Pioneer SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 Dolby Atmos 4K AV receivers push the performance envelope

posted on Tuesday, 23rd August 2016 by Steve May

Invision UK  Dolby Atmos  4K  HDR  home cinema 

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Pioneer has announced a trio of high-spec AV receivers, all featuring multiroom audio. The SC-LX701 (below), SC-LX801 (rear view, below) and SC-LX901 (pictured above) offer Dolby Atmos and DTS:X out of the box, with no firmware update required. Integrated streaming services include Tidal, Deezer, Spotify and TuneIn services. Google Cast is also on hand, allowing users to send music, radio, or podcast content from mobile devices to their system. 

HDMI inputs are compatible with 4K/60p/4:4:4 24-bit sources with HDR and HDCP 2.2.  Pioneer’s Super Resolution technology, which was developed for the BDP-LX88 Universal disc player, has also been integrated. There’s also Bluetooth and AirPlay onboard.Wi-Fi is dual band. 

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The three AVRs have a Zone 2 (Powered / Line Out) and Zone 3 (Line Out only) output and support FireConnect by BlackFire Research - a wireless protocol that mirrors any audio source connected to the receiver.  Pioneer says it will introduce FireConnect compatible Wi-Fi speakers later this year.

Beneath the lid, the AVRs employ newly designed Direct Energy HD amplification. The SC-LX701 is a nine channel design rated at 135W per channel (into 8 ohms). The SC-LX801 ups that to 140W/ch. The SC-LX901 is an 11 model with an140W/ch powerplant. Both the SC-LX801 and SC-LX901 bpast AIR Studios tuning and certification.

Calibration is via MCACC Pro, which can be used in sync with proprietary Phase Control, and a new ‘Reflex Optimizer’ feature, designed to optimize for Dolby Atmos speaker configurations.

                    Also read:
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File compatibility includes 192kHz/24bit FLAC, WAV, AIFF and Apple lossless file formats, plus DSD (2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz). All incorporate ESS SABRE32 Ultra DACs. The trio will also introduce a new jitter reduction system called PQFA (Precision Quartz File-based Audio), designed to reduce jitter for network audio delivered by Ethernet or wirelessly.

The SC-LX701, SC-LX801 and SC-LX901, retail for £1399, £1899 and £2499 respectively.

Distribution is via Invision UK. For more on Invision’s home cinema product portfolio, visit our partner page here.

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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