Pioneer Elite SC–97 | 9.2 Network Atmos AV Receiver w/ 4K Scaling


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Details & Highlights

Product Highlights

    Achieve Unprecedented Realism

    Elite AV Recievers are known for their unique audio signature with warmth and detail, and the SC–97 high–end AV Reciever achieves this with an unprecedented level of realism. The additions of Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ * place object oriented surround sound squarely in the living room with powerful and efficient Class D3 amplifiers. MCACC® PRO provides studio–grade room opitimization that effortlessly eliminates the environmental elements by measuring the volume levels, reflectance and helping to counter sounds that might interfer with the audio. Digital signals are converted to analog by industry leading dual ESS Sabre32 DACs for unmatched audio performance. Your new 4K Ultra HD television and the SC–97 will see eye–to–eye with 8 HDCP 2.2 capable HDMI inputs and three outputs for multi–room installations. Stream your music from your home network via the ethernet connection or simply pair your smartphone or tablet wirelessly with integrated Bluetooth® and Wi–Fi in virtually any high–resolution audio format. Change the way you experience music and movies with the high end AV receiver that plays well with every major whole home audio control systems from Control4, Crestron and more.

    * Firmware Update Required.

Details from Pioneer Elite

    The Winning Class D3 Advantage.

    Powerful Class D3 amplifiers offer no–compromise performance in a light–weight, cool–running chassis for the flagship of Pioneer's Elite line of high end AV Receivers. The SC–97 AV Receiver outputs indentical consistent high current power to each speaker with advanced Class D3 digital circuitry, unlike traditional Class AB amps. The Elite SC–97 recreates the colossal impact and dynamic range of high–resolution multi–channel audio and movie soundtracks. With a direct signal path and no EMI filters, feedback loops or current limiting, these amps can handle low–impedance speaker loads that challenge lesser receivers. The Elite SC–97 amps are so efficient, they generate radically less heat and energy loss than traditional Class AB designs, while consuming a fraction of the power for enhanced reliability.

    Elite with Dolby Atmos® Revolutionizes the Surround Landscape.

    Listening to the Elite SC–97 with Dolby Atmos a single time, will alter your concept of how surround should sound in movies and music. The Elite SC–97 incorportates Dolby’s innovative surround technology and fully supports 7.2.4ch*, 9.2.2ch*, 7.2.2ch and 5.2.4ch, configurations for Dolby Atmos. Atmos adds height channels to the soundscape, creating multi–dimensional 3D spacial audio that puts listeners within the environment. Optimized room calibration through the built–in MCACC Pro feature, in conjunction with Atmos–enabled speakers like the Elite Home Theater System or dedicated ceiling–mounted speakers, reproduces object–oriented sound in smooth, curving, and realistic three–dimensional movement overhead. Dolby Atmos brings new life to traditional soundtracks and music too, putting sounds into motion and delivering the full impact of the artist’s work like never before. Elite AV receivers with Dolby Atmos continue the Pioneer tradition of bringing state–of–the–art home theater technology into your home before others even know it’s there. *External amplifier required.

    Ready for Immersive Surround Sound with DTS:X

    Available with a no–cost firmware upgrade, the next–generation of object based surround sound format, DTS:X looks to elevate the immersion experience in your home theater. DTS:X creates an amazing three–dimensional sound field that reproduces the movement of sound in space. It automatically adapts the signal to existing channels and speakers and requires no specific speaker layout. Experience immersive, interactive 3–D realism like never before!

    Professional Calibration with MCACC Pro

    MCACC (Multi–Channel Acoustic Calibration) Pro offers a new level of precise room optimization developed and engineered by Pioneer. Further enhancing the three–dimensional realism of the Elite’s Atmos–enabled system as well as all of your other audio sources, MCACC Pro calibrates your room’s sound using a microphone to monitor the acoustic environment and an equalizer to optimize and precision–tune each speaker to the room. Pioneer’s Full–Band Phase Control technology eliminates phase lag to precisely control sound locations for ideal stereo and multi–channel sound reproduction. MCACC Pro is so advanced that it includes dual independent subwoofer EQ. Tailoring left and right–channel low frequency response curves lets you achieve optimum subwoofer performance, creating powerful bass response and seamless integration with your main speaker system. Following simple steps on screen, you can have your system dialed in like a professional acoustic engineer fine–tuned your home theater system.

    Sound Certification by AIR Studios. A Serious Stamp of Approval

    The Elite SC–97 has been certified at London’s legendary AIR Studios, whose work is acknowledged worldwide for award–winning motion picture soundtracks and peerless recording and mastering. Like Pioneer, AIR Studios respects the artist’s intention and believes that faithfully reproducing what was originally created in the studio is the critical objective of the finest home theater system.

    ESS SABRE 32–bit DACs for the Highest Performance Audio

    The Elite SC–97 delivers unmatched digital–to–analog signal conversion. Two SABRE32 Ultra DAC (ES9016S) units from ESS Technology—recognized as among the best in the industry—are critical to achieving purity of sound, wide dynamic range and minimal harmonic distortion that let the high–power Class D3 amps perform to their fullest.

    Precision Playback in Multiple Formats


    Supporting high–resolution digital file formats (192kHz/24–bit) in WAV, FLAC, AIFF and Apple Lossless lets audiophiles hear their favorite music as it was originally intended. Apple Lossless reconstructs exact data from 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 via a wired network. The Elite SC–97 features 192kHz/24–bit asynchronous USB–DAC (B–type) for ultra–high quality direct 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. The SC–97 is so complete, it even features a Phono input (MM) for vinyl lovers.

    HDMI for 4K*

    The Elite SC–97 HDMI inputs offer increased bandwidth, resolution and frame–rate capability, supporting 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. With 7 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high–definition sources available. *Please review the owner’s manual to confirm 4K–compatible HDMI inputs.

    Ultra HD Pass–Through with HDCP 2.2

    The Elite SC–97 supports transmission of 4K/60P/4:4:4/24–bit video signals and High Dynamic Range (HDR) signals, along with the latest HDCP 2.2 copyright protection standard. 4K Ultra HD pass–through is the newest and most exciting video standard boasting a resolution of 3,840 × 2,160 (24 Hz/25 Hz/30 Hz) pixels or 4,096 × 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!

    Video Scaler Gives You the Big Picture

    Experience an exceptional, virtually noise–free picture regardless of the source. Pioneer’s video scaler with Super Resolution allows you to up–scale any video source to 4K Ultra HD resolution for improved picture quality and compatibility with next generation TVs, and makes Blu–ray Discs and DVDs look more detailed and cinematic than ever before.

    Multi–Zone Command

    The Elite SC–97 adds ultimate flexibility to the multi–room experience by delivering up to four different zones of content, capable of powering a 5.1 Home Theater in the main zone, stereo audio in Zones 2 and 3, and HD video content in the HDZone. All zones can enjoy different content at the same time. Pioneer’s exclusive iControlAV5 Android/IOS application lets you control the entire experience.

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Features & Specs

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Manufacturer's Warranty
    2 Year Limited
Detailed Specifications
  • 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 1 % 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:

  • AirPlay: Yes
  • HTC Connect: Yes
  • Made for iPhone and iPod: Yes
  • iOS/Android Remote Control APP: iControlAV5
  • vTuner Internet Radio: Yes
  • Pandora Internet Radio: Yes
  • DLNA 1.5 (DMP/DMR): Yes
  • Music Playback via USB Network: MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
  • Hi–Res Audio: Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD

  • Digital Core DSP Engine: Texas Instruments Aureus
  • AIR Studios Certification: AIR Studios Monitor Certification
  • iPod Digital Audio: Yes
  • Audio DACs: ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192K/32Bit
  • High–Definition Copy Protection (HDCP): 2.2
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • Dolby True HD: Yes
  • Dolby Digital Plus: Yes
  • Dolby Surround: Yes
  • DTS–HD Master Audio: Yes
  • DTS Neo:: DTS Neo:X
  • HDMI SACD Transfer: Multi– Channel

  • 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
  • X–Curve: Yes
  • Distance Adjustment: 1/2 Inch
  • Precision Distance:
  • Polarity Check: Yes
  • Auto Subwoofer Crossover: Yes

  • Auto Surround: Yes
  • Auto Level Control: Multi–Channel
  • Optimum Surround: Yes
  • Stream Direct: Direct / Pure Direct
  • Advanced Surround: 11+ 1
  • Wide Surround:
  • Front Stage Surround Advance: Yes (Focus/Wide)
  • Headphone Surround: Yes
  • Virtual Speakers: Yes (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
  • Virtual Depth:

  • USB DAC:
  • DSD Music File: 2 Ch (5.6MHz/2.8MHz)
  • Audio Processing: Hi–bit32
  • 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

  • 4K 60p Ultra HD Passthrough: Yes
  • 4K Ultra HD Passthrough:
  • 4K 60p Ultra HD Video Scaler: Yes
  • 4K Ultra HD Video Scaler:
  • 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: Yes (1080p to 4K)
  • Stream Smoother: Yes
  • Pure Cinema: Yes
  • Super Resolution: Yes
  • Video Parameter Adjustments: YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level

  • HDMI Input / Output: 8 in(7 Rear, 1 Front)/3 out
  • MHL 2: 1 (Rear)
  • Wi–Fi Built–In: Yes (5GHz/2.4GHz)
  • Bluetooth Built–In: Yes
  • HDBaseT Compatible:
  • Component Video Input / Output: 2 In (Assignable)
  • iPhone / iPod / 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: 11.2ch
  • Headphone Output: Yes
  • Front A/V Inputs: USB & HDMI
  • AM/FM Presets: 63

  • Home Menu: Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
  • HDZONE Sources:
  • 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: Yes
  • 12 Volt Trigger (Assignable): 2
  • RS–232C: Yes
  • IR Serial Remote In/Out: 2 In / 1 Out
  • Network Firmware Update: Yes
  • AVNavigator: Built–in
  • 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

  • Front Panel: Brushed
  • Transformer Stabilizer: Yes
  • Advanced Direct Construction: Yes
  • Speaker Terminals: 11 Large
  • 3D Space Frame Construction: Yes
  • Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer:

  • W × H × D (inches) :
  • Wi–Fi Antenna's Up: 17–1/8 × 10–1/16 × 17–3/8
  • W × H × D (inches): 17–1/8 × 7–5/16 × 17–3/8
  • Weight: 38 lbs 8 oz.
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