Denon AVR-X4500H vs Pioneer SC-LX502

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AVR-X4500H vs SC-LX502 comparison chart

Denon AVR-X4500H vs Pioneer SC-LX502 review

Denon AVR-X4500H
vs
Pioneer SC-LX502

An overview of Denon AVR-X4500H and Pioneer SC-LX502 will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-X4500H received 9.4 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer SC-LX502 was rated 8.1 points. The release date of AVR-X4500H is 2018, and SC-LX502 is 2017. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that SC-LX502 is inferior in audio processing features to AVR-X4500H.

Main advantages Denon AVR-X4500H over Pioneer SC-LX502

  • More channels, namely 9, 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-X4500H has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Pioneer SC-LX502 over Denon AVR-X4500H

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 9 and 8, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

AVR-X4500H
9
SC-LX502
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-X4500H supports 9.2-channels sound, but Pioneer SC-LX502 supports a 7.2-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-X4500H this value is 125/8 W/Ohm, and for the SC-LX502 it is 120/8 W/Ohm.

AVR-X4500H SC-LX502
Channels9.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm125/8, 165/6120/8, 225/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.050.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-X4500H 9 out of 10, and the SC-LX502 - 10.

AVR-X4500H
9
SC-LX502
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.

AVR-X4500H SC-LX502
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4458 384 KHz/32-bitAK4458 768 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQ XT32MCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFC, Compressed Audio RestorerAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex Optimizer

Connectivity

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

AVR-X4500H
8
SC-LX502
8

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

AVR-X4500H SC-LX502
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
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.

AVR-X4500H SC-LX502
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound CloudDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

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 AVR-X4500H got 10 points, but Pioneer SC-LX502 received 8 points.

AVR-X4500H
10
SC-LX502
8

Denon AVR-X4500H is equipped with 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer SC-LX502 has 7/2 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 only on Denon AVR-X4500H.

AVR-X4500H SC-LX502
HDMI input/output8/37/2
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 input21
Composite input32
Component input/output2/11/0
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.

AVR-X4500H
10
SC-LX502
10

AVR-X4500H SC-LX502
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 featuresHLG, BT.2020DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVR-X4500H got 10 points, but the SC-LX502 has 7.

AVR-X4500H
10
SC-LX502
7

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-X4500H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa. Only the Denon AVR-X4500H has the ECO mode.

AVR-X4500H SC-LX502
Voice controlAmazon Alexa
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon KindleiPhone, 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

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.

AVR-X4500H SC-LX502
Multi-room zones32
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlHEOS AppFlareConnect
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/1
DC trigger output (12V)22

Multichannel surround

Denon AVR-X4500H got 9 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer SC-LX502 got 7.

AVR-X4500H
9
SC-LX502
7

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. Only the Denon AVR-X4500H has Auro-3D on its feature list.

AVR-X4500H SC-LX502
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-EXPRESS, DTS-SurroundDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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