Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Denon AVR-X4500H and Pioneer SC-LX901 takes place. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-X4500H received 9.4 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer SC-LX901 was rated 8.6 points. The release date of AVR-X4500H is 2018, and SC-LX901 is 2016. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that AVR-X4500H has better performance than SC-LX901.
For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 9 points out of 10.
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-LX901 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 SC-LX901 this value is 140/8 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-X4500H it is 125/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||125/8, 165/6||140/8, 200/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.05||0.08|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-X4500H 9 out of 10, and the SC-LX901 - 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.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit||ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||Audyssey MultEQ XT32||MCACC Pro|
|Speaker A/B switching||✔||✔|
|Other audio features||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFC, Compressed Audio Restorer||Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is equal and was rated 8 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||1 (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|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio|
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-LX901 received 9 points.
Denon AVR-X4500H is equipped with 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer SC-LX901 has 8/2 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.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.2||HDCP 2.2|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||2||3|
|Coaxial digital input||2||2|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic||USB, HDMI, 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 rivals in our comparison were rated 10 out of 10.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||✔|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/60Hz||4K/60Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Video conversion||analog to HDMI||analog to HDMI|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||HLG, BT.2020||DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVR-X4500H got 10 points, but the SC-LX901 has 8.
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.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa||✖|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle||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||IP Control||IP 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||HEOS App||Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||1/1||2/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||2||2|
Denon AVR-X4500H got 9 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer SC-LX901 got 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.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus||Dolby Digital Plus|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS|