updated 07:58 pm EDT, Wed May 29, 2013
Both receivers upscale to 4k, provide multi-zone audio
Pioneer Electronics today introduced the Elite SC-71 and SC-72 home theater AV receivers, offering enhanced audio performance utilizing the power of Class D3 amplification. The 7.2-channel receivers are designed to deliver high quality audio and video output along with multi-zone and multi-source capability, 4K Ultra HD upscaling, high-resolution audio playback and wireless control via Pioneer's proprietary iControlAV2013 App.
Pioneer's ultra high performance Class D3 amplifier technology is now integrated in both SC-71 and SC-72 models. Class D3 is engineered to operate at extremely high output levels with virtually no distortion and no loss in performance, even when all channels are simultaneously driven at full volume. The amp technology is designed for high-resolution audio content as well as other high-definition uncompressed sources such as Blu-ray Disc titles.
The SC-71 and SC-72 are built for maximum installation flexibility, offering a variety of multi-zone set-up configurations. All seven speaker outputs can be reconfigured five different ways, including a 7.2-channel speaker setup or a full 5.1-channel with the extra outputs used for powering a completely different zone altogether, and all controllable from the receiver and/or user's portable device via the iControlAV2013 App.
With the SC-72 (for Zone 2), the model adds the ability to adjust tone (treble and bass), volume and balance (left and right), and the option to incorporate a subwoofer to create a more powerful 2.1-channel system. The SC-72 also offers output for a fourth zone (Zone 3), a two channel audio experience with the ability to control volume and balance.
For advanced home theater control, both receivers are certified for compatibility with the most popular custom control companies, including Crestron and Control4, and offer custom installation features including full two-way RS-232C-over-IP control, including the ability to receive metadata from network and iOS connected devices.
Both SC receivers support the next generation 4K Ultra HD resolution standard to provide the highest quality video image available, with the ability to pass through 4K video signals to any compatible displays. The models also have the ability to upscale lower resolution analog and HDMI video signals for viewing in 4K Ultra HD resolution when used with the latest 4K displays.
The receivers offer a wide range of music options including access to today's most popular Internet radio music services including Pandora and vTuner internet radio. Pioneer's PUSH PLAYER, a feature on the iControlAV2013 App designed for the new Elite receivers, enables users to access the music libraries stored on their devices and create playlists for wireless streaming. Audio file formats playable by the receivers are WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, AIFF and Apple Lossless files, and Gapless and DSD file music playback.
Both Elite SC-71 and SC-72 receivers will be available in June with suggested retail prices of $1,100 and $1,400 respectively.