Let’s get technical.

Would you like to know all the ins-and-outs of our AV receivers? Do you need more help to choose? Below we will go through the most important tech specs in detail.

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  • Audio features

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    MCACC Auto Room Tuning

    MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration) is Pioneer’s own room calibration technology, developed to deliver optimum performance perfectly tuned for your living room. There are now three levels of MCACC available. Depending on the AV receiver you choose, you get MCACC, Advanced MCACC, or MCACC Pro.

    MCACC

    MCACC measures the speaker’s size, level and distance to the listening position. Based on this information, the MCACC system will automatically adjust all corresponding settings, in order to achieve the best possible sound quality. The Phase Control function adjusts the delay of the subwoofer sound to be in phase with the other channels.

    Advanced MCACC

    Advanced MCACC features a 3D calibration method with even more precise measurements, achieved by including a time axis. It also includes Auto Phase Control Plus for real time analysis and automatic compensation of phase difference between the LFE and the main signals in a content such like Blu-ray Disc, DVD and multi-channel file. Standing Wave Control helps reducing unwanted resonances, while the Subwoofer EQ is used to adjust the LFE (Low Frequency Effects) channel.

    MCACC Pro

    In addition to the features above, MCACC Pro goes a step further. It analyses and corrects the phase and group delay characteristics that are caused by the filtering systems in the speakers. This correction is also performed between the different channels, in order to provide a smooth sound flow. Other features include independent correction for dual subwoofers and speaker position adjustments in 1 millimetre increments. For all channels, MCACC Pro corrects phase differences in the original audio, as well as the sound emitted from the speakers.

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    • 9 channels
    • 24 bit
    • 32 bit
    • AIR Studios
    • Audio Scaler
    • Play mode
    • PQLS 2ch
    • PQLS BIT
    • PQLS Multi
    • Virtual Depth
    • Virtual Speakers

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    Sophisticated Surround Sound

    Sophisticated Surround Sound

    The Virtual Speakers feature lets you enjoy full surround sound without placing extra speakers. By turning on the Virtual Wide, Height and Surround Back modes, you will experience 11.1-channel sound from a 5.1-channel speaker setup. Virtual Depth adds an extra dimension from ‘behind’ the screen – a perfect match for 3D video.

    PQLS jitter reduction

    PQLS jitter reduction

    Jitter causes timing errors, which leads to an audible degradation of the digital audio signal. PQLS ‘speed synchronises’ the digital audio data between the AV Receiver and a compatible Blu-ray Disc player, reducing the jitter. The result is a clear, rich and precise multi-channel audio environment.

    Advanced audio improvement

    Advanced audio improvement

    The Advanced Sound Retriever will restore your compressed audio to CD quality output, while the Auto Level Control equalises volume level differences between the tracks. The Auto Sound Retriever interpolates the data that got lost during compression, and thus improving the sound quality of low bit-rate content. This is especially useful when switching between internet radio stations with different bit-rates.

    Audio Scaler

    Audio Scaler

    The Audio Scaler will upsample 2-channel audio content up to 192 kHz/32 bit. It uses three technologies to achieve this:

    • Hi-bit32 Audio Processing expands a two-channel digital signal to 32-bit, to improve dynamics and precision.
    • Upsampling allows you to upsample the audio content to a sampling rate of maximum 192 kHz. This will reduce noise and helps to avoid distortion.
    • The Digital filter lets you select the characteristics of the digital audio signal.

    Hi-bit Audio Processing

    Hi-bit Audio Processing

    When using digital sources, Hi-bit Audio Processing expands signal resolution, creating a more detailed and smoother sound that is closer to the original analogue signal.

    The Hi-bit Audio Processing technology is effective for all multi-channel and stereo content, coming from disc players (CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, …), from the network, or any other digital source. From the LX58 model and up, the Hi-bit Audio Processing is performed in 32 bits.

    HD Audio formats

    HD Audio formats

    These AV Receivers support today’s high-resolution surround sound formats, such as Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. This way you can enjoy uncompressed multichannel audio from Blu-ray discs, as well as from other media.

    Dolby Atmos Upgradable

    Dolby Atmos Upgradable

    We are proud to feature Dolby’s latest audio platform (SC-LX58 and up*) for home theatre entertainment: Dolby Atmos®.

    Dolby Atmos’ content consists of both static audio elements and sound ‘objects’ – freely locatable and movable sound sources in 3D space. With this technology, your room will be filled with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth.

    * Firmware update required. Firmware update available by the end of 2014.

    High-resolution audio playback

    High-resolution audio playback

    Enjoy hi-res audio playback like never before via USB/Network. WAV, FLAC, AIFF and Apple Lossless files up to 192 kHz/24 bits are supported from the VSX-824 and up. For the VSX-924 and higher models, also the latest multi-channel (5.1ch/5.0ch) WAV and FLAC audio files in 96 kHz/24 bit are supported.

    Studio quality audio

    Studio quality audio

    The VSX-924 and up support playback of the rapidly expanding catalogue of studio quality DSD (Direct Stream Digital) audio files via USB/Network.

    USB-DAC

    USB-DAC

    The SC-LX88 is equipped with a high grade asynchronous USB-DAC. This allows a direct USB connection with a Mac or PC and it supports 192 kHz/32 bit music file content. It will transform your FLAC and WAV music files into the purest audio possible.

    SABRE DAC

    SABRE DAC

    The VSX-924 is equipped with a high quality SABRE Premier Audio DAC (ES9006S), a digital to analogue converter that produces crystal clear sound. The DAC also eliminates jitter, so the signal remains free of digital artefacts.

    SABRE32 Ultra DAC

    SABRE32 Ultra DAC

    The SC-LX58 and up are equipped with a 192 kHz/32-bit high quality SABRE32 Ultra DAC (ES9016S) for 9.2ch, featuring ultra-low distortion and high signal-to-noise ratio. It offers jitter-free performance for an astonishing audio reproduction quality with rich deep bass, bringing out the full potential of Pioneer’s Direct Energy HD amplifiers.

    Direct Energy HD amplifier

    Direct Energy HD amplifier

    All models from the SC-LX58 and up are designed to deliver clean and powerful audio output with high efficiency using Pioneer’s renowned and further refined Direct Energy HD amplifiers based on Multi-Channel Stereophonic Philosophy. The amplifier section of our new AV receiver delivers affluent 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.

    AIR Studios seal of approval

    AIR Studios seal of approval

    The SC-LX78 and SC-LX88 come with an official AIR Studios Monitor certification. London’s AIR Studios is a state-of-the-art recording complex for film scoring, rock, pop, classical and orchestral music and postproduction. Hours of extensive and rigorous sound tweaking have gone into these AV receivers to reproduce audio that is as pure and precise as the artists intended.

  • Video features

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    Ultra-high resolution video

    Experience four times the current 1080p HD quality with Ultra HD video. The VSX-824 and up support 4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit, 4K/24p/4:4:4/36-bit signals, so you will benefit from the 4:4:4 signals’ rich palette. Each receiver is ready to pass through 4K video signals to a compatible display. The VSX-924 and up even have 4K Upscaling capabilities, which makes it possible to enjoy SD or HD content in 4K resolution.

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    • HD Triple

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    Multi Zone AV playback

    Multi Zone AV playback

    The Multi Zone AV playback function allows you to play films and music from different sources in different rooms at the same time. For HD video playback in other rooms, our AV receivers offer HDZONE, using the HDMI ZONE out port at the back of the AV receiver, either the same or another source as in the main zone can be routed to a second zone.

  • Connectivity and supported apps

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    Smartphone connectivity

    This AV receiver line-up is ‘Made for iPod and iPhone,’ letting you enjoy music from your iPod or iPhone* via USB, while charging the battery. The easily accessible front USB terminal also allows music playback from other compatible devices.

    Connect your Android device via MHL and stream high quality video or audio content. HTC Connect is also supported, giving HTC One Series users a seamless streaming experience.

    *Available features depend on your iPod/iPhone model. Click here, for more information about iPod compatibility.

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    • Apple AirPlay
    • Android
    • AV Navigator
    • HTC
    • iControl AV5
    • Internet Radio
    • iPod/iPhone
    • Spotify
    • vTuner
    • WiFi Certified

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    Network connectivity

    Network connectivity

    Hook up your AV receiver to the internet with a LAN cable or with a Wi-Fi converter, and stream your favourite music effortlessly.

    Depending on the AV receiver of your choice, an optional Wi-Fi converter might be needed.

    VSX-924: AXF-7031 Wireless Lan Converter included.

    DLNA

    DLNA

    All models from the VSX-824 and up are DLNA certified (v1.5) to work as a Digital Media Player and Digital Media Renderer. DLNA allows you to stream audio wirelessly to your AV receiver from the music library stored on your PC, Mac or other media server.

    Apple AirPlay

    Apple AirPlay

    AirPlay is supported on all models, starting from the VSX-824. AirPlay gives you access to your iTunes music library and other compatible music streaming services, such as Rdio* and Grooveshark*. AirPlay lets you stream audio to and from your AV receiver over your home network.

    *Check the app developer’s website for detailed information: Rdio and Grooveshark.
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    Wireless connectivity

    Wireless connectivity

    The SC-LX58* and up support Bluetooth Wireless Technology for easy music streaming. The Sound Retriever AIR function will improve the sound quality of your wireless audio, reducing any noise caused by Bluetooth transmission.

    *Optional AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter is required for the SC-LX58.

    Stream 4K@50/60 video via HDMI

    Stream 4K@50/60 video via HDMI

    Each of our new AV receivers supports 4K@50/60 based on the HDMI 2.0 standard. It allows a flawless transmission of 4K video signals, up to 60p.

    Windows 8.1 compatibility

    Windows 8.1 compatibility

    All receivers are compatible with Windows 8.1*, letting you easily stream music, videos, and photos from compatible PCs and laptops on your home network.

    *Except for the SC-LX88 (compatible with Windows 8).

    Internet radio

    Internet radio

    Simply connect the AV receiver to your home network and access thousands of internet radio stations worldwide through vTuner internet radio. Or, stream millions of songs via the Spotify digital streaming service.

    iControlAV5 app

    iControlAV5 app

    For your convenience we have developed the iControlAV5 app, which allows you to easily control all important AV receiver functions directly from your smartphone or tablet.

    New features include the AV Scaler, which simply lets you select the input and output signals by drawing a line with your finger. The Status Viewer provides a graphical display of input/output and status of the playing content, as well as an image of both real and virtual speakers. The Cursor provides control using a 4-way keypad with surrounding buttons. Now you can control functions that up until now were only controllable using a remote.

    The iControlAV5 app is freely available in the App Store and Google Play.

    Built-in AVNavigator

    Built-in AVNavigator

    AVNavigator implemented in the receiver can be easily used by web browser of smartphones, tablets, PCs and Mac on the network. It provides a variety of functions, such as Wiring Navi with a guide for connecting the unit and setting up from web browser and an Interactive Operation Guide describes the receiver's operations and how to use several functions through videos and illustrations.

    AVNavigator for iPad

    AVNavigator for iPad

    Pioneer’s AVNavigator will help you set up your home cinema system straight out of the box. After the setup, the interactive menu lets you intuitively explore every feature. In addition, you can browse and save MCACC measurement data, and also download the instruction manual on your iPad.

    Download the AVNavigator for your iPad from the App Store.

    Spotify Connect

    Spotify Connect

    Spotify Connect lets you select songs from your Spotify playlist and gives on-demand access to millions of songs to listen to on your audio system. You are sure to find the perfect tunes for any occasion.

  • ECO-friendly

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    Class D technology

    Pioneer cares for your future. Therefore, we strive to minimise the environmental impact of our products and engage in the development of eco-friendly technologies.

    The SC-LX58 and up use Class D amplification to produce high power output with low power input. Through the years, we perfected our power-to-performance ratio using Switch-Model Power Supply (SMPS) and have been able to decrease power consumption year over year.

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    ECO manager

    ECO manager

    Use the ECO Manager to save energy. Apply energy efficient settings when your AV receiver is in stand-by mode or when it is ‘not in use’. During playback you can select one of the ECO modes. ECO Mode 1 is suitable for playing CDs, 2 channel audio files and internet radio. The more energy efficient ECO Mode 2 also works with movies, live concerts and other surround.

    The ECO Manager is accessible via the iControlAV5 app, the front panel or the remote control.