Denon AVR-X6300H vs Pioneer VSX-834 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
74
SCORE:
46

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X6300H to Pioneer VSX-834 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 Denon AVR-X6300H has 11 channel and the Pioneer VSX-834 has 7 channel amplifiers with Denon AVR-X6300H's being more powerful.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Denon AVR-X6300H Highlights

Pioneer VSX-834 Highlights

  • 11.2 channels
  • 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 7.2 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth

We have evaluated both receivers. Denon AVR-X6300H 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-X6300H

Pioneer VSX-834

AMPLIFIER
79
VIDEO FEATURES
78
AUDIO FEATURES
67
CONNECTIVITY
64
MULTIZONE
75
MISCELLANEOUS
72
RADIO
93
OVERALL
74
AMPLIFIER
58
VIDEO FEATURES
71
AUDIO FEATURES
56
CONNECTIVITY
14
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
14
RADIO
21
OVERALL
46

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-X6300H over Pioneer VSX-834

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X6300H over Pioneer VSX-834.

Denon AVR-X6300H has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more zones and bigger power supply. It supports Auro3D, Amazon Alexa, internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Napster and SiriusXM. It has phono input and analog pre-outs.

Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
More Channels 11.2 7.2
More Channel Processing 11.2 7.1
Dolby Digital EX
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
Jitter Reduction
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 1080p to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite
isf Certified Calibration Control
DLNA 1.5
Works with Amazon Alexa
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 4
More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) 1
USB Input 1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 7 (1 front) 3
Phono Input
More Optical Inputs 2 1
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 / No 1 / No
More Composite Video Inputs 5 (1 front)
More Composite Video Outputs 1
More Component Video Inputs 2
More Component Video Outputs 1
More Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 0.2
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, Composite, L/R Audio
Speaker A/B assignable
More Zones 3 1
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output 2
Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 0 / 0
Detachable Power Cord
Digital Radio HD Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
More Speaker Terminals 11 7
More Large Speaker Terminals 11 2
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
Bigger Power Supply 750 W 490 W
Longer Warranty 3 Years 1 Year Parts & Labor
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 140 W (0.05% THD) 80 W (0.08% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 250 W (10% THD) 165 W (10% THD)
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 4 Ω, Front) 250 W x 2-channel 125 W
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 160 W x 2-channel 85 W

Advantage of Pioneer VSX-834 over Denon AVR-X6300H

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-834 over Denon AVR-X6300H.

Pioneer VSX-834 has higher signal to noise ratio and higher bluetooth standard.

Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS Virtual:X
USB DC Out Port
More GUI Languages 3 7
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 102 dB 109 dB
Newer Bluetooth Version 3.0 + EDR 4.2

Common Strengths of Denon AVR-X6300H and Pioneer VSX-834

Denon AVR-X6300H and Pioneer VSX-834 share common strengths such as Dolby Atmos support, DTS:X support, HDR10, Dolby Vision and bluetooth.

STRENGTHS Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4
DTS:X up to 7.1.4
DTS Neural:X
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
HDR10
Dolby Vision
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 1080p to 4K
Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2
Zones 3 1
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM

Common Weaknesses of Denon AVR-X6300H and Pioneer VSX-834

Denon AVR-X6300H and Pioneer VSX-834 share common weaknesses such as no front wide channel support, no MHL input, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no SONOS and no analog multi-channel input.

WEAKNESSES Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
No Front Wide Channel Support
No IMAX Enhanced
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No VRR
No QFT
No MHL Input
No FireConnect
No FlareConnect
No Chromecast Built-In
No DTS Play-Fi
Does Not Work with SONOS
No eARC
No Multi-Channel Input

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X6300H has 11 channel and Pioneer VSX-834 has 7 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X6300H delivers 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Pioneer VSX-834 delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both 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. Denon AVR-X6300H can do 4K upscaling up to 60p and Pioneer VSX-834 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-X6300H and Pioneer VSX-834 support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. The Denon AVR-X6300H can be configured upto 7.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers and the Pioneer VSX-834 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-X6300H and Pioneer VSX-834 support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. The Denon AVR-X6300H can be configured upto 7.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers. The Pioneer VSX-834 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.


Auro-3D with its Auro-Matic upmixer

Denon AVR-X6300H supports Auro-3D and its Auro-Matic upmixer via charged firmware upgrade. Auro-3D is an immersive 3D audio format developed by the Belgium-based company Auro Technologies. It consists of three layers of sound - surround, height and overhead ceiling. The base horizontal layer uses 5.1 or 7.1 format, the height layer is on top of the base layer and its information is extracted from the standard 5.1 surround PCM carrier. The a/v receiver decoder then extracts this information during playback. In home cinema Auro-3D comes with different listening formats - Auro 9.1, Auro 10.1 with added Top Ceiling channel ("Voice of God"), Auro 11.1 with added Front Height Center channel, and Auro 13.1 with added Left Rear Surround & Right Rear Surround channel. Auro-Matic upmixer takes non Auro-3D sound and upmixes to the current speaker configuration.


D.D.S.C.

Denon AVR-X6300H has D.D.S.C (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit). A single IC chip is generally used in processing A/D, DSP, and D/A conversions that are vital to sound quality. The D.D.S.C. uses separate components to process the important sections of the A/D, DSP, and D/A conversions and therefore significantly improves signal processing capability and performance. In addition, the approach of developing and incorporating high-quality dedicated elements in the sections that configure the circuitry makes it easier to develop a high-grade, advanced surround circuit compared with the method where all processing is concentrated within a single chip. Denon’s proprietary digital audio technology that had for many years been developed for pure Hi-Fi components is now also alive in each block of the D.D.S.C.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-834 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-X6300H

Denon AVR-X6300H 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 8 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. There are 11.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB, Composite and L/R Audio inputs.

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Pioneer VSX-834

Pioneer VSX-834 can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has no inputs.

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Detailed 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-X6300H and here - Pioneer VSX-834.

BASICS Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
BrandDenonPioneer
ModelAVR-X6300HVSX-834
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSANorth America
Release Year20162019
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
Channels11.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Amplifier DesignMonolithicDirect Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable
AUDIO Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine4 powerful high speed 4th generation SHARC DSP processors with 32-bit floating pointDigital Quad-Core 32-bit DSP (Cirrus Logic)
Maximum Channel Processing11.27.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X up to 7.1.4
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
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
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
Dialog Enhancement
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
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT32 MCACC
VIDEO Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 1080p to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)4
HDMI Outputs3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)1
USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs7 (1 front)3
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs21
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No1 / No
Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs11.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite, L/R Audio
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
Zones31
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output2
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 10 / 0
MISC Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface User-Friendly GUI with System Setup Menu
GUI Languages37
Remote ControllerRC-1211
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Digital Radio HD Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
Front PanelMetalBrushed
Speaker Terminals117
Large Speaker Terminals112
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption750 W490 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 65 W/110 W43.2 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 167 mm x 393 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 235 mm x 393 mm)435 mm x 148 mm x 321 mm
17-1/8" x 5-13/16" x 12-5/8"
Weight14.5 kg (31 lbs 15 oz)8 kg (17.6 lbs)
Warranty3 Years1 Year Parts & Labor
SPECS Denon AVR-X6300H Pioneer VSX-834
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)140 W (0.05% THD)80 W (0.08% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)250 W (10% THD)165 W (10% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)250 W x 2-channel125 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)160 W x 2-channel85 W
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)102 dB109 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Pure Audio)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Bluetooth Version3.0 + EDR4.2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
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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