Pioneer has added a trio of top-shelf models to its Elite AV receiver line--including the flagship 11-channel SC-LX901 ($3,000, shown here). There's also the nine-channel SC-LX801 ($2,000) and SC-LX701 ($1,600). All three receivers are fully 4K-compliant with HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 copy protection, and all will feature Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding, as well as a vareity of hi-res, network, and multi-room audio functions. The new Elite models use re-engineered Class D3 amplifiers and Pioneer's MCACC Pro room correction, and all are scheduled to ship this month.
Pioneer Home Entertainment U.S.A. has introduced the Elite SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 Network AV Receivers featuring Class D3 (Direct Energy HD) amplifiers, allowing simultaneous output from all channels with no power loss. An 11-channel network flagship AV receiver, the SC-LX901 features Multi-Room Audio, which allows for the wireless distribution of a variety of sound sources -- including LPs and streaming services -- in different rooms, and the latest network streaming features such as Google Cast and TIDAL. These three top-of-the-line Elite AV receivers also incorporate MCACC Pro, an automatic room calibration technology that adjusts specifically to your environment to deliver optimized object-based audio. It works in sync with the Reflex Optimizer, a feature that delivers an ideal object-based audio reproduction in an environment installing Dolby enabled speakers.
A new user friendly GUI allows you quick access to your network settings and simplifies the initial setup of the product with easy-to-understand onscreen guidance.
The SC-LX701 is scheduled to ship this month for a MSRP of $1,600.
The SC-LX801 is scheduled to ship this month for a MSRP of $2,000.
The SC-LX901 is scheduled to ship this month for a MSRP of $3,000.
As announced previously, all 2016 Elite AV receivers will enjoy a three-year warranty.
Features of the Elite SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 include:
Superb Sound Quality via Re-Engineered Class D3 Amplifier
Based on a decade of Class D design experience, Pioneer re-engineered the Class D3 amplifier from scratch in order to achieve highest quality sound reproduction. They did so by optimizing the patterning and layout of the circuit board to create the shortest and straight signal path, thus reducing potential level of noise.
• SC-LX701: 9.1-channel receiver with 760W multi-channel simultaneous drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %) / 185W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 1ch Driven FTC) / 135W/ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch Driven FTC)
• SC-LX801: 9.1-channel receiver with 770W multi-channel simultaneous drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %) / 200W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 1ch Driven FTC) / 140W/ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch Driven FTC)
• SC-LX901: 11.1-channel receiver with 880W multi-channel simultaneous drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %) / 200W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 1ch Driven FTC) / 140W/ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch Driven FTC)
• Incorporates high grade ESS SABRE32 Ultra DACs, so you can enjoy clear, detailed sound thanks to the low distortions achieved by this high-quality digital-analog converter.
Professional Calibration with MCACC Pro
MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration) Pro takes room calibration to a new level of precision. Further enhancing the three-dimensional realism of the Elite's Dolby Atmos-enabled system, as well as all of your other audio sources, MCACC Pro calibrates your room's sound using a microphone to monitor the acoustic environment and an equalizer to optimize and precision-tune each speaker to the room.
Pioneer's Full-Band Phase Control technology eliminates phase lag between speaker units inside of a cabinet to precisely control sound locations for ideal stereo and multi-channel sound reproduction.
The new Reflex Optimizer feature was designed to maximize object-based audio reproduction with Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers and generate the best sound experience from standalone and/or add-on speakers, allowing you to fully enjoy the latest 3D, immersive sound technologies.
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Support
The SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound formats. With their object-based designs, these formats produce a perfect wrap-around sound with precisely placed effects and realistic movement sequences in all three spatial axes. The combination of Class D3 powerful amplification and precise sound adjustment by MCACC Pro results in a perfect surround experience.
AIR Studios Sound Tuning
The SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 have been certified at London's legendary AIR Studios, whose work is acknowledged worldwide for award-winning motion picture soundtracks and peerless recording and mastering. Like Pioneer, AIR Studios respects the artist's intention and believes that faithfully reproducing what was originally created in the studio is the critical objective of the finest home theater systems.
Tremendous Visual Acuity
The SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 support 4K/60p/4:4:4 24-bit video signal transmission with HDCP 2.2 technology, ensuring compatibility with the many upcoming Ultra HD (4K) sources and televisions. So when you're ready to upgrade your visual experience, your audio experience will also be ready.
Pioneer's "Super Resolution," which was developed for the company's Elite BDP-88FD Blu-ray player, has been integrated in the SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 to allow the picture quality of a 4K video signals through the upscaling of HD-quality content.
In addition, these top-of-the-line models are prepared for the next generation video standard HDR (High Dynamic Range) and BT.2020.
The SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 will support Google Cast with a future firmware update, so you can use your mobile device to send your favorite music, radio, or podcast to the receiver. You can control the audio from anywhere in the house using Google Cast-enabled apps running on your personal device.
The SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 have a Powered Zone 2/3 and Zone 2/3 Line Out and will support FireConnect by BlackFire Research, a stable wireless protocol that mirrors most audio sources connected to the receiver--from vinyl to streaming audio--on an optional FireConnect compatible speaker(s) in another room. The optional FireConnect compatible Wi-Fi speaker(s) are scheduled for release around December, 2016.
Internet Radio and Online Music
Enjoy a limitless flow of music, sports, talk, and news entertainment from Internet radio stations and online music services, including Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, TIDAL, and DEEZER.
High-Fidelity Networked Audio
Through a Wi-Fi connection that supports dual band 5 GHz (11a/n) and 2.4 GHz (11b/g/n), high-fidelity high-resolution sound sources can be accessed wirelessly. Music can also easily be enjoyed through Bluetooth wireless technology and AirPlay.
Hi-Res Audio Support
In addition to high-resolution sound source (192-kHz / 24-bit) in FLAC, WAV, AIFF and Apple lossless file formats, DSD (2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz) and Dolby TrueHD files are supported, giving you the ability to play a wide array of high-resolution sound sources.
No More Jitters for Network Audio
Pioneer has developed new jitter reduction system called Precision Quartz File-based Audio (PQFA) and incorporated it into the SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901. PQFA applies high-accuracy clock control to drastically reduce "jitter" which occurs during network audio signal processing. PQFA is effective for every audio signal, including audio via wired network; hi-res audio via USB; and streaming audio via internet and internet radio. It's also effective for wireless networks such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
• You can get more details on the new Pioneer Elite receivers on the company's website.
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