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anywhere in the home, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today completed its
line of ultra high-end Elite® SC receivers with the
introduction of the SC-75,
THX Certified 9.2-channel audio video receivers. The new models offer
best-in-class performance utilizing Pioneer’s renowned Class D3
amplification technology that can simultaneously drive each channel at
extremely high volume levels without loss of power and audio quality.
The receivers are also integrated with additional technologies and
convenience features including HDBaseT™ (SC-79 only), high-resolution
audio playback, multi-room and multi-source setup and playback
configurations, 4K Ultra HD upscaling, ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC™(digital-to-analog converter), 192 kHz/32-bit audio scaler,
iControlAV2013 App compatibility and more.
Elite SC-79 9.2-channel audio video receiver (Photo: Business Wire)
“We’re continuing to integrate the newest and most advanced technologies
available into our products, including being the first manufacturer to
incorporate the new HDBaseT high definition multi-zone standard,” said
Chris Walker, director of AV marketing and product planning for the Home
Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Through our
Class D3 technology, each one of these receivers is built to
produce an enormous amount of power efficiently without sacrificing
performance, whether it’s powering an advanced 9.2-channel home theater
set up or spreading the task to various rooms of the house.”
Performance and Control
HDBaseT (SC-79 only) – The SC-79 model is the first receiver in
the industry to use the HDBaseT standard for a one wire multi-zone
connection. It enables the delivery of uncompressed high definition
video and audio, over a single cat5e/6 cable to make setup and control
of even the most complex home theater systems faster and easier.
Class D3 Amplification – Pioneer’s
Class D3 amplifier technology delivers incredible sonic
performance and ultra-low distortion making the SC line of receivers
the world’s only Class D amplifiers to achieve THX Certification.
Pioneer Elite receivers are engineered to operate at extremely high
output levels with virtually no background noise or loss in
performance, even when all channels are simultaneously driven at full
volume. The amp technology delivers the true audio potential of
high-resolution audio content as well as other high-definition
uncompressed sources such as Blu-ray Disc™ titles.
Multi-Zone Network Capabilities – The SC-75, SC-77 and SC-79
are built for maximum installation flexibility offering a variety of
multi-zone set-up configurations. All nine speaker channels can be
reconfigured 11 different ways (12 with SC-77 and SC-79), all
controllable from the receiver and/or user’s portable device via the
iControlAV2013 App (available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and
Android™ OS devices). In addition to a true 9.2-channel
speaker setup, each amplifier can produce a 5.1-channel configuration,
with the extra outputs utilized for powering different zones that can
be independently controlled.
All three models offer
simultaneous entertainment from different sources in up to four zones
– a main zone, a powered Zone 2 (two speakers in a second room), a
powered Zone 3 (two speakers in a third room) and HDZONE (additional
HDMI source to a fourth room). In these setup configurations, users
have the ability to adjust tone (treble and bass), volume and balance
(left and right), and the option to incorporate a subwoofer to create
a more powerful 2.1-channel system (for Zone 2).
ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC – Each SC
receiver uses nine SABRE32 Ultra DACs to process
information for each individual output channel, resulting in
outstanding sound quality. The SABRE32 Ultra DAC produces
warm, more natural audio as well as a linear response so audio changes
are more subtle with less jitter.
USB 32-Bit Asynchronous Audio DAC (SC-79 only) – The SC-79
incorporates a USB 32-Bit Asynchronous Audio DAC allowing direct
connection to both Windows® and MAC computers. Music played
from the computer utilizes the highly accurate audio optimized clock
within the receiver, resulting in less jitter, studio-like audio
reproduction. Additionally, the SC-79’s USB DAC supports DSD Native
playback (DSD over PCM transfer) via MAC and Windows computers.
THX Certification – All three new SC receivers feature THX
Certification signifying they passed over 2,000 laboratory tests to
ensure that each receiver delivers the highest standard of quality and
cinematic performance right out-of-the-box. Each THX Certified model
contains THX Loudness Plus™ which automatically rebalances audio
levels as the volume is lowered, allowing listeners to hear critical
sound details and effects at any volume.
Air Studios Monitor Certified (SC-77 & SC-79 Only) – For
over 10 years, Pioneer has worked closely with the legendary Air
Studios Recording facility in London to develop technologies that
authentically translate the musical experience and bring studio-level
entertainment to today’s home audiences. Both the SC-77 and SC-79 have
achieved the highest level of certification, ensuring a level of
performance and sound quality above and beyond previous Pioneer AV
receivers that were certified last year.
Custom Installation – For advanced home theater control, the
receivers are certified for compatibility with the most popular custom
control companies including Crestron® and Control4®,
and offer custom installation features including full two-way
Simple Control and Set Up – Pioneer’s proprietary
iControlAV2013 App, available for free from the App Store on iPhone,
iPad and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com,
or Google® Play (www.GooglePlay.com)
for Android devices, offers wireless control over the features and
functionalities of all three SC models from the convenience of the
user’s mobile digital devices. Pioneer’s AVNavigator (now available
for Windows® on the bundled CD-ROM, for Mac on the Pioneer
website, and for iPad on the App Store) is a two-way interactive
owner’s manual that can be used with the receivers to walk users
through the entire setup process including speaker arrangement, sound
optimization and firmware updates.
More Entertainment Sources
4K Ultra HD Upscaling – The new SC receivers support the next
generation 4K Ultra HD resolution standard to provide the highest
quality video image available, with the ability to pass through 4K
video signals to compatible displays. The models also have the ability
to upscale lower resolution analog and HDMI video signals for viewing
in 4K Ultra HD resolution when used with the latest 4K displays.
Expanded Music Options – All three SC receivers enable playback
of high resolution FLAC, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless and for the first
time DSD files in both 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz files from a networked
computer or connected USB drive. Lower quality MP3, WMA, and AAC files
are also supported. Users can also enjoy gapless playback for AIFF,
FLAC, WAV and Apple Lossless files as well as DSD file music playback.
All receivers are Windows 8 certified and feature DLNA® 1.5
certification for music content playback from a networked DLNA server
or a DLNA application being used on a Windows PC, Mac, or smartphone
connected on a home network, either through a wired Ethernet
connection or wirelessly by adding the optional AS-WL300
The receivers offer a wide range of music
options including access to today’s most popular Internet radio music
services including PANDORA® and vTuner®.
Pioneer’s PUSH PLAYER, a feature on the iControlAV2013 App designed
for the new Elite receivers, enables users to access the music
libraries stored on their devices and create playlists for wireless
Users of iOS devices can take
advantage of Apple’s AirPlay to stream music to the receivers from
their iTunes music library, whether it’s coming from a Mac or PC, as
well as music stored on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch1.
All three receivers also support Android OS devices and compatible HTC®
smartphones (including the new HTC One) through HTC Connect2,
to stream music for the ultimate convenience.
MHL 2.0 Connectivity
All three SC receivers include
built-in MHL 2.0 connectivity for playback of audio and video content
(including high-definition 3D content) and faster charging from many
The Pioneer Elite SC-75, SC-77 and SC-79 receivers will be available in
July with suggested retail prices of $1600, $2000 and $3000 respectively.
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.,
and its U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com.
Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of
high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car
and business markets and is celebrating 75 years of innovation in the
consumer electronics industry.
1AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad or
iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later. A home Wi-Fi network is required.
HTC Connect is defined as interoperability testing of music streaming
performed between compatible smartphones and Home AV products using the
HTC Connect Music Application. Third party music applications, meaning
apps other than the HTC Connect-compatible smartphone’s native music
player, may not work with HTC Connect.
PIONEER, ELITE and the PIONEER and ELITE logos are registered
trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
HDBaseT is trademark of
the HDBaseT Alliance.
MHL, the MHL Logo, and Mobile
High-Definition Link are trademarks or registered trademarks of MHL LLC
in the United States and other countries.
HTC, the HTC logo,
and HTC Connect are registered trademarks or trademarks of HTC
PANDORA is a registered trademark of Pandora
Air Studios is registered trademarks of Air
Android is a registered trademark of Google
SABRE32 DAC is a registered
trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.
DLNA, the DLNA Logo and
DLNA CERTIFIED® are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of
the Digital Living Network Alliance.
vTuner is a registered
trademark of Nothing Else Matters Software, Ltd.
a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
HDMI, the HDMI
logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
Control4 is a
registered trademark of Control4 Corporation.
Crestron is a
registered trademark of Crestron Electronics, Inc.
THX Loudness Plus are trademarks of THX Ltd. THX is registered in the
U.S. and other jurisdictions. All rights reserved.
is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
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