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PIONEER SC-LX86 Home Cinema Receiver
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2012 Award Winning Receiver
AIR Studios tuning
9x140w A/V Receiver
Class D3 (Direct Energy HD) Digital Amplification
THX Ultra 2 Plus certifiedMore Info...
THX Ultra 2 Plus certified▲
THX Ultra 2 Plus
THX certified products are sent to the THX test facility for rigorous testing. Often this will mean revisions must be made to
the design or components used in order to pass the tests. THX certified products show that exact standards set by THX have been
met. Ultra2 is given to products that are ideally designed for larger rooms (approx. 3000 cubic feet) with a 12+ foot viewing
distance from the screen.
Asynchronous USB Type-B DAC InputMore Info...
Asynchronous USB Type-B DAC Input▲
The rear-panel USB Type-B allows you to use the SC-LX86 as a high quality off-board USB Soundcard/DAC. Because it is asynchronous it allows for Jitter Free audio up to 192kHz/24-Bit from a PC or MAC that with the right software is bit-for-bit accurate.
Dolby True HD, and DTS HD decodingMore Info...
Dolby True HD, and DTS HD decoding▲
The PIONEER SCLX86 has
Dolby TrueHD which is a next-generation lossless technology developed
for high-definition disc-based media. It delivers sound that is bit-for-bit
identical to the studio master at a bit rate of up to 18 Mbps. It also supports
up to 8 full-range channels of 24-bit/96 kHz audio (although TrueHD can support
more than 8 channels, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray standards limit it to 8) and extensive
metadata including dialogue normalization and dynamic range control all through
an HDMI connection. Dolby TrueHD is compatible with existing and future AV
The PIONEER SC-LX86 has DTS-HD which has been selected as an optional audio technology for Blu-Ray
Disc and HD-DVD. DTS-HD is a set of extensions to DTS' Coherent Acoustics audio
coding system which encompasses DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES 6.1 discrete, DTS
Neo:6 and DTS 96/24. As a mandatory technology in the next generation standards,
a DTS decoder will be built into every HD-DVD or Blu-ray Disc player. A single
DTS-HD data stream on a disc can carry everything from standard DTS 5.1 playable
on virtually all existing 280 million plus DTS decoders, all the way to lossless
for next-generation systems.
Advanced MCACC auto setupMore Info...
Advanced MCACC auto setup▲
Advanced MCACC is an auto-setup system that uses a microphone placed in the listening position in the room to setup the SC LX86. It provides set up and testing for 3D Time Axis Measurement, Polarity Check, Automatic crossover Detection, Reverb Before and After Calibration Results (OSD or AVNavigator), Standing Wave Control, distance and levels.
Dolby Pro-Logic IIz decodingMore Info...
Dolby Pro-Logic IIz decoding▲
Dolby Pro-Logic IIz
Taking a 5.1 or 7.1 mix, Dolby ProLogic IIz is able to expand it by creating four new (non-discrete) channels for up to 9.1
surround sound. The system is flexible so you can add new speakers where you want. For example, if you currently have a 5.1
set-up then you can add height channels above your current left and right speakers or you can have them behind you for a more
traditional set-up. Of course, you can always have both and take full advantage of what ProLogic IIz has to offer, with 9.1
A standard 5.1 with newly created height speakers as a 7.1 system.
This new 7.1 set-up can then be expanded by adding two further channels as surround sides for 9.1 channels.
DTS Neo:X processingMore Info...
DTS Neo:X processing▲
Audyssey DSX can add up to four new (non-discrete) channels to your home cinema. It does this by using an algorithm to
find the relevant information in the pre-existing soundstage and then distributing it amongst the new channels. These
channels are processed and checked simultaneously for any inconsistencies or potential clashes with the discrete channels.
A number of different combinations are possible. Audyssey DSX allows for up to an 11.2 system by adding front width and
height speakers to a 7.1 mix.
4k Passthrough and Qdeo 1080p Up-scalingMore Info...
4k Passthrough and Qdeo 1080p Up-scaling▲
Video content comes in many different shapes and sizes. A DVD, for example, could come in a 4:3 aspect at 480p whilst a
Blu-ray or computer game may come in a 16:9 aspect at 1080i. Thse signals must first be processed by either an A/V
receiver or by your television in order to display correctly. In the first instance, when upscaling from 480p to 1080p,
an algorithm is used to interpolate the original pixels. The end result is a largely new frame; many of the pixels displayed
are an average of those around them. In the second instance, from 1080i to 1080p, the image is simply deinterlaced. This
process precedes any upscaling, so if you upscale from 480i to 1080p, it will first be deinterlaced before being upscaled.
8x HDMI v1.4a inputs (one front input) with 3D pass throughMore Info...
8x HDMI v1.4a inputs (one front input) with 3D pass through▲
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) v1.4
The HDMI v1.4 connections on the PIONEER SC-LX86 allows for the transmission of 1080p 3D content between a
3D-compatible Blu-Ray Disc player and a 3D HD display. It also brings in
an audio return channel allowing for two-way transmission of audio. This
allows your television, for example, to send audio back from its
integrated tuner to the receiver, solving the problem of having to run
more than one cable between your A/V receiver and TV.
2xHDMI v1.4 outputs with 1 Audio Return ChannelMore Info...
2xHDMI v1.4 outputs with 1 Audio Return Channel▲
Audio Return Channel
Included in the specifications of HDMI v1.4, ARC (Audio Return Channel) allows an audio signal to be sent from the TV as
well a video signal is sent towards it. In short, this eliminates the need to connect any extra cables (SPDIF or analogue)
to carry audio from your TV tuner to your receiver. In order for this feature to work, both the AV receiver and television
must be v1.4 compatible.
Front MHL/HDMI ConnectionMore Info...
Front MHL/HDMI Connection▲
MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) allows high definition audio and video to be streamed with up to 1080p video and 8 channels of audio. This is ideal for sending video from MHL equipped mobile devices.
Zone 4 HDMI OutputMore Info...
Zone 4 HDMI Output▲
The Zone 4 HDMI Allows you to run a HDMI cable to another room and view a separate input to the one being viewed in the main room.
192 kHz/24-bit DACMore Info...
192 kHz/24-bit DAC▲
Digital to analogue converter (DAC)
Converts the digital data signal into analogue signal that can be amplified and reproduced using speakers or headphones so that our ears can hear it.
In the case of video the data is converted into a video signal that can be reproduced by a display device so that we can see it.
Once data is converted to an analogue signal it then can degrade and lose its quality every step of the way. Most modern equipment is designed to keep data in the digital (Lossless) domain as long as possible.
In an ideal world data would be kept digital right up until the point that you see or hear it avoiding degradation.
iPod Digital allows you to connect in most modern iPods via USB and playback audio from your iPod, using the interface of the receiver
to browse playlists and tracks. You can also normally view album artwork GUI during playback when connected to a unit with a video output,
like an A/V receiver. However, you can often navigate using the front panel display, removing the need to turn on your television to enjoy
music from your iPod.
DSD File Playback via Front USBMore Info...
DSD File Playback via Front USB▲
Direct DSD Playback of copied SACDs (2ch only)
Multichannel PQLS More Info...
Multichannel PQLS ▲
PQLS(Precision Quartz Locking System) for jitter-reduced audio playback when paired with a compatible Pioneer Blu-Ray Disc player
iPhone Direct Control ButtonMore Info...
iPhone Direct Control Button▲
This allows navigation of the device to switch between the iPad/iPhone/iPod and the receiver
Bluetooth Air Jam appMore Info...
Bluetooth Air Jam app▲
Airjam allows you and your friends to connect up to 4 iPod/Phone/Pads/Android to your SC LX86 via Bluetooth and create dedicated playlists. Optional Pioneer ABST200 Bluetooth dongle required for AirJam features
Control the SC-LX86-K with your iPhone/Pod/Pad with the iControlAV2012 app
Multichannel Advanced Sound RetrieverMore Info...
Multichannel Advanced Sound Retriever▲
This feature tries to restore fidelity to compressed audio such as .mp3, ultimately though itís never going to be as good as uncompressed or lossless music such as FLAC & WAV.
Multichannel Automatic Level ControlMore Info...
Multichannel Automatic Level Control▲
This helps to provide smooth volume equalisation between tracks or albums on compressed audio such as .mp3 and on television broadcasts
Zone 2 and 3 phono audio & video outputs
Powered Zone 2 OptionMore Info...
Powered Zone 2 Option▲
If you only use 7.1 in the main zone you can opt to use the extra amplification on the SCLX86 for a second set of stereo speakers that can select a different source from the main zone.
Pioneer AVNavigator PC SetupMore Info...
Pioneer AVNavigator PC Setup▲
Pioneerís AVNavigator is a support feature for the SCLX86's set-up. Using the supplied CDROM, you can set-up the LX86 using your PC. An interactive HTML manual, Wiring Navi, and MCACC application is included in the AVNavigator software.
RS232, IR & 12 Trigger connectionsMore Info...
RS232, IR & 12 Trigger connections▲
RS232 Useful for custom installation remote controls. IR Inputs and Outputs allow 3rd party RF (Radio Frequency) remote controls to connect at the rear of the receiver and pass the codes that would normally be transmitted via infrared directly to the receiver. The IR output allows this to be looped through to other equipment. The 12v trigger output allows 3rd party items (like a projection screen or separate power amplifiers) to be controlled.