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Pioneer Elite SC-87 9.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

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Current price $1,780.00
  • Dolby Atmos Upgradeable
  • Class D3 Amplification
  • Sabre32 Ultra DAC
  • AIR Studios Monitor Certifications
  • MCACC Pro Room Calibration


As the heart of a high-performance system, the Elite SC-87 AV Receiver is a standout. Ready for the unmatched realism of Dolby Atmos® combined with the impressive power of Class D3 amplification, the SC-87 delivers serious sound, effortless connectivity, sophisticated room correction and advanced multi-zone features. Audiophiles, prepare to be transformed by an unforgettable surround-sound experience.


Elite Dolby Atmos® Receivers Change the Surround Landscape Forever.*

Talk about a new surround-sound experience! The new Elite SC-87 receiver for Dolby Atmos, along with our new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, is the best way to experience Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos is one of the most significant home entertainment introductions since the launch of surround sound. How does Dolby Atmos work? It adds height to the sonic landscape, creating a true 3D, multi-dimensional space that puts listeners inside the experience. Played through Atmos-enabled speakers like the new Elite Home Theater Speaker System or dedicated ceiling-mounted speakers, theatrical releases created in Dolby Atmos simply come alive. Dolby Atmos brings new life to traditional soundtracks, putting sounds into motion and delivering the full impact of the artist’s work like never before. Dolby Atmos upgradable Elite AV receivers continue the Pioneer tradition of bringing state-of-the-art home theater technology into your home before others even know it’s there.

To enjoy Dolby Atmos, users must have Blu-ray Disc content encoded for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos-enabled receiver, and new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, add-on modules, or at least two overhead speakers. Certain ceiling dimensions needed for Atmos-enabled speakers; please visit


HDMI for 4K.

The Elite SC-87 features HDMI®, 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.

Elite Power Meets Efficiency with Class D3 Amplification.

Designed for audiophiles who seek serious sound, the Elite SC-87 is rated at 140 Watts x 9 channels (8 Ohms, 1kHz, 0.08% THD 2 Ch) and delivers a total of 810 Watts multi-channel simultaneous drive. While lesser amplifiers’ output diminishes as channels are added, the SC-87’s Class D3 amps have the power to drive multiple channels simultaneously with no significant drop in per-channel output, recreating the full impact and dynamic range of high-resolution multi-channel audio. With a direct signal path and no EMI filters, feedback loops or current limiting, these amps are true engineering art, and unlike traditional designs, Pioneer Class D3 amps have the durability to handle multiple low-impedance speaker loads where other receivers lose power dramatically. Efficient Class D3 means the Elite SC-87 runs cool and draws just a fraction of the power consumed by conventional amplifier designs. And because it consumes so little power, its cool operation enhances component life and reliability too.


Certified by AIR Studios. A Serious Stamp of Approval.

The Elite SC-87 has been certified at London’s legendary AIR Studios, whose work is respected worldwide for award-winning motion picture soundtracks and peerless digital CD recordings. AIR Studios understands the artist’s craft, and like Pioneer, believes that faithfully reproducing what the artist originally created in the studio is the critical objective of the finest home theater system.


Pro Sound with MCACC Pro.

Now, MCACC® (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration) is taken to a new level of performance with MCACC Pro. Designed by Pioneer for the Atmos-enabled Elite system, MCACC Pro calibrates sound output using a microphone to monitor the sound environment and an equalizer to optimize and precision-tune each speaker to the room. How advanced is MCACC Pro? So advanced that Pioneer engineers have included dual independent subwoofer outputs, each with individual EQ. Tailoring left- and right-channel low frequency response curves lets you achieve optimum subwoofer performance based on specific room placement, creating powerful bass response and seamless integration with your main speaker system. With the push of a button, it’s like having a professional acoustical engineer fine-tune your home theater system.


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 decodes 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 or smartphone. The Elite SC-87 features 192kHz/32-bit asynchronous USB-DAC for ultra-high quality music playback from a USB connected PC or Mac. Gapless Playback eliminates gaps between consecutive tracks intended to be played continuously, such as classical music or live recordings.

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 upscale any video source for improved picture quality and compatibility with next generation TVs, and makes Blu-ray Disc and DVD content look more detailed and cinematic than ever before.

PQLS Bit-stream.

Pioneer’s special jitter reduction technology makes reproduced sound more realistic by utilizing the master audio clock in the Elite SC-85 for playback instead of the video clock in a compatible Blu-ray Disc player.

ESS-DAC Sabre32 Bit for All-Channel.

All channels of the Elite SC-87 employ ESS-DAC SABRE32 technology, the world’s highest performance 32-bit audio DAC solution, delivering spectacular sound with a minimum of harmonic distortion.


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-87. 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-87, so you can enjoy your entire media library on the biggest speakers in the house.


Flexible Freedom with AirPlay®.

In addition to being DLNA® 1.5 and Windows® 8 certified, the Elite SC-87 features AirPlay to wirelessly stream iTunes music from your PC, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® through your home theater system at the touch of a button. And because it supports network audio sources in other zones, you can even send music to another room.


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.

Internet Radio Puts the World at Your Fingertips.

Featuring vTuner®, the Elite SC-87 offers a wealth of entertainment options. Not only can you enjoy thousands of Internet radio stations around the world, you can also access Pandora® Internet Radio complete with on-screen album art and music information.

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-87 using the new “Push Player” feature.

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Elevate Your Sound ExperienceTM

The Elite SC-87 is designed to be the heart of today’s most capable multi-channel system. The SC-87, combined with the new Elite Home Theater Speakers, elevates home theater to a new level of performance. Listen once and be forever transformed.

A Perfect Solution for Your Home Theater.

The Elite SC-87 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-87 the perfect centerpiece for whole-house systems.


Dolby Atmos System Requirements

Room Requirements
Using the Pioneer Elite Dolby Atmos Enabled Speakers you will need the following in order to use the Dolby Atmos-enabled capability of these speakers, the listening room ceiling should have horizontal flat hard surface (for audio reflection) and a height of 8’ to 14’.

Equipment Requirements
In addition to a Dolby Atmos compatible speaker set up, you must have a Dolby Atmos compatible receiver/processor and Dolby Atmos encoded content.

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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)140 Watts
Power Output: Watts per Channel (4 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %, 2 ch Driven)240 Watts
Power Output: Watts Multi ch Simultaneous Drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %)810 Watts
4 OHM SpeakerYes
Estimated Power Consumption/Standby with HDMI Control off370 W/0.1 W (standby)
ENERGY STAR 3.0 Certified-
HTC ConnectYes
Made for iPhone and iPodYes
iOS/Android Remote Control APPiControlAV5
vTuner Internet RadioYes
Pandora Internet RadioYes
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 CertificationYes
iPod Digital AudioYes
Audio DACsESS SABRE32 Ultra
High-Definition Copy Protection (HDCP)1.4
Dolby True HDYes
Dolby AtmosYes
(Firmware update may be required)
Dolby Digital plusYes
DTS-HD Master AudioYes
HDMI SACD TransferMulti- Channel
Phase ControlAuto / Plus
MCACC Memory6
Standing Wave ControlYes
EQ Bands9-Band (Advanced)
Symmetric EQYes
Distance Adjustment1/2 Inch
Precision Distance-
Polarity CheckYes
Auto Subwoofer CrossoverYes
Auto SurroundYes
Auto Level ControlMulti-Channel
Optimum SurroundYes
Stream DirectDirect / Pure Direct
Advanced Surround11+ 1
Wide SurroundYes
Front Stage Surround AdvanceYes (Focus/Wide)
Headphone SurroundYes
Virtual SpeakersYes (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
Virtual DepthYes
DSD Music File2 Ch (5.6MHz/2.8MHz)
Audio ProcessingHi-bit24
PQLS Jitter ReductionHDMI Bitstream/ Multi
Dialog EnhancementYes
Advanced Sound RetrieverMulti-Channel / Auto with ARC
Sound Retriever AIRYes
Digital Noise ReductionYes
Tone ControlMuliti
Sound Delay (Lip Sync)Yes (800 ms)
Speaker A/BYes
Bi-AmpFront, Center, Surr, SP-B
4K 60p Ultra HD PassthroughYes
4K 60p Ultra HD Video ScalerYes
3-D ReadyYes
Audio Return ChannelYes
HDMI 36-bit Deep ColorYes
HDMI x.v. ColorYes
Video Converter to HDMIYes
Video ScalerMarvell Qdeo
Stream SmootherYes
Pure CinemaYes
Super Resolution-
Video Parameter AdjustmentsYNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level
HDMI Input / Output8 in/3 out (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
MHL21 (Rear)
Wi-Fi Built-In-
Bluetooth Built-In-
Wireless Adapter PortOptional AS-WL300
Bluetooth Adapter PortOptional AS-BT200
HDBaseT Compatible-
Component Video Input / Output2 In (Assignable)
iPhone / iPodFront USB
USB Memory InputFront USB
Ethernet InputYes
Composite A/V Input / Output2 In / 1 Out
Analog Audio Inputs / Output1 In
Phono InputYes
Digital Inputs / Output4 In / 1 Out
Pre-Amp OutputsPreout 9.2 ch (11.2 ch terminals)
Headphone OutputYes
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 ZONE 2 Audio / Powered ZONE 3 Audio
Zone 2 SourcesAll Audio Sources
Zone 3 SourcesAll Audio Sources
ECO ModeEco Mode 1/Eco Mode 2
HDMI Speaker B Link-
12 Volt Trigger (Assignable)2
IR Serial Remote In/Out2 In / 1 Out
Network Firmware UpdateYes
IP Control for CIYes
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back/ Front Height/ Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker/ Powered HD Zone
FL DimmerYes
Function RenameYes
RemoteLearning Remote Control (Luminous)
Sleep TimerYes
Detachable Power CordYes
Front PanelBrushed
Transformer StabilizerYes
Advanced Direct ConstructionYes
Speaker Terminals11 Large
3D Space Frame ConstructionYes
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer-
Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor
W x H x D (inches)
Wi-Fi Antenna's Up
W x H x D (inches)17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 17-3/8
Weight38 lbs 10 oz.