Pioneer will add a new 7.2-channel AV receiver to its Elite line this month. The $1,099 SC-LX502 supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, as well as UHD/HDR pass-through, AirPlay, DTS Play-Fi, Chromecast audio, FireConnect, and MCACC room correction. The SC-LX502 is rated at 120 watts per channel with Class D3 (Direct Energy HD) amplification, and it uses the AKM AK4458 768-kHz/32-bit DAC.
Onkyo & Pioneer Corporation announced new products on display during CEDIA 2017. Headlining the announcement is the debut of the Elite SC-LX502, a 7.2-channel network AV receiver that includes surround sound performance optimized for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based audio playback. Additionally, the unit features Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X solutions that allow standard multichannel audio on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and video streaming services via media players to be up-mixed through a speaker system with height channels. The SC-LX502 will be available later this month for MSRP $1,099 USD / MSRP $1,349.99 CDN.
Powered at 120 watts per channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08 percent THD, 2ch Driven, FTC), the SC-LX502 features acclaimed Class D3 (Direct Energy HD) Amplification to deliver high power through all channels simultaneously. The result is thrilling surround sound performance, with speed and fluency to bring out the best in object-based soundtracks. A premium AKM AK4458 768-kHz/32-bit DAC for Hi-Res Audio offers very clear and precise audio conversion with a unique output filter assuring low distortion and excellent S/N performance. Direct DSD 11.2 Hz/5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz and DSD 5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz with PCM conversion are supported, as are FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and Apple Lossless to 192-kHz/24-bit resolution. MCACC auto room calibration joins Phase Control technology to resolve bass lag for improved organization.
DTS Play-Fi technology enables multi-room streaming to the receiver and DTS Play-Fi-enabled speakers, while Chromecast built-in supports streaming of millions of songs from popular music services. Furthermore, the SC-LX502 works with the Google Assistant to offer voice control of Chromecast built-in features via Google Assistant built-in speakers.
FireConnect powered by Blackfire offers network and analog audio distribution, and streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn, and TIDAL are built in. AirPlay is also included with 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi offering stable connectivity. RS-232, IR in/out and two 12v triggers offer custom installers integration and control options.
HDMI terminals support 4K/60p, 4:4:4 24-bit video pass-through, and the HDCP 2.2 copy-protection standard for premium content. Video with HDR (High Dynamic Range) in HDR10 or HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma) formats is passed through to a compatible display, together with Dolby Vision and BT.2020 wide color gamut for vividly rich color performance.
Lastly, Pioneer's award-winning digital audio players (DAPs) XDP-300R and XDP-30R will both expand upon their MQA functionality with TIDAL Masters streaming, delivered in partnership with MQA. Experience these master-quality audio recordings with the latest audiophile-grade headphones from Pioneer, including the SE-MONITOR5, as well as other Hi-Res Audio-capable models.
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