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Pioneer Elite Sc-85 AV network receiver
  • Dolby Atmos Upgradeable
  • Class D3 Amplification
  • Sabre32 Ultra DAC
  • MCACC Pro Room Calibration
  • 8 HDMI inputs
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The Elite SC-85 AV Receiver delivers an unrivaled surround-sound experience, combining the incredible realism of Dolby Atmos with the serious power of Class D3 amplification. Offering effortless connectivity, advanced room correction and flexible multi-zone features, the SC-85 will redefine the way you listen.

Elite Dolby Atmos Receivers Change the Surround Landscape Forever.*

Talk about a new surround-sound experience! The new Elite SC-85 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 artists 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 its 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-85 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.

Cool, Efficient Power with Class D3 Amplification.

Designed with critical listening in mind, the Elite SC-85 is rated at 135 Watts x 9 channels (8 Ohms, 1kHz, 0.08% THD 2 Ch) and delivers a total of 760 Watts multi-channel simultaneous drive. While lesser amplifiers output diminishes as channels are added, the SC-85s 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 D means the Elite SC-85 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.

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, its 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-85 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.

Pioneers 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-85 employ ESS-DAC SABRE32 technology, the worlds 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-85. 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-85, 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-85 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-85 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.

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 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-85 using the new Push Player feature.

Elevate Your Sound ExperienceTM

The Elite SC-85 lets you command the most capable multi-channel system. The SC-85, 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-85 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-85 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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