Following up on the Elite SC-71 and SC-72 AV receivers announced last month, Pioneer has topped off its ultra-high-end Elite SC line with three new THX Certified 9.2-channel models, the SC-75, SC-77, and SC-79.
The three new models share quite a bit of tech in common. All three boast 4K “Ultra HD” upscaling, ESS SABRE32 Ultra DACs, 192 kHz/32-bit audio scaling, iControlAV2013 App support, Crestron and Control4 certification for both RS-232 and IP control, THX certification, and Pioneer’s own high-powered Class D3 amplifier technology.
All three also boast some really robust multi-room capabilities, with the ability to power two additional zones, if you only need 5.1 channels of amplification in the home theater (or one powered second zone if you want to go 7.1), 2.1-channel capabilities with a subwoofer in the second zone, and HDMI output for a fourth zone. All told, Pioneer says you can configure the nine powered channels in 11 different ways with the SC-75, and 12 different ways with the SC-77 and SC-79.
Dig a little deeper and the differences between the three models starts to become more apparent. Although all three models support high-res playback of FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and Apple Lossless in addition to MP3, WMA, and AAC, the SC-79 also features a 32-Bit Asynchronous USB DAC and native support for DSD over PCM transfer from Windows and Mac computers.
The SC-79 is also notable (very notable!) for the inclusion of HDBaseT connectivity, allowing for the long-range distribution of HDMI audio and video, as well as control signals, over a single Cat5e/6 cable. Both the SC-77 and SC-79 are also Air Studios Monitor Certified.
The Pioneer Elite SC-75, SC-77, and SC-79 will be available in July, with extremely simplified suggested retail pricing of $1600, $2000, and $3000 respectively.