Pioneer Elite SC-LX701

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    Highlights

    • 9.2 Channels
    • 11.2 Channel Processing
    • 135 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
    • Phono Input
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    Overview

    Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier with 135 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 11.2 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 91 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
    92
    Audio Features
    89
    Video Features
    93
    Connectivity
    88
    Zones
    92
    Radio
    92
    OVERALL
    91

    For more details about the ranking please scroll down to an    Evaluation section.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer Elite SC-LX701.

    PROs

    •   High Power Output - 135 W
    •   11.2 Channel Processing
    •   Dolby Atmos
    •   DTS:X
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Chromecast Built-In
    •   8 HDMI Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   Many RCA Line Inputs
    •   Phono Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   3 Zones
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal

    CONs

    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No Digital Radio

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   9.2 Channels
    •   3 HDMI Outputs
    •   Bluetooth 4․1 + LE

    Pioneer 2017 Lineup

    In 2017 Pioneer released 14 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Pioneer 2017 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsRoom Corr.Immersive AudioHDRZones Price
    SC-LX502 Image cannot be found 7.2120 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX302 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX102 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-932 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-832 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-532 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.1 MCACCHDR101
    SC-LX901 Image cannot be found 11.2140 W11.211.2 MCACC ProDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    3
    SC-LX801 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W11.211.2 MCACC ProDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    3
    SC-LX701 Image cannot be found 9.2135 W11.211.2 MCACC ProDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    3
    SC-LX501 Image cannot be found 7.2120 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX301 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX101 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-1131 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-831 Image cannot be found 5.280 W5.1 MCACCHDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Pioneer SC-LX502 vs VSX-LX302 vs VSX-LX102 vs VSX-932 vs VSX-832 vs VSX-532.

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 to its predecessor SC-95 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 vs Pioneer SC-95
    Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD vs MP3, WMA, 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
    Reflex Optimizer vs
    BT.2020 color space vs
    Dolby Vision vs
    Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite vs Component****, Composite
    Chromecast Built-In vs
    Works with SONOS vs
    DTS Play-Fi vs
    More Optical Inputs 3 vs 2
    More RCA Line Inputs 6 vs 3
    Phono Input vs
    More Component Video Inputs 2 vs 1
    More Component Video Outputs 1 vs
    Zone 2 Outs HDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out vs RCA Pre/Line Out
    PreAmp Mode vs
    Tidal vs
    Deezer vs
    Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 107 dB vs 101 dB
    Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz vs 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
    Newer Bluetooth Version 4․1 + LE vs 2․1 + EDR
    Wider AM Frequency Range 530 kHz - 1710 kHz vs 530 kHz - 1700 kHz
    Longer Warranty 3 Years Parts & Labor vs 2 Years Parts & Labor
    DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 vs Pioneer SC-95
    Front Wide Channel Support vs
    Bi-amp capability vs Front, Center, Surround, SP-B
    Dolby Digital EX vs
    DTS Neo vs Neo:X (before firmware update)
    DSD to PCM Converter vs
    Sound Retriever AIR vs
    Digital Noise Reduction vs
    High-resolution Music Enhancer vs Hi-bit32 Audio Processing
    Optimum Surround vs
    Headphone Surround vs
    Virtual Speakers vs (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
    Higher MCACC Memory 3 vs 6
    Stream Smoother vs
    Pure Cinema vs
    Video Parameter Adjustments vs YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level
    MHL Input vs 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
    DLNA 1.5 vs
    Less HDMI Outputs 2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2) vs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
    Less Optical Outputs vs 1
    Less RCA Line Outputs vs 1
    Less RCA Pre-Outs 11.2 vs 13.2
    Less Composite Video Outputs vs 2
    Less Zones 3 vs 4
    Less Powered Zones 2 and 3 vs 2, 3 and HDZone
    On-Screen Display Icon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) vs Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
    AVNavigator vs Built-in
    Less Presets 40 vs 63
    Smaller Power Supply 310 W vs 330 W

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 vs SC-95.

    Successor

    In 2019 Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 was replaced by Pioneer SC-LX704. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 and its successor.

    UPGRADES Pioneer SC-LX704 vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX701
    Higher DAC Specs 384 kHz/32 Bit vs 192 kHz/32 Bit
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
    IMAX Enhanced vs
    HLG vs
    Newer HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2
    Works with Amazon Alexa vs
    AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay
    More HDMI Outputs 3 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB, 1 ZONE 2) vs 2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)
    USB Input 2 (1 Front) vs 1 Front
    Solid Aluminum Front vs
    Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 107 dB vs 107 dB
    Newer Bluetooth Version 4․2 vs 4․1 + LE
    DOWNGRADES Pioneer SC-LX704 vs Pioneer Elite SC-LX701
    Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
    High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
    Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K vs up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
    Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite vs Component**, Composite
    Component Video Maximum Resolution 480i/576i vs 1080i
    Less HDMI Inputs 7 (1 front) vs 8 (1 front)
    Less Component Video Outputs vs 1

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 vs SC-LX704.

    Audio Section

    9 channel Class D3 (Direct Energy HD) Amplifier

    Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 features 9 channel power amplifier with Class D3 design (Direct Energy HD). It is rated at 135 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels9.2
      Power Output135 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      Amplifier DesignClass D3 (Direct Energy HD)
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability

      Speaker Configurations

      Pioneer Elite SC-LX701's 9 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 7.2.4 with addition of external 2 channel amplifier.
      • DTS:X Configurations: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 7.2.4 with addition of external 2 channel amplifier.
      • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
      • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 allows you to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.
      Pioneer Elite SC-LX701

      Dolby Atmos

      Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 supports Dolby Atmos. It is a cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound 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. 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.

      • Dolby Surround Upmixer: 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

      Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 supports DTS:X. 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: DTS Neural:X is an advanced 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.
      DECODING
      Dolby Atmos
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      Dolby Atmos Music
      Dolby TrueHD
      Dolby Digital Plus
      Dolby Surround Upmixer
      Dolby Pro Logic
      Dolby Digital EX
      Surround EX
      DTS:X
      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
      IMAX Enhanced
      Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

      Sound Processing

      • Advanced Sound Retriever: Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 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.

      Room Calibration

      Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 comes with MCACC Pro room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      • MCACC: Pioneer’s exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) delivers an easy-to-use, automatic sound adjustment system to precision-tune your Pioneer and Pioneer Elite receivers with minimal effort. Every MCACC system comes with a microphone to measure and analyze reverb characteristics. The equalizer optimally adjusts sound parameters to fit the size and shape of your home environment while maintaining the integrity of high-resolution playback without any degradation to the quality of your music.

      Video Section

      HDMI

      Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 features 8 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs: 1 MAIN and 1 SUB/ZONE 2.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) video signal.
      • 4K Upscaling: Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 can upscale up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) from HDMI sources.
      • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35%.
      • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10 and Dolby Vision. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.

      • HDR10: HDR10 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 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors. It is technically limited to a maximum of 10,000 nits peak brightness, however common HDR10 contents are mastered with peak brightness from 1,000 to 4,000 nits.
      • Dolby Vision: Dolby Vision is a set of technologies developed by Dolby Laboratories for high dynamic range (HDR) video. It covers content creation, distribution, and playback. Like HDR10+, it includes dynamic metadata that are used to adjust and optimize each frame of the HDR video to the consumer display's capabilities in a way specified by the content creator. Dolby Vision allows for a maximum resolution of 8K up to 12-bit color depth, maximum peak brightness of 10,000 nits and a color gamut up to Rec. 2020. It uses Dolby's proprietary dynamic metadata defined in SMPTE ST 2094-10.
      Pioneer Elite SC-LX701
      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.2
      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)
      Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)

      Multi-zone Playback

      Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 3 different rooms.


      Zone 2

      • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 7 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      • HDMI Output: Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 offers HDMI output for Zone 2. This means that it can send two different HDMI signals to two displays.
      • Audio Pre/Line Output: If you have a dedicated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre/line outs and use "pre out" option to control volume from the a/v receiver or use "line out" option - send fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 2 amplifier.

      Zone 3

      • Powered Zone 3: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 3 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 7 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      • Audio Pre/Line Output: If you have a dedicated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre/line outs and use "pre out" option to control volume from the a/v receiver or use "line out" option - send fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 3 amplifier.
      ZONES
      Number of Zones3
      Powered Zones2 and 3
      Zone 2 OutsHDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out
      Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output2 (A: 100 mA, B: 25 mA)
      Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 1
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      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the a/v receiver.
      • Analog Pre-Outs: Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 has 11.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v 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 a/v receiver to power the rest. Also, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 has 11 channel processing but has only 9 channel amplifier, so it needs the external amplifier connected to the analog pre-outs in order to reach the maximum speaker configuration.
      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 6 line inputs for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs: 3 optical inputs and 2 coaxial inputs are available for digital audio connection.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Inputs: 8 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 0
      • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one. Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 supports up to 1080i resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, USB
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs2 (1 MAIN, 1 SUB/ZONE 2)
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 Front
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs3
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs2
      RCA Line Inputs6
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs11.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs2
      Composite Video Outputs
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs2
      Component Video Outputs1

      Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 Evaluation

      We evaluate Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 and give score of 91 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


      OVERALL
      91

      Amplifier

      EXCELLENT
      92

      We give Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 a score of 92 for Amplifier features.

      •   9.2 Channels
      •   High Power Output - 135 W

      Audio Features

      EXCELLENT
      89

      We give Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 a score of 89 for Audio Features features.

      •   9.2 Channels
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   11.2 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      EXCELLENT
      93

      We give Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 a score of 93 for Video Features features.

      •   HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion

      Connectivity

      EXCELLENT
      88

      We give Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 a score of 88 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   8 HDMI Inputs
      •   3 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   Many RCA Line Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 4․1 + LE

      Zones

      EXCELLENT
      92

      We give Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 a score of 92 for Zones features.

      •   3 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      92

      We give Pioneer Elite SC-LX701 a score of 92 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal


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