Features

Top-class multi-channel sound redefined

For a powerful and at the same time naturally transparent sound the top model with 260 watts per channel possesses not only the strongest end sections of its range, but was also structured with special sound-optimized components at many of its most important points. The loving precision tuning carried out with the intensive participation of Air Studios in London was also made possible here in an uncompromising manner in accordance with the requirements of audiophiles. The result shows that enthralling cinema dynamics and naturally gripping high sound-end don’t have to rule each other out in a single device. In addition to the 3D Spaceframe architecture, which combines the benefits of a separate front and end section combination with the compactness of a receiver, a special low leakage power flux mains transformer in the SC-LX 89 ensures that the sensitive processor and amplifier blocks can work with less interference. The rich streaming offer, with Blutooth, DNLA Player, Spotify and AirPlay, supplements the SC-LX 89 with its asynchronous USB digital input. In this way the capacities of the extremely low-jitter SABRE D/A converter can be used from any PC or MAC without any reductions and with resolutions of up to 192 kHz/32 bit as well as native DSD. The mature MCACC Pro calibration program in the SC-LX 89, with additional precision distance fine tuning, guarantees that demanding 3D soundtracks such as DTS:X, available via update, can seamlessly develop their surround sound even in real living rooms.

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Enjoy Spotify

With the digital streaming service Spotify enjoy millions of songs just when you want to. This receiver is ready for Spotify Connect with which you can select songs via an app and listen to on your audio system.

Dolby Atmos, DTS:X

This device supports the newest Dolby Atmos and (after a free update) DTS:X surround-sound formats. With their object-oriented designs these formats facilitate a perfect wraparound sound with precisely placed effects and realistic movement sequences in all three spatial axes. In this respect loudspeaker arrangements of up to 11.2 channels are supported.

Stream with ease

AirPlay compatibility allows enthusiasts to access their iTunes music library through the AV receiver. This AV receiver is also DLNA certified (1.5) to work as a Digital Media Player and Digital Media Renderer.

4K Ultra-HD scaling

Give your Ultra-HD Display the food it needs. This Pioneer device is not only fully compatible with all available high-definition video signals, its high-performance video scaler also produces 4K images, even from low-resolution material. In this way, with up to 20 times as many pixels, even your old DVDs will gain a new dimension where both focus and interference are concerned.

Dual band Wi-Fi & Bluetooh built-in

The built-in Wi-Fi is dual band, supporting both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequency channels, for steady and uninterrupted streaming even of Hi-Res Audio files. Easily stream songs from compatible devices using the built-in Bluetooth wireless technology. This AV receiver features A2DP and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP). Supported codecs include SBC and AAC.

Easy setup & full control

The Start-up Navi app is available to assist you during set up of your AV Receiver. As you proceed with the wizard, all setup including network settings will be completed smoothly. With the iControlAV5 app, you can control all important functions from your smartphone or from your tablet (iOS /Android).

Professional room calibration

MCACC PRO analyses the sound field of your speakers and automatically adjusts their virtual size, level, distance and response, as well as the equaliser settings for an excellent audio response. MCACC PRO offers full support of the Dolby Atmos surround format.

Hi-Res multi-channel audio

Enjoy high-resolution audio playback like never before. This AV receiver supports both AIFF and Apple Lossless hi-resolution audio files. You can even playback the latest multichannel WAV and FLAC audio files.

High-quality sound from top drawer

The quality of the sound tuning from the famous AIR Studios is recognized as the absolute standard in the hi-fi world. Together with engineers from AIR Studios, we have tuned this amplifier at great expense to such an extent that it can reproduce audio signals as clear and precise as the original recordings.

Direct Energy HD amplifiers

Thanks to a meticulous overhaul of all its components and uncompromising performance optimization, the Direct Energy HD amplifiers now deliver an even fuller, more powerful sound with impressive output power on all channels, even during simultaneous operation.

Audio Technologies

  • Phase Control
  • Yes
  • Auto Phase Control Plus
  • Yes
  • MCACC Pro Room Calibration
  • Yes
  • Advanced MCACC Room Calibration
  • -
  • MCACC Room Calibration
  • -
  • Standing Wave Control
  • Yes
  • PQLS with HDMI (Bit-stream/Multi/2ch)
  • Yes
  • Auto Sound Retriever
  • Yes
  • Auto Sound Retriever for ARC
  • Yes
  • Sound Retriever Link
  • -
  • Advanced Sound Retriever
  • Yes
  • Sound Retriever AIR
  • -
  • Auto Level Control
  • Yes
  • Hi-bit24 Audio Signal Processing
  • -

Video Technologies

  • Ultra HD (4K) Upscaling
  • Yes
  • Ultra HD (4K) Pass Through
  • Yes
  • Precise Conversion for 24p (1080/24p Upscaling)
  • -
  • Stream Smoother
  • Yes
  • Stream Smoother Link
  • Yes
  • Advanced Video Adjust
  • Yes
  • Highly Precise I/P Conversion
  • -
  • Digital Video Converter
  • -
  • Triple HD Video Noise Reduct
  • Yes
  • Deep Colour
  • Yes
  • x.v.Colour
  • Yes

Audio Formats & Licenses

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Yes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio/Dolby TrueHD
  • Yes
  • DTS:X
  • Yes
  • DTS Neo:X|11.1
  • Yes
  • DTS Neo:X/7.1
  • -
  • Dolby TrueHD Loudness Management
  • -
  • DSD Playback (2.8 MHz)
  • Yes

Sophisticated Listening Modes

  • Various Speaker Settings
  • Yes
  • Wide Surround
  • -
  • Virtual Height
  • Yes
  • Virtual Surround Back
  • Yes
  • Virtual Wide
  • Yes
  • Virtual Depth
  • -
  • Front Stage Surround Advance
  • -

Connectivity

  • HDMITM (3D, ARC)
  • Yes
  • Made for iPod, iPhone, and iPad
  • Yes
  • Digital Audio from iPod/iPhone/iPad via USB
  • Yes
  • iPod/iPhone/iPad Video Playback
  • -
  • AndroidTM Audio/Video Playback with MHLTM
  • Yes
  • Front USB Input
  • Yes

Network

  • AirPlay Wireless Audio
  • Yes
  • DLNA CertifiedTM (1.5)
  • Yes
  • HTC ConnectTM Certified
  • Yes
  • Compatible with Windows 8.1
  • Yes
  • Compatible with Windows 8
  • Yes
  • High-Quality Audio Streaming
  • Yes
  • Gapless Playback
  • Yes
  • Internet Radio
  • Yes

Advanced Control

  • iControlAV2015 Ready
  • Yes
  • iControlAV2013 Ready
  • -
  • Bluetooth Ready*1
  • Yes
  • Air Jam Ready
  • -
  • AVNavigator/AVNavigator for iPad
  • Yes
  • Wireless LAN Converter Ready*2
  • -
  • HDMI ZONE Out (HDZONE)
  • Yes
  • Multi-Zone
  • -
  • Control with HDMI
  • -
  • Standby Pass-Through without CEC
  • -
  • HDMI Standby Input Switching
  • -
  • Auto Power Down
  • -

Terminals

  • HDMI Input/Output
  • 8/3
  • USB Input
  • 1
  • Bluetooth Adapter Port
  • -
  • LAN
  • 1
  • Digital Coaxial Input
  • 2
  • Digital Optical Input
  • 2
  • Preamp Output
  • 11.2 ch (13.2 terminals)
  • Audio Input
  • 1
  • AV (Composite) Input
  • 2
  • Component Video Input
  • 2
  • Monitor Video Output (to TV):
  • 1

Specifications

  • Power Output
  • -
  • Front
  • 220 W/ch (6 ohms)
  • Centre
  • 220 W (6 ohms)
  • Surround
  • 220 W/ch (6 ohms)
  • Surround Back
  • 220 W/ch (6 ohms)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D)
  • 435 x 185 x 441 mm
  • Weight
  • 18.0 kg
  • Power Requirements (depends on region)
  • AC 220-230/240 V, 50/60 Hz
  • Power Consumption/During Standby
  • 370 W/0.1 W