Marantz SR8012 vs Pioneer SC-LX901

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SR8012 vs SC-LX901 comparison chart

Marantz SR8012 vs Pioneer SC-LX901 review

Marantz SR8012
vs
Pioneer SC-LX901

Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Marantz SR8012 and Pioneer SC-LX901 takes place. According to the results of our review, Marantz SR8012 received 9.5 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer SC-LX901 was rated 8.6 points. The release date of SR8012 is 2017, and SC-LX901 is 2016. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that SR8012 has better performance than SC-LX901.

Main advantages Marantz SR8012 over Pioneer SC-LX901

  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Pioneer SC-LX901 over Marantz SR8012

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

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

SR8012
10
SC-LX901
9

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 11.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. In terms of RMS power, the models have the same characteristics - 140/8, 175/6/8 W/Ohm.

SR8012 SC-LX901
Channels11.211.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm140/8, 175/6140/8, 200/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz20Hz-20KHz
THD in stereo, %0.050.08

Audio features

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

SR8012
10
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.

SR8012 SC-LX901
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bitESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQ XT32MCACC Pro
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Hi-Res audioAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

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

SR8012
8
SC-LX901
8

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

SR8012 SC-LX901
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.

SR8012 SC-LX901
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, TuneIn RadioDeezer, 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, Marantz SR8012 got 10 points, but Pioneer SC-LX901 received 9 points.

SR8012
10
SC-LX901
9

Marantz SR8012 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 Marantz SR8012.

SR8012 SC-LX901
HDMI input/output8/38/2
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 input23
Coaxial digital input22
Composite input42
Component input/output3/12/1
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 the SR8012 were rated 9 out of 10 against the 10 for the SC-LX901.

SR8012
9
SC-LX901
10

SR8012 SC-LX901
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
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 featuresBT.2020, HLGDeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the SR8012 got 10 points, but the SC-LX901 has 8.

SR8012
10
SC-LX901
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 SR8012 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Marantz SR8012 has the ECO mode.

SR8012 SC-LX901
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

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.

SR8012 SC-LX901
Multi-room zones33
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMarantz AVR Remote App, HEOS AppPioneer Control App, FlareConnect
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/12/1
DC trigger output (12V)22

Multichannel surround

Marantz SR8012 got 10 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer SC-LX901 got 7.

SR8012
10
SC-LX901
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 Marantz SR8012 has Auro-3D on its feature list.

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. Only the SR8012 licensed by IMAX.

SR8012 SC-LX901
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-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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