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9.2 Channel Networked Class D 3 AV Receiver

Model # SC87

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Take your listening experience to new heights.

As the heart of a high-performance system, the Elite SC-87 AV Receiver is a standout. Ready for the unmatched realism of Dolby Atmos ® combined with the impressive power of Class D 3 amplification, the SC-87 delivers serious sound, effortless connectivity, sophisticated room correction and advanced multi-zone features. Audiophiles, prepare to be transformed by an unforgettable surround-sound experience.


Elite Dolby Atmos ® Receivers Change the Surround Landscape Forever.*

Talk about a new surround-sound experience! The new Elite SC-87 receiver for Dolby Atmos, along with our new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, is the best way to experience Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos is one of the most significant home entertainment introductions since the launch of surround sound. How does Dolby Atmos work" It adds height to the sonic landscape, creating a true 3D, multi-dimensional space that puts listeners inside the experience. Played through Atmos-enabled speakers like the new Elite Home Theater Speaker System or dedicated ceiling-mounted speakers, theatrical releases created in Dolby Atmos simply come alive. Dolby Atmos brings new life to traditional soundtracks, putting sounds into motion and delivering the full impact of the artist's work like never before. Dolby Atmos upgradable Elite AV receivers continue the Pioneer tradition of bringing state-of-the-art home theater technology into your home before others even know it's there.

To enjoy Dolby Atmos, users must have Blu-ray Disc content encoded for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos-enabled receiver, and new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, add-on modules, or at least two overhead speakers. Certain ceiling dimensions needed for Atmos-enabled speakers; please visit www.pioneerelectronics.com/elitespeakers


HDMI for 4K.

The Elite SC-87 features HDMI ® , which offers increased bandwidth, resolution and frame-rate capability, supporting 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. With 7 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available.


Elite Power Meets Efficiency with Class D 3 Amplification.

Designed for audiophiles who seek serious sound, the Elite SC-87 is rated at 140 Watts x 9 channels (8 Ohms, 1kHz, 0.08% THD 2 Ch) and delivers a total of 810 Watts multi-channel simultaneous drive. While lesser amplifiers' output diminishes as channels are added, the SC-87's Class D 3 amps have the power to drive multiple channels simultaneously with no significant drop in per-channel output, recreating the full impact and dynamic range of high-resolution multi-channel audio. With a direct signal path and no EMI filters, feedback loops or current limiting, these amps are true engineering art, and unlike traditional designs, Pioneer Class D 3 amps have the durability to handle multiple low-impedance speaker loads where other receivers lose power dramatically. Efficient Class D 3 means the Elite SC-87 runs cool and draws just a fraction of the power consumed by conventional amplifier designs. And because it consumes so little power, its cool operation enhances component life and reliability too.


Certified by AIR Studios. A Serious Stamp of Approval.

The Elite SC-87 has been certified at London's legendary AIR Studios, whose work is respected worldwide for award-winning motion picture soundtracks and peerless digital CD recordings. AIR Studios understands the artist's craft, and like Pioneer, believes that faithfully reproducing what the artist originally created in the studio is the critical objective of the finest home theater system.


Pro Sound with MCACC Pro.


Now, MCACC ® (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration) is taken to a new level of performance with MCACC Pro. Designed by Pioneer for the Atmos-enabled Elite system, MCACC Pro calibrates sound output using a microphone to monitor the sound environment and an equalizer to optimize and precision-tune each speaker to the room. How advanced is MCACC Pro" So advanced that Pioneer engineers have included dual independent subwoofer outputs, each with individual EQ. Tailoring left- and right-channel low frequency response curves lets you achieve optimum subwoofer performance based on specific room placement, creating powerful bass response and seamless integration with your main speaker system. With the push of a button, it's like having a professional acoustical engineer fine-tune your home theater system.


Precision Playback in Multiple Formats.

Supporting high-resolution digital file formats such as AIFF, WAV, FLAC and Apple Lossless lets audiophiles hear their favorite music as it was originally intended. Apple Lossless decodes compressed data, with no discernible loss in audio quality. MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV and FLAC music files can be streamed from a compatible PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The Elite SC-87 features 192kHz/32-bit asynchronous USB-DAC for ultra-high quality music playback from a USB connected PC or Mac. Gapless Playback eliminates gaps between consecutive tracks intended to be played continuously, such as classical music or live recordings.


4K Pass-Through.

4K Ultra HD Pass-through is the recognized standard of ultra-high video resolution, boasting 3,840 x 2,160 (24 Hz/25 Hz/30 Hz) pixels or 4,096 x 2,160 (24 Hz) pixels. Every Elite AV receiver can pass through 4K video signals to any compatible display, offering the highest-quality image available - a full four times the current HD standard!


Get the Big Picture with Qdeo ® Video Processing

Experience an exceptional, virtually noise-free picture regardless of the source. Qdeo video processing technology by Marvell and a 4K Scaler allows you to upscale any video source for improved picture quality and compatibility with next generation TVs, and makes Blu-ray Disc and DVD content look more detailed and cinematic than ever before.


PQLS Bit-stream.

Pioneer's special jitter reduction technology makes reproduced sound more realistic by utilizing the master audio clock in the Elite SC-85 for playback instead of the video clock in a compatible Blu-ray Disc player.


ESS-DAC Sabre 32 Bit for All-Channel.

All channels of the Elite SC-87 employ ESS-DAC SABRE 32 technology, the world's highest performance 32-bit audio DAC solution, delivering spectacular sound with a minimum of harmonic distortion.


Spotify ® Connect.


Spotify Connect lets you play and control Spotify on your devices. Choose music on one device and listen on another. At home, hit "Play" on your mobile device and hear high fidelity sound through the Elite SC-87. You can also control the music from your mobile phone.


Windows ® 8 Certified.

Don't limit your media experience to your laptop speakers. Windows 8 "Play To" feature makes it easy to stream music stored on your PC to the Elite SC-87, so you can enjoy your entire media library on the biggest speakers in the house.


Flexible Freedom with AirPlay ® .

In addition to being DLNA ® 1.5 and Windows ® 8 certified, the Elite SC-87 features AirPlay to wirelessly stream iTunes music from your PC, Mac ® , iPhone ® , iPad ® or iPod touch ® through your home theater system at the touch of a button. And because it supports network audio sources in other zones, you can even send music to another room.


ROKU Ready.

An MHL 2.0 port supports the small but mighty Roku Streaming Stick, which lets you stream more than 1,000 channels of TV, tens of thousands of movies and other programming options for a limitless streaming experience.



Internet Radio Puts the World at Your Fingertips.

Featuring vTuner ® , the Elite SC-87 offers a wealth of entertainment options. Not only can you enjoy thousands of Internet radio stations around the world, you can also access Pandora ® Internet Radio complete with on-screen album art and music information.


Pioneer's Ultimate Control App

Pioneer's free of charge iControlAV5 turns your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or select Android device into a powerful wireless remote that controls everything from volume and input selections to advanced features like EQ adjustments and Internet Radio, and even streams music stored on your phone through the Elite SC-87 using the new "Push Player" feature.

Features:

  • Dolby Atmos ®
  • Class D 3 Amplification
  • AIR Studios ® Monitor Certifications
  • MCACC ® Pro Room Calibration
  • Sabre 32 Ultra DAC
Power
Amplifier Design Class D3 (Direct Energy HD)
Channels 9.2
Power Output: Watts per Channel (20 Hz - 20 kHz, THD 0.08 % @ 8 ohms FTC) VSX Model Power Rating Only
Power Output: Watts per Channel (6 ohms 1 kHz 10 % 1ch Driven) VSX Model Power Rating Only
Power Output: Watts per Channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08 %, 2 ch Driven FTC) 140 Watts
Power Output: Watts per Channel (4 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %, 2 ch Driven) 240 Watts
Power Output: Watts Multi ch Simultaneous Drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %) 810 Watts
4 OHM Speaker Yes
Estimated Power Consumption/Standby with HDMI Control off 370 W/0.1 W (standby)
ENERGY STAR 3.0 Certified -
Handheld and Internet
AirPlay Yes
HTC Connect Yes
Made for iPhone and iPod Yes
iOS/Android Remote Control APP iControlAV5
Internet Radio Yes
Pandora Internet Radio Yes
Streaming Audio From PC/Network Yes
Music Playback via USB Network MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Hi-Res Audio Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Decoders & Formats
Digital Core DSP Engine Texas Instruments Aureus
AIR Studios Certification Yes
iPod Digital Audio Yes
Audio DACs ESS SABRE 32 Ultra 192K/32Bit
High-Definition Copy Protection (HDCP) 1.4
Dolby Atmos Yes (Firmware update may be required)
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
HDMI SACD Transfer Multi- Channel
Soundfield Calibration
MCACC Pro
MCACC Memory 6
Phase Control Yes
Auto Phase Control Plus Yes
Full Band Phase Control Yes
Standing Wave Control Yes
EQ Bands 9-Band (Advanced)
Symmetric EQ Yes
Distance Adjustment 1/2 Inch
Precision Distance -
Polarity Check Yes
Auto Subwoofer Crossover Yes
Listening Modes
Auto Surround Yes
Auto Level Control Multi-Channel
Optimum Surround Yes
Stream Direct Direct / Pure Direct
Advanced Surround 11+ 1
Wide Surround Yes
Front Stage Surround Advance Yes (Focus/Wide)
Headphone Surround Yes
Audio Features
USB DAC -
DSD Music File 2 Ch (5.6MHz/2.8MHz)
Audio Processing Hi-bit24
Dialog Enhancement Yes
Advanced Sound Retriever Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC
Sound Retriever AIR Yes
Digital Noise Reduction Yes
Tone Control Muliti
Sound Delay (Lip Sync) Yes (800 ms)
Speaker A/B Yes
Bi-Amp Front, Center, Surr, SP-B
Video Processing
4K 60p Ultra HD Passthrough Yes
4K 60p Ultra HD Video Scaler Yes
3-D Ready Yes
Audio Return Channel Yes
HDMI 36-bit Deep Color Yes
x.v.Color Yes
Video Converter to HDMI Yes
Video Scaler Marvell Qdeo
Stream Smoother Yes
Pure Cinema Yes
Super Resolution -
Video Parameter Adjustments YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level
Connectivity
HDMI Input / Output 8 in/3 out (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
MHL 2 1 (Rear)
Wi-Fi Built-In -
Bluetooth Built-In -
Component Video Input / Output 2 In (Assignable)
USB Memory Input Front USB
Ethernet Input Yes
Composite A/V Input / Output 2 In / 1 Out
Analog Audio Inputs / Output 1 In
Phono Input Yes
Digital Inputs / Output 4 In / 1 Out
Pre-Amp Outputs Preout 9.2 ch (11.2 ch terminals)
Headphone Output Yes
Front A/V Inputs USB & HDMI
AM/FM Presets 63
Installation
Home Menu Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
Multi-Room and Source Output HDZONE Audio & Video (HDMI and Powered) / Powered ZONE 2 Audio / Powered ZONE 3 Audio
Zone 2 Sources All Audio Sources
Zone 3 Sources All Audio Sources
ECO Mode Eco Mode 1/Eco Mode 2
HDMI Speaker B Link -
12 Volt Trigger (Assignable) 2
RS-232C Yes
IR Serial Remote In/Out 2 In / 1 Out
Network Firmware Update Yes
IP Control for CI Yes
Versatile Speaker Configuration Surround Back/ Front Height/ Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker/ Powered HD Zone
FL Dimmer Yes
Function Rename Yes
Remote Learning Remote Control (Luminous)
Sleep Timer Yes
Detachable Power Cord Yes
Construction
Front Panel Brushed
Transformer Stabilizer Yes
Advanced Direct Construction Yes
Speaker Terminals 11 Large
3D Space Frame Construction Yes
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer -
Warranty
Warranty 2 Years Parts & Labor
Dimensions
W x H x D (inches) Wi-Fi Antenna's Up -
W x H x D (inches) 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 17-3/8
Weight 38 lbs 10 oz.

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