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Pioneer Elite 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
  • Excerpt: It is hard to believe it’s been six months since we first laid eyes on Pioneer’s new Class-D digital amplification technology at CEDIA last year. At the time, we were pretty excited because, based on the conversation we had at the show with Pioneer’s Executive VP of home electronics, Russ Johnston, it seemed as if the new technology the company had developed involved real technical advancement rather than just a cleverly brewed vat of marketing stew.
  • 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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