Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Pioneer SC-LX704

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 1140 8K to Pioneer SC-LX704 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. The Anthem MRX 1140 8K has 11 channel and the Pioneer SC-LX704 has 9 channel amplifiers with Anthem MRX 1140 8K's being more powerful.


      Anthem MRX 1140 8K Pioneer SC-LX704

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K was introduced in 2021 and represents a current flagship model of a manufacturer. It is equipped with 11 channel amplifier with 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 15.2 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video signal.

      Pioneer SC-LX704 was introduced in 2019. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier with 135 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 11.2 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales 1080p to 4K video signal.

      Highlights

      • 11.2 Channels
      • 15.2 Channel Processing
      • 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • HDMI 2.1
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
      • 8K Passthrough
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

      Highlights

      • 9.2 Channels
      • 11.2 Channel Processing
      • 135 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/30Hz Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 1140 8K and Pioneer SC-LX704 and gave them scores of 91 and 92 out of 100 recpectively. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Pioneer SC-LX704

      Amplifier
      92
      Amplifier
      91
      Audio Features
      94
      Audio Features
      91
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      95
      Connectivity
      89
      Connectivity
      91
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      92
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      92
      OVERALL
      91
      OVERALL
      92

      For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluations page.

      Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Anthem MRX 1140 8K and Pioneer SC-LX704.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Pioneer SC-LX704

      •   Many Channels - 11.2
      •   High Power Output - 140 W
      •   Front Wide Channel Support
      •   15.2 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   IMAX Enhanced
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI Version
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   VRR
      •   QFT
      •   8K Passthrough
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   4 HDMI Outputs
      •   7 8K Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Spotify
      •   Toroidal Transformer
      •   High Power Output - 135 W
      •   11.2 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   IMAX Enhanced
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   4 HDMI Outputs
      •   USB Input
      •   Many RCA Line Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   3 Zones
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Pioneer SC-LX704

      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No DSD via HDMI
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   No USB Input
      •   No Composite Video Inputs
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Tidal
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No eARC
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   0 8K Input
      •   No Digital Radio


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      Pioneer SC-LX704

      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   9.2 Channels
      •   Bluetooth 4․2

      Advantage of Anthem MRX 1140 8K

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Anthem MRX 1140 8K over Pioneer SC-LX704.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Pioneer SC-LX704
      More Channels 11.2 vs 9.2
      Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 135 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support vs
      Higher DAC Specs 768 kHz/32 Bit vs 384 kHz/32 Bit
      More Channel Processing 15.2 vs 11.2
      DTS Virtual:X vs
      HDR10+ vs
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
      Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through vs
      VRR vs
      QFT vs
      Video Signal Passthrough up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 vs up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs
      More Optical Outputs 1 vs
      More RCA Line Outputs 1 vs
      More RCA Pre-Outs 15.2 vs 11.2
      Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Pre Out vs HDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs 2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA)
      Bigger Power Supply 570 W vs 310 W
      Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 140 W (1% THD) on Channels 1-5, 60 W (1% THD) on Remaining Channels vs 135 W (0.08% THD)
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 107 dB

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      Advantage of Pioneer SC-LX704

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer SC-LX704 over Anthem MRX 1140 8K.

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K vs Pioneer SC-LX704
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
      DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      DSD via USB vs 2-ch Input
      Works with Amazon Alexa vs
      Google Assistant vs
      Apple Siri vs
      Works with SONOS vs
      DTS Play-Fi vs
      USB Input for factory service vs 2 (1 Front)
      More RCA Line Inputs 4 vs 6
      More Composite Video Inputs vs 2
      More Component Video Inputs vs 2
      Front A/V Inputs vs HDMI, USB
      More Zones 2 vs 3
      More Powered Zones vs 2 and 3
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 0 vs 2 / 1
      Pandora vs
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs

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      Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Anthem MRX 1140 8K Pioneer SC-LX704
        High Power Output140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)135 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
        Channel Processing15.211.2
        Dolby Atmos up to 9.1.6 with external amp
        DTS:X Pro up to 9.1.6 with external amp
        IMAX Enhanced
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) MCACC Pro
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        New HDCP Version2.32.3
        Wi-Fi
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC
        Chromecast Built-In
        Many HDMI Inputs77 (1 front)
        Many HDMI Outputs3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)3 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB, 1 ZONE 2)
        Phono Input
        RCA Pre-Outs15.211.2
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
        Spotify
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 1140 8K Pioneer SC-LX704
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        No Digital Radio

      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 1140 8K and Pioneer SC-LX704 with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the receiver.
      • Analog Pre-Outs: Anthem MRX 1140 8K has 15.2 and Pioneer SC-LX704 has 11.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the receivers to the external power amplifiers. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the receiver to power the rest. Also, Anthem MRX 1140 8K has 15 channel processing but has only 11 channel amplifier and Pioneer SC-LX704 has 11 channel processing but has only 11 channel amplifier, so they need external amplifiers connected to their analog pre-outs in order to reach their maximum speaker configurations.
      • Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 4 pair of line inputs on Anthem MRX 1140 8K and 6 pair of line inputs on Pioneer SC-LX704 for connecting sources with analog outputs. There is also 1 pair of line outputs on Anthem MRX 1140 8K.
      • Digital Inputs and Outputs: 3 optical inputs, 1 optical output and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Anthem MRX 1140 8K and 3 optical inputs and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Pioneer SC-LX704 for digital audio connections.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel of each receiver.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Anthem MRX 1140 8K
        Inputs:
        7   Outputs: 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
        8K Inputs: 7.
      • Pioneer SC-LX704
        Inputs:
        7 (1 front)   Outputs: 3 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB, 1 ZONE 2)
        8K Inputs: 0.
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Anthem MRX 1140 8K
        Inputs:
        0   Outputs: 0.
      • Pioneer SC-LX704
        Inputs:
        2   Outputs: 0.
      • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one. resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Pioneer SC-LX704 supports up to 480i/576i resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Anthem MRX 1140 8K
        Inputs:
        0   Outputs: 0.
      • Pioneer SC-LX704
        Inputs:
        2   Outputs: 0.

      Front A/V Inputs

      • Anthem MRX 1140 8K: None
      • Pioneer SC-LX704: HDMI, USB

      Anthem MRX 1140 8K

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      Pioneer SC-LX704

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