Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 (European version)
- 120 W (8 β¦, 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
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Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 Overview
Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.
We evaluated the Receiver and gave 59 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.
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 video signal passthrough and 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...
Pros and Cons
In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer Elite SC-LX501.
|DSD via HDMI||π|
|DSD via USB||π|
|4K or 8K Video Passthrough||π|
|4K or 8K Signal Upscaling||π|
|New HDCP Version||π|
|Many HDMI Inputs||π|
|Composite Video Inputs||π|
|Component Video Inputs||π|
|New Bluetooth Version||π|
|No Front Wide Channel Support||π|
|No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||π|
|No DTS Virtual:X||π|
|No IMAX Enhanced||π|
|No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer||π|
|No Audyssey Dynamic EQ||π|
|No Audyssey Dynamic Volume||π|
|No Audyssey LFC||π|
|No Audyssey Sub EQ HT||π|
|No Dynamic HDR||π|
|No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through||π|
|No MHL Input||π|
|No DLNA 1.5||π|
|No DTS Play-Fi||π|
|Does not Work with Amazon Alexa||π|
|Does Not Work with SONOS||π|
|No Multi-Channel Input||π|
|No Analog Pre-Outs||π|
|No SiriusXM Internet Radio||π|
Major Changes from its predecessor
Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 to its predecessor SC-91 and displaying the major changes.
|UPGRADES||Pioneer Elite SC-LX501||Pioneer Elite SC-91|
|BT.2020 color space||β||β|
|More Analog Audio Line Inputs||4||3|
|More Optical Inputs||2||1|
|Analog Tuner||β FM/AM with RDS||β FM/AM|
|Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB||11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz||5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz|
|Newer Bluetooth Version||4.1 + LE||2.1 + EDR|
|DOWNGRADES||Pioneer Elite SC-LX501||Pioneer Elite SC-91|
|Front Wide Channel Support||β||β|
|Sound Retriever||β Advanced||β Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)|
|Sound Retriever AIR||β||β|
|High-resolution Music Enhancer||β||β Hi-bit24 Audio Processing|
|Less Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System||β MCACC||β MCACC Pro|
|Analog To HDMI Upconversion||β Component**, Composite||β Component****, Composite|
|MHL Input||β||β 1 Rear (Version 2.0)|
|Less Analog Audio Line Outputs||β||1|
|Less Composite Video Outputs||β||2|
|Smaller Power Supply||250 W||290 W|
For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 vs Pioneer Elite SC-91.
Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 has 7 channel Class D3 amplifier and delivers 120 W (8 β¦, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 β¦ load.
The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 60p. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.
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 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 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It 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 Audioβ’ 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 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It 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 a new 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 Class D3 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.
Advanced Sound Retriever
Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 is done by Pioneerβs 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.
Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 comes with MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.
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 and 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.
Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer Elite SC-LX501.
|Front Wide Channel Support||β|
|Amplifier Design||Class D3 (Direct Energy HD)|
|Continuous 6 β¦ Rated||β|
|Certified 4 β¦ Performance||β|
|Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine||Cirrus Logic (Quad Core) x 1|
|Maximum Channel Processing||7.1|
|Air Studios Monitor Certification||β|
|Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||β|
|Dolby Digital Plus||β|
|Dolby Surround Upmixer||β|
|Dolby Pro Logic||β|
|Dolby Digital EX||β|
|DTS Neo||β Neo:6|
|DTS-HD Master Audio||β|
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio||β|
|DTS-ES||β Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1|
|Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer||β|
|PCM||β 2-ch/Multi-ch Input|
|Music Playback via USB||MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD|
|High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network||β 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit|
|High Resolution Audio Formats via USB||Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD|
|Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB||β up to 192 kHz/24 bit|
|DSD via HDMI||β 2-ch/Multi-ch Input|
|DSD via USB||β 2-ch Input|
|DSD to PCM Converter||β|
|Sound Retriever||β Advanced|
|Sound Retriever AIR||β|
|Digital Noise Reduction||β|
|Tone Control||β All Channels|
|Compressed Music Enhancer||β Advanced Sound Retriever|
|High-resolution Music Enhancer||β|
|Audyssey Dynamic EQ||β|
|Audyssey Dynamic Volume||β|
|Audyssey Sub EQ HT||β|
|Pure Direct Mode||β|
|Advanced Surround||11 + 1|
|Front Stage Surround Advance||β|
|Independent Dual Subwoofer Output||β|
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.||β MCACC|
|Full Band Phase Control||β|
|Standing Wave Control||β|
|Distance Adjustment||0.1 feet|
|Auto Subwoofer Crossover||β|
|BT.2020 color space||β|
|Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)||β|
|Quick Media Switching (QMS)||β|
|Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)||β|
|Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)||β|
|Quick Frame Transport (QFT)||β|
|Video Signal Passthrough||up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)|
|Video Signal Upscaling||β up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)|
|Analog To HDMI Upconversion||β Component**, Composite|
|Component Video Upscaling||β|
|Analog to Analog Video conversion||β|
|Component Video Maximum Resolution||480i/576i|
|Video Parameter Adjustments||β|
|isf Certified Calibration Control||β|
|Works with Amazon Alexa||β|
|Works with SONOS||β|
|Apple Product Connection||β Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only)|
|Remote App||β iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)|
|InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue||β|
|Bluetooth||β SBC, AAC|
|Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)||β|
|HDMI Inputs||7 (1 front)|
|HDMI Outputs||2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)|
|USB Input||1 Front|
|USB DC Out Port||β|
|Analog Audio Line Inputs||4|
|Analog Audio Line Outputs||β|
|Coaxial Inputs/Outputs||1 / No|
|Composite Video Inputs||2|
|Composite Video Outputs||β|
|Component Video Inputs||1|
|Component Video Outputs||β|
|Front A/V Inputs||HDMI, USB|
|Headphone Out||β 6.3 mm|
|Zone 2 Outs||HDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out|
|+12V Trigger Output||2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA)|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||1 / 1|
|On-Screen Display||Icon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)|
|Versatile Speaker Configuration||Surround Back/Front Height/Top/Front Bi-Amp/Zone 2/B Speaker|
|Detachable Power Cord||β|
|Analog Tuner||β FM/AM with RDS|
|Internet Radio||β TuneIn|
|SiriusXM Internet Radio||β|
|Solid Aluminum Front||β|
|Large Speaker Terminals||9|
|Color-Coded Speaker Terminals||β|
|Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals||β|
|Ceramic Speaker Terminals||β|
|3D Space Frame Construction||β|
|Gold plated RCA terminals||β|
|Power Supply||AC 220-230 V, 50/60 Hz|
|Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer||β|
|Power Consumption||250 W|
|No Sound Power||60 W|
|Standby Power||0.2 W|
|Auto Power off||β|
|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"
|Weight||12.0 kg (26.5 lbs)|
|Warranty||3 Years Parts & Labor|
|Power Output (8 β¦, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC)||120 W (0.08% THD)|
|Power Output (6 β¦, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)||150 W (1.0% THD)|
|Power Output (6 β¦, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)||180 W (1% THD)|
|Power Output (4 β¦, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven)||200 W (1.0% THD)|
|Rated Power Output (4 β¦, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)||220 W (1% THD)|
|Maximum Power Output (4 β¦, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)||320 W (10% THD)|
|Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 β¦, 1 kHz, 1.0%)||560 W|
|THD||0.05% (1 kHz, 100 W)|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)||200 mV/82 kβ¦|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)||3.5 mV/47 kβ¦|
|Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance||43 β¦|
|Rated Headphone Power Output||57 mW (32 β¦, 1 kHz, 10% THD)|
|Phono Overload||70 mV (MM, 1 kHz, 0.5%)|
|S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)||105 dB|
|S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)||80 dB|
|DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI||2.8 MHz|
|DSD Sampling Rates via USB||11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz|
|Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance||1 Vp-p/75 β¦ (Component Y)|
0.7 Vp-p/75 β¦ (Component B/R)
1 Vp-p/75 β¦ (Composite)
|Wi-Fi Standard||IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency||5 GHz, 2.4 GHz|
|Bluetooth Version||4.1 + LE|
|Bluetooth Frequency||2.4 GHz|
|HDMI Output Type||5 V, 55 mA|
|USB Terminal||USB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A|
|FM Frequency||87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz|
|AM Frequency||522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz|
* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted
In 2017 Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 was replaced by SC-LX502. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.
|UPGRADES||Pioneer Elite SC-LX502||Pioneer Elite SC-LX501|
|Analog To HDMI Upconversion||β Component**, Composite||β Component**, Composite|
|DOWNGRADES||Pioneer Elite SC-LX502||Pioneer Elite SC-LX501|
|Video Signal Upscaling||β 1080p to 4K||β up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)|
For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX501.