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.

SC-LX502 AVR-X4400H
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4458 768 KHz/32-bitAK4458 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationMCACCAudyssey MultEQ XT32
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex OptimizerAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFC, Compressed Audio Restorer

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer SC-LX502 scored 8, and Denon AVR-X4400H scored 9 out of 10.

SC-LX502
8
AVR-X4400H
9

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

SC-LX502 AVR-X4400H
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.

SC-LX502 AVR-X4400H
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn RadioDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

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 SC-LX502 got 8 points, but Denon AVR-X4400H received 10 points.

SC-LX502
8
AVR-X4400H
10

Pioneer SC-LX502 is equipped with 7/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon AVR-X4400H has 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available on Denon AVR-X4400H.

SC-LX502 AVR-X4400H
HDMI input/output7/28/3
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 input12
Composite input23
Component input/output1/02/1
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUXUSB, 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 SC-LX502 were rated 10 out of 10 against the 9 for the AVR-X4400H.

SC-LX502
10
AVR-X4400H
9

SC-LX502 AVR-X4400H
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 featuresDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLGBT.2020, HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the SC-LX502 got 7 points, but the AVR-X4400H has 10.

SC-LX502
7
AVR-X4400H
10

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The AVR-X4400H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Denon AVR-X4400H has the ECO mode.

SC-LX502 AVR-X4400H
Voice controlAmazon 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 featuresIP ControlIP Control, Web 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.

SC-LX502 AVR-X4400H
Multi-room zones23
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlFlareConnectHEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/1
DC trigger output (12V)22

Multichannel surround

Pioneer SC-LX502 got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Denon AVR-X4400H got 9.

SC-LX502
7
AVR-X4400H
9

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-X4400H has Auro-3D on its feature list.

SC-LX502 AVR-X4400H
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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