Pioneer SX-10AE vs Onkyo TX-8260

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SX-10AE vs TX-8260 comparison chart

Pioneer SX-10AE vs Onkyo TX-8260 review

Pioneer SX-10AE
vs
Onkyo TX-8260

An overview of Pioneer SX-10AE and Onkyo TX-8260 will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Pioneer SX-10AE received 4.2 points out of 10 possible, and Onkyo TX-8260 was rated 6 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that SX-10AE is inferior in audio processing features to TX-8260.

Main advantages Pioneer SX-10AE over Onkyo TX-8260

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Onkyo TX-8260 over Pioneer SX-10AE

  • 80/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 45/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, TX-8260 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is WI-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

SX-10AE
6
TX-8260
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 2.0-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 TX-8260 this value is 80/8 W/Ohm, and for the SX-10AE it is 45/8 W/Ohm.

SX-10AE TX-8260
Channels2.02.0
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm45/8, 100/680/8, 160/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the SX-10AE 5 out of 10, and the TX-8260 - 7.

SX-10AE
5
TX-8260
7

Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Pioneer SX-10AE has Pure Direct mode.

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.

SX-10AE TX-8260
Digital to analog converter (DAC)N/AAK4452 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featureshas notWRAT

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer SX-10AE scored 4, and Onkyo TX-8260 scored 7 out of 10.

SX-10AE
4
TX-8260
7

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the Onkyo TX-8260.

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

Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the TX-8260 only.

SX-10AE TX-8260
Wi-Fi
USB02 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)1
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.

SX-10AE TX-8260
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notTIDAL, 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, Pioneer SX-10AE got 2 points, but Onkyo TX-8260 received 5 points.

SX-10AE
2
TX-8260
5

Competitors in our review have 0/0 HDMI inputs and outputs.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the TX-8260 has a Phono interface.

SX-10AE TX-8260
HDMI input/output0/00/0
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)
Subwoofer output (LFE)11
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input02
Coaxial digital input02
Composite input00
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsphonesUSB, phones
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.

SX-10AE
false
TX-8260
false

SX-10AE TX-8260
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
4K signal pass-through
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featureshas nothas not

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 4 out of 10.

SX-10AE
4
TX-8260
4

SX-10AE TX-8260
Voice control
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescentfluorescent
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USB
Other additional featureshas nothas 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.

SX-10AE TX-8260
Multi-room zoneshas not2
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas notOnkyo Controller app
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

SX-10AE
false
TX-8260
false

SX-10AE TX-8260
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)has nothas not
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)has nothas not
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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