Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080

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

Pioneer SC-LX901
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080

Model

SC-LX901
AVENTAGE RX-A3080

Brand

Pioneer
Yamaha

Rating

4.1 of 5
4.2 of 5

Reviews

93
11

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

D

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

340 W

Standby power consumption

0.15 W
0.1 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

850 W
1350 W

Output power per channel

140 W, 200 W, 255 W
150 W

Output impedance per channel

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

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.06 %

Number of channels

11
9

Signal-to-noise ratio

108 dB
120 dB

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

4
9

Optical digital inputs

3
3

Coaxial digital inputs

2
3

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 qty

40
40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound
Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

32bit / 192kHz
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Front Stage Surround Advance
Virtual CINEMA

Surround system class

11.2 channel
9.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

12
24

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

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

Product weight

46.6 pounds
39.9 pounds

AV receivers HelpToChoose comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 29.3
  • 27.9
  • 29.3Pioneer SC-LX901
  • 27.9Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080

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