Pioneer SC-81 Reference Guide

Pioneer SC-81 Reference Guide
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• Advanced Surround Modes
• Front Stage Surround Advance
• Optimum Surround
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• Digital Class D3 Amplifier (Direct Energy HD)
• Audio Scaler
- Hi-bit32 Audio Processing
- Up-Sampling (192 kHz/32-bit)
- Digital Filter
• Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
• Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
Connectivity
• USB-DAC
• HDMI® ([email protected], 3D, ARC)
• Made for iPod and iPhone
• Digital Audio from iPod/iPhone via USB
• Android™ Audio/Video Playback with MHL™
• Front USB Input
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• MCACC Auto Room Tuning
- Phase Control
• Advanced MCACC Auto Room Tuning
- Auto Phase Control Plus
- Speaker Polarity Check
- Standing Wave Control
- Subwoofer EQ
• MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning
- Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
- Full Band Phase Control
- Precision Distance
Network Features
• Apple AirPlay Certified
• DLNA Certified™ (1.5)
• HTC Connect™ Certified
• Compatible with Windows® 8.1/Windows® 8
• Internet Radio (vTuner)
• Pandora® Internet Radio
• Spotify® Digital Music-Streaming Service Ready
• Roku Ready®
Advanced Control
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• Ready for iControlAV5
- AV SCALER
- STATUS VIEWER
- CURSOR
- SOUND EXPLORER
- PUSH PLAYER
- ECO MANAGER
• Bluetooth Ready
• Built-in AVNavigator/AVNavigator for iPad
• Wireless LAN Converter Ready
• Powered HDMI ZONE Out (Powered HDZONE)
• Multi-Zone
• HDBaseT Compatible (HDMI Extension via LAN)
• Control with HDMI
• 2014 Pioneer PC Setup
• Network Setup via Web Control
• Standby Pass-Through without CEC
• HDMI Standby Input Switching
• Auto Power Down
• Power Save for HDMI Standby Through
• Simple Overlay OSD
• GUI
• AIR Studios Sound Tuning
Audio Technologies
• ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC
• Advanced Sound Retriever
• Auto Sound Retriever
• Auto Sound Retriever for ARC
• Sound Retriever Link
• Sound Retriever AIR
• Auto Level Control
• PQLS with HDMI
Video Technologies
• Ultra HD (4K/60p) Upscaling
• Ultra HD (4K/60p) Pass Through
• Stream Smoother
• Stream Smoother Link
• Advanced Video Adjust
• Highly-Precise I/P Conversion
• Triple HD Video Noise Reduction
• Deep Color
• “x.v.Color”
Construction
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• Advanced Direct Construction
• 3D Space Frame Construction
• Rigid Trans-Stabilizer
• Independent Power Supply System
• Clean Grounding and High-Grade Parts
• Dolby Atmos® Upgradable
• Dolby TrueHD
• Dolby TrueHD Loudness Management
• DTS-HD Master Audio
• DTS Neo:X
• DTS Neo:X | 7.1
• Hi-Res Audio File Playback via USB/Network
• Multi-Channel Audio File Playback via USB/Network
• Native DSD Playback via USB-DAC with DoP Transmission
• DSD Music File Playback via USB
• DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI
• Various Music File Playback via USB/Network/HDMI
• Variable File Play Action
• Gapless Playback
* New features in blue
Applicable models displayed in icons:
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SC-89
87
SC-87
85
SC-85
82
SC-82
81
SC-81
Sophisticated Listening Modes
• Various Speaker Settings
• Wide Surround
• Dolby Pro Logic IIz
• Virtual Speakers
• Virtual Depth
• 9ch Speaker Configurations
• Pre-Amp Mode
Images for illustrative purposes only
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Our top-line AV receivers contain only high-grade
materials that deliver precise performance, all in order
to accomplish our objective — truthful expression of
the artist’s intent. The soundstage is purified to give as close to the
original artistic expression, while expertise of professional
recording engineers is applied for a thorough sound tuning.
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[waza]
[tamashi]
When something is created, that upon which it is
based. Gathering the materials essential for
creating things.
The methods and techniques used to process
things. Overcoming challenges with knowledge
and experience.
Obsession or zeal. Or even emotion. Paying
careful attention to details, and refining the
value of things by human hands.
Example:
A true masterpiece, made from the finest
components.
Example:
The skill of a craftsman lives on in his
masterpiece.
Example:
Within a masterpiece lies a spirit that moves
people.
source/origin/foundation
skill/technique/ability
soul/spirit/will
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Pioneer's 3-step technology for reproducing studio master sound
Step 1
Superior Design Technology
Highly-efficient
multi-channel output
[w aza]
Step 2
Step 3
Exclusive DSP technology based
on latest audio research
Phase correction
by Phase Control
Sound Tuning
Professional sound by
experienced engineers
Tuning session with
AIR Studios
Connectivity
[t am ashi]
Adoption of
state-of-the-art technology
Ideal Reproduction Environment
Automated acoustic
calibration by MCACC
Advanced Direct Energy Design
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
[m inam ot o]
Reproduction of the Original Master
Closer to the professional studio sound
Network Features
Advanced Control
Construction
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source/origin/foundation
Previous MOSFET
Digital Class D Amplifier (Direct Energy HD Amplifier)
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silicon
Direct Power FET
wire
silicon
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Direct contact
with print
circuit board
terminal
print
circuit
board
3
Class DDirect
Amplifier
Direct Power
FET features
a simple
PowerAssy
FET features a simple structure
with superior
heat dissipation
structure with superior heat dissipation
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print
circuit
board
The Direct Energy HD Amplifier has further evolved as Digital Class
D3 Amplifier to meet the needs of the latest HD content. With our
MOSFET, the Direct Power FET, a simple, high-power solution is
provided to fully enjoy today’s AV entertainment. This year, the
digital circuit power supply has been redesigned on all models, to
provide a clean electric current with reduced noise.
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Simultaneous Power Output for Pioneer's Class D Amplifier (9ch)
High-Power Simultaneous Multi-Channel Drive
Pioneer—only one keeping up
high power with multi-channel
output
Pioneer
THD
– 67 W
Eco-Friendly
The power consumption of the Digital Class D Amplifier is
exceedingly lower than analog amplifiers — letting you save
energy without compromising performance.
3
Power
General Class AB Analogue Amp
High Efficiency
Model A
Model B
THD
THD
The Digital Class D3 Amplifier has been designed with a simple
structure to take a straight signal path, resulting in improved
sound quality.
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Other Models—high power for
2-ch specification, but output
drops with actual 9-ch drive
9ch
2ch
Video
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Pioneer Class D Digital Amp
With class AB amplifiers, driving all channels in full power is only
possible for a short time, at around 300 W to 400 W power output.
Pioneer’s Digital Class D3 Amplifier has plenty of allowance to
simultaneously drive 9 channels at 760 W (SC-85) to 850 W (SC-89)
power output, letting you fully enjoy dynamic scenes.
– 107 W
Low Heat Generation
9ch
2ch
– 146 W
Power
Power
The simple form of the Direct Power FET has the advantage of
improved thermal characteristics. In addition to the upper-side
heat dissipation from the heat sink, the circuit board’s heat
radiation feature is also utilized for downward heat dissipation,
providing efficient cooling for a superior performance.
Previous signal path
Power Supply
New model's signal path
Integral
Power
Driver
MOSFET
MOSFET
Driver
Low Pass Filter
Quick-Response Sound
Low Pass Filter
Audio Input
Power Supply
Signal path length approx: 10-5/8"
Signal path length approx: 7-7/8"
Connectivity
The Direct Power FET is directly connected to the print circuit
board without any wiring. This simple structure maximizes
audio performance by reduced noise and improved switching,
offering a quick-responding sound, perfect for digital content
playback.
Integral
Power
Audio Input
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
9ch
2ch
Thermal View Comparison of Top Panel
Improved Circuit Design
Pioneer
Brand A
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72.9
℃
65.9
72.9
℃
65.9
58.8
58.8
51.8
51.8
44.8
44.7
37.7
37.7
30.7
30.7
23.6
23.6
16.6
16.6
Network Features
On the top two models, dedicated ICs are lavishly used on the
SC-85/SC-82/SC-81
Amplifier
Configuration
circuit
in pursuit of
ideal Circuit
sound.
The operational amplifier IC for
processing small signal is set apart from the amplifying section
to prevent mutual interference. This allows clear signal to be
Direct Power FET
transmitted to the Direct Power FET. As for the SC-85/SC-82/
SC-81, they adopt aFET
compact
integrated IC with space merit. The
Driver IC
directly coupled IC reduces signal loss andLPF
provides precise
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Audio Signal
+
signal transmission.
Output
Analog Signal
Input
Direct Power FET
+
+
-
Advanced Control
SC-85/SC-82/SC-81 Amplifier Circuit Configuration
SC-89/SC-87 Amplifier Circuit Configuration
Direct Power FET
FET Driver IC
LPF
FET Driver IC
Audio Signal
Output
+
-
Analog Signal
Input
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SC-89/SC-87 Amplifier Circuit Configuration
Direct Power FET
Audio Signal
Output
Construction
Analog Signal
Input
LPF
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Audio Scaler
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Audio Scaler Upscaling
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Input
Output
2ch only
Pioneer’s latest Audio Scaler technology consists of Hi-bit32,
Up-Sampling, and Digital Filter. The Hi-bit32 Audio Processing
improves resolution and density, while the Up-Sampling reduces
noise. Then the Digital Filter creates soft, natural sound and
improves transient response and pre-echo effect. The three
features integrate to upscale all 2-channel audio content up to
176.4 kHz/192 kHz 32-bit playback—176.4 kHz/192 kHz 32-bit by
auto, and selectable from 176.4/192, 88.2/96, 44.1/48 kHz
frequency, 32/24-bit rate by manual setting—offering realistic
reproduction of the content. The features can be controlled on the
Sound Explorer screen of the iControlAV5 app.
Auto
Red
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Manual Red + Blue
176.4 kHz/192 kHz
32-bit
SLOW
176.4 kHz/192 kHz
32-bit
176.4 kHz/192 kHz
16-bit/24bit
SLOW
176.4 kHz/192 kHz
16-bit/24-bit
176.4 kHz/192 kHz
16-bit/24bit
SHARP
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176.4 kHz/192 kHz
32-bit
SHARP
88.2 kHz/96 kHz
32-bit
SLOW
88.2 kHz/96 kHz
32-bit
88.2 kHz/96 kHz
32-bit
SHARP
88.2 kHz/96 kHz
16-bit/24-bit
88.2 kHz/96 kHz
16-bit/24-bit
SHARP
44.1 kHz/48 kHz
32-bit
SLOW
44.1 kHz/48 kHz
32-bit
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88.2 kHz/96 kHz
16-bit/24-bit
SLOW
44.1 kHz/48 kHz
32-bit
SHARP
44.1 kHz/48 kHz
16-bit/24-bit
SLOW
Hi-bit32 Audio Processing
Actual Effects
24-bit vs 32-bit signal wave form comparison
24-bit Processing
32-bit Extension Processing
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Level Ch1/FS
Level Ch2/FS
Level Ch1/FS
0
Level Ch2/FS
1
1
0
-1
0
2m
4m
6m
8m
10m
12m
14m
0
2m
4m
8m
10m
12m
14m
Time / s
Time / s
Up-Sampling (192 kHz/32-bit)
6m
24-bit resolution
24-bit Signals
Previous
24-bit DAC
24-bit sine wave
Previous
Connectivity
Effects of Bit Expansion Processing
The Up-Sampling feature of the Audio Scaler upgrades the sound
with reduced noise, providing maximum quality audio playback of
up to 192 kHz/32-bit.
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
The technology works to create undistorted sound,
bringing out the best in the 32-bit DAC. The 32-bit
DAC hardware alone does not reproduce better
sound. Maximum performance is gained
by applying the Hi-bit32 processing to expand signal
resolution, creating more detailed, smooth sound,
closer to the original analog signal. Hi-bit32 Audio
Processing also increases the sound pressure for a tactile listening
experience, and the more channels you have, the more impressive
it becomes. It is effective for multi-channel content on DVD/Bluray Disc as well as CD audio, and works with any disc player.
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44.1 kHz/48 kHz
16-bit/24-bit
SHARP
44.1 kHz/48 kHz
16-bit/24-bit
32-bit resolution
Close up
DAC alone
makes no
difference
32-bit DAC
24-bit resolution
32-bit resolution
DAC + signal
processing
–> closer to
original signal
(in red)
32-bit DAC +
Hi-bit32
Red: original analog signals (ideal)
Black: 24-bit digital signals (actual)
Digital Filter
Digital Filter
Slow
The world’s first digital filter for AV receivers let you
enjoy two types of sound characters by switching the
DAC — “Slow” for soft and warm, and “Sharp” for
solid and tight sound.
Sharp
Slow
Sharp
Construction
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Slow
Advanced Control
Bit expansion processing required to bring out the real
performance from 32-bit DAC.
Network Features
24-bit resolution
input signals
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Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Horizontal Leakage Flux Comparison
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Previous power transformer
SC-89 power transformer
The power transformer features minimum leakage flux, ensuring
low noise with increased S/N ratio.
0 (360)
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330
300
60
60
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Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
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240
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Combined with the 24-bit DAC, maximum
performance is gained by applying the signal
processing to expand signal resolution, creating
more detailed, smooth sound and increased sound
pressure. The technology is effective for multichannel content on CD/DVD, PC files less than
24-bit and works with any disc player.
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150
210
180
Pioneer specified coil is placed 4 inch from the power transformer,
and the inductance voltage in the coil is measured.
* Image may differ from actual product
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MCACC Auto Room Tuning
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Acoustic Calibration by MCACC
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Before Calibration
After Calibration
Speaker distance, sound pressure level, and
frequency response are all equalized.
The sound field is automatically
measured using the supplied mic.
SET-UP
MIC
SET-UP
MIC
Calibration
Speaker sizes and number of
speakers are automatically detected.
Phase Control
MCACC Reverberation Characteristics
Before Calibration
Level (dB)
Reverb
After Calibration
Level (dB)
Reverb
Frequency (Hz)
Frequency (Hz)
Network Features
Time (msec)
Time (msec)
Connectivity
When amplifying multi-channel audio signals,
receivers use a Low Pass Filter (LPF) to process
low-frequency signals for subwoofer output.
This causes “phase lag” — a delay of
approximately 5 msec — of the low-frequency
signals compared to the main channel signals. As a result,
the delayed bass makes the sound lack synchronization.
Pioneer’s Phase Control technology effectively eliminates
phase lag and significantly improves the multi-channel sound
without any extra operation.
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Speaker distance, sound pressure level, and
frequency response are all uneven.
Create the optimum acoustic environment with Pioneer’s
MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System), developed
with the expertise of professional recording studios. The system
— complete with custom microphone — automatically
compensates for differences in speaker size, level and distance,
and equalizes response.
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Advanced MCACC Auto Room Tuning
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The "Phase Control" Compensates for the Delay of Low-Frequency Sound
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Source
Speakers
Audio
Technologies
The Advanced MCACC uses a 3D calibration
method with even more precise measurements
by including the time axis. The AV receivers
also feature a speaker polarity check for
detecting misconnected cables, and a reverb
measurement display for showing before/after calibration
results. The system automatically measures crossover frequency
— much easier than the previous manual setting — and also lets
you check the measured data by MCACC application in the
AVNavigator. The subwoofer EQ feature has been newly added,
for auto or manual EQ adjustments.
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PHASE CONTROL
Effect of Auto Phase Control Plus (data comparison)
Auto Phase Control Plus
Level
Playback with Auto Phase Control Plus
Front L
Front L
LFE
LFE
Delay setting: 0 msec
* Effectiveness depends on content
Time
Delay setting: 9 msec
Video
Technologies
During Blu-ray Disc/DVD/multi-channel file
playback, Auto Phase Control Plus makes realtime analysis of the phase difference between
the LFE (low frequency effect) and the main
signals, and automatically compensates the gap.
Elimination of phase lag enhances strong bass
and clear high-frequency sound — especially effective for
audio content such as live performance and music video clips.
Level
Original disc playback
Time
Speaker Polarity Check
The Advanced MCACC will check the speaker polarity for
proper connection. “Reverse Phase” will be displayed on the
GUI screen if the speaker’s wiring (+ and -) is inverted.
Standing Wave in a Typical Listening Room
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Superior sound provided by compensating the lag in the subwoofer channel on the disc.
Standing Wave Control
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Acoustic standing waves occur when the sound waves from
your speaker resonate with those reflected off the walls.
Depending on the speaker placement, your listening position
or the shape of the room, standing waves have a negative
effect on the overall sound, especially in certain lower
frequencies. Standing Wave Control effectively decreases
resonance and prevents inaccurate EQ-setting calibration.
Subwoofer EQ
= Standing Waves
Connectivity
This new EQ feature allows you to adjust the subwoofer
tone. For Auto MCACC, the subwoofer EQ is automatically
adjusted with EQ type ALL CH ADJ, while manual adjustment
is available with EQ type SYMMETRY and FRONT ALIGN. As
with other EQ, the manual adjustment can be done on the AV
receiver’s GUI.
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MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning
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On top of Advanced MCACC features, MCACC Pro
goes a step further by analyzing the phase and
group delay characteristics due to network
filtering to precisely control phase differences
between speakers. This correction is also performed between
channels, providing a smooth flow of sound as if all delivered
from the same type of speaker. Other features include
independent correction for dual subwoofers, and speaker
position adjustment in 1-millimeter increments. MCACC Pro
corrects phase differences in all ranges and all channels, from
phase difference in the original audio material to the sound
emitted from the speakers.
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Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
Full Band Phase Control On
TWEETER
(+)
MIDRANGE
(+)
MIDRANGE
(+)
WOOFER
(+)
WOOFER
(+)
Full Band Phase Control
The further advanced Full Band Phase Control technology
focuses on the group delay in the speaker network filter, and
compensates with special digital signal processing (DSP), to
adjust the phase of each unit as well as the group delay for
each speaker. Full Band Phase Control gives multi-range
speakers the sound coherence of full-range speakers, while
retaining the wide frequency range advantage.
Adjusts group delay for each unit
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TWEETER
(+)
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Full Band Phase Control Off
When connecting an additional subwoofer to increase the
bass, the two subwoofers may not be at a same distance. In
such a case, cancelling out of the bass may occur and prevent
you from perceiving the full effect of the additional
subwoofer. MCACC Pro supports independent adjustment for
each subwoofer, offering optimal performance for a dualsubwoofer setup. You can enjoy free placement of your
subwoofers.
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Precision Distance*
Precision Distance is an innovative, world’s first feature for
making millimeter-level manual adjustments to speaker
distance. You can easily duplicate a skilled installer’s precise
positioning with the help of a level gauge shown on the
display.
* SC-89 only
Source
AV Receiver
Speakers
Connectivity
MCACC—Acoustic Field Correction at All Levels
Network Features
Auto Phase Control Plus
Speaker Adjustment
Phase Control
Speaker Polarity Check
Standing Wave Control
Advanced Control
Equalizer
Subwoofer Equalizer
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
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Construction
Full Band Phase Control
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AIR Studios Sound Tuning
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Audio
Technologies
AIR Studios
http://www.airstudios.com/
Video
Technologies
Pioneer has a proven track record of applying its
audio expertise to the creation of multi-channel
sound environments, collaborating with George
Martin’s AIR Studios in England on numerous
occasions. Our perfect application of the worldfamous dubbing studio’s monitoring methods intensifies the
emotion and excitement of what you see and hear. Established
in 1969 in London, AIR Studios is now an acclaimed recording
complex, favoured by many of the world’s most popular and
renowned musical talents. The SC-89 and SC-87 have received
the AIR Studios Monitor certification.
Audio Formats &
Licenses
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Studio 6
Connectivity
Network Features
Advanced Control
Construction
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ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC
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ESS SABRE32
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ESS DAC SABRE Jitter Reduction Performance
10 ns Square (10 Hz) Jitter, 12 kHz @-20 dB Signal
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Typical
DAC
With Jitter
-140 dB Line
Without Jitter
-140 dB
Jitter level lower than
previous DAC even
with jitter.
ES9016
With or Without Jitter
-140 dB Line
Advanced Sound Retriever
Restoration Image
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Sound density
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CD sound
Low Middle High Frequency
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10k
15k
20k Hz
Low Middle High Frequency
Upper frequency (kHz)
MP3
WMA
AAC
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5
96
128
160
192
256
320
Bit rate (kbps)
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Current Sound Retriever
unable to play 8-15 kHz
range for MP3's 64 kbps
Upper limit for
playback differs
by frequency
Current Sound Retriever
optimized for
128 kbps bit rate
Auto Sound Retriever
Compressed Sound
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Network Features
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5k
Original Sound
Advanced Sound Retriever ON
Advanced Sound Retriever OFF
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Sound Retriever Link
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With digital broadcast, although images are displayed in highdefinition, the audio quality is not as high since they are
compressed with various bit rates. By applying Pioneer’s Auto
Sound Retriever feature to TV broadcast signals, it adjusts the
effects according to the bit rate transferred via HDMI’s ARC (Audio
Return Channel), letting you enjoy digital TV broadcast in highdefinition sound via Pioneer AV receiver.
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-140
Restored Sound
-80
14.5dB
-100
dB
* Advanced Sound Retriever is selected for all sources when connected with a
non-compatible Blu-ray Disc player.
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: OFF
: ON
Hz
20k
Construction
1k
9
Advanced Control
Improvement for S/N Ratio
Through HDMI connection, Sound Retriever Link
detects the original audio file information such as
source type, codec, and bit rate played on a
compatible Pioneer Blu-ray Disc player, and automatically
switches to the most suitable Sound Retriever. So there is no
need to switch on/off according to the source. Advanced Sound
Retriever is selected for Blu-ray Disc and DVD sources, and Auto
Sound Retriever is selected for other sources.
Connectivity
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-120
Sound Retriever ON
Restored
sound
Low Middle High Frequency
-80
-100
Time
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
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Compressed
sound
-60
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Auto Sound Retriever for ARC
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-40
Playback Upper Limit Frequency by Bit Rate
Since the Advanced Sound Retriever is designed
with an algorithm optimized to process 128 kbps
signal, it did not work well with 8-15 kHz high
frequencies in 64 kbps signal, which is the bit rate for quite a few
internet stations. The newly developed Auto Sound Retriever
automatically determines the audio signal’s bit rate, and
interpolates the data lost during compression. It is especially
effective for improving the sound quality of low bit rate content —
an ideal feature when switching between internet radio stations
with different bit rates.
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Time
+0
-20
dBrA
Sound pressure
Time
Sound Retriever ON
Restored
sound
Compressed
sound
Audio Formats &
Licenses
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CD sound
Restoration of lost music cadence
Auto Sound Retriever
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Advanced Sound Retriever
Compensation Effect
Restoration of lost music cadence
The Advanced Sound Retriever restores the output
of compressed audio — such as WMA, MPEG-4 AAC,
and MP3 — to the level of CD sound. The technology
creates new signals to restore the minor details left out during
the compression process. Advanced Sound Retriever for multisurround sound is compatible with DVD soundtracks featuring
Dolby Digital or DTS.
Sound pressure
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Sound density
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Sound pressure
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Sound density
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Video
Technologies
-150 dB
Advanced Sound Retriever
Audio
Technologies
The highly acclaimed 192 kHz/32-bit ESS
SABRE32 Ultra DAC (ES9016S) is adopted
to deliver exceptional sound, with ultra-low
distortion and high signal-to-noise ratio. It offers jitter-free
performance for an astounding audio reproduction with rich deep
bass, bringing out the full potentials of Pioneer’s Class D amplifiers.
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Sound Retriever AIR
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Audio
Technologies
When streaming music via Bluetooth*, the sound
quality often suffers due to the compression
process. Pioneer’s Sound Retriever AIR is the
world’s first technology for improving the quality of Bluetooth
transmitted sound. It restores the music cadence lost through
compression, and also reduces the noise generated by Bluetooth
transmission resulting in a better S/N ratio.
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* AS-BT200 optional adapter required
Sound Retriever AIR OFF
Video
Technologies
Audio Formats &
Licenses
Sound Retriever AIR ON
Auto Level Control
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Auto Level Control for Multi Surround Playback
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Music
Hi-Def Movie
Satellite/Cable
Radio
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Different Volumes
Standardized Playback Volume
Auto Level
Control
Track 1
Track 2
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Auto Level Control equalizes volume level
differences between tracks when playing music
from an iPod or other sources. Multi-channel Auto
Level Control supports surround sound playback,
maintaining a consistent level and clear audio. The function
adjusts low and high frequency sounds, dialogs, surround
effects etc. that are difficult to hear in low volume, to optimal
levels — an ideal feature for listening at night without disturbing
others.
Track 3
Sound Level Equalization
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Connectivity
PQLS with HDMI
Jitterless Transmission (PQLS)
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AV Receiver
Blu-ray Disc Player
Servo
Circuit
Three types of PQLS are available on the AV receivers depending
on the connected Blu-ray Disc player (see compatibility chart on
right).
- PQLS 2ch Audio: For CD playback.
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QLS Multi-Surround: For CD/DVD/BD playback, when the
Blu-ray Disc player output is set to LPCM.
- PQLS Bit-stream: For CD/DVD/BD playback, all the time.
HDMI
IN/OUT
Audio signal with jitter
PLL
HDMI
IN/OUT
Data
Transfer
AUDIO DATA
AUDIO CLOCK
CONTROL DATA
A/V decoder
DATA
MEMORY
Clocking
Crystal
DAC
Jitterless signal via PQLS
PQLS Backward Compatibility
Blu-ray Disc Players
BDP-05FD
BDP-09FD
BDP-320
BDP-23FD
BDP-33FD/BDP-31FD/BDP-330
BDP-43FD/BDP-41FD/BDP-430
BDP-53FD/BDP-51FD/BDP-440
BDP-62FD
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2ch
2ch
2ch
Multi-Surround/2ch
Advanced Control
For PQLS to be effective, Control with HDMI needs to be on, and
PQLS setting needs to be set to Auto.
Control Data
Transfer
Network Features
With the precision quartz controller on the AV
receiver, Pioneer’s Precision Quartz Lock System
(PQLS) eliminates distortion caused by timing errors.
It controls the amount of audio signals from the AV
receiver to the compatible player, giving the best
possible digital-to-analog conversion.
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What’s 4K?
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Next generation high resolution video signal standard with 4 times Full
HD resolution.
Ultra HD (4K), usually referred to as 4K, is the nextgeneration ultra-high-resolution standard with
3,840 x 2,160 pixels or 4,096 x 2,160 pixels — four
times the current HD 1080p standard. The AV
receiver upscales standard video sources up to
4K/60p high-resolution images (4K/60p/4:4:4/24bit, 4K/24p/4:4:4/36-bit, 4K/60p/4:2:2/36-bit) based on the HDMI
2.0 specification, for viewing on a 4K-compatible display. The AV
receivers support 18 Gbps bandwidth, allowing reproduction of
4:4:4 color format, and are ready to bring out the best from the
future generation Ultra HD devices with 18 Gbps transfer
capabilities.
Compatible Resolution
SD 720 x 576 pixels
Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
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4K 4,096 x 2,160 pixels
The feature lets you take advantage of the highestquality video source, by passing through 4K/60p
signals (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit*, 4K/24p/4:4:4/36-bit,
4K/60p/ 4:2:2/36-bit*) based on the HDMI 2.0
specification for viewing on a compatible display.
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• 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, defined by ITU (International Telecommunication
Union) mainly for broadcasting
• 4,096 x 2,160 pixels, defined by DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) for Digital
Cinema
Ultra HD (4K/60p) Pass Through
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Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Video Technologies
Difference in Resolution by Chroma Format
Luma
Resolution
Horizontal
Vertical
4:4:4
Full
Full
Full
4:2:2
Full
1/2
Full
4:2:0
Full
1/2
1/2
4K/60p/4:2:0
* For illustration purpose only
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
4K/60p/4:4:4
Audio Formats &
Licenses
* BD IN, IN 1, IN 2 HDMI input only
Chroma Resolution
Chroma Format
Stream Smoother
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Stream Smoother OFF
Stream Smoother ON
Connectivity
Stream Smoother is a video adjustment feature for watching
network content on your home theater. It reduces block noise
and mosquito noise on low bit rate video content such as
YouTube™, offering finer and clearer images.
* For illustration purpose only
Stream Smoother Link
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Network Features
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Through HDMI connection, Stream Smoother Link detects the
source type playing on a compatible Pioneer Blu-ray Disc player,
and automatically switches Stream Smoother on or off
accordingly. So there is no need for manual switching
depending on the source. Stream Smoother is turned off for
Blu-ray Disc and DVD sources, and turned on for network
content to enrich low bit rate video quality.
Advanced Control
* When connected with a non-compatible Blu-ray Disc player, Stream
Smoother is turned off with ”Auto” setting.
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Advanced Video Adjust
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By Display Type
* Function not available for component/composite analog connection.
Video optimization only available for HDMI connection.
By Distance
Advanced Video Adjust
• PDP Mode 1
PDP Mode 1
• PDP Mode 2
PDP Mode 2
Adjusts for a more natural image
• LCD Mode
LCD Mode
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Through
Adjusts LCD's washed out black for optimum image
Audio Formats &
Licenses
Through
Video
Technologies
Through
Adjusts for optimum image with more detail and less noise
Audio
Technologies
Advanced Video Adjust is a new feature which optimizes video
signals according to the connected display type, such as plasma
display panel, LCD, or projector. Additionally, it automatically
adjusts the picture image for the distance of your viewing
position, based on MCACC measurement data.
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Video Technologies
• Front Projector Mode
Front Projector Mode
Connectivity
Through
Provides a sharp and vivid image suited for a front projector
* For illustration purpose only
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Motion Adaptive I/P Conversion
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Conventional I/P Conversion
PureCinema I/P Conversion
For film content, PureCinema I/P Conversion faithfully reproduces
the original material.
Motion Adaptive I/P Conversion
Motion Adaptive I/P Conversion
Advanced Control
Merely having a high-grade video processor does not guarantee
a quality picture — a fine-tuned setup makes the difference.
Pioneer engineers have performed rigorous testing to achieve
an optimum image from almost any content. This highly-precise
conversion is effective for HD as well as SD sources.
Network Features
Highly-Precise I/P Conversion
For video content, Motion Adaptive I/P Conversion processes
moving images by eliminating conversion errors or noise
generation, to deliver high-quality pictures.
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Triple HD Video Noise Reduction
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Gaussian Noise
Mosaic-Like Artifacts
Hazy Edge
Clear Image
Clear Image
Clear Image
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36-bit Deep Color Image
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Pioneer AV receivers support 36-bit Deep Color, featuring
smooth gradation steps with more accurate precision of
brightness and color information, resulting in superbly detailed,
natural color.
24-bit (8-bit x 3)
36-bit (12-bit x 3)
256 steps
4,096 steps
Audio Formats &
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“x.v.Color”
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Mosquito Noise
Grainy Image
Deep Color
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Block Noise
Audio
Technologies
The AV receivers feature three separate noise
reduction circuits for enhanced video
performance.
- Component Frame Noise Reduction (YNR/
CNR): reduces Gaussian noise without
blurring the picture
- Block Noise Reduction: reduces block noise found in flat areas
- Mosquito Noise Reduction: reduces noise along the outline
of images
The Pioneer-exclusive advanced PureCinema I/P Converter also
helps to remove distracting lines during playback.
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Stereophonic Philosophy
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24-bit 16 million colors
36-bit 68,719 million colors
Smoother Images
*”
x.v.Color” only available for playback of discs recorded with AVCHD devices.
”x.v.Color” and the“ x.v.Color” logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
* For illustration purpose only
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Pioneer AV receivers support ”x.v.Color”,
which almost doubles the range of colors
(known as the “gamut”) that can be
accurately captured, and reproduced on a compatible display,
thereby more closely matching the natural characteristics of the
human eye.
Connectivity
Network Features
Advanced Control
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Dolby Atmos® Upgradable
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Audio
Technologies
Dolby Atmos is a unique new technology for enjoying the latest
surround sound. In a movie theater, overhead speakers are
placed, with a multi-layer approach to the sound design. On top
of the conventional channel-based soundtrack, object-oriented
mixing is used to layer dynamic sound elements, so regardless
of the theater’s speaker setup, independent sound elements can
move around freely in a three-dimensional space. Compared to
Dolby Digital with discrete channels, Dolby Atmos offers
seamless surround sound movement with up to 64 separate
speaker output and a sense of height created by the overhead
speakers. The sound is completely in sync with the screen view,
providing total immersion with unprecedented sound
localization and movement.
Speaker Layout of a Dolby Atmos Theater
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Audio Formats &
Licenses
This theater sound experience can be reproduced in your home
with Pioneer’s Dolby Atmos upgradable* AV receiver, which not
only decodes Dolby Atmos, but also features three new speaker
configuration modes using overhead speakers—5.2.4-ch with
top forward/top backward (9.2-ch), 7.2.2-ch system with top
middle/front wide (9.2-ch), and 7.2.2-ch with top middle/front
height (9.2-ch). With 7.2.2-ch top middle/front wide and top
middle/front height, the top middle speaker is used for Dolby
Atmos content, and switches to front wide or front height when
playing other content.
What’s more, with the latest MCACC Pro room calibration
technology, the AV receiver not only adjusts the speaker
distance, level, and tones, but also the phase differences for
precise sound delivery. You can fully appreciate the object effects
of Dolby Atmos with more clear and accurately positioned
theater sound.
Speaker Layout Example of a Dolby Atmos Home Theater (5.2.4ch)
* Firmware update required. Firmware update available by end of 2014.
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DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD provide sound that is bitby-bit identical to the studio master, delivering sound at extremely
high variable bit rates far exceeding standard DVDs.
Dolby TrueHD delivers sound that is on par with
the original soundtrack, letting you experience
the world of true high-definition entertainment from Blu-ray
Discs. With lossless encoding in up to 18 Mbps bit rate, Dolby
TrueHD creates a synergy with high-definition video to offer you
a home theater experience like never before.
Comparison of High Definition Audio Formats
Compressed
Lossless
Lossy
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby TrueHD Loudness Management
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Uncompressed 48 kHz/
16-bit audio format
similar to CD, but with
DTS-HD
higher sampling
High Resolution Audio
frequencies and
quantization. No
decoding required.
Advanced Control
DTS-HD Master Audio™
Linear PCM
Network Features
DTS-HD
Master Audio
Loudness Management frees you from annoying volume
fluctuations that often occur when switching channels,
programs, or input sources, by maintaining a consistent
loudness-level. The function turns on/off during content
playback, activating or deactivating post processing within the
decoder. When the function is turned off, audio is delivered in a
lossless mode.
Dolby Digital Plus
Uncompressed
Connectivity
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Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Dolby TrueHD
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Stereophonic Philosophy
Audio Formats & Licenses
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With DTS-HD Master Audio, you
can enjoy sound that is bit-for-bit
identical to the studio master.
DTS-HD Master Audio delivers
audio at extremely high variable bit rates of 24.5 Mbps, which far
exceeds standard DVDs. DTS-HD Master Audio offers movies and
music in the pure, original state as intended by the artists.
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DTS Neo:X
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Audio
Technologies
The AV receivers feature DTS Neo:X, the
world’s first 11.1ch surround sound
format. Using 5.1ch or 7.1ch soundtracks,
the format creates additional height and
wide channels, and produces an
enveloping a semi-spherical sound field
for a lifelike 3D sound for music, games,
or movies.
Video
Technologies
Hi-Res Audio File Playback via USB/Network
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In addition to 5.6/2.8 MHz DSD (Direct Stream
Digital) file playback* via USB, the Pioneer AV
receivers are the first to realize DSD streaming**
via network. Up to 192 kHz/24-bit WAV, FLAC,
AIFF, and Apple Lossless files can also be played
via USB/network.
* 2.8 MHz only via USB/network for SC-82/SC-81
** DLNA compatible server or NAS capable of DSD streaming required
This logo is used for Pioneer products capable of 96 kHz/24-bit or
above WAV/FLAC file playback, and Pioneer amplifiers, speakers, or
headphones supporting over 40 kHz high-frequency reproduction,
designed to derive maximum performance from Hi-Resolution Audio.
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Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Multi-channel Audio Playback via USB/Network
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Stereophonic Philosophy
Audio Formats & Licenses
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Pioneer’s AV receivers are the first in the industry to realize multichannel (5.0ch/5.1ch) playback of high-resolution audio formats.
You can fully enjoy recordings of live concerts and classical music
in 96 kHz/24-bit WAV or FLAC files via DLNA or USB.
Connectivity
Network Features
Advanced Control
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Native DSD Playback via USB-DAC with DoP
Transmission
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Audio
Technologies
The AV receiver allows direct USB connection with your computer
for audio playback, with signal transfer via USB-DAC. The result is
high-quality sound reproduction with reduced jitter, reproducing
master quality sound with extremely precise audio signals. A
dedicated driver can be installed to your computer from the
included CD-ROM. The AV receiver supports Native DSD playback
by DoP (DSD over PCM) transmission.
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
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DSD Music File Playback via USB
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Technologies
The AV receivers can play 5.6 MHz* or 2.8 MHz DSD (Direct Stream
Digital) files via network or from a USB memory stick, letting you
enjoy superior sound without any special players.
* SC-89/SC-87/SC-85 only
DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI
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The AV receivers can play high-quality DSD audio files from SACD
discs via HDMI in 2.8 MHz.
DSD Playability Comparison
SC-89
SC-85
Via USB-A
DSD Direct
Playback
5.6 MHz (2ch)
DSD Direct
Playback
2.8 MHz (2ch)
DSD Playback with
PCM Transcode
5.6 MHz (2ch)
SC-82
Via HDMI
DSD Disc (SACD) DSD Disc (SACD)
DSD Playback with DSD Disc (SACD)
Playback with
Playback with
PCM Transcode Direct Playback
PCM Transcode PCM Transcode
2.8 MHz (2ch)
2.8 MHz (2ch)
2.8 MHz (5.1ch) 2.8 MHz (2ch)
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
SC-87
Via USB-B
Native DSD Playback via
USB-DAC with DoP
2.8 MHz (2ch)
SC-81
Connectivity
Network Features
Advanced Control
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Playable Formats
Format
Extension
Stream
SC-89/SC-87/SC-85/SC-82/SC-81
via USB/Network
WAV
.wav
WAV
WMA
.wma
WMA2/7/8/9
AAC
.m4a
.aac
.3gp
.3g2
MPEG-4 AAC LC
MPEG-4 HE AAC
(aacPlus v 1/2)
Apple
Lossless
.m4a
.mp4
ALAC
FLAC
.flac
FLAC
AIFF
.aif
.aiff
AIFF
DSD**
.dff
.dsf
DSDIFF
DSF
via HDMI
DSD Disc***
(SACD)
–
–
Sampling Frequency
Quantization Bit Rate
Channels
2.8224 MHz
1 bit
5.1**/2
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
MPEG-1Audio Layer-3
Audio Formats &
Licenses
.mp3
32/44.1/48 kHz
16 bit
2
8-320 kbps
Supported/Supported
32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
16 bit/24 bit
5.1/5.0 (up to 96 kHz) **, 2
32/44.1/48 kHz
16 bit
2
5-320 kbps
Supported/Supported
32/44.1/48 kHz
16 bit
2
16-320 kbps
Supported/Supported
32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz
16 bit/24 bit
2
32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
16 bit/24 bit
5.1/5.0 (up to 96 kHz) **, 2
32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
16 bit/24 bit
2
2.8224/5.6448 MHz
1 bit
2
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MP3*
Sampling Frequency
Quantization Bit Rate
Channels
Bit Rate
VBR/CBR
Sampling Frequency
Quantization Bit Rate
Channels
Sampling Frequency
Quantization Bit Rate
Channels
Bit Rate
VBR/CBR
Sampling Frequency
Quantization Bit Rate
Channels
Bit Rate
VBR/CBR
Sampling Frequency
Quantization Bit Rate
Channels
Sampling Frequency
Quantization Bit Rate
Channels
Sampling Frequency
Quantization Bit Rate
Channels
Sampling Frequency
Quantization Bit Rate
Channels
Audio
Technologies
Various music files can be played back via USB or HDMI
(SACD)**. With DLNA and AirPlay features, the AV receivers let
you stream audio from compatible devices. Through a DLNA app,
you can now stream WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and
Apple Lossless audio files stored on your DMS.
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Audio Formats & Licenses
* MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson Multimedia
Connectivity
** Playback only. 2.8224 MHz only for SC-82/SC-81
*** Playback only
Variable File Play Action
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Network Features
Various features to easily access and play your music library are
available for the AV receivers. Using the remote control, you can
fast forward/fast rewind during playback, and sort songs
(alphabetical/track order). In addition to these operations, the
new iControlAV5 app lets you search songs and albums. This
feature works even if you don’t remember the exact title.
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Gapless Playback
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Enjoy smooth, uninterrupted audio playback for WAV, FLAC,
AIFF, AAC, MP3, and Apple Lossless files. The function is ideal
for listening to music tracks intended for continuous play, such
as classical music, progressive rock, concept albums, or live
recordings.
* Gapless playback only available for DLNA 2-Box Pull and USB memory
playback. Not available for WAV/FLAC multi-channel streaming.
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Various Speaker Settings
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Speaker Layout Examples
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In addition to the standard 7.1ch layout (Fig. 1), various speaker
layout options are available with this year’s AV receiver lineup.
Combine front wide speakers with Pioneer-original Wide
Surround mode (Fig. 2) to enjoy more spacious sound in the
front. Or place front height speakers and use Dolby Pro Logic IIz
(Fig. 3) for vertical-spreading sound.
Fig. 1
Standard 7.1ch
Audio
Technologies
Wide Surround Mode
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Fig. 2
Front Wide Speakers + Wide Surround Mode
Video
Technologies
Pioneer’s Wide Surround Mode creates sound with highly dense
motion feeling around the front and sides. Wide Surround
Movie provides motion feeling in front, while Wide Surround
Music creates a wide-spreading sound field in the foreground.
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Fig. 3
Front Height Speakers + Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Audio Formats &
Licenses
Dolby Pro Logic IIz realizes more spacious
surround sound by adding front height
channels to the conventional 5.1ch/7.1ch
speaker settings. The enveloping sound with additional depth
and dimension creates a lifelike listening experience. Dolby Pro
Logic IIz does not require special content, and works with
existing soundtracks.
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Connectivity
Network Features
Advanced Control
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Virtual Speakers
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Virtual speakers shown in orange
By turning on Virtual Surround Back, Virtual
Height, and Virtual Wide modes, you can
experience virtual 11.1-channel sound from a
5.1-channel speaker setting. The sound field can be
adjusted with intuitive control on your iPod touch/
iPhone/iPad or Android device using the
iControlAV5 application.
Virtual 11.1 ch
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Stereophonic Philosophy
Sophisticated Listening Modes
Fig. 4
Audio
Technologies
Virtual Wide
Virtual Wide mode (Fig. 5) is a useful solution for creating the
effects of front wide speakers, letting you enjoy surround sound
in a rich sound field — all without placing extra speakers.
Virtual Wide Mode
If you want to experience vertically falling sound but can not
place front height speakers, there’s a perfect solution.
Pioneer’s Virtual Height mode (Fig. 6) creates a height sound
image without front height speakers, letting you enjoy enveloping
Fig. 5
Video
Technologies
Virtual Height
virtual 7.1-channel sound from 5.1-channel speaker settings.
Virtual Surround Back
Audio Formats &
Licenses
Want to be thrilled by surrounding sound from behind, but
don’t have the space for surround back speakers? Then try
Virtual Surround Back mode (Fig. 7). It simulates 7.1-channel
surround sound, giving the impression of surround back
speakers when listening to a 5.1-channel source. What’s
more, by turning on both Virtual Height and Virtual Surround
Back modes, you can enjoy virtual 9.1-channel sound on a
5.1-channel speaker setting. By adding front wide speakers,
you can enjoy virtual 11.1-channel sound from a 7.1-channel
speaker layout.
Virtual Height Mode
Fig. 6
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Virtual Surround Back Mode
Connectivity
Fig. 7
Network Features
Virtual Depth
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Virtual Depth is a Pioneer-exclusive feature for
creating a virtual sound field behind the screen —
a perfect match for 3D video contents, for a lively
synergy of sound and vision.
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9ch Speaker Configurations
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With speaker terminals for 11 channels, various speaker layouts
are available to suit your taste or usage patterns. Three new
configurations ([A]-[C]) have been added for optimum
performance when using Dolby Atmos.
[C] 9.2 channel surround system (Top forward/Top
backward) connection
Simultaneous output from top middle and front height
speakers not available.
Simultaneous output from top middle and front wide
speakers not available.
[D] 7.2 channel surround system & Speaker B
connection
[E] 7.2 channel surround system & Front Bi-amping
connection (High quality surround)
[F] 7.2 channel surround system & HDZONE
connection (Multi Zone)
[G] 5.2 channel surround system & Front Bi-amping
connection (High quality surround) & HDZONE
connection (Multi Zone)
[H-1] 5.2 channel surround system & ZONE 2/ZONE 3
connection (Multi Zone)
[H-2] 5.2 channel surround system & ZONE 2/HDZONE
connection (Multi Zone)
[H-3] Multi-ZONE Music connection
[I] 5.2 channel surround system & Speaker B
Bi-amping connection
[J] 5.2 channel surround system & Front and Surround
Bi-amping connection (High quality surround)
[K] 5.2 channel surround system & Front and Center
Bi-amping connection (High quality surround)
[L] 5.2 channel surround system & Center and Surround
Bi-amping connection (High quality surround)
Video
Technologies
[B] 9.2 channel surround system (Top middle/Front
height) connection
Audio
Technologies
[A] 9.2 channel surround system (Top middle/Front
wide) connection
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Stereophonic Philosophy
Sophisticated Listening Modes
Audio Formats &
Licenses
Simultaneous output from top middle and B speakers not
available.
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Connectivity
Network Features
Advanced Control
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Normal Use
Pre-amp Mode shuts down the power supply to the power
amplifier, providing more clear and pure sound when using the
AV receiver as a pre-amplifier.
9ch drive
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Sophisticated Listening Modes
“All Off” Mode
Front L / R
“Front Off” Mode
7ch drive
“Front & Center Off”
Mode
Front L / R +C
6ch drive
Driven by external power amp
* Example image with wide speakers
Video
Technologies
Advanced Surround Modes
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Sophisticated
Listening Modes
With Front Stage Surround Advance, you can enjoy surround
sound coming from only the front speakers and the subwoofer.
Since wall reflections are not used, the setup is less dependent
on the room environment, allowing front alignment of the
speakers. Front Stage Surround Advance creates an excellent
sound image and natural sound.
Optimum Surround
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The AV receivers feature 11+1 Advanced Surround Modes —
Action, Drama, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop,
Front Stage Surround, Extended Stereo, Sound Retriever AIR
(see page 10 for details), ECO Mode 1, ECO Mode 2 + Phones
Surround — for an optimized sound for your entertainment.
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Three Elements of Cinema Sound Controlled by Optimum Surround
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Bass Boost
Dialog Enhancement
Connectivity
Dialog, bass, and surround sound are the three elements of
cinema sound. When soundtracks are played on a home theater
at a much lower volume, the impression may become quite
different. Optimum Surround is a Pioneer-exclusive listening
mode for solving this problem, developed through repeated
interviews with actual film makers. For each scene, this
technology automatically optimizes the balance of the three
elements with an original algorithm. Bring home the real thrills
of the movie as intended by the creators.
Surround Sound
Enhancement
Network Features
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USB-DAC
Asynchronous USB-DAC
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Sync with PC clock
The AV receiver allows direct USB connection with a computer*,
without having to access the home network. What’s more,
signal transfer is done with USB asynchronous transfer mode,
which controls the transfer process using its high-accuracy clock
instead of syncing with the clock on the PC-side, ensuring highquality sound reproduction. This eliminates jitter, reproducing
master quality sound with extremely precise audio signals, even
for Hi-bit32 Audio Processing.
Speakers
PC
USB
Connection
Speakers
ARC (Audio Return Channel)
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Not ARC Compatible
Optical Output
HDMI Input
HDMI Input
HDMI
Cable
HDMI
Cable
Optical
Digital
Cable
Optical Input
ARC Compatible
(Both TV and AV Receiver)
HDMI Output
HDMI Output
Audio Formats &
Licenses
Pioneer’s latest AV receivers feature HDMI with
3D technology. You can enjoy the latest 3D Bluray Discs, games, and broadcasts by combining
the AV receivers with a 3D compatible Blu-ray
Disc player, game console, or tuner (STB) and
display via HDMI connection. The Audio Return
Channel (ARC) feature allows a TV with built-in
tuner to send audio data “upstream” to the AV receiver via HDMI
— so there’s no need for a separate audio cable. Enjoy full-digital
transfer of high-definition audio as well as up to 4K/60p video
signals by HDMI connection. Multi-channel PCM (192 kHz),
lossless bit-stream, and SACD audio can also be processed by
HDMI single-cable connection.
Video
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Asynchronous
AV receiver's master clock used;
no sync with PC clock
HDMI® ([email protected], 3D, ARC)
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Technologies
Asynchronous Transfer
PC
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USB-DAC
USB
Connection
* Driver download from Pioneer website required
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Synchronous
Synchronous Transfer
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Connectivity
With ARC, only one HDMI cable required
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The latest AV receivers are certified “Made for iPod and iPhone”
products, letting you enjoy music from your iPod/iPhone. The
included cable allows direct USB connection to the front panel,
providing battery charge for your devices. The AV receivers are also
compatible with video playback from iPod/iPhone.
Connection Comparison
Analog Audio (previous)
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Made for iPod and iPhone
* Available features depend on iPod/iPhone model For details on iPod
compatibility, visit
http://pioneer.jp/homeav/support/ios/na
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Network Features
Enjoy iPod music via digital connection. The audio signals are
directly transferred to the AV receiver’s high-performance DAC,
offering superior sound compared to analog connections. What’s
more, you can operate your iPod with the AV receiver’s remote
control.
Connectivity
Digital Audio
Digital Audio from iPod/iPhone via USB
Functions such as the equalizer cannot be controlled using the AV receiver, so
we recommend you to turn off the equalizer before connecting. iPod is for legal
or rightholder-authorised copying only. Don’t steal music.
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Android Audio/Video Playback with MHL
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Audio
Technologies
One of the HDMI terminals is MHL
(Mobile High-Definition Link)
compatible, letting you connect an
Android device. High-definition video can be displayed on your
HDTV with multi-channel sound, while also charging your
device*. You can play back content from your smartphone using
the AV receiver’s remote control.
* MHL cable required
Front USB Input
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Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Connectivity
USB Terminal
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Video
Technologies
The front panel USB input terminal allows
straightforward connection to a USB memory
stick. This plug and play connectivity enables you
to easily play music files or watch JPEG pictures.
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Audio Formats &
Licenses
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Connectivity
Network Features
Advanced Control
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AirPlay Wireless Audio
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AirPlay Connection Examples
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Stream
AirPlay — Enthusiasts have complete access, control
and playback of their entire iTunes music library
wirelessly through their AV receiver. Users can quickly
and easily enjoy all their music with song information
and album art simultaneously displayed on a
connected monitor/TV.
Wireless LAN
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Network Features
or
iPhone/iPad
Wired LAN
PC/Mac
Wired LAN
Router
Audio
Technologies
* Available features depend on iPod/iPhone/iPad model
For details on iPod compatibility, visit
http://pioneer.jp/homeav/support/ios/na
DLNA Certified™ (1.5)
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Audio Formats &
Licenses
The AV receivers are DLNA Certified™ (1.5),
enabled to work not only as a Digital Media
Player (2-Box Pull System) for playing DMS
audio files, but also as a Digital Media
Renderer (3-Box System) to be remotely
controlled by a device such as a smartphone or
PC/Mac. For example, you can play music
content* from a PC/Mac in another room, from
a separate device in your living room. As a DMR
(2-Box Push System), the AV receivers can also play received audio
data when the user controls the DMS. For details on playable
formats, see chart on page 17.
* Depending on file structure and server capacity, it may not be possible to play
certain files, including those listed as playable formats on page 15. Playback of
DRM protected commercial content requiring DTCP-IP link protection is not
supported.
Home Network
Server
DLNA 3-Box System
Player &
Controller
Controller
1. File Search
Renderer
Smartphone
Windows 8/Windows 7 OS PC
Windows Media player
DMS
2. Play
DMP
2. Stream
DMC application
required
DMC
Home Network
Remote Control
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
DLNA 2-Box Pull System
DMR
DLNA 2-Box Push System
Home Network
3. Stream
Renderer
1. DMS Library Info
Windows 7 OS PC
Stream
DMS
Server
DMR
Digital Media Controller (DMC):
Finds content on DMS for playback on DMR
Example: Internet tablet, Wi-Fi digital camera, PDA
Digital Media Player (DMP):
Finds and plays content on DMS
Example: TV, stereo/home theater, game console
Digital Media Renderer (DMR):
Plays content received from DMS, which finds content on DMS
Example: TV, AV receiver, remote speakers
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Network Features
Digital Media Server (DMS):
Stores and distributes content to DMP/DMR
Example: PC
HTC Connect™ Certified
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DMS
Connectivity
Server & Controller
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Pioneer is the first leading partner to provide HTC
Connect certified devices. Through wireless
transmission, HTC Connect lets you easily stream
high-quality audio from compatible devices such as
Android phones, with no need for a separate app.
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The AV receivers are compatible with Windows 8.1/
Windows 8*, letting you easily stream music, video,
or photos from compatible PCs on your home
network.
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Video
Technologies
The AV receivers come with the vTuner for
listening to a multitude of radio programs from
around the world on the internet. LAN
connection allows radio access without having
to use your PC/Mac. You can easily browse
stations using the remote control. Various
categories are available on the vTuner database, offering
limitless entertainment. You can even add broadcast stations
unavailable on the vTuner list. Access the Pioneer internet radio
site from your PC/Mac*, and register the desired stations to
your favorites list. Then, you can easily tune in to the radio
stations from the AV receiver.
Audio Formats &
Licenses
* Access code required
Pandora® Internet Radio
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Stereophonic Philosophy
Network Features
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Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Pandora is a personalized internet radio
service with a recommendation feature.
Pandora free account offers up to 40 hours of music per month.
Paid subscriptions are also available. For details, visit www.
pandora.com.
* Service only available in the U.S. as of May 2014
Spotify® Digital Music-Streaming Service Ready
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Connectivity
Enjoy on-demand access to millions of
songs with Spotify’s digital musicstreaming service. With the wide range of
music selection, you’re sure to find a fitting song for your mood
or occasion, right at your fingertips. You can make your own
choice, or let Spotify surprise you. The AV receivers are ready for
the Connect from Spotify, which lets you select songs on your
Spotify app for listening on your audio system.
Network Features
* Spotify App, iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, and subscription required.
For service availability in your country check www.spotify.com.
Firmware update may be necessary. For details, visit pioneer.eu/spotify
Service only available in the U.S. as of May 2014.
Roku Ready®
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Advanced Control
Just plug the separately sold Roku Streaming Stick™
into the MHL port to enjoy internet streaming of TV
shows, sports, news, movies, music, and other
entertainment. You can access hundreds of free
channels, as well as on-demand content such as Netflix, Hulu Plus,
Vudu, and Amazon Instant Video.
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Ready for iControlAV5
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iControlAV5
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iControlAV5 is an iPod touch, iPhone and iPad application developed
by Pioneer, freely downloadable from the App Store.
Audio
Technologies
It is also compatible with Android, and available from Google Play.
On a simple and intuitive interface, the application allows you to
use your device as a remote for operating the AV receiver’s
functions such as VOLUME CONTROL, INPUT SELECT, LISTENING
MODE, BALANCE, EMPHASIS CONTROL for woofer and center
speakers, PUSH PLAYER, and ECO MANAGER. With the SOUND
EXPLORER function, you can easily adjust various sound
parameters in a fun and intuitive operation. You can also control
the basic functions of Pioneer’s Blu-ray Disc players.
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Advanced Control
OPENING
AV SCALER
* AV receiver needs to be connected to a wired LAN in a wireless LAN network.
Video
Technologies
The latest version comes with improved user interface and new
features including the AV SCALER, new STATUS VIEWER, and
CURSOR.
HOME
AV SCALER
The AV SCALER lets you easily select the input and output
signals by drawing a line with your finger.
Audio Formats &
Licenses
STATUS VIEWER
STATUS VIEWER
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
The new STATUS VIEWER provides graphical display of input/
output and status of the playing content, and the image of
both real and virtual speakers. You can enjoy intuitive control
for Input, Link, Phase, and Channel Level.
CURSOR
For the currently used function, up/down/left/right operations
can be done on the app, instead of using the remote control.
The button display changes to correspond to the function on
the AV receiver.
Connectivity
CURSOR
Network Features
Advanced Control
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Sound Explorer
SOUND EXPLORER
Audio
Technologies
SOUND EXPLORER lets you easily adjust various sound
parameters with intuitive and pleasing operation. It comes in
three operation modes. With Fixed Position mode, all icons are
neatly positioned in rows. The screen on the playful Drop
Icon mode displays continuously falling icons. All List mode
shows the description and status for each setting, with a link
to YouTube video clip explaining the feature.
* Adjustable sound parameters differ by model.
PUSH PLAYER
ECO MANAGER for iPhone
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
The feature is a dedicated page for energy
efficient settings (During Playback/At Stand-By/
When Not in Use) on your AV receiver. You can
select ECO Mode 1 or 2 for playback settings.
ECO Mode 1 features moderate energy saving
operation while maintaining high-quality sound, ideal for CD
music, 2ch audio files, and internet radio. The higher energysaving ECO Mode 2 features moderate sound quality, suitable
for content with dynamic sound such as movies (multich/2ch) or live concerts. The ECO Mode can also be accessed
from the front panel or the remote control.
Connectivity
Bluetooth® Ready
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Licenses
ECO MANAGER
Video
Technologies
PUSH PLAYER
You can directly stream music stored on your device for
playback via the AV receiver.
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Stereophonic Philosophy
Advanced Control
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AS-BT200 Optional Bluetooth Adapter
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– A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
By using the AS-BT200 optional Bluetooth adapter, you can enjoy
wireless transmission of audio content from compatible devices
such as iPod/iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (with iOS 3.0 or later),
mobile phone, or personal computer.
– AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile)
Network Features
– Registers up to 8 devices
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Built-in AVNavigator
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AVNavigator Top Menu
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Audio
Technologies
Pioneer’s AVNavigator is a user-friendly support feature for the
AV receiver’s wiring and operation, including the Wiring Navi
and Interactive Operation Guide. AVNavigator is now built-in,
and you can easily set up the AV receiver straight out of the box
on your PC/Mac/iPad/smartphone. The software will start up
via Windows Explorer on a PC or Bonjour on a Mac. With an iOS
or Android device, you can access the AVNavigator from the
pre-installed iControlAV5 app.
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Advanced Control
* The AV receiver and the PC/Mac/iPad/smartphone need to be on the same
home network. Control is also available via LAN cable connection with a PC/
Mac.
Wiring Navi
Wiring Navi
Video
Technologies
Start the Wiring Navi on the AVNavigator. By answering
questions about your equipment and terminals, the actual
connection image will be displayed. Plug in your equipment
and speakers accordingly, including the network connection
with your device then transmit the setup information to the
AV receiver from your PC/Mac/iPad/smartphone.
After setup, you can check how to use the AV receiver with
the Interactive Operation Guide. This new feature gives a
quick tutorial on basic operations using illustrations and
animations, allowing you to start right off without referring
to the user manual. The Interactive Operation Guide can be
browsed on your PC/Mac/iPad/smartphone, and you can
send a command to the AV receiver. It also works the other
way — key operation on the remote control or the main unit
will display the corresponding manual page on your device.
Wiring Navi
Audio Formats &
Licenses
Interactive Operation Guide
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Interactive Operation Guide
Connectivity
AVNavigator for iPad
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Network Features
With Pioneer’s AVNavigator for iPad app, in addition to the
above mentioned Wiring Navi and Interactive Operation Guide,
you can browse and save MCACC measurement data, as well as
download the Instruction Manual on your iPad.
AVNavigator for iPad
Advanced Control
Advanced MCACC
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Wireless LAN Converter Ready
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With the optional AS-WL300 optional wireless LAN converter,
you can enjoy wireless LAN connection for the AV receivers.
The AS-WL300 works with power supply from the AV receiver’s
dedicated USB terminal, so no AC adapter is required.
Connection ports for AS-WL300
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Zone A
Speaker Cable
HDMI
Speaker Cable
* Requires speaker setting HDZONE
Multi-Zone (ZONE 2/3)
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Multi-Zone Connection
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3D
Full HD
4K2K
ZONE 2 audio, subwoofer, volume,
balance and tone
ZONE 2
Audio Formats &
Licenses
HDZONE
With Pioneer’s Multi-Zone, you can play music from different
sources in 2/3 zones at the same time.
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ZONE 3
TV only
or
TV with AVR
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HDMI
RCA
RCA
Composite
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Subwoofer
out
Component/
Composite
HDBaseT™ Compatible (HDMI Extension via CAT5 Cable)
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Connectivity
The AV receiver is equipped with an HDBaseT
output terminal, which supports single-cable
transmission of 4K, 3D, and full HD video and
multi-channel audio. The HD video and audio signals are
transmitted via the CAT5 cable, so they can be output to
HDZONE rooms up to 328 ft away.
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Video
Technologies
The AV receivers are equipped with HDZONE HDMI output
terminal, for streaming HD audio/video content to a separate
room. If unused for HDZONE, the terminal can be used for MAIN
ZONE OUT 2. The new powered feature* uses the built-in
amplifier, so you can enjoy audio in HDZONE by just connecting
speakers, with no need for a separate amplifier.
Zone B
Audio
Technologies
Powered HDMI ZONE Out (Powered HDZONE)
AS-WL300 optional wireless LAN
converter
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Advanced Control
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Compatible TV
(including other brands)
Pioneer AV Receiver
* For details on compatible TV and components, see
http://pioneer.jp/homeav/support/hdmi_cec/
Compatible Blu-ray Disc
Player etc.
Network Features
HDMI connection with compatible products allows the
following linked operations:
• Volume adjustment/mute of AV receiver via TV
• Automatic input change when TV channel is switched or
playback starts on a player
• Linked power on/off with TV
Power on/off
Volume
Surround mode
Input
TV Remote Control
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This Windows application is a dedicated tool for custom
installers, and is not intended for end users. It allows you to
access and edit AV receiver’s settings through various
connection methods. The settings can be stored as files for
backup and data management.
DFD (Data Flow Diagram) between PC Setup and the AV receiver
AV receiver
PC Setup
Data
acquisition/
data setting
Copy
- AV receiver default setting management (create, edit, overwrite,
save)
- AV receiver control
- AV receiver status display on application
- “Detect difference” function for comparing edited data with backup
- Multiple backup functions
1. First (normal) backup stores latest setup
2. Second backup stores original settings by the installer
The second backup feature is especially useful when the user wants
to revert back to the original settings made by the installer.
File storing/
calling out
Drive on PC
Data
file
Edited
data
CSV export
2nd backup
(AVR 2nd backup)
CSV
file
Video
Technologies
Ways to Connect to the AV Receiver
1. Via local LAN connection (auto/manual) for direct communication
2. Through the internet for remote operation
3. By COM port for data transmission by RS-232C connection
4. Opening a stored file
5. By stand-alone mode for displaying AV receiver’s default values
Remote Connection via the Internet
Windows 8
Modem
Windows Vista
Windows XP
—
Windows 8
—
Home Premium
SP1
Professional
SP1
Ultimate
SP1
Home Basic
SP2
Home Premium
SP2
Ultimate
SP2
Professional
SP3
Home Edition
SP3
Modem
Router
Router
LAN
WAN
Wireless LAN
LAN
WAN
Wireless LAN
Wireless LAN
converter
Either wired
or wireless
LAN
Either wired
or wireless
LAN
Wired LAN
PC
Wired LAN
AV receiver
Multi ZONE Setting Screen
Connectivity
Input Setting Screen
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
Windows 7
Service Pack
Windows 8 Pro
CI operator’s
office, etc.
Client’s home
Audio Formats &
Licenses
Internet
Required PC environment for using Pioneer PC Setup
Edition
Audio
Technologies
1st backup
(AVR 1st backup)
Main Features:
OS
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Advanced Control
Network Features
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By entering the AV receiver’s IP address on the web browser, you
can access the Web Control function to change the AV receiver’s
network settings. You can also easily setup Pandora accounts by
typing in your username and password on the PC keyboard.
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Advanced Control
Audio
Technologies
Video
Technologies
Standby Pass-Through without CEC
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Audio Formats &
Licenses
With standby pass-through, the AV receiver can pass audio
and video signals via HDMI even during standby. This feature is
useful when you want to access HDMI-connected components
without turning on the AV receiver.
* Control with HDMI needs to be turned off
HDMI Standby Input Switching
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Sophisticated
Listening Modes
The function switches input source when the primary signal is
cut off, and switches back to the primary input when the
primary signal reappears.
Auto Power Down
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Connectivity
The AV receiver will automatically turn off after being left
uncontrolled for a certain time set by the user. This function is
available for each zone.
Power Save for HDMI Standby Through
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Network Features
Power Save for HDMI Standby Through reduces energy
consumption while the AV receiver is on standby.
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Simple Overlay OSD
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Audio
Technologies
Even when the front FL display is not visible, users can see the
AV receiver’s operation status on the TV screen. The audio/
video parameters can be adjusted while you actually listen to
the sound or see the image — an useful feature if you use a
projector, or have the AV receiver hidden inside a cabinet.
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
Advanced Control
Simple Overlay OSD
Video
Technologies
Audio Formats &
Licenses
GUI for Smooth Operation
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Sophisticated
Listening Modes
The GUI on the latest AV receivers has been further refined,
resulting in enhanced ease-of-use. Each function has a
dedicated GUI screen, displaying, for instance, iPod/iPhone
data, speaker settings, or EQ adjustments, in 7 selectable
languages — English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch,
and Russian.
GUI Images
Connectivity
Zone 2
EQ Adjustments
Advanced Control
iPod/iPhone
Network Features
Reverb Characteristic
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Advanced Direct Construction
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3D Space Frame Construction
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Audio
Technologies
Less is more in circuitry design. Advanced Direct Construction
allows the shortest and simplest signal paths — from input to
output, circuit block by circuit block — to reduce distortion that
can be caused by transmission loss, and to improve sonic
clarity.
Advanced Multi-Channel
Stereophonic Philosophy
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Audio Formats &
Licenses
The AV receivers come with this Advanced 3D Space Frame
structure, featuring precise framework design, separating the
power supply block, and isolating the analog video/audio and
digital functional blocks into specific compartments. This
reduces interference by flat cables between the blocks and
improves the operating characteristics to accurately reproduce
even the most delicate signals.
Video
Technologies
The 3D Space Frame Construction is developed to clearly define
the mechanical grounding of the chassis and make the structure
strong enough to support heavy weight. Perfected by repeated
CAE strength analysis and tests, this technology allows each
part to deliver maximum performance. Interference is also
reduced by separating and insulating the power supply, amp,
analog circuit, digital circuit and video sections from one
another.
Rigid Trans-Stabilizer
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The rigid trans-stabilizer acoustically insulates the transformer
and eliminates unwanted vibration, enhancing sound clarity.
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Independent Power Supply System
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Clean Grounding and High-Grade Parts
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Network Features
The analog and digital power supply are separated to eliminate
interference between the two, and to provide clean power to
the analog circuit, while bringing out maximum performance
from the power amplifier for quality sound reproduction.
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Rigid Trans-Stabilizer
Sophisticated
Listening Modes
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Power Amplifier Block (SC-89)
Advanced Control
The Direct Power FET features drastically fewer wire bonding
and terminals, realizing clean grounding with less noise. Each
part has undergone meticulous improvement to provide
outstanding performance. The AV receivers also feature a lower
center of gravity for enhanced stability.
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Advanced Multi-Channel Stereophonic Philosophy
Direct Energy HD Amplifier
Low Leakage Flux Transformer
Hi-bit32 Audio Processing
Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
Digital Filter
Up-Sampling (192 kHz/32-bit)
MCACC Auto Room Tuning
Phase Control
Auto Phase Control Plus
Speaker Polarity Check
Standing Wave Control
Subwoofer EQ
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
Full Band Phase Control
Precision Distance
AIR Studios Sound Tuning
Audio Technologies
ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC
Advanced Sound Retriever
Auto Sound Retriever/Auto Sound Retriever for ARC
Sound Retriever Link
Sound Retriever AIR
Auto Level Control
PQLS with HDMI (Bit-stream/Multi-Surround/2ch Audio)
Video Technologies
Ultra HD (4K/60p) Upscaling/Pass Through
Stream Smoother
Stream Smoother Link
Advanced Video Adjust
Highly Precise I/P Conversion
Triple HD Video Noise Reduction
Deep Color/"x.v.Color"
Audio Formats & Licenses
Dolby Atmos® Upgradable
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby TrueHD Loudness Management
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS Neo:X
DTS Neo:X | 7.1
Hi-Res Audio File Playback via USB/Network
Multi-Channel Audio File Playback via USB/Network
Native DSD Playback via USB-DAC with DoP Transmission
DSD Music File Playback via USB
DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI
Variable File Play Action
Gapless Playback
Sophisticated Listening Modes
Various Speaker Settings
Wide Surround
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Virtual Speakers
Virtual Depth
9ch Speaker Configurations
Pre-Amp Mode
Advanced Surround Modes
Front Stage Surround Advance
Optimum Surround
Connectivity
USB-DAC
HDMI® ([email protected], 3D, ARC)
Made for iPod and iPhone
iPod Digital Transmission via Front USB
Android™ Audio/Video Playback with MHL™
Front USB Input
Network Features
Apple AirPlay Certified
DLNA Certified™ (1.5)
HTC Connect™ Certified
Compatible with Windows® 8.1
Internet Radio (vTuner)
Pandora® Internet Radio
Spotify® Digital Music-Streaming Service Ready
Roku Ready®
Advanced Control
Ready for iControlAV5 App
Bluetooth Ready
Built-in AV Navigator/AVNavigator for iPad
Wireless LAN Converter Ready
Powered HDMI ZONE Out (Powered HDZONE)
Multi-Zone
HDBaseT™ Compatible
Control with HDMI
2014 Pioneer PC Setup
Network Setup via Web Control
Standby Pass-Through without CEC
HDMI Standby Input Switching
Auto Power Down
Power Save for HDMI Standby Through
Simple Overlay OSD
GUI
Construction
Advanced Direct Construction
3D Space Frame Construction
Rigid Trans-Stabilizer
Independent Power Supply System
Clean Grounding and High-Grade Parts
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Product Sheet
SC-89/CUXJ
SC-87/CUXJ
SC-85/CUXJ
SC-82/CUXJ
SC-81/CUXJ
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9.2-Channel ELITE AV Receiver Featuring Class D3 Amplifier, AIR Studios Monitor Certification,
Dolby Atmos® Upgradable, Ultra HD (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit) Upscaling/Pass-through, HDBaseT™
Compatibility, USB-DAC, and SABRE32 Ultra DAC
AMPLIFICATION
› › Channels: 9
› › Amplification Type: Class D 3 (Direct Energy HD)
› › 850 W Multi ch Simultaneous Drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %)
› › 255 W/ch (4 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 2 ch Driven)
› › 200 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)
› › 140 W/ch (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)
CONSTRUCTION DESIGN
• Sound Retriever Air, Phones Surround
• ECO Mode 1, ECO Mode 2
› › Input Volume Absorber
› › Speaker System 14 Patterns Including 3 New Patterns for Dolby
Atmos
VIDEO FEATURES
› › HDMI 8 in/4 out (2 for MAIN, 2 for MAIN/HDZONE)
› › Ultra HD Upscaling and Pass-through (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit * 2,
4K/24p/4:4:4/36-bit, 4K/60p/4:2:2/36-bit* 2)
› › Advanced Direct Construction
› › Video Scaler with Qdeo™
› › Rigid Trans-Stabilizer
› › 3D Ready (Blu-ray Disc ® , Broadcast and Games)
› › Insulated Dual Chassis
› › Deep Color (36-bit) and "x.v.Color"
› › 3D Space Frame Construction
› › Triple HD Noise Reduction
› › Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
› › Advanced Video Adjust
AUDIO FEATURES
› › AIR Studios Monitor Certification
› › Dolby Atmos ® Upgradable* 1
› › Dolby ® TrueHD/Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby Surround
› › Stream Smoother
› › Stream Smoother Link
› › Frame Rate Conversion
HOME NETWORK FEATURES
› › DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS-ES/DTS Neo:X
› › Apple AirPlay Certified
› › USB-DAC 192 kHz/32-bit with DSD Native Playback
› › DLNA Certified™ (1.5)
› › DSD Direct Playback via USB Memory Devices (5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz)
› › HTC Connect™ Certified
› › DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz)
› › Windows ® 8 Compatible
› › Digital Core Engine with Texas Instruments Aureus™ DSP
› › Music File Playback/Seek* 3 via Network/USB: AIFF, Apple
› › SABRE 32 Ultra DAC (ES9016+ES9016) for 9.2ch
› › Audio Scaler 192 kHz/32-bit Enhancer
› › HDMI ® Audio Return Channel
› › Pioneer MCACC Pro Room Calibration
Lossless, WAV, FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, DSD
• 192 kHz/24-Bit Audio playback (AIFF, WAV, FLAC)
• Multi-Channel (5.1ch, 5.0ch) Audio Playback* 4 (WAV, FLAC)
›› Gapless Playback for AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV*5, FLAC*5, AAC, MP3
• Full Band Phase Control
› › Pandora ® Internet Radio* 6
• Auto Phase Control Plus/Phase Control Plus
› › Spotify ® Digital Music-Streaming Service Ready* 7
• Standing Wave Control
› › Roku Ready ®* 8
• 3D Time Axis Measurement
› › Internet Radio with vTuner
• Precision Distance
› › Play Zone Selection
• Polarity Check
• Automatic Crossover Detection
• Reverb Before and After Calibration Results (AVNavigator
for iPad)
Convenience FEATURES
› › HDBaseT™ Compatible (HDMI Extension via CAT5 Cable)
› › iPod Digital Transmission via Front USB Terminal
• Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)
› › Android™ Audio/Video Playback with MHL™
• Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
› › Built-in AVNavigator (Wiring Navi, Interactive Operation Guide
› › Pioneer Sound Enhancements
• PQLS Bit-stream/Multi-Surround/2ch
• Advanced Sound Retriever (Multi-ch)
• Sound Retriever Link
• Auto Sound Retriever/Auto Sound Retriever for ARC
• Auto Level Control (Multi-Channel)
• Optimum Surround (Auto Bass, Dialog, and Surround
Balancing)
and Network Setup)
› › HDMI/HDBaseT ZONE Out (HDZONE)
› › Charges iPod/iPhone
› › iControlAV5 Remote Control App Ready* 9
› › Wireless LAN Converter Ready (optional AS-WL300 required)
› › Bluetooth ® Adapter Ready (optional AS-BT200 required)
› › Firmware Update via Internet or USB
› › Graphic User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
• Virtual Speakers (Wide/Height/Surround Back)
› › Auto Power Down for Each Zone
• Virtual Depth
› › Power Save for HDMI Standby Through
› › Advanced Surround Modes
› › AM/FM Tuner 63 Presets
• Action, Drama, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop
› › Sleep Timer
• Front Stage Surround, Extended Stereo
› › Learning Remote Control (Illumination)
*1 Firmware update required. Firmware update available by end of 2014. *2 BD IN, IN 1, IN 2 HDMI input only *3 Except DSD files *4 Up to 96 kHz streams
*5 Except multi-ch audio streaming *6 Service only available in the U.S. *7 For service availability in your country, check www.spotify.com *8 Separately sold Roku Streaming Stick™ required
*9 Available for free download from the App StoreSM for iPod touch/iPhone/iPad. Also available from the Google Play™ Store for Android devices.
9.2-Channel ELITE AV Receiver Featuring Class D3 Amplifier, AIR Studios Monitor Certification,
Dolby Atmos® Upgradable, Ultra HD (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit) Upscaling/Pass-through, HDBaseT™
Compatibility, USB-DAC, and SABRE32 Ultra DAC
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CONNECTIONS
REAR PANEL
CUSTOM CONTROL PARTNERS
Control4 and the Control4 logo are registered trademarks of Control4 Corporation.
Crestron and the Crestron logo are registered trademark of Crestron Electronics, Inc.
AMX and the AMX logo are trademarks of AMX, LLC registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Universal Remote Control logo is a registered trademark of Universal Remote Control, Inc.
RTI logo is a registered trademark of Remote Technologies Incorporated.
Savant Logo is a registered trademark of Savant Systems, LLC.
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› › Audio 1 In (assignable)
› › Phono (MM) 1 In
› › Digital Coaxial 2 In (assignable)
FRONT TERMINALS
› › Digital Optical 2 In (assignable)/1 Out
ZONE FEATURES
› › HDZONE HDMI, HDZONE HDBaseT for
Audio and Video
› › ZONE 2 Audio, Subwoofer, Volume,
Balance and Tone
› › USB-DAC In (B-Type)
› › HDMI 1 In
› › Component Video 2 In (assignable)
› › ZONE 3 Audio, Volume and Balance
› › USB 1 in for iPod/iPhone, USB Drive
› › Monitor Component 1 Out/Monitor
› › Powered ZONE 2/ZONE 3/HDZONE
Composite 1 Out
› › MCACC Setup Mic In
› › Multi-ZONE Music Feature
› › Preout 9.2 ch (11.2 ch terminals)
› › Phones 1 Out
REAR TERMINALS
› › HDMI 7 in
(7 assignable, 1 for HDMI/MHL)
› › HDMI 4 out
(2 for MAIN, 2 for MAIN/HDZONE,
1 for HDBaseT™)
› › Speaker 11 ch Out
› › Independent Dual Subwoofer
› › Power Requirements: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
› › Bluetooth Adapter Port for AS-BT200
› › Power Consumption: 370 W/0.1 W
›› USB Charge Port for AS-WL300 Wireless
LAN Converter
(Standby)
› › Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8 x 7-5/16
x 17-3/8 inches (435 x 185 x 441 mm)
› › IR 2 In/1 Out
› › 12 V Trigger x 2/RS-232C
› › Ethernet 1 In
SPECIFICATIONS
› › Weight: 38 lbs. 13 oz. (17.6 kg)
› › AV (Composite) 2 In/1 Out
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES
16
bit/
44.1
kHz
32
bit/
192
kHz
Audio Scaler
PIONEER and the Pioneer logo are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
The impedances indicated are actual values that speakers can present to an amplifier while playing back
music. They do not refer to the nominal rated impedances of speakers you use.
AIR STUDIOS and the AIR STUDIOS logo are registered trademarks of Air Studios, Inc.
HDMI connection may not allow transmission of copyright protected material, depending on the capability
of the signal source.
The terms HDMI and HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and the HDMI Logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.
Dolby, Dolby Atmos, and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
DTS, DTS-HD, the Symbol, & DTS or DTS-HD and the Symbol together are registered trademarks of DTS,
Inc.
©DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
DTS, the Symbol, and DTS and the Symbol together are registered trademarks & DTS Neo:X is a trademark
of DTS, Inc. ©2012 DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Blu-ray Disc is a registered trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
Windows and the Windows logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
AirPlay works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 4.3.3 or later, Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later,
and PC with iTunes 10.2.2 or later.
“Made for iPod” and “Made for iPhone” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect
specifically to iPod or iPhone respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance
standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory
standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod or iPhone may affect wireless performance.
Apple, AirPlay, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod touch, iTunes, Mac and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc.,
registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
The AirPlay logo is a trademark of Apple Inc.
iOS is a trademark on which Cisco holds the trademark right in the US and certain other countries.
DLNA™, the DLNA Logo and DLNA Certified™ are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of the
Digital Living Network Alliance.
HTC, the HTC logo, and HTC Connect are trademarks of HTC Corporation.
HDBaseT™ and the HDBaseT Alliance logo are trademarks of the HDBaseT Alliance.
“x.v.Color” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
"Qdeo" is a trademark of Marvell or its affiliates.
SABRE™ is a trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.
Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
MHL, the MHL Logo, and Mobile High-Definition Link are trademarks or registered trademarks of MHL LLC
in the United States and other countries.
Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Pandora Media, Inc. used with permission.
Spotify and the Spotify logo are trademarks of the Spotify Group, registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Roku and the Roku Ready logo are registered trademarks of Roku, Inc. in the United States and other
countries.
vTuner is a registered trademark of Nothing Else Matters Software, Ltd.
Phase Control is a trademark placed on a product with Pioneer's Phase Control Technology concept. The
technology enables high-grade sound reproduction environment by improving the phase matching for each
of the components.
For details on iPod compatibility, visit http://pioneer.jp/homeav/support/ios/na/
© 2014 Pioneer Home Electronics Corporation. All rights reserved.
Note: Specifications and design subject to change without notice.
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9.2-Channel ELITE AV Receiver Featuring Class D3 Amplifier, AIR Studios Monitor Certification,
Dolby Atmos® Upgradable, Ultra HD (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit) Upscaling/Pass-through, and
SABRE32 Ultra DAC
AMPLIFICATION
› › Channels: 9
› › Amplification Type: Class D 3 (Direct Energy HD)
› › 810 W Multi ch Simultaneous Drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %)
› › 240 W/ch (4 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 2 ch Driven)
› › 190 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)
› › 140 W/ch (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)
CONSTRUCTION DESIGN
› › Input Volume Absorber
› › Speaker System 14 Patterns Including 3 New Patterns for Dolby
Atmos
VIDEO FEATURES
› › HDMI 8 in/3 out (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
› › Ultra HD Upscaling and Pass-through (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit * 2,
4K/24p/4:4:4/36-bit, 4K/60p/4:2:2/36-bit* 2)
› › Video Scaler with Qdeo™
› › 3D Ready (Blu-ray Disc ® , Broadcast and Games)
› › Advanced Direct Construction
› › Deep Color (36-bit) and "x.v.Color"
› › Rigid Trans-Stabilizer
› › Triple HD Noise Reduction
› › Insulated Dual Chassis
› › Advanced Video Adjust
› › 3D Space Frame Construction
› › Stream Smoother
AUDIO FEATURES
› › AIR Studios Monitor Certification
› › Dolby Atmos ® Upgradable* 1
› › Stream Smoother Link
› › Frame Rate Conversion
HOME NETWORK FEATURES
› › Dolby ® TrueHD/Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby Surround
› › Apple AirPlay Certified
› › DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS-ES/DTS Neo:X
› › DLNA Certified™ (1.5)
› › DSD Direct Playback via USB Memory Devices (5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz)
› › HTC Connect™ Certified
› › DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz)
› › Windows ® 8.1 Compatible
› › Digital Core Engine with Texas Instruments Aureus™ DSP
› › Music File Playback/Seek* 3 via Network/USB: AIFF, Apple
› › SABRE 32 Ultra DAC (ES9016+ES9016) for 9.2ch
› › Audio Scaler 192 kHz/32-bit Enhancer
› › HDMI ® Audio Return Channel
› › Pioneer MCACC Pro Room Calibration
Lossless, WAV, FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, DSD
• 192 kHz/24-Bit Audio playback (AIFF, WAV, FLAC)
• Multi-Channel (5.1ch, 5.0ch) Audio Playback* 4 (WAV, FLAC)
›› Gapless Playback for AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV*5, FLAC*5, AAC, MP3
• Full Band Phase Control
› › Pandora ® Internet Radio* 6
• Auto Phase Control Plus/Phase Control Plus
› › Spotify ® Digital Music-Streaming Service Ready* 7
• Standing Wave Control
› › Roku Ready ®* 8
• 3D Time Axis Measurement
› › Internet Radio with vTuner
• Polarity Check
› › Play Zone Selection
• Automatic Crossover Detection
• Reverb Before and After Calibration Results (AVNavigator
for iPad)
Convenience FEATURES
› › iPod Digital Transmission via Front USB Terminal
• Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)
› › Android™ Audio/Video Playback with MHL™
• Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
› › Built-in AVNavigator (Wiring Navi, Interactive Operation Guide
› › Pioneer Sound Enhancements
• PQLS Bit-stream/Multi-Surround/2ch
• Advanced Sound Retriever (Multi-ch)
• Sound Retriever Link
• Auto Sound Retriever/Auto Sound Retriever for ARC
• Auto Level Control (Multi-Channel)
• Optimum Surround (Auto Bass, Dialog, and Surround
Balancing)
and Network Setup)
› › HDMI ZONE Out (HDZONE)
› › Charges iPod/iPhone
› › iControlAV5 Remote Control App Ready* 9
› › Wireless LAN Converter Ready (optional AS-WL300 required)
› › Bluetooth ® Adapter Ready (optional AS-BT200 required)
› › Firmware Update via Internet or USB
› › Graphic User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
• Virtual Speakers (Wide/Height/Surround Back)
› › Auto Power Down for Each Zone
• Virtual Depth
› › Power Save for HDMI Standby Through
› › Advanced Surround Modes
› › AM/FM Tuner 63 Presets
• Action, Drama, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop
› › Sleep Timer
• Front Stage Surround, Extended Stereo
› › Learning Remote Control (Illumination)
• Sound Retriever Air, Phones Surround
• ECO Mode 1, ECO Mode 2
*1 Firmware update required. Firmware update available by end of 2014. *2 BD IN, IN 1, IN 2 HDMI input only *3 Except DSD files *4 Up to 96 kHz streams
*5 Except multi-ch audio streaming *6 Service only available in the U.S. *7 For service availability in your country, check www.spotify.com *8 Separately sold Roku Streaming Stick™ required
*9 Available for free download from the App StoreSM for iPod touch/iPhone/iPad. Also available from the Google Play™ Store for Android devices.
9.2-Channel ELITE AV Receiver Featuring Class D3 Amplifier, AIR Studios Monitor Certification,
Dolby Atmos® Upgradable, Ultra HD (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit) Upscaling/Pass-through, and
SABRE32 Ultra DAC
SC-87
CONNECTIONS
REAR PANEL
CUSTOM CONTROL PARTNERS
Control4 and the Control4 logo are registered trademarks of Control4 Corporation.
Crestron and the Crestron logo are registered trademark of Crestron Electronics, Inc.
AMX and the AMX logo are trademarks of AMX, LLC registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Universal Remote Control logo is a registered trademark of Universal Remote Control, Inc.
RTI logo is a registered trademark of Remote Technologies Incorporated.
Savant Logo is a registered trademark of Savant Systems, LLC.
SC-87/CUXJ
› › AV (Composite) 2 In/1 Out
› › Audio 1 In (assignable)
› › Phono (MM) 1 In
FRONT TERMINALS
› › Digital Coaxial 2 In (assignable)
ZONE FEATURES
› › HDZONE HDMI for Audio and Video
› › ZONE 2 Audio, Subwoofer, Volume,
Balance and Tone
› › Digital Optical 2 In (assignable)/1 Out
› › ZONE 3 Audio, Volume and Balance
› › HDMI 1 In
› › Component Video 2 In (assignable)
› › Powered ZONE 2/ZONE 3/HDZONE
› › USB 1 in for iPod/iPhone, USB Drive
› › Monitor Component 1 Out/Monitor
› › Multi-ZONE Music Feature
Composite 1 Out
› › MCACC Setup Mic In
› › Preout 9.2 ch (11.2 ch terminals)
› › Phones 1 Out
REAR TERMINALS
› › HDMI 7 in
(7 assignable, 1 for HDMI/MHL)
› › HDMI 3 out
(2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
› › Ethernet 1 In
SPECIFICATIONS
› › Speaker 11 ch Out
› › Power Requirements: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
› › Independent Dual Subwoofer
› › Power Consumption: 370 W/0.1 W
› › Bluetooth Adapter Port for AS-BT200
(Standby)
›› USB Charge Port for AS-WL300 Wireless
› › Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8 x 7-5/16
› › IR 2 In/1 Out
› › Weight: 38 lbs. 10 oz. (17.5 kg)
LAN Converter
x 17-3/8 inches (435 x 185 x 441 mm)
› › 12 V Trigger x 2/RS-232C
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES
16
bit/
44.1
kHz
32
bit/
192
kHz
Audio Scaler
PIONEER and the Pioneer logo are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
The impedances indicated are actual values that speakers can present to an amplifier while playing back
music. They do not refer to the nominal rated impedances of speakers you use.
AIR STUDIOS and the AIR STUDIOS logo are registered trademarks of Air Studios, Inc.
HDMI connection may not allow transmission of copyright protected material, depending on the capability
of the signal source.
The terms HDMI and HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and the HDMI Logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.
Dolby, Dolby Atmos, and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
DTS, DTS-HD, the Symbol, & DTS or DTS-HD and the Symbol together are registered trademarks of DTS,
Inc.
©DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
DTS, the Symbol, and DTS and the Symbol together are registered trademarks & DTS Neo:X is a trademark
of DTS, Inc. ©2012 DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Blu-ray Disc is a registered trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
Windows and the Windows logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
AirPlay works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 4.3.3 or later, Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later,
and PC with iTunes 10.2.2 or later.
“Made for iPod” and “Made for iPhone” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect
specifically to iPod or iPhone respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance
standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory
standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod or iPhone may affect wireless performance.
Apple, AirPlay, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod touch, iTunes, Mac and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc.,
registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
The AirPlay logo is a trademark of Apple Inc.
iOS is a trademark on which Cisco holds the trademark right in the US and certain other countries.
DLNA™, the DLNA Logo and DLNA Certified™ are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of the
Digital Living Network Alliance.
HTC, the HTC logo, and HTC Connect are trademarks of HTC Corporation.
“x.v.Color” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
"Qdeo" is a trademark of Marvell or its affiliates.
SABRE™ is a trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.
Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
MHL, the MHL Logo, and Mobile High-Definition Link are trademarks or registered trademarks of MHL LLC
in the United States and other countries.
Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Pandora Media, Inc. used with permission.
Spotify and the Spotify logo are trademarks of the Spotify Group, registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Roku and the Roku Ready logo are registered trademarks of Roku, Inc. in the United States and other
countries.
vTuner is a registered trademark of Nothing Else Matters Software, Ltd.
Phase Control is a trademark placed on a product with Pioneer's Phase Control Technology concept. The
technology enables high-grade sound reproduction environment by improving the phase matching for each
of the components.
For details on iPod compatibility, visit http://pioneer.jp/homeav/support/ios/na/
© 2014 Pioneer Home Electronics Corporation. All rights reserved.
Note: Specifications and design subject to change without notice.
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9.2-Channel ELITE AV Receiver Featuring Class D 3 Amplifier, Dolby Atmos ® Upgradable,
Ultra HD (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit) Upscaling/Pass-through, and SABRE 32 Ultra DAC
AMPLIFICATION
VIDEO FEATURES
› › Channels: 9
› › HDMI 8 in/3 out (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
› › Amplification Type: Class D 3 (Direct Energy HD)
› › Ultra HD Upscaling and Pass-through (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit * 2,
› › 760 W Multi ch Simultaneous Drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %)
› › 220 W/ch (4 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 2 ch Driven)
› › 175 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)
› › 135 W/ch (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)
CONSTRUCTION DESIGN
4K/24p/4:4:4/36-bit, 4K/60p/4:2:2/36-bit* 2)
› › Video Scaler with Qdeo™
› › 3D Ready (Blu-ray Disc ® , Broadcast and Games)
› › Deep Color (36-bit) and "x.v.Color"
› › Triple HD Noise Reduction
› › Advanced Video Adjust
› › Advanced Direct Construction
› › Stream Smoother
› › Rigid Trans-Stabilizer
› › Stream Smoother Link
› › Insulated Dual Chassis
› › Frame Rate Conversion
AUDIO FEATURES
HOME NETWORK FEATURES
› › Dolby Atmos ® Upgradable* 1
› › Apple AirPlay Certified
› › Dolby ® TrueHD/Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby Surround
› › DLNA Certified™ (1.5)
› › DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS-ES/DTS Neo:X
› › HTC Connect™ Certified
› › DSD Direct Playback via USB Memory Devices (5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz)
› › Windows ® 8.1 Compatible
› › DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz)
› › Music File Playback/Seek* 3 via Network/USB: AIFF, Apple
› › Digital Core Engine with Texas Instruments Aureus™ DSP
› › SABRE 32 Ultra DAC (ES9016+ES9016) for 9.2ch
› › Audio Scaler 192 kHz/32-bit Enhancer
› › HDMI Audio Return Channel
®
› › Pioneer MCACC Pro Room Calibration
• Full Band Phase Control
• Auto Phase Control Plus/Phase Control Plus
• Standing Wave Control
• 3D Time Axis Measurement
• Polarity Check
• Automatic Crossover Detection
• Reverb Before and After Calibration Results (AVNavigator
for iPad)
• Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)
• Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
› › Pioneer Sound Enhancements
• PQLS Bit-stream/Multi-Surround/2ch
• Advanced Sound Retriever (Multi-ch)
• Sound Retriever Link
• Auto Sound Retriever/Auto Sound Retriever for ARC
• Auto Level Control (Multi-Channel)
• Optimum Surround (Auto Bass, Dialog, and Surround
Balancing)
• Virtual Speakers (Wide/Height/Surround Back)
• Virtual Depth
› › Advanced Surround Modes
• Action, Drama, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop
Lossless, WAV, FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, DSD
• 192 kHz/24-Bit Audio playback (AIFF, WAV, FLAC)
• Multi-Channel (5.1ch, 5.0ch) Audio Playback* 4 (WAV, FLAC)
›› Gapless Playback for AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV*5, FLAC*5, AAC, MP3
› › Pandora ® Internet Radio* 6
› › Spotify ® Digital Music-Streaming Service Ready* 7
› › Roku Ready ®* 8
› › Internet Radio with vTuner
› › Play Zone Selection
Convenience FEATURES
› › iPod Digital Transmission via Front USB Terminal
› › Android™ Audio/Video Playback with MHL™
› › Built-in AVNavigator (Wiring Navi, Interactive Operation Guide
and Network Setup)
› › HDMI ZONE Out (HDZONE)
› › Charges iPod/iPhone
› › iControlAV5 Remote Control App Ready* 9
› › Wireless LAN Converter Ready (optional AS-WL300 required)
› › Bluetooth ® Adapter Ready (optional AS-BT200 required)
› › Firmware Update via Internet or USB
› › Graphic User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
› › Auto Power Down for Each Zone
› › Power Save for HDMI Standby Through
› › AM/FM Tuner 63 Presets
› › Sleep Timer
› › Learning Remote Control (Illumination)
• Front Stage Surround, Extended Stereo
• Sound Retriever Air, Phones Surround
• ECO Mode 1, ECO Mode 2
› › Input Volume Absorber
› › Speaker System 14 Patterns Including 3 New Patterns for Dolby
Atmos
*1 Firmware update required. Firmware update available by end of 2014. *2 BD IN, IN 1, IN 2 HDMI input only *3 Except DSD files *4 Up to 96 kHz streams
*5 Except multi-ch audio streaming *6 Service only available in the U.S. *7 For service availability in your country, check www.spotify.com *8 Separately sold Roku Streaming Stick™ required
*9 Available for free download from the App StoreSM for iPod touch/iPhone/iPad. Also available from the Google Play™ Store for Android devices.
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9.2-Channel ELITE AV Receiver Featuring Class D 3 Amplifier, Dolby Atmos ® Upgradable,
Ultra HD (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit) Upscaling/Pass-through, and SABRE 32 Ultra DAC
CONNECTIONS
REAR PANEL
CUSTOM CONTROL PARTNERS
Control4 and the Control4 logo are registered trademarks of Control4 Corporation.
Crestron and the Crestron logo are registered trademark of Crestron Electronics, Inc.
AMX and the AMX logo are trademarks of AMX, LLC registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Universal Remote Control logo is a registered trademark of Universal Remote Control, Inc.
RTI logo is a registered trademark of Remote Technologies Incorporated.
Savant Logo is a registered trademark of Savant Systems, LLC.
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› › AV (Composite) 2 In/1 Out
› › Audio 1 In (assignable)
› › Digital Coaxial 2 In (assignable)
FRONT TERMINALS
› › HDMI 1 In
› › USB 1 in for iPod/iPhone, USB Drive
› › Digital Optical 2 In (assignable)/1 Out
› › Powered ZONE 2/ZONE 3/HDZONE
Composite 1 Out
› › Speaker 11 ch Out
› › HDMI 3 out
(2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
› › Ethernet 1 In
Balance and Tone
› › Monitor Component 1 Out/Monitor
› › Phones 1 Out
(7 assignable, 1 for HDMI/MHL)
› › ZONE 2 Audio, Subwoofer, Volume,
› › ZONE 3 Audio, Volume and Balance
› › Preout 9.2 ch (11.2 ch terminals)
› › HDMI 7 in
› › HDZONE HDMI for Audio and Video
› › Component Video 2 In (assignable)
› › MCACC Setup Mic In
REAR TERMINALS
ZONE FEATURES
› › Multi-ZONE Music Feature
SPECIFICATIONS
› › Independent Dual Subwoofer
› › Power Requirements: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
› › Bluetooth Adapter Port for AS-BT200
› › Power Consumption: 330 W/0.1 W
›› USB Charge Port for AS-WL300 Wireless
LAN Converter
(Standby)
› › Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8 x 7-5/16
x 17-3/8 inches (435 x 185 x 441 mm)
› › IR 2 In/1 Out
› › 12 V Trigger x 2/RS-232C
› › Weight: 33 lbs. 5 oz. (15.1 kg)
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES
16
bit/
44.1
kHz
32
bit/
192
kHz
Audio Scaler
PIONEER and the Pioneer logo are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
The impedances indicated are actual values that speakers can present to an amplifier while playing back
music. They do not refer to the nominal rated impedances of speakers you use.
HDMI connection may not allow transmission of copyright protected material, depending on the capability
of the signal source.
The terms HDMI and HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and the HDMI Logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.
Dolby, Dolby Atmos, and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
DTS, DTS-HD, the Symbol, & DTS or DTS-HD and the Symbol together are registered trademarks of DTS,
Inc.
©DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
DTS, the Symbol, and DTS and the Symbol together are registered trademarks & DTS Neo:X is a trademark
of DTS, Inc. ©2012 DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Blu-ray Disc is a registered trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
Windows and the Windows logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
AirPlay works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 4.3.3 or later, Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later,
and PC with iTunes 10.2.2 or later.
“Made for iPod” and “Made for iPhone” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect
specifically to iPod or iPhone respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance
standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory
standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod or iPhone may affect wireless performance.
Apple, AirPlay, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod touch, iTunes, Mac and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc.,
registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
The AirPlay logo is a trademark of Apple Inc.
iOS is a trademark on which Cisco holds the trademark right in the US and certain other countries.
DLNA™, the DLNA Logo and DLNA Certified™ are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of the
Digital Living Network Alliance.
HTC, the HTC logo, and HTC Connect are trademarks of HTC Corporation.
“x.v.Color” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
"Qdeo" is a trademark of Marvell or its affiliates.
SABRE™ is a trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.
Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
MHL, the MHL Logo, and Mobile High-Definition Link are trademarks or registered trademarks of MHL LLC
in the United States and other countries.
Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Pandora Media, Inc. used with permission.
Spotify and the Spotify logo are trademarks of the Spotify Group, registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Roku and the Roku Ready logo are registered trademarks of Roku, Inc. in the United States and other
countries.
vTuner is a registered trademark of Nothing Else Matters Software, Ltd.
Phase Control is a trademark placed on a product with Pioneer's Phase Control Technology concept. The
technology enables high-grade sound reproduction environment by improving the phase matching for each
of the components.
For details on iPod compatibility, visit http://pioneer.jp/homeav/support/ios/na/
© 2014 Pioneer Home Electronics Corporation. All rights reserved.
Note: Specifications and design subject to change without notice.
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Energy Star Qualified 7.2-Channel ELITE AV Receiver Featuring Class D 3 (Direct Energy
HD) Amplifier, Ultra HD (4K/60p) Upscaling/Pass-through, DSD Playback via Network,
Subwoofer EQ, Dual Subwoofer Preout, Built-in AVNavigator, and Insulated Dual Chassis
AMPLIFICATION
VIDEO FEATURES
› › Channels: 7
› › HDMI 7 in/2 out (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
› › Amplification Type: Class D 3 (Direct Energy HD)
› › 3D Ready (Blu-ray Disc ®, Broadcast, and Games)
› › 660 W Multi ch Simultaneous Drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %)
› › Deep Color (36-bit), "x.v. Color"
› › 210 W/ch (4 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 2 ch Driven)
› › Ultra HD Upscaling and Pass-through (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit,
› › 170 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)
› › 130 W/ch (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)
CONSTRUCTION DESIGN
4K/24p/4:4:4/36-bit, 4K/60p/4:2:2/36-bit)
› › Video Scaler with Qdeo™
› › Video Conversion to HDMI
› › Triple HD Noise Reduction
› › Advanced Direct Construction
› › Advanced Video Adjust
› › Rigid Trans-Stabilizer
› › Stream Smoother
› › Insulated Dual Chassis
› › Stream Smoother Link
AUDIO FEATURES
› › Dolby ® TrueHD/Dolby Pro Logic IIz/Dolby Digital Plus
› › Frame Rate Conversion
HOME NETWORK FEATURES
› › DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS-ES/DTS Neo:X | 7.1
› › Apple AirPlay Certified
› › DSD Music File Playback via Network/USB (2.8 MHz)
› › DLNA Certified ™ (1.5)
› › DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz)
› › HTC Connect ™ Certified
› › Digital Core Engine with Texas Instruments Aureus™ DSP
› › Windows ® 8.1 Compatible
› › Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
› › Music File Playback/Seek *1 via Network/USB: AIFF, Apple
› › SABRE™ Premier Audio DAC (ES9006S) for 7.2ch
› › HDMI ® Audio Return Channel
› › Pioneer Advanced MCACC Room Calibration
• Phase Control
• Auto Phase Control Plus /Phase Control Plus
Lossless, WAV, FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, DSD
• 192 kHz/24-Bit Audio playback (AIFF, WAV, FLAC)
• Multi-Channel (5.1ch, 5.0ch) Audio Playback*2 (WAV,
FLAC)
› › Gapless Playback for AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV *3, FLAC*3,
AAC, MP3
• Standing Wave Control
› › Pandora ® Internet Radio*4
• 3D Time Axis Measurement
› › Spotify ® Digital Music-Streaming Service Ready*5
• Polarity Check
› › Roku Ready ®*6
• Automatic Crossover Detection
› › Internet Radio with vTuner
• Reverb Before and After Calibration Results
(AVNavigator for iPad)
• Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)
› › Pioneer Sound Enhancements
Convenience FEATURES
› › Energy Star Qualified
› › iPod Digital Transmission via Front USB Terminal
• PQLS Bit-stream/Multi-Surround/2ch
› › Android™ Audio/Video Playback with MHL™
• Advanced Sound Retriever (Multi-ch)
› › Built-in AVNavigator (Wiring Navi, Interactive Operation Guide
• Sound Retriever Link
and Network Setup)
• Auto Sound Retriever/Auto Sound Retriever for ARC
›› HDMI ZONE Out (HDZONE) and Analog Audio Out (ZONE 2/ZONE 3)
• Auto Level Control (Multi-ch)
› › Charges iPod/iPhone
• Virtual Speakers (Wide/Height/Surround Back)
› › iControlAV5 Remote Control App Ready (iOS/Android)*7
• Virtual Depth
› › Wireless LAN Converter Ready (optional AS-WL300 required)
› › Advanced Surround Modes
› › Bluetooth ® Adapter Ready (optional AS-BT200 required)
• Action, Drama, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop
› › Firmware Update via Internet or USB
• Front Stage Surround, Extended Stereo
› › Graphic User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
• Sound Retriever Air, Phones Surround
› › Auto Power Down for Each Zone
• ECO Mode 1, ECO Mode 2
› › Power Save for HDMI Standby Through
› › Input Volume Absorber
› › AM/FM Tuner 63 Presets
› › Sleep Timer
› › Learning Remote Control (Luminous)
*1 Except DSD files *2 Up to 96 kHz streams *3 Except multi-ch audio streaming
*4 Service only available in the U.S.
*5 For service availability in your country, check www.spotify.com
*6 Separately sold Roku Streaming Stick™ required
*7 Available for free download from the App StoreSM/the Google Play™ Store
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Energy Star Qualified 7.2-Channel ELITE AV Receiver Featuring Class D 3 (Direct Energy
HD) Amplifier, Ultra HD (4K/60p) Upscaling/Pass-through, DSD Playback via Network,
Subwoofer EQ, Dual Subwoofer Preout, Built-in AVNavigator, and Insulated Dual Chassis
CONNECTIONS
REAR PANEL
CUSTOM CONTROL PARTNERS
Control4 and the Control4 logo are registered trademarks of Control4 Corporation.
Crestron and the Crestron logo are registered trademark of Crestron Electronics, Inc.
AMX and the AMX logo are trademarks of AMX, LLC registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Universal Remote Control logo is a registered trademark of Universal Remote Control, Inc.
RTI logo is a registered trademark of Remote Technologies Incorporated.
Savant Logo is a registered trademark of Savant Systems, LLC.
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› › AV (Composite) 2 In/1 Out
› › Audio 1 In (assignable)
› › Digital Coaxial 2 In (assignable)
FRONT TERMINALS
› › HDMI 1 In
› › USB 1 in for iPod/iPhone, USB Drive
› › Digital Optical 2 In (assignable)
› › Component Video 2 In (assignable)
› › Monitor Component 1 Out/Monitor
Composite 1 Out
ZONE FEATURES
› › HDZONE for Audio and Video
› › ZONE 2 Audio, Subwoofer, Volume,
Balance and Tone
› › ZONE 3 Audio, Volume and Balance
SPECIFICATIONS
› › MCACC Setup Mic In
› › Preout 7.1 ch (9.2 ch terminals)
› › Power Requirements: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
› › Phones 1 Out
› › Speaker 9 ch Out (SB/FH/FW/B/Bi-Amp/
› › Power Consumption: 290 W/0.1 W
› › Bluetooth Adapter Port for AS-BT200
› › Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8 x 7-5/16
REAR TERMINALS
ZONE 2/HDZONE assignable)
› › HDMI 6 in
›› USB Charge Port for AS-WL300 Wireless
› › HDMI 2 out
› › IR 2 In/1 Out
(6 assignable, 1 for HDMI/MHL)
(1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
LAN Converter
(Standby)
x 17-3/8 inches (435 x 185 x 441 mm)
› › Weight: 32 lbs. 2 oz. (14.6 kg)
› › 12 V Trigger x 2/RS-232C
› › Ethernet 1 In
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES
Specifications and design subject to modification without notice.
PIONEER and the Pioneer logo are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
The impedances indicated are actual values that speakers can present to an amplifier while playing back
music. They do not refer to the nominal rated impedances of speakers you use.
HDMI connection may not allow transmission of copyright protected material, depending on the capability
of the signal source.
The terms HDMI and HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and the HDMI Logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.
Dolby, Pro Logic, and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
DTS, DTS-HD, the Symbol, & DTS or DTS-HD and the Symbol together are registered trademarks of DTS, Inc.
©DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
DTS, the Symbol, and DTS and the Symbol together are registered trademarks & DTS Neo:X| 7.1 is a
trademark of DTS, Inc. ©2012 DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Blu-ray Disc is a registered trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
Windows and the Windows logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
AirPlay works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 4.3.3 or later, Mac with OS X Mountain Lion, and
Mac and PC with iTunes 10.2.2 or later.
“Made for iPod” and “Made for iPhone” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect
specifically to iPod or iPhone respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance
standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory
standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod or iPhone may affect wireless performance.
Apple, AirPlay, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod nano, iPod touch, iTunes and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc.,
registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
The AirPlay logo is a trademark of Apple Inc.
iOS is a trademark on which Cisco holds the trademark right in the US and certain other countries.
DLNA™, the DLNA Logo and DLNA Certified™ are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of the
Digital Living Network Alliance.
HTC, the HTC logo, and HTC Connect are trademarks of HTC Corporation.
“x.v.Color” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
"Qdeo" is a trademark of Marvell or its affiliates.
SABRE™ is a trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.
Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
MHL, the MHL Logo, and Mobile High-Definition Link are trademarks or registered trademarks of MHL LLC in
the United States and other countries.
Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora
Media, Inc. used with permission.
Spotify and the Spotify logo are trademarks of the Spotify Group, registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Roku and the Roku Ready logo are registered trademarks of Roku, Inc. in the United States and other
countries.
vTuner is a registered trademark of Nothing Else Matters Software, Ltd.
Phase Control is a trademark placed on a product with Pioneer's Phase Control Technology concept. The
technology enables high-grade sound reproduction environment by improving the phase matching for each
of the components.
For details on iPod compatibility, visit http://pioneer.jp/homeav/support/ios/na/
© 2014 Pioneer Home Electronics Corporation. All rights reserved.
Note: Specifications and design subject to change without notice.
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Energy Star Qualified 7.2-Channel ELITE AV Receiver Featuring Class D3 (Direct Energy HD)
Amplifier, Ultra HD (4K/60p) Upscaling/Pass-through, DSD Playback via Network, Subwoofer
EQ, Dual Subwoofer Preout, Built-in AVNavigator, and Advanced Direct Construction
AMPLIFICATION
VIDEO FEATURES
› › Channels: 7
› › HDMI 7 in/2 out (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
› › Amplification Type: Class D 3 (Direct Energy HD)
› › 3D Ready (Blu-ray Disc ®, Broadcast, and Games)
› › 560 W Multi ch Simultaneous Drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %)
› › Deep Color (36-bit), "x.v. Color"
› › 180 W/ch (4 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 2 ch Driven)
› › Ultra HD Upscaling and Pass-through (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit,
› › 150 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)
› › 120 W/ch (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)
CONSTRUCTION DESIGN
4K/24p/4:4:4/36-bit, 4K/60p/4:2:2/36-bit)
› › Video Scaler with Qdeo™
› › Video Conversion to HDMI
› › Triple HD Noise Reduction
› › Advanced Direct Construction
› › Advanced Video Adjust
› › Rigid Trans-Stabilizer
› › Stream Smoother
› › Insulated Dual Chassis
› › Stream Smoother Link
AUDIO FEATURES
› › Dolby ® TrueHD/Dolby Pro Logic IIz/Dolby Digital Plus
› › Frame Rate Conversion
HOME NETWORK FEATURES
› › DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS-ES/DTS Neo:X | 7.1
› › Apple AirPlay Certified
› › DSD Music File Playback via Network/USB (2.8 MHz)
› › DLNA Certified ™ (1.5)
› › DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz)
› › HTC Connect ™ Certified
› › Digital Core Engine with Texas Instruments Aureus™ DSP
› › Windows ® 8.1 Compatible
› › Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
› › Music File Playback/Seek *1 via Network/USB: AIFF, Apple
› › SABRE™ Premier Audio DAC (ES9006S) for 7.2ch
› › HDMI ® Audio Return Channel
› › Pioneer Advanced MCACC Room Calibration
• Phase Control
• Auto Phase Control Plus /Phase Control Plus
Lossless, WAV, FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, DSD
• 192 kHz/24-Bit Audio playback (AIFF, WAV, FLAC)
• Multi-Channel (5.1ch, 5.0ch) Audio Playback*2 (WAV,
FLAC)
› › Gapless Playback for AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV *3, FLAC*3,
AAC, MP3
• Standing Wave Control
› › Pandora ® Internet Radio*4
• 3D Time Axis Measurement
› › Spotify ® Digital Music-Streaming Service Ready*5
• Polarity Check
› › Roku Ready ®*6
• Automatic Crossover Detection
› › Internet Radio with vTuner
• Reverb Before and After Calibration Results
(AVNavigator for iPad)
• Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)
› › Pioneer Sound Enhancements
Convenience FEATURES
› › Energy Star Qualified
› › iPod Digital Transmission via Front USB Terminal
• PQLS Bit-stream/Multi-Surround/2ch
› › Android™ Audio/Video Playback with MHL™
• Advanced Sound Retriever (Multi-ch)
› › Built-in AVNavigator (Wiring Navi, Interactive Operation Guide
• Sound Retriever Link
and Network Setup)
• Auto Sound Retriever/Auto Sound Retriever for ARC
› › HDMI ZONE Out (HDZONE) and Analog Audio Out (ZONE 2)
• Auto Level Control (Multi-ch)
› › Charges iPod/iPhone
• Virtual Speakers (Wide/Height/Surround Back)
› › iControlAV5 Remote Control App Ready (iOS/Android)*7
• Virtual Depth
› › Wireless LAN Converter Ready (optional AS-WL300 required)
› › Advanced Surround Modes
› › Bluetooth ® Adapter Ready (optional AS-BT200 required)
• Action, Drama, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop
› › Firmware Update via Internet or USB
• Front Stage Surround, Extended Stereo
› › Graphic User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
• Sound Retriever Air, Phones Surround
› › Auto Power Down for Each Zone
• ECO Mode 1, ECO Mode 2
› › Power Save for HDMI Standby Through
› › Input Volume Absorber
› › AM/FM Tuner 63 Presets
› › Sleep Timer
› › Learning Remote Control (Luminous)
*1 Except DSD files *2 Up to 96 kHz streams *3 Except multi-ch audio streaming
*4 Service only available in the U.S.
*5 For service availability in your country, check www.spotify.com
*6 Separately sold Roku Streaming Stick™ required
*7 Available for free download from the App StoreSM/the Google Play™ Store
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Energy Star Qualified 7.2-Channel ELITE AV Receiver Featuring Class D3 (Direct Energy HD)
Amplifier, Ultra HD (4K/60p) Upscaling/Pass-through, DSD Playback via Network, Subwoofer
EQ, Dual Subwoofer Preout, Built-in AVNavigator, and Advanced Direct Construction
CONNECTIONS
REAR PANEL
CUSTOM CONTROL PARTNERS
Control4 and the Control4 logo are registered trademarks of Control4 Corporation.
Crestron and the Crestron logo are registered trademark of Crestron Electronics, Inc.
AMX and the AMX logo are trademarks of AMX, LLC registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Universal Remote Control logo is a registered trademark of Universal Remote Control, Inc.
RTI logo is a registered trademark of Remote Technologies Incorporated.
Savant Logo is a registered trademark of Savant Systems, LLC.
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› › AV (Composite) 2 In/1 Out
› › Audio 1 In (assignable)
› › Digital Coaxial 2 In (assignable)
FRONT TERMINALS
› › HDMI 1 In
› › USB 1 in for iPod/iPhone, USB Drive
› › Digital Optical 2 In (assignable)
› › Component Video 2 In (assignable)
› › Monitor Component 1 Out/Monitor
Composite 1 Out
› › Preout 2.1 ch (2.2 ch terminals)
› › Phones 1 Out
› › Speaker 9 ch Out (SB/FH/FW/B/Bi-Amp/
ZONE 2/HDZONE assignable)
› › Bluetooth Adapter Port for AS-BT200
› › HDMI 6 in
›› USB Charge Port for AS-WL300 Wireless
› › HDMI 2 out
› › IR 1 In/1 Out
(6 assignable, 1 for HDMI/MHL)
(1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
› › HDZONE for Audio and Video
› › ZONE 2 Audio, Volume, Balance and
Tone
SPECIFICATIONS
› › Power Requirements: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
› › MCACC Setup Mic In
REAR TERMINALS
ZONE FEATURES
› › Power Consumption: 290 W/0.1 W
(Standby)
› › Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8 x 7-5/16
x 15-9/16 inches (435 x 185 x 396 mm)
› › Weight: 31 lbs. 7 oz. (14.3 kg)
LAN Converter
› › 12 V Trigger x 2/RS-232C
› › Ethernet 1 In
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES
Specifications and design subject to modification without notice.
PIONEER and the Pioneer logo are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
The impedances indicated are actual values that speakers can present to an amplifier while playing back
music. They do not refer to the nominal rated impedances of speakers you use.
HDMI connection may not allow transmission of copyright protected material, depending on the capability
of the signal source.
The terms HDMI and HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and the HDMI Logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.
Dolby, Pro Logic, and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
DTS, DTS-HD, the Symbol, & DTS or DTS-HD and the Symbol together are registered trademarks of DTS, Inc.
©DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
DTS, the Symbol, and DTS and the Symbol together are registered trademarks & DTS Neo:X| 7.1 is a
trademark of DTS, Inc. ©2012 DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Blu-ray Disc is a registered trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
Windows and the Windows logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
AirPlay works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 4.3.3 or later, Mac with OS X Mountain Lion, and
Mac and PC with iTunes 10.2.2 or later.
“Made for iPod” and “Made for iPhone” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect
specifically to iPod or iPhone respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance
standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory
standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod or iPhone may affect wireless performance.
Apple, AirPlay, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod nano, iPod touch, iTunes and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc.,
registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
The AirPlay logo is a trademark of Apple Inc.
iOS is a trademark on which Cisco holds the trademark right in the US and certain other countries.
DLNA™, the DLNA Logo and DLNA Certified™ are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of the
Digital Living Network Alliance.
HTC, the HTC logo, and HTC Connect are trademarks of HTC Corporation.
“x.v.Color” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
"Qdeo" is a trademark of Marvell or its affiliates.
SABRE™ is a trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.
Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
MHL, the MHL Logo, and Mobile High-Definition Link are trademarks or registered trademarks of MHL LLC in
the United States and other countries.
Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora
Media, Inc. used with permission.
Spotify and the Spotify logo are trademarks of the Spotify Group, registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Roku and the Roku Ready logo are registered trademarks of Roku, Inc. in the United States and other
countries.
vTuner is a registered trademark of Nothing Else Matters Software, Ltd.
Phase Control is a trademark placed on a product with Pioneer's Phase Control Technology concept. The
technology enables high-grade sound reproduction environment by improving the phase matching for each
of the components.
For details on iPod compatibility, visit http://pioneer.jp/homeav/support/ios/na/
© 2014 Pioneer Home Electronics Corporation. All rights reserved.
Note: Specifications and design subject to change without notice.
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