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Pioneer SC-57

SC-57 A new flagship. A new class of receiver Introducing the ne Read more

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Overall 8

Pioneer Elite SC-57 Review

12 March 2012
  • Conclusion: Pioneer has made a genuine advancement with its D3 Class-D digital amplification. The new technology provides for extremely high power delivered over extended periods of time with very little distortion. The fact that D3 uses less energy and generates less heat is a bonus, but the real benefit here is that the digital amplification that brings all these benefits no longer sounds artificial.
  • Pros: Extremely powerful (THX Ultra 2 Plus), Great sound, Great iPhone/iPad integration, Excellent video processing, AirPlay
  • Cons: Cluttered remote, No zone 2 remote, GUI needs work, Complicated operation
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Pioneer Elite SC-57 Receiver Review

1 January 2012
  • Excerpt: The SC-57 is the Flagship in the Pioneer A/V receiver lineup and is loaded with enough features to overwhelm today’s modern tech-head and is the first Pioneer Elite AVR to boast 9.1 channels.
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Sound Off (the Hook)

Gear Patrol
25 December 2011
  • Excerpt: The Elite SC-57 receiver’s ($2,100) biggest claim to fame is power. Its proprietary D3 digital amplifier assumes the throne as the most powerful amp of any multichannel A/V receiver in the industry and is the only one of its kind to receive THX Ultra 2 Plus certification. From a capabilities standpoint, this unique power plant can pump out a head-splitting 140-watts of virtually loss-free power to up to nine distinct channels.
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Overall 9
Value for money 10
Features 10
Video quality 9
Ergonomics 7
Audio 9

Pioneer Elite SC-57 A/V Receiver

Sound & Vision Magazine
3 October 2011
  • Excerpt: I’m usually suspicious of celebrity endorsements of audio gear (think Dr. Dre’s association with the Beats headphones bearing his name). But the Air Studios logo on the front panel of this attractive-looking, innovative flagship Pioneer Elite A/V receiver represents more than a casual association.
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