Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announced five state-of-the-art Elite® SC series receivers, two 7.2-channel models including the SC-61 and SC-63, and three 9.2-channel models including, the SC-65, SC-67 and SC-68, that can become the consumer’s entertainment hub for connectivity, content sources, control and ultra-high audio and video performance. Each receiver is designed to deliver clean and powerful audio output with high efficiency using Pioneer’s renowned Class D3 amplification technology. The new line is also enhanced with advanced network features and custom installation set-up options including Apple’s AirPlay®, DLNA® 1.5, Windows® 7, Internet radio, PC Setup control, Advanced MCACC® auto-calibration, multiple HDMI inputs and Pioneer’s proprietary apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod® touch apps, including iControlAV20121 and Air Jam2.
“Both our consumers and custom installers are looking for home theater receivers that are versatile, customizable and incredibly powerful,” said Chris Walker, director of AV marketing and product planning for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “We’re confident these new Elite SC receivers can deliver that versatility with their numerous connectivity options, customization with its PC setup and multi-zone capabilities, and the extreme output power with the Class D3 amplifier technology.”
Digital Class D3 Amplification
Pioneer’s Class D3 amplifier is built into more models to deliver the true audio potential of uncompressed sources such as Blu-ray Disc™ titles as well as other high-definition audio content found on the Internet. The amplifier section of each new receiver delivers up to 140 Watts of power to each available channel, providing great detail and high dynamic range, with virtually no loss in performance even with all channels simultaneously driven at full volume. In addition, the amp section is designed for improved thermal dissipation using a new heatsink and produces an extremely low total harmonic distortion (THD) rating of a mere .003 percent (rated at 100W).
The Power of Connectivity
Elite SC receivers offer a multitude of network connectivity options that enable users to select from a wide range of content from a variety of sources, as well as conveniently set up and control their home theater systems using powerful new tools. Apple’s AirPlay, DLNA 1.5 and Bluetooth® connectivity are well integrated in each receiver for wireless access and connection and the ability play high resolution music files of up to 192kHz/24-Bit FLAC and WAV. The line also supports various music services including vTuner® Internet radio, PANDORA® internet radio and access to SiriusXM® Radio (with paid subscription). Pioneer’s Air Jam App, available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch at no charge or at www.apple.com/appstore/ is also available for use with all SC models to allow pairing of up to four devices2 via Bluetooth (optional AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter required).
Enhancing Video Performance
The new Elite SC series receivers are built to maximize the user’s video display performance with video conversion and scaling, image enhancement, and video adjustment for detail, sharpness, brightness, contrast, chroma level and black level for individual video sources. To enhance the video performance from any connected source, the receivers convert all analog signals to digital HDMI and scale both analog and digital signals to 1080p resolution for a significantly improved visual experience. Additional technologies include Marvell™ Qdeo™ processing for true 1080p/24fps, Advanced Video Adjust to optimize video signals by the type of display connected, and Stream Smoother to enhance the picture quality of any source downloaded from the Internet via other devices.
Each SC receiver enables users to customize their home theaters, with the top three 9.2 channel models providing up to ten different configurations. Users can create a full 5.1 system and use the remaining channels for additional zones, all controllable directly from the receiver and/or portable device running the iControlAV2012 app. Plus, each model is certified by the most popular control companies, including Control4®, Crestron® and Savant®, enabling users to tailor their home theater systems to fit their needs.
Superior AV Processing
The Elite SC receivers are designed to provide the absolute best audio and video performance by utilizing Pioneer’s unmatched proprietary technologies that include Advanced MCACC for accurate room calibration, Auto Phase Control Plus for real time phase matching that analyzes the audio input every 30 seconds, PQLS Bit-Stream that eliminates distortion caused by digital bit-stream timing errors, and Virtual Speaker Modes for simulating sound coming from various areas in a room without actual additional speakers connected. To ensure the receivers deliver the highest fidelity home entertainment experience, the SC-65 and SC-67 are certified with THX® Select 2 Plus, the SC-68 with THX Ultra 2 Plus, and both the SC-67 and SC-68 with Air Studios Monitor.
Pioneer continues to design its Elite SC receivers to utilize the wealth of content from portable devices as well as provide the larger emotional experience of high-definition multi-channel home theater. Each receiver comes with a USB/video cable to provide an out-of-the-box “plug-and-play” convenience. Pioneer’s newest iControlAV2012 App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch or www.apple.com/itunes/. It allows users to control power on and off, volume and sound mode settings, as well as offers the ability for the user to choose and control content from Pandora internet radio, other Internet radio stations, and music files from network-attached storage (NAS) devices on a home network.
Pioneer’s iControlAV2012 app includes Sound Explorer, which gives users the ability to set and adjust numerous sound enhancements such as PQLS Jitter reduction, equalizer, standing wave compensation, phase control and auto phase control plus, tone controls, advanced sound retriever (ASR), digital noise reduction, dialog enhancement, X-curve, Hi-Bit 24 and Virtual Modes.
The Elite SC receivers are designed for easy set-up for both consumers and custom installers. Pioneer’s Advanced PC Setup in the SC-63 and up, makes custom installation much more convenient allowing installers to pre-configure connection settings on their Windows-based personal computer before the installation process, as well as read and rewrite settings, and reset and adjust the receiver from a remote location. Do-it-yourselfers also receive the same benefits with all SC models featuring Pioneer’s Wiring Navi for Windows-based PCs providing an interactive guide for wiring connection, and the Interactive Manual application providing a linked two-way manual that gives users a way to dynamically learn about the receiver’s features.
The new Elite SC receivers will be available in June at suggested prices of SC-61 ($1,100), SC-63 ($1,300), SC-65 ($1,600), SC-67 ($2,000) and SC-68 ($2,500).
Pioneer’s Home Electronics Division develops award-winning audio and video home theater products including A/V receivers, Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD players, and speakers. The company’s brands include Pioneer® and Elite®. More details can be found at www.pioneerelectronics.com.
1 A/V receiver needs to be connected to a wired LAN in a wireless LAN network. This application is developed and checked for operation.
2 Noise and interruption may be caused when the iPhone,iPad or iPod touch is connected to other Bluetooth devices. This app is developed and checked for operation under iOS 4.2 or later. The number of connectable devices or compatibility may differ when other software versions are installed.
3Airplay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later
4 The USB driver file is found in AVNAvigator for installation on the computer (Requires Windows 10 or 11 for PC and iTunes 10.4 for MAC)
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