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Best Buy has Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver on sale for $599.98. Shipping is free or select in-store pickup where available. Thanks Galen_Erso and ucbengr

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A rare sale on a current gen elite with D3 digital amps

120w/ch rated (doesn't get as hot as AB amps and tends to output very close to rated power)

No pre-outs, otherwise has all the current tech and in/outs you need

Atmos 5.2.2, dolby vision, HLG, HDR10, 4K/60P
7 HDMI IN / 2 out (rear 6 support 4:4:4)
Zone 2 HDMI (plays back digital / hdmi sources)
768 kHz/32-bit DAC
Quad core dsp
3D support

If you ask "this or the denon 3400h" for me its really a toss up, both have most of the same tech, and just a few unique features/qualities between them

it would come down to sound or brand preference and maybe specific use-case for me

i have (2) D3 elites and a denon 3400 and I love them both.
Installed many of each equivalent gen over the years for others. Nobody had regrets and were Never disappointed.
IMO there isnt another/better choice for 7.2 channel current gen $600 or less AVR than this and the denon 3400.
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Tell that to Lotus...
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The only major differences are:

1- audyssey vs MCACC
(edge denon)

2 - Rated power (120w vs 105w p/ch)
and
amp tech
(D3 digital amps, runs cool maintains power levels as you add channels/raise volume vs less efficient hot legacy AB amps )
(edge pioneer)

3- pre-outs (edge denon?) altho With the cool and clean power this elite provides, with minimal to no penalty on power per channel as you add channels, it could eliminate the need for pre-outs (since it will better push your 4ohm or power hungry speakers)...
...So good chance you wont need the preouts anymore with this AVR if more power is what you were after.

If you needed preouts to add channels, you still will need them, but in that case you prob should be buying a 9+ channel receiver to begin with.

The 3rd hdmi u speak of is just a 2nd main zone output. So unless u have a projector and a display in same room or want a mirrored display somewhere its of little value. To most/many. ..
...The discreet/independent zone 2 hdmi they both have. ..

If you are installing your AVR in a tight/hot location like av furniture or central closet and dont have great cooling and exhaust or airflow, id pick the elite. Its going to run MUCH cooler than the denon, and put out more power, especially when driven hard.

Again, im a huge fan of both denon in-command series (3xxx and up models) and pioneer elites (sc85-sc99 and sc-lx500 to sc-lx900) and it comes down to what sound u prefer (both have a discernible different signature sound), what brand you prefer, the few $$ price diff, and what you value most out of their very few, but very specific, differences / strengths.

Its a good problem to have as both are very, very good $500-$600 receivers

Take a 3300 over this 502? Nuff said, doesnt even deserve a detailed response.
Not a logical choice, just ur passion or personal preference, not a best value decision. Enjoy whatever you choose!


Some die hard loyalists would rather have the older elite 501 instead of the 3400h too. I dont condone that either.

Brand loyalty is cool but i like both equally so im going with what offers more of what i value if price is very similar/same.

Nobodys making this a competition. There isnt one, both are solid $500-$600 range choices (when both on sale) and both homd their own and BOTH own that price class IMO

Heres a good similar dicussion on the next model up denon and next model up elite, only last gen (minimal changes for both in current gen)

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/90-...417?page=1

Everyone has their preference. I own both and love both
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Can one get rack ears for this? Not able to google anything up. thanks
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Can one get rack ears for this? Not able to google anything up. thanks
No pre-fab ears for AVR's typically, but custom rack shelves and faceplates are available for your AV rack. Kinda thick and heavy for just ears. Altho i see maybe they had them once or someone makes custom. You prob could too out of some aluminum or steel:

https://images.google.com/imgres?...h%2Fx%2Fim

Otherwise checkout middle atlantic:

MIDDLE ATLANTIC part numbers:
RSH4A5XX
RSH4S5XX

https://www.middleatlantic.com/pr...4a5xx.aspx

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...nt.html#qa

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...mount.html

https://www.middleatlantic.com/re...ookup.aspx

Example / Sample pics:

http://www.avsforum.com/photopost...tem-1.jpeg
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Thanks - I have a generic Middle Atlantic shelf for my 1121k right now. This looks like similar dimensions. A custom faceplate would look nice though. I always assumed that only a dealer could order from them.. I guess not.

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No pre-fab ears for AVR's typically, but custom rack shelves and faceplates are available for your AV rack. Kinda thick and heavy for just ears. Altho i see maybe they had them once or someone makes custom. You prob could too out of some aluminum or steel:

https://images.google.com/imgres?...h%2Fx%2Fim

Otherwise checkout middle atlantic:

MIDDLE ATLANTIC part numbers:
RSH4A5XX
RSH4S5XX

https://www.middleatlantic.com/pr...4a5xx.aspx

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...nt.html#qa

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...mount.html

https://www.middleatlantic.com/re...ookup.aspx

Example / Sample pics:

http://www.avsforum.com/photopost...tem-1.jpeg
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How does this compare to the Yamaha a1070? Anyone comment on its zone 2 capabilities? Looking to power a 5.1.2 Atmos in main and 2 in wall speakers in zone 2 (one tv in both zones, needs to be able to output two different HDMI sources to both TVs). I'm good with losing the height speakers when zone 2 is powered. Sadly the Denon 3400 doesn't have enough binding posts to handle this otherwise I would have grabbed one on the incessant fry's sales.

Any HDMI issues now that pioneer is Onkyo owned?
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Calling a receiver "Elite" without preouts is like calling a car a Ferrari and putting a 4 cylinder engine into it. A 4 cylinder is fine, but that's not a Ferrari
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Calling a receiver "Elite" without preouts is like calling a car a Ferrari and putting a 4 cylinder engine into it. A 4 cylinder is fine, but that's not a Ferrari
https://auto.ferrari.com/en_US/sp...els/735-s/

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Calling a receiver "Elite" without preouts is like calling a car a Ferrari and putting a 4 cylinder engine into it. A 4 cylinder is fine, but that's not a Ferrari
Tell that to Lotus...
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It doesn't need to. Stands very well on its own.
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Dang- Why is it so difficult/expensive to make a receiver with pre-outs?

I've got some JBL 580s that are 6 ohm, and sort of hard to drive. I always thought I'd need an amplifier into my system to do it. My current Pioneer AVR is only 80 watts/channel.

Anyone think a jump to 120 watts would give me the power I'd need without needing a AVR with outs and also getting an amp? Thanks -
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Calling a receiver "Elite" without preouts is like calling a car a Ferrari and putting a 4 cylinder engine into it. A 4 cylinder is fine, but that's not a Ferrari
You can pay more and get the next model up with pre-outs.

This one gets you many of the other elite line features (most importantly the Upgraded DAC, digital D3 power/amps, and build quality) at a much lower price point.

Majority of buyers at this range and below dont usually need the pre-outs but will really get to appreciate those other features.

Yes The words pro, elite, limited/special edition, etc are def thrown around loosely everywhere...but this has enough of the "real" pioneer elite core features to be in that class.

Now Calling the LX100's thru LX300's elite is definitely something to laugh at tho, those are more or less closer to the VSX line than the SC/ELITE line so not sure what they are thinking there
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Anyone think a jump to 120 watts would give me the power [for JBL 580s] I'd need without needing a AVR with outs and also getting an amp?
FWIW, I've got the JBL 590s hooked to an old 2005 Onkyo delivering 130 watts and it's plenty, so I would think 120 W is fine for the 580s.
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