Pioneer Elite SC-LX801 | 9.2-Channel Network AV Receiver

  • 3D Ready
  • 36-bit Deep Color
  • Apple AirPlay Certified
  • Google Cast Built-In
  • TuneIn Internet Radio


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Details & Highlights

Product Highlights

    The Pioneer Elite SCLX801 9.2–Channel Network AV Receiver is ready to take on the latest and greatest audio and video technology with state–of–the–art components. Ultra HD upscaling and 4K video past–through support premium content with a compatible display, as well as HDR (high Dynamic Range, MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning, Full Band Phase Control, advanced Sound Retriever, Reflex Optimizer and multi–room audio. Built–in Google Cast™, internet radio and network streaming services give you access to a universe of content that’s ready to be explored. A Class D3 amplifier (Direct Energy High fidelity class D), coupled with Pioneer’s MOSFET direct power FET, delivers impressive power for deep, pounding bass without losing subtle details. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies offer object oriented sound and realistic three–dimensional sound when connected to in–ceiling speakers, or Dolby Atmos enabled speakers.

Details from Pioneer Elite

    9.2–ch Class D Network AV Receiver

    The Elite® SC–LX801 featuring 9.2–ch Class D3 amplifier is fully–equipped for the latest multi–dimensional surround sound formats, DTS:X™ and Dolby Atmos®, featuring the Reflex Optimizer for Dolby enabled speakers. With Ultra HD (4K/60p/4:4:4) upscaling/pass–through and HDR/BT.2020 standards ready, 4K images are ever more impressive. In addition to internet radio and various network streaming services, with Google Cast™* built–in you can use your mobile device to cast your favorite music to the SC–LX801. The multi–zone feature supports powered ZONE 2/ZONE 3 output.

    Direct Energy HD Amplifier

    With the Class D3 (Direct Energy High fidelity class D) Amplifier, the SC–LX801 is ready to meet the needs of the latest HD content. With our MOSFET, the Direct Power FET, this simple, high powered solution is provided to fully meet today’s AV entertainment standards. The custom bypass capacitors further enhance the advantages of the Class D3 amplifier, producing powerful bass while also delivering subtle details.

    High–Power Simultaneous Multi–Channel Drive

    With Class AB amplifiers, driving all channels at full power is only possible for a short time, at around 300 W to 400 W power output. The SC–LX801’s Class D3 Amplifier has the ability to simultaneously drive 9–channels at 810 W (SC–LX901) power output, while managing to deliver dynamic content, more efficiently.

    Quick–Response Sound

    The Direct Power FET is directly connected to the print circuit board without any additional wiring. This simple structure maximizes audio performance by reduced noise and improved switching, offering a quick–responding sound, perfect for digital content playback.

    High Efficiency

    The Class D3 Amplifier has been designed with a simple structure to take a straight and short signal path, resulting in improved sound quality.

    Improved Circuit Design

    The SC–LX801 is equipped with dedicated ICs on the circuit board, all in the pursuit of reproducing a clean, clear sound. The operational amplifier IC for processing small signal is set apart from the amplifying section to prevent mutual interference. This allows clear signal to be transmitted to the Direct Power FET.

    Low Heat Generation

    The simple form of the Direct Power FET has the advantage of improved thermal characteristics. In addition to the upper–side heat dissipation from the heat sink, the circuit board’s heat radiation feature is also utilized for downward heat dissipation, providing efficient cooling for a superior performance.

    Separate Design for Analog Small Signal

    Dedicated ICs are lavishly used on the circuit in pursuit of ideal sound. The Op–amp IC for processing small signal is set apart from the amplifying section to prevent mutual interference. This allows clear signal to be transmitted to the Direct Power FET. Additionally, the Rubycon chip film capacitor MU 25p further reduces the influence of residue noise from the high power section.

    ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC

    The highly acclaimed 192 kHz/32–bit ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC (ES9016S) is adopted to deliver exceptional sound, with ultra–low distortion and high signal–to–noise ratio. It offers jitter–free performance for an astounding audio reproduction with rich deep bass, maximizing the full potential of Pioneer’s Class D3 amplifiers.

    Multi–Dimensional Excitement with Dolby Atmos

    The SC–LX801 is compatible with 7.2.2ch/5.2.4ch configuration of the latest home theater sound platform, Dolby Atmos. The SC–LX801 can reproduce object oriented compatible movies/music in smooth, curving movements, or the realistic three–dimensional movement overhead by utilizing Dolby Atmos enabled and/or in–ceiling speakers.

    Dolby Atmos Room Requirements

    Using the Pioneer Elite Dolby Atmos Enabled Speakers you will need the following in order to use the Dolby Atmos–enabled capability of these speakers, the listening room ceiling should have horizontal flat hard surface (for audio reflection) and a height of 8’ to 14’.


    DTS:X is the next–generation audio codec from DTS that leverages object–based audio to enable new immersive and interactive audio experiences. Since DTS:X can automatically adapt the audio to the existing channels and speaker system, no specific speaker layout is required. Experience an immersive soundscape with incredibly rich and life–like audio.

    Google Cast

    The SC–LX801 has Google Cast built–in, the same technology behind Chromecast, so you can use your mobile device to cast your favorite music, radio, or podcasts to the SC–LX801. You can control the audio from anywhere in the house using Cast–enabled apps running on your personal device—iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, Mac and Windows laptop, and Chromebook. Discover Cast–enabled apps at

    Ultra HD (4K/60p/4:4:4/24–bit) Upscaling/Pass–Through with HDCP 2.2

    This feature lets you take advantage of the highest–quality video source for viewing on a 4K TV. With support for HDCP 2.2, you can enjoy premium content such as 4K videos with digital copy protection on a compatible display. What’s more, the SC–LX801 is ready for the HDR (High Dynamic Range) and BT.2020 next generation video standards. Supports up to 4K/60p/4:4:4/24–bit with HDCP 2.2 on HDMI IN (1/2/3/4/5) and HDMI OUT (MAIN/SUB).

    MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning

    MCACC Pro, the pinnacle of Pioneer’s auto room tuning technology, analyzes the phase and group delay characteristics to precisely control phase differences between speakers. MCACC Pro corrects phase differences in all ranges and all channels, from phase difference in the original audio material to the sound emitted from the speakers. Required microphone is included in the box.

    Full Band Phase Control

    Pioneer’s Phase Control technology effectively eliminates phase lag and significantly improves the multi–channel sound without any extra operation. Furthermore, The Full Band Phase Control technology focuses on the group delay in the speaker network filter, and adjusts the phase of each unit as well as the group delay for each speaker. Multi–range speakers gain the sound coherence of full–range speakers, while retaining the wide frequency range advantage. In an environment where the phase of all units and all channels are precisely controlled, a remarkably clear sound location with a surrounding feel is achieved. In combination with MCACC Pro, the ideal multi–channel reproduction environment can be created, which faithfully replicates object audio and the director’s original intent.

    Advanced Sound Retriever

    The Advanced Sound Retriever restores the output of compressed audio—such as WMA, AAC, and MP3—to the level of CD sound. The technology creates new signals to restore the minor details left out during the compression process. Advanced Sound Retriever for multi surround sound is compatible with DVD soundtracks featuring Dolby Digital or DTS.

    Reflex Optimizer

    When using Dolby enabled speakers, high directivity sound reflects off the ceiling, while low directivity sound directly reaches the ears. This difference causes a phase shift, making the sound feel unbalanced. To solve this, the new technology optimizes the performance of your up–firing elevation speakers for your listening environment, by aligning the phase of direct and indirect sound, matching the basic tone, and optimizing the upward–oriented frequencies. The result is overall seamless sound with Dolby enabled speakers, allowing the ideal reproduction of threedimensional surround sound.

    Advanced Direct Construction

    Less is more in circuitry design. Advanced Direct Construction allows the shortest and simplest signal paths—from input to output, circuit block by circuit block—to reduce distortion that can be caused by transmission loss, and to improve sonic clarity.

    Anti–Standing Wave Insulator

    The Anti–Standing Wave Insulator has been developed through repeated listening tests, featuring a special form with no parallel sides inside to prevent cavity resonance. This makes the sound localization, tone, and scale clearer, while also enhancing the seamless connection between the channels, and the response to quick sound. The insulator enriches the realistic spatial description for movies, and the space representation of a concert hall for music sources.

    Separated Pre and Power Amplifiers Blocks

    Being compact and highly efficient, the Class D3 amplifier has allowed remarkably smaller heat sink and greater flexibility in circuit design and layout, and the ideal separate structure with independent pre and power amplifier blocks is realized. Additionally, the power supply for digital and analog circuits has been isolated to provide clean power, significantly contributing to clear signal transmission which is the basis for high–quality sound.

    Clean Grounding with Insulated Dual Chassis

    Steel plates shield the power amplifier block to eliminate unwanted noise caused by mutual interference, while Pioneer original Insulated Dual Chassis connects the power amplifier’s chassis to the main chassis via special insulators. The pre and power amplifier blocks are electrically separated, enabling the optimal ground design for each block. With thorough clean grounding and elimination of interference between the circuits and load changes, the sound quality and performance equivalent to separate amplifiers combined within a single chassis is achieved.


Features & Specs

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Manufacturer's Warranty
    3 Years Parts / 3 Years Labor - Carry In Service
Detailed Specifications
  • Amplifier Design: Class D3 (Direct Energy HD)
  • 4 OHM Speaker: Yes
  • Channels: 9.2
  • Consumption
    • On: 320W
    • Standby: 0.15W
  • ENERGY STAR 3.0 Certified:
  • Handheld And Internet
  • AirPlay: Yes
  • HTC Connect:
  • Made for iPhone and iPod: AirPlay only
  • iOS/Android Remote Control APP: iControlAV5
  • Internet Radio: TuneIn Radio
  • Pandora Internet Radio: Yes
  • Streaming Audio From PC/Network: Yes
  • Music Playback via USB Network
    • MP3
    • WMA
    • AAC
    • Apple Lossless
    • WAV
    • FLAC
    • AIFF
    • DSD
  • Google Cast: Yes
  • Hi–Res Audio
    • Apple Lossless
    • WAV
    • FLAC
    • AIFF
    • Dolby TrueHD Playback (USB only)
  • TIDAL Music Streaming Service Ready: Yes (with future firmware update)
  • Decoders And Formats
  • Digital Core DSP Engine: Cirrus Logic (Quad Core) x 1
  • AIR Studios Certification: AIR Studios Sound Tuning
  • iPod Digital Audio:
  • Audio DACs: ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC (ES9016S)
  • High–Definition Copy Protection (HDCP): 2.2
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • Dolby TrueHD: Yes
  • Dolby Digital Plus: Yes
  • Dolby Surround: Yes
  • DTS:X: Yes
  • DTS Neo:X:
  • DTS Neural:X: Yes
  • DTS–HD Master Audio: Yes
  • HDMI SACD Transfer: Multi–Channel
  • Soundfield Calibration
  • MCACC: Pro
  • MCACC Memory: 3
  • Phase Control: Yes
  • Auto Phase Control Plus: Yes
  • Full Band Phase Control: Yes
  • Standing Wave Control: Yes
  • EQ Bands: 9–Band
  • Symmetric EQ: Yes
  • Distance Adjustment: 0.5 feet
  • Precision Distance:
  • Polarity Check: Yes
  • Auto Subwoofer Crossover: Yes
  • Listening Modes
  • Auto Surround: Yes
  • Auto Level Control:
  • Optimum Surround:
  • Stream Direct: Direct / Pure Direct
  • Advanced Surround: 12
  • Wide Surround:
  • Front Stage Surround Advance: Yes
  • Headphone Surround:
  • Virtual Speakers:
  • Virtual Depth:
  • Audio Features
  • USB DAC:
  • DSD Music File: 2ch(2.8MHz / 5.6MHz / 11.2MHz)
  • Audio Processing: 32 bit
  • Dialog Enhancement: Yes
  • Advanced Sound Retriever: Yes
  • Sound Retriever AIR:
  • Digital Noise Reduction:
  • Tone Control: Multi
  • Sound Delay (Lip Sync): 500 ms @ 48k/ 400 ms @ 96k/ 200 ms @ 192k
  • Speaker A/B: Yes
  • Bi–Amp: Yes
  • Video Processing
  • 4K 60p Ultra HD Passthrough: Yes
  • 4K 60p Ultra HD Video Scaler: Yes (1080p to 4K)
  • 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:
  • Stream Smoother:
  • Pure Cinema:
  • Super Resolution: Yes
  • Video Parameter Adjustments:
  • Connectivity
  • HDMI Input / Output: 8 In (7 Rear, 1 Front) / 2 Out
  • MHL 2:
  • 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: USB Memory
  • Ethernet Input: Yes
  • Composite A/V Input / Output: 2 In (Assignable)
  • Analog Audio Inputs / Output: 7 In
  • Phono Input: Yes
  • Digital Inputs / Output: 5 In (Optical 3, Coaxial 2)
  • Pre–Amp Outputs: 11.2ch + Zone 2/ Zone 3 Preout
  • Headphone Output: Yes
  • Front A/V Inputs: USB And HDMI
  • AM/FM Presets: 40
  • Installation
  • Home Menu: Icon–based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Multi–Room and Source Output: Powered ZONE 2 Audio/ZONE 3
  • Zone 2 Sources: All Audio Sources
  • Zone 3 Sources: All Audio Sources
  • ECO Mode:
  • HDMI Speaker B Link:
  • 12 Volt Trigger (Assignable): A.B
  • RS–232C: Yes
  • IR Serial Remote In/Out: 2 In / 1 Out
  • Network Firmware Update: Yes
  • AVNavigator:
  • IP Control for CI: Yes
  • Versatile Speaker Configuration: SURROUND BACK/HEIGHT 1/HEIGHT 2/SPEAKER B/BI–AMP/ZONE 2/ZONE 3
  • FL Dimmer: Yes
  • Function Rename: Yes
  • Remote: Yes and Pioneer Remote Control App Ready (iOS/Android)
  • 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:
  • Dimensions (Receiver)
  • Width: 17.1"
  • Height: 7.3"
  • Depth: 17.33"
  • Weight: 39.5 lbs
  • Dimensions (Shipping)
  • Width: 21"
  • Height: 12"
  • Depth: 21"
  • Weight: 45.5 lbs
Product Bullets
  • 3D Ready
  • 36-bit Deep Color
  • Apple AirPlay Certified
  • Google Cast Built-In
  • TuneIn Internet Radio


Included Coverage from Pioneer Elite: 3 Years Parts / 3 Years Labor - Carry In Service

Category ID: 166 | $2,000.00