Marantz SR6013 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

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SR6013 vs Elite VSX-LX304 comparison chart

Marantz SR6013 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 review

Marantz SR6013
vs
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

Let's compare Marantz SR6013 versus Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 for an overview of all their pros and cons. According to the results of our review, Marantz SR6013 received 9.1 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 was rated 8.5 points. The release date of SR6013 is 2018, and Elite VSX-LX304 is 2019. And as a result of the comparison, SR6013 seems to be a better option for the role of a home theater center than Elite VSX-LX304.

Main advantages Marantz SR6013 over Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304

  • 110/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 100/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 over Marantz SR6013

  • Both receivers have a multi-room zone function, but Elite VSX-LX304 has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 9 points out of 10.

SR6013
9
Elite VSX-LX304
9

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 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 SR6013 this value is 110/8 W/Ohm, and for the Elite VSX-LX304 it is 100/8 W/Ohm.

SR6013 Elite VSX-LX304
Channels9.29.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm110/8, 150/6100/8, 225/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz5Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the SR6013 10 out of 10, and the Elite VSX-LX304 - 9.

SR6013
10
Elite VSX-LX304
9

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. Marantz SR6013 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

SR6013 Elite VSX-LX304
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4458 384 KHz/32-bitAK4458 384 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 Enhancer(MDAX2), 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.

SR6013
8
Elite VSX-LX304
8

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

SR6013 Elite VSX-LX304
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.

SR6013 Elite VSX-LX304
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn RadioDeezer, 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, Marantz SR6013 got 10 points, but Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 received 7 points.

SR6013
10
Elite VSX-LX304
7

Marantz SR6013 is equipped with 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 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 Marantz SR6013.

SR6013 Elite VSX-LX304
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 input21
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input30
Component input/output2/10/0
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 SR6013 were rated 9 out of 10 against the 8 for the Elite VSX-LX304.

SR6013
9
Elite VSX-LX304
8

SR6013 Elite VSX-LX304
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 HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLGDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the SR6013 got 10 points, but the Elite VSX-LX304 has 9.

SR6013
10
Elite VSX-LX304
9

Only the Marantz SR6013 has the ECO mode.

SR6013 Elite VSX-LX304
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AIAmazon 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 featuresIP Control, Web Controlhas 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.

SR6013 Elite VSX-LX304
Multi-room zones23
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)1/01/1
DC trigger output (12V)12

Multichannel surround

Marantz SR6013 got 9 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 got 8.

SR6013
9
Elite VSX-LX304
8

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 SR6013 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. The Elite VSX-LX304 licensed by IMAX.

SR6013 Elite VSX-LX304
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-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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