Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Pioneer SX-10AE and Onkyo TX-8270 takes place. According to the results of our review, Pioneer SX-10AE received 4.2 points out of 10 possible, and Onkyo TX-8270 was rated 6.2 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that TX-8270 has better performance than SX-10AE.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
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-8270 this value is 160/6 W/Ohm, and for the SX-10AE it is 100/6 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||45/8, 100/6||160/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.08|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the SX-10AE 5 out of 10, and the TX-8270 - 8.
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)||N/A||AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||✖||✖|
|Speaker A/B switching||✔||✔|
|Other audio features||has not||Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer SX-10AE scored 4, and Onkyo TX-8270 scored 8 out of 10.
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-8270 only.
|USB||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|
|Other streaming services||has not||Deezer, TIDAL, 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, Pioneer SX-10AE got 2 points, but Onkyo TX-8270 received 5 points.
Only Onkyo TX-8270 has 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.
By using the HDMI ARC, we can get rid of additional audio cables for the forefront of high-quality sound, but also thanks to this technology, it becomes possible to use surround sound formats. The TX-8270 has HDMI ARC support.
HDMI-CEC helps gadgets attached to your TV to link back and forth with your TV via HDMI ports. It is become possible to control all linked devices with one remote. The TX-8270 features HDMI CEC.
Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the TX-8270 has a Phono interface.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✖||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✖||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||✖||HDCP 2.2|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||1||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||0||2|
|Coaxial digital input||0||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✖||✔|
|Front panel connectors||phones||phones|
|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.
HDR pass-through gives you the possibility to broadcast HDR content directly from source to TV without the processing of the receiver. HDR support is available on the Onkyo TX-8270.
With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. Only TX-8270 in our comparison can work with the 4K/60Hz video.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||✖||✔|
|4K signal pass-through||✖||4K/60Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|3D signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✖||✖|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|Other video features||has not||DeepColor, x.v.Color|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the SX-10AE got 4 points, but the TX-8270 has 5.
|App control||✖||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Tuner||AM, FM||FM, DAB|
|Auto power off||✖||✖|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✖||✖|
|Firmware update||✖||network, USB|
|Other additional features||has not||has not|
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.
|Multi-room zones||has not||2|
|Zone audio output||has not||preout|
|Zone HDMI output||has not||✖|
|Multi-room control||has not||FlareConnect|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||0|
|Dolby (other)||has not||has not|
|DTS HD Master||✖||✖|
|DTS (other)||has not||has not|