Pioneer - Dolby Atmos compatible flagship AV amplifier

Pioneer is going to release new flagship AV amplifier models SC-LX88 and SC-LX78 in late September.

The Direct Energy HD Amplifiers supply high-power output with all channels (up to 9 channels). They will be compatible with the Dolby Atmos cinema sound technology through a firmware update. Also, they support the MCACC PRO automatic sound field correction system, HDMI2.0, pass-through of 4K video signals, 4K upscaling function, Airplay, FLAC/WAV multi-channel contents (96kHz/24bit 5.1ch), and DSD audio (5.6MHz).

The flagship SC-LX88 has a USB DAC function to play files up to Native DSD (DoP) 2.8MHz and 192kHz/32bit. By connecting to a PC with a USB cable, SC-LX88 can play high-resolution audio in the PC.


  • Price: 335,000 yen
  • Size: 435x185x441mm
  • Weight: 18kg
  • Multi-channel audio output: 810W
  • Interface: HDMI Input x 9, HDMI Output x 3, MHL input x 1, Optical digital input x 2, Coaxial digital input x 2, Analog audio input x 2, Composite x 4, Component x 3


  • Price: 250,000 yen
  • Size: 435x185x441mm
  • Weight: 17.6kg
  • Multi-channel audio output: 770W
  • Interface: HDMI Input x 9, HDMI Output x 3, MHL input x 1, Optical digital input x 2, Coaxial digital input x 2, Analog audio input x 2, Composite x 4, Component x 3



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