1-on-1 Comparison

Side-by-Side Comparison

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501

Yamaha RX-V585

SCORE:
88
SCORE:
82

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 120 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, Chromecast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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 2 via firmware update, MusicCast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Content

Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 to Yamaha RX-V585 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 with Pioneer Elite SC-LX501's being more powerful.

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 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.

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501

Yamaha RX-V585

AMPLIFIER
91
VIDEO FEATURES
93
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
84
MULTIZONE
85
MISCELLANEOUS
67
RADIO
92
OVERALL
88
AMPLIFIER
80
VIDEO FEATURES
95
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
83
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
60
RADIO
96
OVERALL
82

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 Pioneer Elite SC-LX501

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 over Yamaha RX-V585.

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 has more power per channel and more zones. It has phono input.

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 vs Yamaha RX-V585
Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
DTS Express vs
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD vs MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bit vs
Dialog Normalization vs
FireConnect vs
FlareConnect vs
Chromecast Built-In vs
More HDMI Inputs 7 (1 front) vs 4
More HDMI Outputs 2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2) vs 1
Phono Input vs
More Optical Inputs 2 vs 1
More Component Video Inputs 1 vs
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB vs USB, mini-jack Audio
Speaker A/B vs
More Zones 2 vs 1
RS-232 Interface vs
+12V Trigger Output 2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA) vs
Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 vs 0 / 0
Detachable Power Cord vs
More Speaker Terminals 9 vs 7
More Large Speaker Terminals 9 vs 7
Longer Warranty 3 Years Parts & Labor vs 2 Years
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 120 W (0.08% THD) vs 95 W (0.9% THD)

Advantage of Yamaha RX-V585

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 over Yamaha RX-V585.

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 has more power per channel and more zones. It has phono input.

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 vs Yamaha RX-V585
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit vs up to 192 kHz/32 Bit
Dialogue Lift vs
Virtual Speakers vs including surround back
HLG vs
Works with Amazon Alexa vs
AirPlay AirPlay vs AirPlay 2 via firmware update
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs via firmware update
Newer HDCP Version 2.2 vs 2.3
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 1 / vs 2 /
More Composite Video Inputs 2 vs 3
More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
Napster vs
SiriusXM Internet Radio vs
Bigger Power Supply 250 W vs 260 W
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 105 dB vs 110 dB
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n vs IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.1 + LE vs 4.2

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

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

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 and Yamaha RX-V585 have 7 channel amplifiers. Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 delivers 120 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Yamaha RX-V585 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. They both do 4K upscaling up to 60p. 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

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 and Yamaha RX-V585 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

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 and Yamaha RX-V585 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.


Class D3 Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 amplifier has Class D3 design. Such amplifiers contain advanced integrated circuitry technology creating unmatched power without sacrificing sound quality or performance. Class D3 amplifiers use a Direct Signal Path Design to provide the shortest audio signal path possible. By eliminating EMI filters, feedback loops, and current limiters of previous designs, Class D3 reduces ringing distortion and noise, especially in the high frequency audio band.

The power consumption of the Digital Class D3 Amplifier is significantly lower than traditional A/B amplifiers - letting you save energy and generate less heat without compromising performance. The Digital Class D3 Amplifier uses a simple structure employing a straight signal path, resulting in improved sound quality requiring less energy than competitive models yet producing more simultaneous power output. This direct signal path means no EMI filters, feedback loops or current limiting - a true engineering art. Unlike traditional designs, these amps deliver the strength to handle multiple low-impedance speakers without dramatic power loss. The efficiency of Class D3 means cooler operation while drawing just a fraction of the power consumed by conventional amplifiers, enhancing and extending component life and reliability.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha RX-V585 features Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) which automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 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

Pioneer Elite SC-LX501

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Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 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 7 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 HDMI and USB inputs.

Yamaha RX-V585

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Yamaha RX-V585 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 via firmware update. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

Front panel has USB and mini-jack Audio 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 - Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 and here - Yamaha RX-V585.

BASICS Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
BrandPioneerYamaha
ModelSC-LX501RX-V585
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryNorth AmericaUSA
Release Year20172018
AMPLIFIER Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
DACAKM AK4458Burr-Brown DAC x 4
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:6
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, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHDMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit up to 192 kHz/32 Bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHDApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bit
Gapless Playback
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
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever including enhancer for Bluetooth®
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Virtual Speakers including surround back
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC YPAO sound optimization
VIDEO Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
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/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
MHL Input
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay AirPlay 2 via firmware update
Apple Product Connection Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only) iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android) (iPhone® / iPad® / Android™ phone / tablet)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC (compatible with SCMS-T.)
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC via firmware update
HDCP Version2.22.3
HDMI Input7 (1 front)4
HDMI Output2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)1
USB Input1 FrontUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input44 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In21
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 2 /
Composite Video Input23
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input1
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 Audio
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
Zones21
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 10 / 0
MISC Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
On-Screen DisplayIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) color OSD
PreAmp Mode
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets4040
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
Speaker Terminals97
Large Speaker Terminals97
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption250 W260 W
Standby Power0.15 W0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 185 mm x 395 mm
17-1/8" x 7-5/16" x 15-9/16"
435 mm x 161 mm x 327 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 225.5 mm x 327 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-3/8" x 12-7/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 8-7/8" x 12-7/8")
Weight11.8 kg (26.0 lbs)8.1 kg (17.9 lbs)
Warranty3 Years Parts & Labor2 Years
SPECS Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Yamaha RX-V585
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2120 W (0.08% THD)95 W (0.9% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/82 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance43 Ω100 mV/470 Ω (1 kHz, 50 mV, 8 Ω)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)105 dB110 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component B/R)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/nIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.1 + LE4.2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 AUSB2.0 5 V, 1 A
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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