Pioneer Elite SC-77 9.2-Channel Multi-Zone, Networked, Class D3 AV Receiver
While Pioneer's product lineup ranges from budget-friendly to high-end, they manage to make both ends of the spectrum (and everything in between) exceptionally well. The Elite SC-77 is an excellent example of what a Class-D amplifier can be capable of, contrary to the doubts of naysayers. Although sound quality is subjective, the SC-77 is capable of very good sound output and can easily rival pricier receivers.
The SC-77, like its predecessor, has both THX Ultra2 Plus certification and AIR Studios Monitor Certification, accolades that should ease doubts many have about the capabilities of Class-D amplifiers. The Pioneer Elite SC-77 also employs the Audio SABRE32 DAC, which offers some of the best digital-to-analog conversion currently available. Add to this a power consumption rate well below that of regular Class-AB receivers, plenty of power with 140 watts per channel, and it's easy to see why this 9.2-channel receiver is well-equipped for a serious home theater setup.
Beyond delivering stellar sound quality, the Pioneer Elite SC-77 offers plenty of features to improve video output and overall user experience. Marvell's Qdeo video processing is included, and offers 4K upscaling and passthrough. Though this models features are too plentiful to list, the SC-77 offers multi-zone capability, AirPlay, internet radio, and more. Although WiFi and Bluetooth are not built-in, the SC-77 comes ready for both with the addition of a separately sold adapter for each.
Connectivity is strong with a generous nine HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs, three component video inputs, four composite inputs and a single composite output, a USB port, and more. Setup is made simple with the help of Pioneer's MCACC calibration, which uses an (included) microphone to monitor the environment and automatically adjust sound - although more advanced users can just as easily use manual modes.
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