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Pioneer Elite 7.2 Channel 4K Network AV Receiver - SC-81

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Original price $989.00
Original price $989.00 - Original price $989.00
Original price $989.00
Current price $741.50
$741.50 - $741.50
Current price $741.50



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 ClassD3 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 simultaneousdrive. Rated at 120 watts x 7 channels (8 Ohms, 1kHz, 0.08% THD 2 Ch), this is significantly more simultaneous multi-channel power than the Class ABcompetition, 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 arent 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. Infact, 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 ofhigh-definition sources available.

Ultimate Sound Control with Advanced MCACC.

Imagine having your own sound engineer precision-tuning your system to your living room thats what Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibrationsystem (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 andan 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 afull 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 allowsyou to up-scale any video source to 4K Ultra HD resolution for improved picture quality and compatibility with next generation TVs, and makes Blu-rayDiscs 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 connectedand 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 acall, 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 moviesand 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 memoryaudio device into the USB port for music or photos. And of course, this Elite receiver is Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-ready withPioneers 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 mobiledevice 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 EliteSC-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, streaminghigh-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 wasoriginally intended. Apple Lossless reconstructs exact data from compressed data, with no discernible loss in audio quality. MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV andFLAC music files can be streamed from a compatible PC, laptop, tablet, DLNA Server or smartphone.

Pioneers Ultimate Control App

Pioneers free of charge iControlAV5 turns your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or select Android device into a powerful wireless remote that controlseverything from volume and input selections to advanced features like EQ adjustments and Internet Radio, and even streams music stored on your phonethrough the Elite SC-81 using the new Push Player feature.

Easy Setup with AVNavigator Built In.

Imagine an owners manual that actually communicates with your receiver, then walks you through the set-up process as you do it. Pioneer's AVNavigatoris an interactive owners manual that uses your networked PC, MAC or iPad device to communicate directly with the Elite SC-81, walking youthrough 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 youset 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.

Wireless music options from computers and smartphones

I'm always looking for more ways to enjoy more music from more sources. When you connect the SC-81 to your home network, you'll open the floodgates to avast musical library for endless exploring. There's built-in support for Pandora and vTuner Internet radio, for free online music and radio streams fromaround the world. If you're a Spotify subscriber, you can play their huge library of tunes wirelessly using your Apple or Android device. Speaking ofApple, the SC-81 has AirPlay, so you can stream tunes from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or a computer using iTunes. There's also DLNA support forstreaming music from networked PCs and music servers, as well as wired options for MHL-compatible Android smartphones and tablets. AirPlay requires a wireless home network and a wired connection between the receiver and network.

A cool, efficient amp

The Elite SC-81 is powered by Pioneer's Class D3 amplification. These amps run much more efficiently than the Class AB amps found in mostreceivers. They're so efficient they actually earned Pioneer's Elite receivers an industry-first ENERGY STAR certification. The SC-81 runscool, making it great for placement in a cabinet where ventilation can be an issue. Think efficiency and power don't go together? The EliteSC-81 does an excellent job of maintaining high-powered amplification even when driving a complete 7-channel speaker system, for punchy,dynamic surround sound for movies and TV shows.

Audio and video in two rooms

Most of us want music and video in more rooms than just the home theater. You can use the Elite SC-81 to feed audio and video signals to asecond room. There is a second HDMI output that can send signals to another TV. You can even watch content from different sourcessimultaneously, so the kids can watch a movie in the playroom while you watch the game in the home theater. This receiver can also powerspeakers in a second room perfect for a bedroom, kitchen, or porch.

Pioneer helps you get connected

Worried about making all the necessary connections to this receiver? Pioneer makes it easy with their AVNavigator. You can use your computer,smartphone, or tablet to follow step-by-step instructions for making connections and tweaking settings. For Apple and Android devices, you'llneed to download the free iControlAV5 app. Not only does it give you access to AVNavigator, but it also lets you use your device as a Wi-Firemote once you're ready to start enjoying music and movies with this receiver. AVNavigator requires that the receiver be connected to the same home network as the computer, smartphone, or tablet used to run it.

Product Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms (1kHz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Class D3 amplification offers energy efficiency, cooler operation, and robust power driving all channels
    • Dolby and DTS surround sound decoding, including Dolby Pro Logic IIz
    • 4K video upconversion with Marvell Qdeo processing for analog and digital signals
    • Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration automatically optimizes your speakers for your room and setup (microphone included)
    • Subwoofer EQ and Standing Wave Control help deliver accurate, even bass throughout the room
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • Internet-ready for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and online music services
      • includes support for Pandora and thousands of free Internet radio stations with vTuner
      • Spotify Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through the receiver via your smartphone or tablet (requiresSpotify app and a premium subscription)
    • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer running iTunes
    • DLNA 1.5 and Windows 8 certified for streaming music wirelessly from compatible computers and network-attached storage (NAS) drives
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer
      • PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution; DSD files up to 2.8 MHz
    • MHL-ready HDMI input for accessing content from select Android smartphones, tablets, and Roku streaming media sticks
    • front-panel USB input for connecting an iPod, iPhone, or thumb drive
      • direct digital connection for iPod or iPhone bypasses the device's digital-to-analog converter for better sound
    • HTC Connect for wireless music streaming from a compatible HTC smartphone
    • gapless playback of digital music files
    Multi-room Audio/Video:
    • dual-room/dual-source output for audio playback from two different sources at the same time
    • independent Zone 2 HDMI output can be used for second zone video or 3rd-zone audio with an additional receiver
    • powered outputs for 2nd room allow simultaneous 5.2-channel sound in main room
    • line-level Zone 2 outputs for use with an external amplifier
    Audio Performance Features:
    • high-quality construction with internal stabilizers and short circuit paths minimize distortion for cleaner sound
    • 24-bit/192kHz ESS SABRE Premier digital-to-analog converter for exceptional sound from stereo and multichannel sources
    • Advanced Sound Retriever restores details to MP3s and other compressed digital music files
    • 24-bit processing engine adds detail and smoothness to CD-quality audio signals
    • bi-amp compatible front left and right speakers by reassigning Surround Back channels
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 7 in, 2 out (includes 1 front-panel input)
    • component video switching: 2 in, 1 out
    • composite video switching: 3 in, 1 out
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 2 coaxial
    • 3 analog stereo audio inputs
    • stereo preamp outputs for driving Front left/right channels with a separate power amp
    • 2 preamp outputs for powered subwoofers
    • no phono input to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from an iPod, iPhone, or USB memory device
    • outputs for 9 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Front Height L/R)
    • receiver can power a maximum of 7 channels at once
    • Ethernet port
    • rear ports for use with add-on Pioneer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters
    • IR in/out, RS-232C, and 12-volt trigger for external controllers
    • full-sized headphone jack
    • detachable power cable
    General Features:
    • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
    • free iControlAV5 app for iOS and Android lets you control the receiver with your smartphone or tablet
    • AVNavigator walks you through connections and setup using your computer, tablet, or smartphone (requires a network connection to yourreceiver)
    • ENERGY STAR certified
    • support for third-party home automation systems by Control4, Crestron, and AMX
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • AM/FM tuner with 63 presets
    • learning remote control
    • 17-3/16"W x 7-5/16"H x 18-9/16"D
    • weight: 31.56 lbs.

    Item Includes

    • 7.2ch AV receiver
    • 6.5' AC power cord
    • Remote control (AXD7723)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Auto-calibration microphone
    • FM wire antenna
    • AM loop antenna
    • Operating Instructions on CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty Card
    • Safety Brochure
    • "Preventing Shorting of Speaker Cords" note
    • "For 4K/60p-compatible TV Users" note
    • Firmware Update Notice


    Amplifier DesignClass D3 (Direct Energy HD)
    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)120 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 off290 W/0.1 W (standby)
    ENERGY STAR 3.0 Certified"Yes"/
    HTC Connect"Yes"/
    Made for iPhone and iPod"Yes"/
    iOS/Android Remote Control APPiControlAV5
    vTuner Internet Radio"Yes"/
    Pandora Internet Radio"Yes"/
    DLNA 1.5 (DMR)"Yes"/
    Music Playback via USB NetworkMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
    Hi-Res AudioApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
    Digital Core DSP EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
    Air Studios Certification-
    iPod Digital Audio"Yes"/
    192K/24-Bit DACsESS SABRE Premier Audio DAC
    High-Definition Copy Protection (HDCP)1.4
    Dolby True HD"Yes"/
    Dolby Digital plus"Yes"/
    DTS-HD Master Audio"Yes"/
    DTS Neo:DTS Neo:X
    SABRE32 DAC-
    HDMI SACD TransferMulti- Channel
    Phase ControlAuto / Plus
    Manual MCACC"Yes"/
    MCACC Memory6
    Standing Wave Control"Yes"/
    EQ Bands9-Band (Advanced)
    Symmetric EQ"Yes"/
    Distance Adjustment1/2 Inch
    Polarity Check"Yes"/
    Auto Subwoofer Crossover"Yes"/
    Auto Surround"Yes"/
    Auto Level ControlMulti-Channel
    Stream DirectDirect / Pure Direct
    Advanced Surround11 + 1
    Wide Surround"Yes"/
    Front Stage Surround AdvanceYes
    Headphone Surround"Yes"/
    Virtual SpeakersYes (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
    Virtual Depth"Yes"/
    USB DAC-
    DSD Music File2 Ch
    Audio ProcessingHi-bit24
    PQLS Jitter ReductionHDMI Bitstream/ Multi
    Dialog Enhancement"Yes"/
    Advanced Sound RetrieverMulti-Channel / Auto with ARC
    Sound Retriever AIR"Yes"/
    Digital Noise Reduction"Yes"/
    Tone Control2 Channel
    Sound Delay (Lip Sync)Yes (800 ms)
    Speaker A/B"Yes"/
    Bi-AmpFront Channel
    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 ScalerMarvell Qdeo
    Stream Smoother"Yes"/
    Pure Cinema"Yes"/
    Video Parameter AdjustmentsYNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level
    HDMI Input / Output7 In (6 Rear, 1 Front) / 2 Out
    MHL 2.0 Input1 (Rear)
    Wireless Adapter PortAS-WL300
    Bluetooth Adapter PortAS-BT200
    HDBaseT Compatible-
    Component Video Input / Output2 In (Assignable)
    iPhone / iPodFront USB
    USB Memory Input1 (Front)
    Ethernet Input"Yes"/
    Composite A/V Input / Output2 In / Out
    Analog Audio Inputs / Output1 In
    Digital Inputs / Output2 In
    Pre-Amp OutputsPreout 2.1 ch (2.2 ch terminals)
    Headphone Output"Yes"/
    Front A/V InputsUSB & HDMI
    AM/FM Presets63
    On-Screen DisplayGraphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
    Multi-Room and Source OutputHDZONE Audio & Video (HDMI and Powered) / Powered ZONE2 Audio
    Zone 2 SourcesAll Audio Sources
    Zone 3 Sources-
    ECO ModeEco Mode 1/Eco Mode 2
    12 Volt Trigger (Assignable)2
    IR Serial Remote In/Out1 In / 1 Out
    Network Firmware UpdateYes
    AVNavigatorAVNavigator Built-in
    PC Set-Up-
    IP Control for CI"Yes"/
    Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back/ Front Height/ Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker/ Powered HD Zone
    FL Dimmer"Yes"/
    Function Rename"Yes"/
    RemoteLearning Remote Control (Luminous)
    Sleep Timer"Yes"/
    Detachable Power Cord"Yes"/
    Front PanelBrushed
    Transformer Stabilizer"Yes"/
    Advanced Direct Construction"Yes"/
    Large Speaker TerminalsAll
    Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor
    W x H x D (inches)17.13 x 7.31 x 15.56
    Weight31.56 lbs