Marantz SR8012 vs Pioneer SC-LX901

Marantz SR8012 vs. Pioneer SC-LX901 comparison chart

Marantz SR8012 vs. Pioneer SC-LX901

Marantz SR8012 11.2 channel receiver with Alexa

Marantz SR8012 has a symmetrical monolithic power amplifier design with HDAM preamplifier stage. It all let's output 32-bit sound on all channels without any distortion or lagging. Marantz SR8012 can provide a high-speed, stable connection that is enough to stream DSD or uncompressed audio files like FLAC or ALAC. The Audyssey technology constantly monitors audio output, tweaks speakers and balances them to provide you with deep and rich sound. Many input ports, including the legacy ones, like composite and component video, analog audio, coaxial, etc.

Pros of Marantz SR8012:

  • Auro-3D support (you do not need to pay extra money to get it).
  • The device is very flexible in terms of configuration.
  • HEOS with multiroom support. Everything can be controlled via a user-friendly application.
  • The remote controller is well-designed. It has all the functions you may need.

Cons of Marantz SR8012:

  • No AM or FM tuner.
  • It does not have the Audyssey MultEQ Editor application (you can buy it separately).

Pioneer SC-LX901 11.2 channel receiver

This receiver features the Chromecast feature, that lets you play content from different devices. It can be controlled via the application available for Android, iOS, Windows or Chromebook devices. The sound is processed by the MCACC pro-technology that tunes speakers automatically to produce clear sound. The ASR technology guarantees clear sound from compressed audio files. It also has the Band Phase Control feature that deals with delay to avoid any lagging of sound that comes from your speakers. The device supports the FireConnect protocol, so you can connect different devices wirelessly. The device supports 3 zones output.

Pros of Pioneer SC-LX901:

  • Many features and sound enhancement technologies provide you with amazing sound.
  • It has many input ports that let you connect different devices.
  • The process of installing is very easy since it has a detailed instruction.
  • The device is flexible in terms of supported audio setups.

Cons of Pioneer SC-LX901:

  • The MCACC tuning technology may be not very precise and you may need to fine-tune it.
  • Smart TV applications may pop up when you switch to another HDMI input.
  • Sometimes, HDMI cables do not have a solid connection with the receiver. As a result, you get a poor signal.
  • No video output if you connect the receiver with a PC.

Marantz SR8012 vs Pioneer SC-LX901 receiver comparison - you choose the right solution

To make the receiver comparison chart full, we need to compare their total power output – 850 W Pioneer SC-LX901 vs Marantz SR8012 that has 1200W! However, there are other features to pay attention to.

The advantage of Marantz SR8012 is its power, that will fill even a huge area with sound and integrated technologies (like Audyssey) will make sure the sound is clear and natural. The disadvantage is the AM/FM tuner absence.

The advantage of Pioneer is Chromecast technology that is a user-friendly application for streaming content. The disadvantage is that you may have problems with HDMI ports (no video output for a PC).

If you need a powerful solution than Marantz is for you (plus it works with Alexa), but if you need a device that is easy to control and you want to stream content from your device, then choose Pioneer SC-LX901.

Marantz SR8012

Marantz SR8012 review

Oct 01, 2018

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Pioneer SC-LX901

Pioneer SC-LX901 review

Oct 01, 2018

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Product

Marantz SR8012
Pioneer SC-LX901

Model

SR8012
SC-LX901

Brand

Marantz
Pioneer

Rating

4.3 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

10
95

Amplifier

Total output power

1200 W
850 W

Output power per channel

140 W
140 W, 200 W, 255 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm
4 Ohm, 6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.05 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

11
11

Signal-to-noise ratio

110 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

3
4

Optical digital inputs

2
3

Coaxial digital inputs

2
2

HDMI inputs

8
7

HDMI outputs

3
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

32bit / 192kHz
32bit / 192kHz

DSP preset qty

Sound output mode

Surround sound effects

Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos
Front Stage Surround Advance

Surround system class

11.2 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

700 W
340 W

Standby power consumption

0.3 W
0.15 W

User manual

Manual

N/A
N/A

Dimensions

Dimensions

18.1 x 17.1 x 7.5 inches
7.4 x 17.1 x 7.3 inches

Weight

40 pounds
46.6 pounds
Marantz SR8012
Pioneer SC-LX901
Marantz SR8012
Pioneer SC-LX901

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  • 28.1
  • 25.3
  • 28.1Marantz SR8012
  • 25.3Pioneer SC-LX901

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