Pioneer SC-LX801 review & specs

Pioneer SC-LX801 — does the price matter?

Pioneer SC-LX801

Several days ago, I got an opportunity to test one of the most popular A/V receivers right now — Pioneer SC-LX801. At the first glance, Pioneer SC-LX801 is a great and reliable receiver that can please your needs. However, many people are not sure whether they should buy this product because the price of this gadget is not the lowest. So, if you want to buy this receiver, you should read this Pioneer SC-LX801 review because we are going to figure out whether the price matters and consider the main advantages and disadvantages of this receiver.

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Design

The design of this receiver is quite classical. There are two big regulators: volume and input selector. In addition, there is one general button, which you should use to turn the receiver on. I have to admit that the quality of this button is not really great. It is not like the “home” button of your iPhone, which brings you a real pleasure when you press it. The receiver’s button is not very reliable and I think that you will face serious problems in the future. However, you can avoid it because you have a special remote controller in order to turn it on or off.

If you are looking at the back side, you will be impressed because the number of different ports can blow your mind. If you really want to get the best sound and create a small cinema at home, this receiver will probably please your needs. To be honest, there are also 2 antennas, which irritate me but I understand that the developers had to add them in order to ensure the best quality.

Characteristics

Well, the most important "feature" is probably quite obvious: the price is relatively high. Of course, everything depends on needs and the financial position of a particular person. However, I realize that this sum is enormous but you should understand that the price is tightly bound with the quality of this receiver. The developers added special features and produced a great product, which will help you watch videos and listen to music for many years. For example, there is a special Internet radio and network audio player. You can listen to podcasts or music without any limits at all.

In addition, they even added the three-zone capability. It means that even three people can use this device simultaneously. It is really great because most of the competitors provide only the dual-zone capability. The smartphone remote control is available as well. If you do not want to use ordinary controllers, you can load a special application on the mobile phone and control this device via mobile. I think it is really great that the company decided to invest more money and make their customers’ lives significantly easier. Of course, do not forget that the pure direct mode, MCACC PRO and deep color technology are available as well.

Performance

As you probably understand, the performance is not going to disappoint you as well. I was really surprised because the operational power consumption is only 320W. I do not know how they did it but it is really great that I will not be forced to pay hundreds of dollars every month because I have a professional A/V receiver at home. If we are talking about the quality of videos, it maintains upscaling up to 4K, that's why you can forget about 720p forever.

Sound Quality

This receiver is ready to maintain all audio formats at any time of a day and it doesn’t matter whether you decided to use Blu-ray Discs or low-quality files, which you found on the Internet. The sound is pure and smooth. I have already watched three movies and there were no additional noises, which can disturb you during watching. Pioneer SC-LX801 will solve your problems quickly and professionally because it has a special ASR technology, which increases the quality of sound. If we are talking about the sound quality, it is probably one of the best products in the market.

Connectivity

Seriously, I cannot find serious disadvantages of this receiver. You can use even the newest Wi-Fi routers because it maintains them all. There are 7 built-in decoders and more than 20 ports. Pioneer SC-LX801 has 8 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs. Can you realize it? Several USB ports, subwoofers and even phones connectivity are available. However, I have to admit that they didn't add coaxial digital outputs and optical digital outputs but I do not think that it is a serious problem. In addition, it is not compatible with Alexa but I do not think that it is needed because you have a special smartphone remote control in order to use it in distance.

Setup

It is not a real problem to setup this device even despite the fact that it has so many different ports. You have a special smartphone application, which can make your life easier and there are also clear instructions, which can solve your problems. To be honest, I’ve managed to turn it on in several dozens of minutes (including testing time), that’s why I think that you will manage to set it up without any problems even if you are not a professional in this sphere.

Conclusion

At the first glance, it seems to be too expensive. Yes, it is really difficult to spend a lot in order to buy an ordinary A/V receiver. However, I really think that the price doesn’t matter, in this instance, because the price equals quality. The company did everything possible to solve your problems and provide the best product. You can listen to music, enjoy pure sound or watch 4K movies. The only minus is the unreliable button, which you do not need to use because you have two types of remote controllers. So, read all the Pioneer SC-LX801 specs again, compare it with competitors and make your final decision!

Common features

Product

Pioneer SC-LX801

Model

SC-LX801

Brand

Pioneer

Rating

4.1 of 5

Reviews

82

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

320 W

Standby power consumption

0.15 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

Amplifier

Total output power

810 W

Output power per channel

140 W, 200 W, 255 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm, 6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %

Number of channels

9

Signal-to-noise ratio

108 dB

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

4

Optical digital inputs

3

Coaxial digital inputs

2

HDMI inputs

8

HDMI outputs

2

Optical digital outputs

has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not

Subwoofer outputs

2

USB

2

Phones

1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM

Preset station qty

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

Audio D/A converter

32bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Front Stage Surround Advance

Surround system class

9.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

12

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

7.4 x 17.1 x 7.3 inches

Product weight

38.5 pounds