Pioneer Electronics has launched three high-end Elite SC receivers that will support the exciting new Dolby Atmos technology for the home theater. The Elite SC-85, SC-87 and SC-89 9.2-channel audio video receivers are Dolby Atmos upgradable via a firmware update available by the end of the year. Each receiver model also incorporates advanced technologies and convenient features including HDMI 2.0, Roku Ready Certified, HDBaseT (SC-89 only), multi-room and multi-source setup and playback configurations, ESS SABRE32 Ultra DACs (digital-to-analog converter), 192 kHz/32-bit audio scaler, iControlAV5 Application compatibility, and more.
“Dolby Atmos is a new dimension in sound technology and it’s always our goal to be one of the first, and the best, in bringing these types of advancements into the home theater space,” said Chris Walker, director of AV product planning and marketing for the home electronics division of Pioneer Electronics. “The new Dolby Atmos upgradable Elite SC receivers, along with our new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, are the best way to experience Dolby Atmos because of their ability to provide ample power through Class D3 amplification, and room calibration feature with MCACC Pro.”
With Dolby Atmos, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill the home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail, and depth. Pioneer’s Elite SC-85, SC-87 and SC-89 receivers will be able to decode and play back Dolby Atmos content for consumers to enjoy in their compatible home theaters. Combined with Pioneer’s new line of Dolby Atmos-enabled Elite speakers, users will have access to the ultimate immersive home theater experience without having to install overhead speakers.
The Elite SC receivers include Class D3 amplification to operate at extremely high output levels with virtually no background noise or loss in performance, even when all channels are simultaneously driven at full volume. The Class D3 amplifier technology delivers incredible sonic performance and ultra-low distortion to release the true audio potential of high-resolution audio content as well as other high-definition uncompressed sources such as Blu-ray Disc titles. The Class D3 amplifiers produce the required power to maintain controlled and powerful audio response throughout the entire length of a Dolby Atmos experience.
The Pioneer Elite SC-85, SC-87 and SC-89 receivers will be available this fall with suggested retail prices of $1,600, $2,000 and $3,000 respectively.