Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 vs Pioneer SC-LX901

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 vs Pioneer SC-LX901: testing receivers in practice

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 vs Pioneer SC-LX901

The Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 vs Pioneer SC-LX901 comparison shows the great difference in their specs and, for example, amplifiers. The first model has higher total output power – 1350W, and the second one is lower – only 850W. The number of channels also greatly differs: the Pioneer can boast with 11 channels and the Yamaha with 9.

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Features & Performance

Both devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but the SC-LX901 shows much better signal continuity. The RX-A3080 doesn’t allow leaving the house; otherwise, it will be impossible to control the receiver via smartphone. Pioneer presents to the user the three-zone capability, while Yamaha can’t spread the sound to different rooms. The great surprise for me is a difference in sound. Yamaha doesn’t have an ASR technology and the Pioneer is supplemented by the mentioned feature that makes the music and each sound very deep and clear.

Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080

Connections & Setup

It isn’t hard to compare Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 because the first device has 4 AV inputs and the second one – 9. Such a difference can greatly influence the everyday usage process. For me, 4 AV inputs are not enough, especially when I want to connect the computer, camera, camcorder, smartphone, and DVD to the receiver. Both units propose an easy setting process via an on-screen menu.

Design

Comparison of the visual appearance Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 versus Pioneer SC-LX901 shows me that the first model looks very standard (the upper part is glossy and the lower part is matte) with a special protecting panel that not only hides inputs and outputs but also ads classical severity. The Pioneer has a less bright transition from glossy to matte and almost the same panel. It is supplemented by additional side holes that help cool the device down (the first one unit doesn’t have such design method).

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Due to the AITM technology the sound optimizes without user intervention.
  • Amazon Alexa performs the commands quickly and clearly.

Cons:

  • 40 preset FM stations work incorrectly. Nearly 10-12 stations refuse to work at all.
  • The firmware update brings negative consequences: the device turns off unexpectedly, the sound disappears periodically, and the built-in clock shows the wrong time.

Pioneer SC-LX901 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The 7.2.4 effect beats the experience in movie theaters.
  • A short and wide remote is comfortable to keep in hand.

Cons:

  • It doesn’t have an Auto power off option, so I have to control the performance process and check if the receiver is turned off.
  • The device is too heavy (46.6 pounds) and may bring some problems during its placing.
  • AirPlay and Chromecast support only audio.

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Common

Product

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080
Pioneer SC-LX901

Model

AVENTAGE RX-A3080
SC-LX901

Brand

Yamaha
Pioneer

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

12
95

Amplifier

Total output power

1350 W
850 W

Output power per channel

150 W
140 W, 200 W, 255 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm, 6 Ohm
4 Ohm, 6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.06 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

9
11

Signal-to-noise ratio

120 dB
108 dB

Functions

Amplifier class

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

DSD

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS neural:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K
up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion
HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

9
4

Optical digital inputs

3
3

Coaxial digital inputs

3
2

HDMI inputs

7
7

HDMI outputs

2
2

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
2

USB

1
1

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station

40
40

Preset station qty

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

MCACC Pro

Deep color

X.v.Color

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz
32bit / 192kHz

DSP preset qty

Sound output mode

Surround sound effects

Virtual CINEMA
Front Stage Surround Advance

Surround system class

9.2 channel
11.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Digital sound processor (DSP)

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

340 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.15 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

18.7 x 17.1 x 7.6 inches
7.4 x 17.1 x 7.3 inches

Weight

39.9 pounds
46.6 pounds
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080
Pioneer SC-LX901
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080
Pioneer SC-LX901

AV receivers HelpToChoose comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 25.8
  • 25.3
  • 25.8Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080
  • 25.3Pioneer SC-LX901

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