1-on-1 Comparison

Side-by-Side Comparison

Denon AVR-X1400H

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102

SCORE:
85
SCORE:
84

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Content

Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X1400H to Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 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 and equally powerful amplifiers.

We have evaluated both receivers. Denon AVR-X1400H gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Denon AVR-X1400H

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102

AMPLIFIER
85
VIDEO FEATURES
91
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
81
MULTIZONE
78
MISCELLANEOUS
68
RADIO
96
OVERALL
85
AMPLIFIER
86
VIDEO FEATURES
94
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
81
MULTIZONE
67
MISCELLANEOUS
61
RADIO
92
OVERALL
84

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Denon AVR-X1400H

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X1400H over Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102.

Denon AVR-X1400H has more zones. It supports Amazon Alexa, Napster and SiriusXM.

Denon AVR-X1400H vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Dolby Digital EX vs
DTS Virtual:X via firmware update vs
Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs
Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through vs
DLNA 1.5 vs
Works with Amazon Alexa vs
AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay
More HDMI Inputs 6 (1 front) vs 4
More Optical Inputs 2 vs 1
More Composite Video Outputs 1 vs
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB vs USB, Mini-Jack
Speaker A/B assignable vs
More Zones 2 vs 1
Napster vs
SiriusXM Internet Radio vs
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals vs
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 175 W (10% THD) vs 170 W (10% THD)

Advantage of Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 over Denon AVR-X1400H.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 has bigger power supply, higher signal to noise ratio and higher bluetooth standard. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI. It has phono input.

Denon AVR-X1400H vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD vs MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB vs up to 192 kHz/24 bit
DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Video Signal Upscaling vs 1080p to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversion vs Component**, Composite
FlareConnect vs
Chromecast Built-In vs
DTS Play-Fi vs
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 vs 3 (1 front)
Phono Input vs
RS-232 Interface vs
+12V Trigger Output vs 1 (MAIN: 100 mA)
More GUI Languages 3 vs 7
Bigger Power Supply 430 W vs 480 W
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 98 dB vs 106 dB
Newer Bluetooth Version 3.0 + EDR vs 4.1 + LE

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Certified 4 Ω Performance
👍   Bi-amp Capability
👍   Dolby Atmos
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Surround Upmixer
👍   DTS:X
👍   DTS Neural:X
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   DTS Express
👍   DTS-ES
👍   High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
👍   Gapless Playback
👍   DSD via USB
👍   Dialog Normalization
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   HDR10
👍   BT.2020 color space
👍   Dolby Vision
👍   HLG
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   Ethernet
👍   Wi-Fi
👍   Bluetooth
👍   New HDCP Version
👍   USB Input
👍   Composite Video Inputs
👍   Zones
👍   Detachable Power Cord
👍   Analog Tuner
👍   Pandora
👍   Spotify
👍   Tidal
👍   Deezer
CONS
👎   No Front Wide Channel Support
👎   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👎   No IMAX Enhanced
👎   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👎   No High-resolution Music Enhancer
👎   No HDR10+
👎   Does Not Work with SONOS
👎   No eARC
👎   Few HDMI Outputs
👎   Few Analog Audio Line Inputs
👎   No Component Video Inputs
👎   No Multi-Channel Input
👎   No Analog Pre-Outs

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X1400H and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 can do 4K upscaling. The receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Denon AVR-X1400H and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. They can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

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.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Denon AVR-X1400H and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. Both of them can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an 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.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 is done by Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever. Hear the detail, warmth and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3 and WMA files stored on USB, Smartphone and portable media players. By restoring data that tend to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneers Advanced Sound Retriever Technology enhances audio reproduction all the way upto 20 Khz frequencies.


Connectivity

Denon AVR-X1400H

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Denon AVR-X1400H can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102

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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver.

Front panel has USB and Mini-Jack inputs.

Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Denon AVR-X1400H and here - Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102.

BASICS Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
BrandDenonPioneer
ModelAVR-X1400HVSX-LX102
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSANorth America
Release Year20172017
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable
AUDIO Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineFour 300 MHz DSP coresDigital Core Engine with Cirrus Logic (Quad Core) x1
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X up to 5.1.2
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X via firmware update
DTS Neo
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSDMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSDApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bit
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT MCACC
VIDEO Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
QMS (Quick Media Switching)
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
QFT (Quick Frame transport)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2 AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only)
Remote App Denon 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire Pioneer Remote App
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Input6 (1 front)4
HDMI Output11
USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory2 (1 Front)
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input23 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In21
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input22
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input
Component Video Output
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USBUSB, Mini-Jack
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Zones21
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output1 (MAIN: 100 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 01 / 0
MISC Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
GUI Languages37
Remote ControllerRC-1217 User-Friendly Simple Remote Control
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Front Panelnot MetalBrushed
Speaker Terminals77
Large Speaker Terminals77
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption430 W480 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 29 W/39 W45 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 151 mm x 339 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 215 mm x 339 mm)
17 1/8" x 6" x 13 3/8" (with antenna: 17 1/8" x 8 1/2" x 13 3/8")
435 mm x 173 mm x 320.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 12-5/8"
Weight8.5 kg (18 lbs 12 oz)8.6 kg (19.0 lbs)
Warranty3 Years3 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS Denon AVR-X1400H Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.08% THD)80 W (0.08% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)175 W (10% THD)170 W (10% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ (Unbalanced)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB106 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct/Pure Audio)
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/nIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version3.0 + EDR4.1 + LE
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AVer. 2.0, 5 V, 500 mA
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1710 kHz530 kHz - 1710 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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