It has never been a problem for me to choose the greatest receiver. However, it is completely different in case of finding the best Pioneer receiver.
The point is, this manufacturer is famous for the amazing quality of all its products.
Pioneer’s history started in 1937, when its founder, Nozomu Matsumoto, developed Japan’s first dynamic speaker. Since that time, the company has been at the forefront of driving innovation. This review is fully dedicated to the Elite SC Series of AV receivers. What is special about such devices? All of them are the high-end audiophile range from Pioneer. Speaking of technical characteristics, the receivers from the Elite category use Pioneer’s D³ amplifier technology and are aimed at sound purists. Believe me, you are going to be impressed by the fantastic sound delivered by any of these units.
And now, let me show you the most excellent models of AV receivers that were developed by Pioneer.
Pioneer home theater receiver reviews
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 – best Elite receiver
We are going to start with the best Pioneer Elite receiver. This is an 11.2 channel device that has a sixth generation Direct Energy HD amplifier. The receiver provides 32-bit/384 kHz D/A conversion on all channels, and supports 24-bit/192 kHz audio in FLAC, WAV, AIFF and ALAC file formats, as well as DSD files 2.8, 5.6, and 11,2 MHz.
MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning technology includes Full Band Phase Control to get the best out of IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Atmos, and DTS: X 3D surround audio, while PQLS transmission delivers rich, lifelike sound without any distortions. Pioneer SC-LX904 AV receiver is equipped with the latest generation of Direct Energy HD Class D amplifiers, which provide simultaneous multi-channel amplification with 140W x 11 channels.
The receiver supports not only cable connection of mobile gadgets to the USB port, but also wireless music streaming using the Apple AirPlay 2 protocol. Wireless connectivity is also available via Chromecast, Bluetooth, DTS Play-Fi, Wi-Fi, and FlareConnect. To add, these features provide access to Internet radio and online music services such as Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Deezer. Precision Quartz Lock System technology greatly improves the signal-to-noise ratio, and provides realistic and surround sound.
- Channels: 11.2
- Stereo power, W: 140
- Impedance, Ohm: 8
- THD, %: 0.08
- Equipped with three HDMI outputs that can operate simultaneously
- There is an Ethernet RJ-45 port for integrating the receiver into a home computer network
- Voice control possible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri
- No DTS Virtual:X
- Complicated setup
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104
Although this model in the second in my Pioneer receivers review, it is still worth your attention. The mentioned receiver was released in 2019. The device comes with a 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. The receiver delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling. In addition, it supports Dolby Atmos which is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects.
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 has 6 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.3 copy protection.You can connect the receiver to the internet using an Ethernet cable or built-in Wi-Fi adapter. Another way of wireless connection is Bluetooth. On top of that, the Pioneer home theater receiver works with SONOS and supports AirPlay 2.
- Channels: 7.1
- Stereo power, W: 80
- Impedance, Ohm: 8
- THD, %: 0.08
- Has composite inputs and a phono input, which is a rare but popular connection type used for turntables
- Comes with MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone
- Compatible with 1080p and 4K video
- The Pioneer Music Control App does not work well
- Does not work with Amazon Alexa