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Pioneer Elite SC-55 9.1 Channel A/V Receiver Details

Never compromise when it comes to home theater audio. Elite receivers deliver state-of-the-art audio and visual content performance in any room. With Pioneer’s exclusive Class-D³ amplification, the SC-55 can truly reproduce the dynamics of uncompressed audio soundtracks from sources such as Blu-ray. The Class-D³ is a third generation of digital amplifiers, so you get clean, clear and constant audio quality that A/B amplifiers just can’t match.

Pioneer’s Class-D³ power features include: power efficiency, improved thermal dissipation, direct-thru signal path, THD improvement (switching), pre-amp mode, and certifications. The Class-D³ is a power statement, delivering an extremely fast response and provides exceptionally detailed mid-range frequencies. The design of the amplifier generates high dynamic range with all channels driven. It also requires much less requires much less energy to produce more continuous output per channel. The SC-55 is certified by THX® and AIR Studios to ensure that the receivers deliver the highest fidelity home entertainment experience to the customer. They are experts in reference sound technology and have strict standards in their certification processes.

The SC-55 gives you get a multitude of network connectivity options. Pioneer’s free Air Jam App is available from the Apple® App Store on iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod® Touch. It allows the pairing of up to 4 Apple® devices via Bluetooth® with the AV receiver for your own music library or group playlist. Your home entertainment control may be extended with an easy-to-use interface called the iControlAV2 App (also at the Apple® App Store). It lets you control the volume, bass, balance, and room settings from your portable smartphone or tablet.

More importantly, users can configure their home theater in multiple customized configurations. The 9.1 channel SC-55 offers up seven different configurations (if you need more, the 9.1 channel SC-57 provides 10). The interactive manual gives a unique way to learn all the features of the AV receiver. The HDMI conversion and video upscaling to 1080p resolution provides a significantly improved visual experience. Pioneer’s advanced video adjust optimizes the video signals used to enhance television images with more sharp detail and vivid displays. Overall, the SC-55 will be trend setter in the upscale A/V receiver marketplace as it delivers all these extraordinary technologies.

  • Multi-channel simultaneous drive capability total 720 watts (8 ohms, 1 Hz, THD %)
  • 3D space frame construction
  • AIR Studios Monitor Certification
  • DTS NEO:X - 9.1 channel surround
  • 192 kHz / 32-Bit digital to analog converter
  • 32-Bit high bit sampling
  • Phono input
  • Component video inputs (3 in / 1 out)
  • 11.2 assignable pre-outs up to 9.1 channel playback
  • 7 mode speaker assignment
  • Zone 2 AV with HD component video output
  • Zone 3 AV

Pioneer Elite SC-55 9.1 Channel A/V Receiver Specifications

Class-D Amplification and Build

  • 140 W x 9 (20Hz – 20 kHz, THD 0.08% @ 8 ohms FTC)
  • 8 & 6 Ohm Impedance Select
  • 3-D Space Frame Construction
  • Aluminum Front Panel
  • Advanced Direct Construction
  • Trans. Stabilizer


  • AIR Studios Monitor Certification
  • THX Select 2 Plus
  • Dolby® TrueHD / Dolby Pro Logic® IIz / Dolby Digital EX / Dolby Digital Plus
  • DTS-HD® Master Audio
  • DTS Neo:X - 9.1 Channel Surround
  • Dual TI “Aureus” 32-Bit Digital Core Engine
  • 192 kHz / 24-bit Digital to Analog Converter
  • 192 kHz / 24-bit Analog to Digital Converter
  • Pioneer Advanced MCACC Room Calibration
    • 3D Time Axis Measurement
    • Polarity Check
    • Reverb Before and After Calibration Results (OSD and iPad®)
    • Standing Wave Control
  • Pioneer Sound Enhancements
    • Pre-Amp Mode
    • 32-Bit High Bit Sampling
    • Full Band Phase Control
    • Phase Control Plus
    • Virtual Depth, Height and Surround Back
    • Optimum Surround - Auto Bass, Dialog, and Surround Balancing
    • Jitter Reduction
    • PQLS Bit-stream
    • Auto Sound Retriever (Multi)
    • Sound Retriever AIR
    • Front Wide Surround Movie & Music
    • Auto Level Control (Multi)
    • Advanced Surround (15 Mode DSP)
    • Front Stage Surround
    • Headphone Surround


  • Video Scaler: Marvell Qdeo 1080p/24fps
  • Advanced Video Adjust
  • Stream Smoother
  • Triple HD Noise Reduction
  • Video Conversion to HDMI
  • HDMI® Features
    • 3D Ready (Blu-ray Disc®, Broadcast and Game)
    • Audio Return Channel
    • Deep Color and x.v.Color

Home Network

  • AirPlay®
  • DLNA Certified® (1.5)
  • Internet Radio with vTuner
  • PANDORA internet radio
  • Rhapsody® Music Service
  • Sirius® Internet Radio
  • Windows® 7 Certified
  • Home Media Gallery
  • FLAC 192 kHz / 24-bit Audio File Playback
  • WAV 192 kHz / 24-bit Audio File Playback


  • Made for iPod®, iPhone®, iPad®
    • Charges iPhone, iPad, iPod
    • Combination USB / Composite Video Cable Supplied
    • iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® Stored and Streaming Audio & Video with Album Art
  • Memory Audio Playback (MP3/WMA/WAV)
  • Pioneer Air Jam App
    • Connects via Bluetooth® to Share Music and Create Playlists (With iPod touch, iPhone, iPad)
    • Free via the App StoreSM (Optional AS-BT200 Bluetooth Adapter Required)
  • HDMI Inputs (7 In (6 Back, 1 Front) / 2 Out)
  • Front USB Input
  • Ethernet Terminal
  • Wireless LAN Ready (Optional AS-WL300 Wireless LAN Converter Required)
  • Phono Input
  • Sirius XM Radio Ready
  • Adapter Port (Optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 Bluetooth Adapter Required)
  • Component Video Inputs (3 In / 1 Out)
  • Digital Inputs (2 Coaxial, 3 Optical)
  • Analog A/V Inputs (4 A/V, 1 Audio)
  • 11.1 Assignable Pre-Outs for up to 9.1 Channel Playback
  • 7 Mode Speaker Assignment
  • Large Speaker Terminals (9 Channels Assignable)


  • Pioneer iControlAV2 App
    • A/V Receiver and Blu-ray Disc player Control From iPod® Touch, iPhone®, iPad® and Android
    • Free via the App Store
  • IP Control with Full 2-Way Feedback
  • AVNavigator System Set-Up (CD-ROM Included for PC)
  • Full Color Graphic User Interface (GUI)
  • Zone 2 AV with HD Component Video Output
  • Zone 3 AV
  • RS-232C
  • 12v Trigger (2 Out)
  • SR In/Out
  • IR (2In / 1 Out)
  • HDMI Standby Through for Low Power Consumption
  • Detachable Power Cord
  • Auto Power Down
  • Illuminated Learning Remote Control


  • Power Requirements: AC 120 V/60 Hz
  • Estimated Power Consumption: 570 Watts
  • Standby Power Consumption: Approx 0.1 to 0.3 Watts

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 7.28"
  • Width: 17.13"
  • Depth: 17.36"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 38.36 lbs
  • Shipping: 45 lbs
Warranty: 2-year

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Pioneer Elite SC-55 9.1 Channel A/V Receiver Contents

  • SC-55 Receiver
  • Auto setup microphone
  • Remote control
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • iPod® cable
  • Power cord
  • CD-ROM
  • Warranty card
  • Operating instructions

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