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Pioneer Finalizes 2013/2014 Elite Receiver Line with Three Entries

By June 26, 2013

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Dateline: 06/26/2013
Pioneer follows up its currently available VSX-43 and VSX-70, and SC-71 and SC-72 Elite Home Theater Receivers with three final entries, the SC-75, SC-77, and SC-79, which were unveiled at CE Week 2013. The big highlight is the top-of-line SC-79 is the first home theater receiver to incorporate HDBaseT connectivity. HDBaseT provides an efficient and cost-effective way of connecting audio, video, and network components over a single CAT5e/6 cable, especially over long distances, which is makes it practical for Multi-zone audio and video setups.

Getting to what the three receivers have in common, all are THX Certified and provide up to a 9.2 channel speaker configuration, and just as with the SC-71 and SC-72, all three of the new receivers also 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, Dolby Prologic IIz, and DTS-Neo:X.

The SC-75, SC-77, an SC-79 are also fully 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, all the receivers incorporate nine HDMI inputs (including one front mounted MHL-compatible input), and three HDMI outputs, along with component and composite video inputs, digital optical/coaxial inputs, and several sets of two-channel analog inputs. The SC-77 and SC-79 also provide a dedicated a dedicated phono input.

However, none of the receivers provide 5.1 or 7.1 channel analog audio inputs or S-Video connections.

On the other hand, the SC-75, SC-77, and SC-79 all provide extensive networking (DLNA) and internet streaming features (such as internet radio) via wired Ethernet or Wifi (using an optional adapter. Added streaming capabilities are accessible via Bluetooth (via optional adapter), HTC Connect, Apple Airplay.. In addition, the receivers have access to the iControlAV and Air Jam Apps.

The Pioneer Elite SC-75 is priced at $1,700, while the SC-77 has a suggested price of $2,100, and the SC-79 is priced at $3,100. All three receivers are expected to be available sometime in July through Authorized Dealers.

For a more detailed look at the similarities and differences between all three receivers, including front and rear photos and video overviews of key features not provided in my post, check out the official SC-75 and SC-77, and SC-79 product pages. Photo: Top right SC-75, Left Side SC-77, and Bottom Right SC-79 Pioneer Electronics

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