Consumers “Feel Every Dimension” with Class D3-Powered Receivers
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
CEA Line Show – Booth #44 – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is
again one of the first manufacturers to integrate the most advanced
audio technology into its home entertainment products with the
introduction of three high-end Elite® SC receivers that will
support the exciting new Dolby
Atmos technology for the home. The Elite SC-85,
9.2-channel audio video receivers are Dolby Atmos upgradable via a
firmware update available by the end of the year and will make the
multi-dimensional Dolby Atmos® experience a reality with their renowned
Class D3 amplification technology, which can simultaneously
deliver extremely high power output to all channels without loss in
audio quality, and MCACC® Pro, a new enhanced version of Pioneer’s
acoustic calibration system. Each receiver model also incorporates
advanced technologies and convenient features including HDMI® 2.0, Roku
Ready® Certified, HDBaseT™ (SC-89 only), multi-room and multi-source
setup and playback configurations, ESS SABRE32 Ultra DACs™(digital-to-analog converter), 192 kHz/32-bit audio scaler,
iControlAV5 Application compatibility and more.
Elite SC-89 A/V Receiver (Photo: Business Wire) Dolby Atmos – With Dolby Atmos, sound comes alive from all
directions, including overhead, to fill the home theater with
astonishing clarity, power, detail, and depth. Pioneer’s Elite SC-85,
SC-87 and SC-89 receivers will be able to decode and play back Dolby
Atmos content for consumers to enjoy in their compatible home
theaters. Combined with Pioneer’s new line of Dolby Atmos-enabled
Elite speakers, users will have access to the ultimate immersive home
theater experience without having to install overhead speakers1.
Class D3 Amplification – Pioneer SC
receivers are engineered to operate at extremely high output levels
with virtually no background noise or loss in performance, even when
all channels are simultaneously driven at full volume. The Class D3
amplifier technology delivers incredible sonic performance and
ultra-low distortion to release the true audio potential of
high-resolution audio content as well as other high-definition
uncompressed sources such as Blu-ray Disc™ titles. The
Class D3 amplifiers produce the required power to maintain
controlled and powerful audio response throughout the entire length of
a Dolby Atmos experience.
MCACC Pro – MCACC Pro fully supports the surround format of
Dolby Atmos with an acoustic calibration system that automatically
compensates for differences in speaker size, distance, and level as
well as the room’s layout including ceiling height, and changes
equalizer settings for an excellent audio response. MCACC Pro works
with both Pioneer’s Dolby Atmos-enabled Elite speakers and in-ceiling
speakers. Newly added to the 2014 MCACC Pro feature is the addition of
independent dual subwoofer output as well as 4-band subwoofer EQ for
increased sound quality in the low frequency range.
ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC – Each SC
receiver uses multiple SABRE32 Ultra DACs to process
information for each individual output channel, resulting in
outstanding sound quality. The SABRE32 Ultra DAC produces
warm, more natural audio as well as a linear response so audio changes
are more subtle with less jitter.
USB 32-Bit Asynchronous Audio DAC (SC-89 only) – The top SC
model incorporates a USB 32-Bit Asynchronous Audio DAC allowing direct
connection to both Windows® and Mac computers. Music played
from the computer utilizes the highly accurate audio optimized clock
within the receiver, resulting in less jitter and delivering
studio-like audio reproduction. Additionally, the SC-89’s USB DAC
supports DSD Native playback (both 2.8Mhz and 5.6Mhz) via Mac and
“Dolby Atmos is a new dimension in sound technology and it’s always our
goal to be one of the first, and the best, in bringing these types of
advancements into the home theater space,” said Chris Walker, director
of AV product planning and marketing for the Home Electronics Division
of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The new Dolby Atmos upgradable Elite
SC receivers, along with our new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, are the
best way to experience Dolby Atmos because of their ability to provide
ample power through Class D3 amplification, and room
calibration feature with MCACC Pro.”
Simplified Operability and Installation
Custom Installation – For advanced home theater control, the
receivers are certified for compatibility with the most popular custom
control brands including Crestron® and Control4®,
and offer custom installation features including full two-way RS-232
and IP control.
HDBaseT (SC-89 only) – The SC-89 model uses the HDBaseT
standard for a one wire multi-zone connection. It enables the delivery
of uncompressed high definition video and audio, over a single cat5e/6
cable to make setup and control of even the most complex home theater
systems faster and easier.
Multi-Zone Network Capabilities – The SC-85, SC-87 and SC-89
are built for maximum installation flexibility offering a variety of
multi-zone set-up configurations. All nine speaker channels can be
reconfigured 11 different ways (12 with SC-87 and SC-89), all
controllable from the receiver and/or user’s portable device via the
iControlAV5 App (available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and Android™
OS devices). In addition to a true 9.2-channel speaker setup, each
amplifier can produce a 5.1-channel configuration, with the extra
outputs utilized for powering different zones that can be
All three models offer
simultaneous entertainment from different sources in up to four zones
– a main zone, a powered Zone 2 (two speakers in a second room), a
powered Zone 3 (two speakers in a third room) and HDZONE (additional
HDMI source to a fourth room). In these setup configurations, users
have 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 (for Zone 2).
iControlAV5 Application – Pioneer recently developed
iControlAV5, a new app enabling wireless control over the features and
functionalities of its 2012, 2013 and 2014 line of receivers from the
convenience of various portable digital devices. The app incorporates
multiple controls from basic volume adjustments and input selection to
advanced features such as equalizer adjustments and management of
audio settings and modes, including full control of the Roku®
Streaming Stick. With both models, iControlAV5 adds AV Scaling,
enabling manual override of a television’s native setting for easy
adjustment of video scaling. The app is available at no charge from www.AppStore.com
or the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app is also
available in Google® Play (www.GooglePlay.com)
for Android devices.
AVNavigator Built-In – Pioneer’s AVNavigator is a two-way
interactive owner’s manual that removes the complications of setting
up a receiver. New for 2014, the SC models feature AVNavigator built
in, eliminating the need to upload the software to a computer or
laptop. Simply connect the receiver to a home network and launch the
web browser. The functionality is also included in the iControlAV5 app
where users can tap the AVNavigator icon in the application.
AVNavigator features Pioneer’s Wiring Navi application, providing an
interactive guide walking the user through the entire receiver setup
process including speaker arrangement, sound optimization, connecting
sources, MCACC calibration, renaming inputs, and more. AVNavigator
also includes an Interactive Operation Guide application providing a
linked two-way operation guide that gives users a way to learn about
the receiver’s features (i.e. a push of the standard surround button
on the front of the receiver takes the user directly to the portion of
the manual that explains the standard surround feature).
Expanded Connectivity and Entertainment Sources
HDMI 2.0 – Pioneer was the first AV manufacturer to incorporate
HDMI 2.0 into its line of receivers, bringing the latest advances in
consumer entertainment into the home. Finalized in September 2013,
version 2.0 of the HDMI specification offers a significant increase in
signal bandwidth, now up to 18Gbps. The increased bandwidth provides
support for new features such as 4K60p 4:4:4 color support. The 4:4:4
color support offers viewers the highest quality color reproduction
available in content today, with no color loss when images are
displayed on compatible 4K televisions screens. The ability to pass
through a very high bandwidth signal without downgrading the image
means that Pioneer receivers will serve as the perfect entertainment
Roku Ready Certified – All models are Roku Ready certified,
expanding the user’s world of entertainment with access to more than
1,000 entertainment channels of streaming movies, music, TV shows,
news, sports and more. Utilizing the receiver’s built-in MHL®
Connection located at the rear of the Elite SC receivers, users can
simply plug in a Roku Streaming Stick™ to start using the device. For
additional convenience, both models offer full control of the service
from a Roku stick via the receiver’s remote control as well as the new
Music Enthusiast – Offering a diversified listening experience,
the receivers have access to today’s most popular Internet radio music
services including Spotify®, PANDORA® and vTuner®. In addition,
Pioneer incorporates the seamless connectivity standards of HTC
Connect®, which enables wireless high quality music files to be shared
between compatible HTC One® smartphones and Pioneer receivers.
The Pioneer Elite SC-85, SC-87 and SC-89 receivers will be available
this fall with suggested retail prices of $1,600, $2,000 and $3,000
For detailed system requirements regarding Pioneer’s Dolby Atmos-enabled
Elite Speakers please visit pioneerelectronics.com/elitespeakers.
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.,
and its U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com.
Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of
high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car
and business markets.
About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos delivers captivating, multidimensional sound that places and
moves specific sounds anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring
entertainment alive all around the audience.
Since its introduction in the cinema in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been
embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, seven Academy Award®
winning directors, and 16 Academy Award-winning sound mixers, among
others. Later this year, entertainment enthusiasts will be able to enjoy
Dolby Atmos in their home theaters.
To learn more about Dolby Atmos and home theaters, visit the Dolby Lab
Notes blog here.
1 To enjoy the full Dolby Atmos experience, consumers must
have Dolby Atmos encoded content, Dolby Atmos-capable receiver, and new
Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, add-on modules or at least two overhead
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DAC is a registered trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.
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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
Katherine Harbeston, 310.952.2388
Source: Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.