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Pioneer Elite 7.2 Channel Network Class D3 Black AV Receiver With HDMI 2.0 - SC-81

Abt Model: SC81 | UPC Code: 884938243803
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130 Watts Per Channel/ Class D3 Amplification/ Insulated Dual Chassis/ Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio Decoding/ DSD Disc (SACD) Playback Via HDMI (2.8MHz)/ Digital Core Engine With Texas Instruments Aureus DSP/ Hi-Bit24 Audio Processing/ HDMI Audio Return Channel/ Advanced MCACC Room Calibration/ 3D Ready/ Deep Color (36-Bit), "x.v. Color "/ Ultra HD Upscaling And Pass-ThroughVideo Scaler With Qdeo/ Triple HD Noise Reduction/ Frame Rate Conversion/ AirPlay/ DLNA Certified (1.5)/ Black Finish
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Pioneer Elite 7.2 Channel Network Class D3 Black AV Receiver With HDMI 2.0 - SC81

The fully equipped Elite SC-81 AV receiver delivers unprecedented value in a 7.2-channel, multi-zone receiver with features that match its performance. Ideal for custom home entertainment installations, the elegant aluminum front panel and robust dual chassis house the power and finesse of Elite Class D3 amplification.


  • Powerful Amps with the Efficiency of Class D3
    The Elite SC-81 delivers seven channels of cutting-edge Elite Class D3 amplification for a total of 560 Watts multi-channel simultaneous drive. Rated at 130 watts x 7 channels (8 Ohms, 1kHz, 0.08% THD 2 Ch), this is significantly more simultaneous multi-channel power than the Class AB competition, the SC-81 reproduces music and soundtracks with uncompromising authority and realism, exploiting the full dynamics from any media source. And Elite Class D3 amplifiers are 4-ohm certified, so they safely power low-impedance speakers that other receivers aren’t made to handle. And they run cooler than conventional Class AB designs, using just a fraction of the energy while delivering more power with all channels driven. In fact, the SC-81 is so efficient, it proudly wears the ENERGY STAR® label
  • HDMI 2.0 for 4K
    The Elite SC-81 features HDMI 2.0, the newest version of the HDMI standard which offers increased bandwidth, resolution and frame-rate capability, supporting 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. With 7 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available
  • Ultimate Sound Control with Advanced MCACC®
    Imagine having your own sound engineer precision-tuning your system to your living room — that’s what Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC) is like. With the push of a button, the Elite SC-81 calibrates your room sound using a microphone to monitor the sound environment and an equalizer to optimize and precision-tune each speaker to the room
  • 4K Pass-Through
    4K Ultra HD Pass-through is the recognized standard of ultra-high video resolution, boasting 3,840 x 2,160 (24 Hz/25 Hz/30 Hz) pixels or 4,096 x 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!
  • Get the Big Picture with Qdeo® Video Processing
    Experience an exceptional, virtually noise-free picture regardless of the source. Qdeo video processing technology by Marvell and a 4K Scaler 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 DVD content look more detailed and cinematic than ever before
  • Fits With Your Lifestyle
    The Elite SC-81 is right at home with Apple® devices, thanks to Made for iPod® and iPhone certification. Each is easily connected and charges your device with your normal charging cable and without the need for a dock. Enjoy music enhanced with album art, and when you receive a call, your iPhone will mute the music so you can talk
  • ROKU® Ready
    An MHL 2.0 port supports the small but mighty Roku Streaming Stick, which lets you stream more than 1,000 channels of TV, tens of thousands of movies and other programming options for a limitless streaming experience
  • AirPlay® Easy
    Enjoy effortless AirPlay connectivity through your compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod. [Stream your favorite artists straight from your PC or Mac® with Pandora® Internet Radio, or listen to a world of content with vTuner® Internet Radio. Up front, plug a memory audio device into the USB port for music or photos. And of course, this Elite receiver is Bluetooth®- and Wi-Fi®-ready with Pioneer’s optional AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter and AS-WL-300 Wi-Fi adapter
  • Spotify® Connect
    Spotify Connect lets you play and control Spotify on your devices. Choose music on one device and listen on another. At home, hit “Play” on your mobile device and hear high fidelity sound through the Elite SC-81. You can also control the music from your mobile phone
  • Windows® 8 Certified
    Don't limit your media experience to your laptop speakers. Windows 8 “Play To” feature makes it easy to stream music stored on your PC to the Elite SC-81, so you can enjoy your entire media library on the biggest speakers in the house
  • HTC Connect® for Android
    With HTC Connect, audiophiles who demand serious sound can enjoy their music — with CD-quality resolution — using their HTC smartphone, streaming high-quality wireless audio, video and photo streaming .for an effortless, out-of-the-box audiophile experience, all with the swipe of a finger
  • Precision Playback in Multiple Formats
    Supporting high-resolution digital file formats such as AIFF, WAV, FLAC 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, DLNA® Server or smartphone
  • Pioneer’s Ultimate Control App
    Pioneer’s free of charge iControlAV5 turns your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or select Android device into a powerful wireless remote that controls everything from volume and input selections to advanced features like EQ adjustments and Internet Radio, and even streams music stored on your phone through the Elite SC-81 using the new “Push Player” feature
  • Easy Setup with AVNavigator Built In
    Imagine an owner’s manual that actually communicates with your receiver, then walks you through the set-up process as you do it. Pioneer's AVNavigator is an interactive owner’s manual that uses your networked PC, MAC or iPad® device to communicate directly with the Elite SC-81, walking you through speaker set-up, Advanced MCACC room calibration, sound optimization, firmware updates and more
  • A Perfect Solution for Your Home Theater
    The Elite SC-81 is built to last and offers versatile custom-installation solutions for home entertainment, with Multi-Zone capability that lets you set up three great systems. And because Pioneer is dedicated to custom installation, our relationships with custom-control providers like AMX®, Control4®, Crestron® and other leading brands makes the SC-81 the perfect centerpiece for whole-house systems



  • Amplifier Design: Class D3 (Direct Energy HD)
  • Channels: 7.2
  • 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): 130 Watts x 7
  • Power Output: Watts per Channel (4 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %, 2 ch Driven): 180 Watts x 7
  • Power Output: Watts Multi ch Simultaneous Drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %): 560 Watts
  • 4 OHM Speaker: Yes
  • Estimated Power Consumption/Standby with HDMI Control off: 290 W/0.1 W (standby)
  • ENERGY STAR 3.0 Certified: Yes

Handheld and Internet

  • 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 (DMR): Yes
  • USB File Music Playback: MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
  • Network File Music Playback: MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD

Decoders & Formats

  • Digital Core DSP Engine: Texas Instruments Aureus
  • iPod Digital Audio: Yes
  • 192K/32-Bit DACs: ESS SABRE Premier Audio DAC
  • Dolby True HD: Yes
  • Dolby Digital plus: Yes
  • Dolby Pro-Logic IIz: Yes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: Yes
  • DTS Neo:X: Yes
  • HDMI SACD Transfer: Multi- Channel

Soundfield Calibration

  • Phase Control: Auto / Plus
  • Auto MCACC: Advanced
  • Manual MCACC: Yes
  • Standing Wave Control: Yes
  • EQ Bands: 9-Band (Advanced)
  • Symmetric EQ: Yes
  • MCACC Memory: 6
  • X-Curve: Yes
  • Distance Adjustment: 1/2 Inch
  • Polarity Check: Yes
  • Auto Subwoofer Crossover: Yes

Listening Modes

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


  • DSD Music File: 2 Ch
  • High-bit. High sampling: Hi-bit24
  • DSD to PCM Converter: Multi-Channel
  • PQLS Jitter Reduction: HDMI Bitstream/ Multi
  • Dialog Enhancement: Yes
  • Advanced Sound Retriever: Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC
  • Sound Retriever AIR: Yes
  • Digital Noise Reduction: Yes
  • Tone Control: 2 Channel
  • Sound Delay (Lip Sync): Yes (800 ms)
  • Speaker A/B: Yes
  • Bi-Amp: Front Channel

Video Processing

  • 4K 60p Ultra HD Passthrough: Yes
  • 4K 60p Ultra HD Video Scaler: Yes
  • 3-D Ready: Yes
  • Audio Return Channel: Yes
  • HDMI 36-bit Deep Color: Yes
  • HDMI x.v. Color: Yes
  • Video Converter to HDMI: Yes
  • Video Scaler: Marvell Qdeo
  • Stream Smoother: Yes
  • Pure Cinema: Yes
  • Video Parameter Adjustments: YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level


  • HDMI Input / Output: 7 In (6 Rear, 1 Front) / 2 Out
  • MHL 2.0 Input: 1 (Rear)
  • Wireless Adapter Port: AS-WL300
  • Bluetooth Adapter Port: AS-BT200
  • Component Video Input / Output: 2 In (Assignable)
  • iPhone / iPod: Front USB
  • USB Memory Input: Yes
  • Ethernet Input: Yes
  • Composite A/V Input / Output: 2 In / 1 Out
  • Analog Audio Inputs / Output: 1 In
  • Digital Inputs / Output: 2 In
  • Pre-Amp Outputs: Preout 7.1 ch (9.2 ch terminals)
  • Headphone Output: Yes
  • Front A/V Inputs: USB & HDMI
  • AM/FM Presets: 63


  • On-Screen Display: Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
  • Multi-Room and Source Output: HDZONE Audio & Video (HDMI and Powered) / Powered ZONE2 Audio
  • Zone 2 Sources: All Audio Sources
  • Zone 3 Sources: All Audio Sources
  • ECO Mode: Eco Mode 1/Eco Mode 2
  • HDZone: Yes
  • 12 Volt Trigger (Assignable): 2
  • RS-232C: Yes
  • IR Serial Remote In/Out: 2 In / 1 Out
  • Network Firmware Update: Yes
  • AVNavigator: 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
  • Large Speaker Terminals: All

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 7.31"
  • Width: 17.13"
  • Depth: 17.38"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 32.16 lbs
  • Shipping: 38 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 2 Year Parts and Labor
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Air PlayYes
Watts Per Channel130
AM/FM PresetYes
Bluetooth CompatibilityOptional
Satellite Radio ReadyNo
3D ReadyYes
iPod CompatibilityYes
Decoders/EncodersDolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro-Logic IIz, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS Neo:X
Input ConnectorsHDMI, MHL 2.0, Composite, USB, Ethernet, Analog Audio, Digital
Output ConnectorsHDMI, Headphone
THX CertificationNo
Number of HDMI Outputs2
USB Ports1
Weight (lbs)32.16
Parts Warranty2 Year
Labor Warranty2 Year


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Pioneer Elite 7.2 Channel Network Class D3 Black AV Receiver With HDMI 2.0

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