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The Pioneer Elite SC-27 is the second of four high-tech A/V receivers in Pioneer’s Elite series.

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relatively easy to use once set up

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manual covers all of the functions in detail

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excellent clarity and detailing, brings out the subtle details well

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massive power output, enough for any room in the home

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rich and warm sound, envelops the listener

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heavy, solid construction to handle being pushed hard for years

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setup is a bit of a process, need to set aside a considerable amount of time to handle everything

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not all inputs can be diverted to zones 2 or 3

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The Pioneer Elite SC-27 is the second of four high-tech A/V receivers in Pioneer’s Elite series. It utilizes an exclusive Direct Energy HD amplifier with ICEPower Class-D technology AND high-powered video-processing to accurately reproduce any and all modern video/audio formats: Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-ES, etc (see below). As an upgrade from the SC-25, it hosts a professional-grade Burr-Brown Sampling Rate Converter that effectively scales all analog/digital signals to 192kHz/24-Bit resolution. Note also the Elite SC-27 functions not only as a 1080p upconverter, but it also handles all HDMI signals (including 48-Bit Deep Color x.v.) AND includes network & USB connectivity, allowing it to receive signals from iPods, iPhones, SIRIUS/XM Satellite Radio, and of course, a PC. Added to that it’s multi-zone ability and it is without a doubt one of the most sophisticated A/V receivers available on the market.

Additional Information

The Pioneer SC-25, SC-25, VSX-21TXH, and VSX-23TXH are part of Pioneer’s Elite lineup, released in the latter portion of 2009.

  • Air Studio Monitor Certification
  • Pioneer Elite A/V Receiver
  • 7.1-Channel
  • Works with iPhone/iPod
  • Direct Energy HD Amplifeir
  • ICEPower Class-D Technology
  • Burr-Brown Sampling Rate Converter
  • 3-Zone A/V
  • Dual Parallel HDMI Outputs
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Networking Capabilities
  • Learning Remote
  • HDMI® Ver. 1.3a
  • HDMI® 48-Bit Deep Color and x.v.
  • 3-D Space Frame Construction
  • 1080p Upscaling
  • PureCinema I/P Conversion
Supported Dolby/DTS Formats
  • Dolby True HD
  • Dolby Digital Plus
  • Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
  • Dolby Digital EX
  • Dolby Digital 5.1
  • DTS-HD Master Audio
  • DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • DTS-ES
  • DTS 96/24
  • DTS 5.1
  • DTS NEO: 6
  • DTS Express
  • HDMI In (5)
  • HDMI Out (2)
  • Component Video In (3)
  • Component Video Out (1)
  • S-Video In (5)
  • S-Video Out (1)
  • Composite A/V In (5)
  • Composite A/V Out (1)
  • iPhone/iPod USB In (1)
  • USB Memory In
  • Ethernet In
  • XM Satellite Ready
  • SIRIUS Satellite Ready
  • Analog Audio In (4)
  • Analog Audio Out (1)
  • Phono In
  • Digital In (4 Optical, 3 Coaxial)
  • Digital Out (2 Optical)
  • Multi-Channel In (7.1)
  • Audio Pre-Out (7.1)
  • Headphone Out
  • Multi-Room/Source Out (3-Zones)
  • Zone 2 Analog Out
  • Zone 3 Analog Out
  • Zone 2 Video Out
  • Zone 3 Video Out
  • 12 Volt Trigger (2)
  • Front A/V In
  • RS-232C
  • IR In/Out
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