Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Pioneer VSX-LX304

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      Overview

      Here we are comparing Anthem MRX 740 8K to Pioneer VSX-LX304 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 740 8K has 7 channel and the Pioneer VSX-LX304 has 9 channel amplifiers.


      Anthem MRX 740 8K Pioneer VSX-LX304

      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-LX304 was introduced in 2019. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier with 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 9.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales 1080p to 4K video signal.

      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

      • 9.2 Channels
      • 9.1 Channel Processing
      • 100 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

      We evaluated Anthem MRX 740 8K and Pioneer VSX-LX304 and gave them scores of 89 and 90 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-LX304

      Amplifier
      89
      Amplifier
      90
      Audio Features
      89
      Audio Features
      90
      Video Features
      100
      Video Features
      95
      Connectivity
      88
      Connectivity
      85
      Zones
      77
      Zones
      90
      Radio
      73
      Radio
      92
      OVERALL
      89
      OVERALL
      90

      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 740 8K and Pioneer VSX-LX304.

      PROS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Pioneer VSX-LX304

      •   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 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
      •   9.1 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
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Google Assistant
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   Phono Input
      •   Ethernet
      •   3 Zones
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      CONS

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

      Pioneer VSX-LX304

      •   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
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   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-LX304

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   9.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 100 W
      •   3 HDMI Outputs
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   Bluetooth 4․2

      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-LX304.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Pioneer VSX-LX304
      Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 100 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 9.1
      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 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, RCA Pre/Line Out (shared with Zone B line out)
      +12V Trigger Output 3 vs 2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA)
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 106 dB

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      Advantage of Pioneer VSX-LX304

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-LX304 over Anthem MRX 740 8K.

      Anthem MRX 740 8K vs Pioneer VSX-LX304
      More Channels 7.2 vs 9.2
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
      DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      DSD via USB vs 2-ch Input
      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 5 (1 front)
      Front A/V Inputs vs HDMI, USB, Mini-Jack
      More Zones 2 vs 3
      More Powered Zones vs 2 and 3
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 0 vs 1 / 1
      Pandora vs
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      More Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9
      More Large Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9
      Bigger Power Supply 485 W vs 750 W

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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 740 8K Pioneer VSX-LX304
        Channel Processing11.19.1
        Dolby Atmos
        DTS:X
        IMAX Enhanced
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) Advanced MCACC
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        New HDCP Version2.32.3
        Wi-Fi
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC
        Chromecast Built-In
        Many HDMI Inputs77 (1 front)
        Phono Input
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
        Spotify
      WEAKNESSES Anthem MRX 740 8K Pioneer VSX-LX304
        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

      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Anthem MRX 740 8K and Pioneer VSX-LX304 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-LX304 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-LX304 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-LX304
        Inputs:
        7 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)
        8K Inputs: 0.

      Front A/V Inputs

      • Anthem MRX 740 8K: None
      • Pioneer VSX-LX304: HDMI, USB, Mini-Jack

      Anthem MRX 740 8K

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      Pioneer VSX-LX304

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