Pioneer follows up its currently available VSX-43 and VSX-70 Elite Home Theater Receivers with two more, the SC-71 and SC-72.
Both of the new entries incorporate Pioneer's D3 amplifier technology, along with audio decoding and processing for all Dolby and DTS audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as Dolby Prologic IIz and DTS-Neo:X (7.1 channel version).
On the video side, the SC-71 and SC-72 are 3D compatible and feature Marvell QDEO supported 1080p and 4K upscaling, as well as Pioneer's Stream Smoother which improves the look of video content originating from your home network or the internet.
For connectivity, both receivers incorporate 8 HDMI inputs (including one MHL-compatible input), and two 2 HDMI outputs, along with component video and composite video inputs, both digital optical/coaxial inputs, and several sets of two-channel analog inputs. Also, the SC-72 provides 9.2 channel expansion via provided preamp outputs.
However, it is important to note that neither receiver provides 5.1 or 7.1 channel analog audio inputs, dedicated phono turntable input, or S-Video connections.
Extensive networking and internet access features are provided on both receivers via wired Ethernet (Wifi can be added with an optional adapter), including DLNA, Bluetooth (via optional adapter), HTC Connect, Apple Airplay, and Internet Radio (Pandora, vTuner). In addition, both receivers have access to the iControlAV and Air Jam Apps.
The Pioneer Elite SC-71 is priced at $1,100, while the SC-72 has a suggested price of $1,400. Both receivers are expected to be available sometime in June 2013.
For a more detailed look at the similarities and differences in specifications and abundant features for both receivers, including front and rear photos and a video overview, check out the official SC-71 and SC-72 product pages. Photo: Top Right SC-71, Left Side - SC-72 © Pioneer Electronics