Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Pioneer VSX-LX104

      Highlights

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 11.1 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

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 7.1 Channel Processing
      • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/30Hz Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

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      1. Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 740 8K to Pioneer VSX-LX104 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. Both receivers have 7 channel amplifiers.


      Anthem MRX 740 8K Pioneer VSX-LX104

      Anthem MRX 740 8K was introduced in 2021. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 11.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video signal.

      Pioneer VSX-LX104 was introduced in 2019. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales 1080p to 4K video signal.


      We evaluated Anthem MRX 740 8K and Pioneer VSX-LX104 and gave them scores of 89 and 88 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 740 8K

      Pioneer VSX-LX104

      Amplifier
      89
      Amplifier
      86
      Audio Features
      89
      Audio Features
      87
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      95
      Connectivity
      88
      Connectivity
      84
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      83
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      92
      OVERALL
      89
      OVERALL
      88

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

      2. Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Anthem MRX 740 8K and Pioneer VSX-LX104.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Pioneer VSX-LX104

      •   High Power Output - 140 W
      •   11.1 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   IMAX Enhanced
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI 2.1
      •   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
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   USB Input
      •   Phono Input
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Pioneer VSX-LX104

      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   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
      •   Low Power Output - 80 W
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No eARC
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   0 8K Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   No Composite Video Inputs
      •   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 740 8K

      Pioneer VSX-LX104

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   7.2 Channels
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   6 HDMI Inputs
      •   3 HDMI Outputs
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   Bluetooth 4․1 + LE

      3. Advantage of Anthem MRX 740 8K

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Anthem MRX 740 8K over Pioneer VSX-LX104.

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      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Pioneer VSX-LX104
      Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Higher DAC Specs 768 kHz/32 Bit vs 384 kHz/32 Bit
      More Channel Processing 11.1 vs 7.1
      IMAX Enhanced 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 HDMI Inputs 7 vs 6
      More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) vs 2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs
      More Optical Inputs 3 vs 1
      More Optical Outputs 1 vs
      More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 vs 1
      More RCA Line Outputs 1 vs
      More RCA Pre-Outs 11.2 vs 0.2
      Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Pre Out vs HDMI
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs 1 (MAIN: 100 mA)
      Bigger Power Supply 485 W vs 460 W
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 106 dB
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      4. Advantage of Pioneer VSX-LX104

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-LX104 over Anthem MRX 740 8K.

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      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Pioneer VSX-LX104
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
      DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      DSD via USB vs 2-ch Input
      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 5 (1 front)
      Front A/V Inputs vs USB, Mini-Jack
      More Powered Zones vs 2
      Pandora vs
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      More Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9
      More Large Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9

      5. 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 740 8K Pioneer VSX-LX104
        Dolby Atmos
        DTS:X
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) MCACC
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        New HDCP Version2.32.3
        Wi-Fi
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC
        Chromecast Built-In
        Phono Input
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
        Spotify
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 740 8K Pioneer VSX-LX104
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        No Composite Video Inputs
        No Digital Radio

      6. Amplifier

      Anthem MRX 740 8K Pioneer VSX-LX104

      7 channel Class A/B Amplifier: Anthem MRX 740 8K features 7 channel power amplifier with Class A/B design on Channels 1-5 and Class D design on the rest. It is rated at 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      7 channel Direct Energy Amplifier: Pioneer VSX-LX104 features 7 channel power amplifier with Direct Energy design. It is rated at 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.



        AMPLIFIER Anthem MRX 740 8K Pioneer VSX-LX104
        Channels7.27.2
        Power Output140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
        Front Wide Channel Support
        Amplifier DesignClass A/B on Channels 1-5 and Class D on the restDirect Energy
        THX™ Certification
        Continuous 6 Ω Rated
        Certified 4 Ω Performance
        Bi-amp Capability

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        7. Speaker Configurations

        Anthem MRX 740 8K's and Pioneer VSX-LX104's amplifiers can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

        • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
        • Anthem MRX 740 8K: 5.2.2 with internal amplifier and 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with addition of external 2 channel amplifier and 7.2.4 with addition of external 4 channel amplifier.
        • Pioneer VSX-LX104: 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • DTS:X Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for DTS:X:
        • Anthem MRX 740 8K: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2 with internal amplifier and 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with addition of external 2 channel amplifier and 7.2.4 with addition of external 4 channel amplifier.
        • Pioneer VSX-LX104: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
        • Anthem MRX 740 8K: 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Pioneer VSX-LX104: 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
        • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Both models are able to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

        8. Immersive Audio Formats

        Dolby Atmos

        Anthem MRX 740 8K and Pioneer VSX-LX104 support Dolby Atmos.

        • Dolby Surround Upmixer: Both models support Dolby Surround Upmixer. If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.
        • Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization: Pioneer VSX-LX104 supports Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization which is a digital signal processing solution that leverages Dolby's deep understanding of human audio perception to create the sensation of overhead sound from the listener-level speakers.

        DTS:X

        Anthem MRX 740 8K and Pioneer VSX-LX104 support DTS:X.

        • DTS Neural:X: Both models feature DTS Neural:X which is an advanced upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.
        • DTS Virtual:X: Both models feature DTS Virtual:X which bridges the gap between DTS:X codec and the reality of so many consumers' homes, allowing you to enjoy multi-dimensional sound regardless of room size, layout, or speaker configuration. If you have a limited speaker setup you will miss a full immersive potential of your entertainment system. DTS Virtual:X adds height and surround audio effect to your system without adding height speakers. It works with multiple configurations and delivers immersive sound experience out of 5.1 or even 2.1 speaker layouts.
        • DTS Dialog Control: Both models have DTS Dialog Control. This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.

        IMAX Enhanced

        Anthem MRX 740 8K is IMAX Enhanced certified. To qualify for IMAX Enhanced certification, 4K HDR televisions, projectors, sound bars, a/v receivers, loudspeakers, powered subwoofers and other premium home entertainment devices must meet carefully prescribed performance requirements established by IMAX, DTS and Hollywood's leading experts.

        • What makes an IMAX Enhanced A/V receiver different from an A/V receiver with DTS:X technology? DTS:X technology is commonly found in most multi-channel A/V receivers on the market today. All IMAX Enhanced A/V receivers include DTS:X technology and deliver additional features, such as auto-sensing of IMAX Enhanced content, via IMAX Mode. IMAX Mode indicates that your A/V receiver supports fully immersive IMAX signature sound.
        AUDIO DECODING Anthem MRX 740 8K Pioneer VSX-LX104
        Dolby Atmos
        Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        Dolby Atmos Music
        Dolby TrueHD
        Dolby Digital Plus
        Dolby Surround Upmixer
        Dolby Pro Logic
        DTS:X
        DTS Neural:X
        DTS Virtual:X
        DTS Neo
        DTS-HD Master Audio
        DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
        DTS 96/24
        IMAX Enhanced
        Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

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        9. HDMI

        Anthem MRX 740 8K comes with 7 HDMI 2.1 inputs with 8K support. It has 3 outputs - 2 for MAIN and 1 for ZONE2.

        Pioneer VSX-LX104 comes with 6 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs - 1 MAIN and 1 SUB/ZONE 2.

        • 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz Passthrough on Anthem MRX 740 8K: All inputs pass up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
          4K/60Hz Passthrough on Pioneer VSX-LX104: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) video signal.
        • 4K Upscaling on Pioneer VSX-LX104: It can upscale 1080p to 4K from HDMI sources.
        • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35% (available on both models).
        • HDCP 2.3 Copy Protection: Both receivers are HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
        • 3D Ready: Both receivers are able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

        HDR (High Dynamic Range)

        Anthem MRX 740 8K supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma.

        Pioneer VSX-LX104 supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.


        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

        Anthem MRX 740 8K supports Audio Return Channel (ARC) which allows the compatible TV to send audio signal to the a/v receiver through the same HDMI cable which is used to send audio and video signals to the TV. So one HDMI cable is used to transfer audio signal in both directions. New Enhanced ARC will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio whereas the previous ARC could support only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.


        Gaming Features

        Anthem MRX 740 8K supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) for lag-free and smooth gaming.



        VIDEO FEATURES Anthem MRX 740 8K Pioneer VSX-LX104
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dynamic HDR
        BT.2020 color space
        Dolby Vision
        HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
        HDCP Version2.32.3
        ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
        VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
        QFT (Quick Frame transport)
        3-D Ready
        Video Signal Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)

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        10. Inputs and Outputs

        Audio

        • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 740 8K and Pioneer VSX-LX104 with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the receiver.
        • Analog Pre-Outs: Anthem MRX 740 8K has 11.2 preamplifier outputs which allows you to connect the receiver to the external power amplifier. 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 740 8K has 11 channel processing but has only 7 channel amplifier, so it needs external amplifier connected to the analog pre-outs in order to reach its maximum speaker configuration.
        • Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 4 pair of line inputs on Anthem MRX 740 8K and 5 pair of line inputs on Pioneer VSX-LX104 for connecting sources with analog outputs. There is also 1 pair of line outputs on Anthem MRX 740 8K.
        • Digital Inputs and Outputs: 3 optical inputs, 1 optical output and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Anthem MRX 740 8K and 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available on Pioneer VSX-LX104 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 740 8K
          Inputs:
          7   Outputs: 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
          8K Inputs: 7.
        • Pioneer VSX-LX104
          Inputs:
          6   Outputs: 2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)
          8K Inputs: 0.

        Front A/V Inputs

        • Anthem MRX 740 8K: None
        • Pioneer VSX-LX104: USB, Mini-Jack

        Anthem MRX 740 8K

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        Pioneer VSX-LX104

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        TERMINALS Anthem MRX 740 8K Pioneer VSX-LX104
        HDMI Inputs76
        HDMI Outputs3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)
        8K Inputs7
        USB Input for factory service2 (1 Front)
        USB DC Out Port
        Optical Inputs31
        Optical Outputs1
        Coaxial Inputs21
        RCA Line Inputs45 (1 front)
        RCA Line Outputs1
        XLR Line Inputs
        Phono Input
        Multi-Channel Input
        RCA Pre-Outs11.20.2
        XLR Pre-outs
        Composite Video Inputs
        Composite Video Outputs
        S-Video Inputs
        S-Video Outputs
        Component Video Inputs
        Component Video Outputs

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        11. Evaluations

        We evaluated Anthem MRX 740 8K and Pioneer VSX-LX104 and gave them scores of 89 and 88 out of 100 recpectively. We also gave separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


        Anthem MRX 740 8K

        Pioneer VSX-LX104

        OVERALL
        89
        OVERALL
        88

        Amplifier

        EXCELLENT
        89
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   High Power Output - 140 W
        EXCELLENT
        86
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Low Power Output - 80 W

        Audio Features

        EXCELLENT
        89
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   11.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   No DSD via HDMI
        EXCELLENT
        87
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   DSD via HDMI

        Video Features

        EXCELLENT
        100
        •   HDR10
        •   HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   HDMI 2.1
        •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        •   VRR
        •   QFT
        •   8K Passthrough
        EXCELLENT
        95
        •   HDR10
        •   No HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   No 8K Passthrough

        Connectivity

        EXCELLENT
        88
        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        •   Chromecast Built-In
        •   7 HDMI Inputs
        •   4 HDMI Outputs
        •   7 8K Inputs
        •   No USB Input
        •   RCA Line Inputs
        •   Phono Input
        •   RCA Pre-Outs
        •   No Composite Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        GOOD
        84
        •   No eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        •   Chromecast Built-In
        •   6 HDMI Inputs
        •   3 HDMI Outputs
        •   0 8K Input
        •   USB Input
        •   RCA Line Inputs
        •   Phono Input
        •   No RCA Pre-Outs
        •   No Composite Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 4․1 + LE

        Zones

        GOOD
        77
        •   2 Zones
        GOOD
        83
        •   2 Zones

        Radio

        GOOD
        73
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   No Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   No Tidal
        EXCELLENT
        92
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   Tidal

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        Discussion

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