Pioneer Elite SC Receivers Entertain Consumers Anywhere in the Home

  Pioneer Elite SC Receivers Entertain Consumers Anywhere in the Home

           Flagship SC Model First to Feature HDBaseT Compatibility

CE Week 2013

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- June 26, 2013

CEA Line Show--Offering the highest quality entertainment anywhere in the
home, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today completed its line of ultra
high-end Elite^® SC receivers with the introduction of the SC-75, SC-77 and
SC-79 THX Certified 9.2-channel audio video receivers. The new models offer
best-in-class performance utilizing Pioneer’s renowned Class D^3 amplification
technology that can simultaneously drive each channel at extremely high volume
levels without loss of power and audio quality. The receivers are also
integrated with additional technologies and convenience features including
HDBaseT™ (SC-79 only), high-resolution audio playback, multi-room and
multi-source setup and playback configurations, 4K Ultra HD upscaling, ESS
SABRE^32 Ultra DAC™ ^ (digital-to-analog converter), 192 kHz/32-bit audio
scaler, iControlAV2013 App compatibility and more.

Elite SC-79 9.2-channel audio video receiver (Photo: Business Wire)

Elite SC-79 9.2-channel audio video receiver (Photo: Business Wire)

“We’re continuing to integrate the newest and most advanced technologies
available into our products, including being the first manufacturer to
incorporate the new HDBaseT high definition multi-zone standard,” said Chris
Walker, director of AV marketing and product planning for the Home Electronics
Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Through our Class D^3 technology,
each one of these receivers is built to produce an enormous amount of power
efficiently without sacrificing performance, whether it’s powering an advanced
9.2-channel home theater set up or spreading the task to various rooms of the
house.”

Performance and Control

  *HDBaseT (SC-79 only) – The SC-79 model is the first receiver in the
    industry to use the HDBaseT standard for a one wire multi-zone connection.
    It enables the delivery of uncompressed high definition video and audio,
    over a single cat5e/6 cable to make setup and control of even the most
    complex home theater systems faster and easier.
  *Class D^3 Amplification – Pioneer’s Class D^3 amplifier technology
    delivers incredible sonic performance and ultra-low distortion making the
    SC line of receivers the world’s only Class D amplifiers to achieve THX
    Certification. Pioneer Elite receivers are engineered to operate at
    extremely high output levels with virtually no background noise or loss in
    performance, even when all channels are simultaneously driven at full
    volume. The amp technology delivers the true audio potential of
    high-resolution audio content as well as other high-definition
    uncompressed sources such as Blu-ray Disc^™ titles.
  *Multi-Zone Network Capabilities – The SC-75, SC-77 and SC-79 are built for
    maximum installation flexibility offering a variety of multi-zone set-up
    configurations. All nine speaker channels can be reconfigured 11 different
    ways (12 with SC-77 and SC-79), all controllable from the receiver and/or
    user’s portable device via the iControlAV2013 App (available for iPhone,
    iPad and iPod touch, and Android^™ OS devices). In addition to a true
    9.2-channel speaker setup, each amplifier can produce a 5.1-channel
    configuration, with the extra outputs utilized for powering different
    zones that can be independently controlled.

    All three models offer simultaneous entertainment from different sources
    in up to four zones – a main zone, a powered Zone 2 (two speakers in a
    second room), a powered Zone 3 (two speakers in a third room) and HDZONE
    (additional HDMI source to a fourth room). In these setup configurations,
    users have the ability to adjust tone (treble and bass), volume and
    balance (left and right), and the option to incorporate a subwoofer to
    create a more powerful 2.1-channel system (for Zone 2).

  *ESS SABRE^32 Ultra DAC – Each SC receiver uses nine SABRE^32 Ultra DACs to
    process information for each individual output channel, resulting in
    outstanding sound quality. The SABRE^32 Ultra DAC produces warm, more
    natural audio as well as a linear response so audio changes are more
    subtle with less jitter.

  *USB 32-Bit Asynchronous Audio DAC (SC-79 only) – The SC-79 incorporates a
    USB 32-Bit Asynchronous Audio DAC allowing direct connection to both
    Windows^® and MAC computers. Music played from the computer utilizes the
    highly accurate audio optimized clock within the receiver, resulting in
    less jitter, studio-like audio reproduction. Additionally, the SC-79’s USB
    DAC supports DSD Native playback (DSD over PCM transfer) via MAC and
    Windows computers.
  *THX Certification – All three new SC receivers feature THX Certification
    signifying they passed over 2,000 laboratory tests to ensure that each
    receiver delivers the highest standard of quality and cinematic
    performance right out-of-the-box. Each THX Certified model contains THX
    Loudness Plus™ which automatically rebalances audio levels as the volume
    is lowered, allowing listeners to hear critical sound details and effects
    at any volume.
  *Air Studios Monitor Certified (SC-77 & SC-79 Only) – For over 10 years,
    Pioneer has worked closely with the legendary Air Studios Recording
    facility in London to develop technologies that authentically translate
    the musical experience and bring studio-level entertainment to today’s
    home audiences. Both the SC-77 and SC-79 have achieved the highest level
    of certification, ensuring a level of performance and sound quality above
    and beyond previous Pioneer AV receivers that were certified last year.
  *Custom Installation – For advanced home theater control, the receivers are
    certified for compatibility with the most popular custom control companies
    including Crestron^® and Control4^®, and offer custom installation
    features including full two-way RS-232-over-IP control.
  *Simple Control and Set Up – Pioneer’s proprietary iControlAV2013 App,
    available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at
    www.AppStore.com, or Google^® Play (www.GooglePlay.com) for Android
    devices, offers wireless control over the features and functionalities of
    all three SC models from the convenience of the user’s mobile digital
    devices. Pioneer’s AVNavigator (now available for Windows^® on the bundled
    CD-ROM, for Mac on the Pioneer website, and for iPad on the App Store) is
    a two-way interactive owner’s manual that can be used with the receivers
    to walk users through the entire setup process including speaker
    arrangement, sound optimization and firmware updates.

More Entertainment Sources

  *4K Ultra HD Upscaling – The new SC receivers support the next generation
    4K Ultra HD resolution standard to provide the highest quality video image
    available, with the ability to pass through 4K video signals to compatible
    displays. The models also have the ability to upscale lower resolution
    analog and HDMI video signals for viewing in 4K Ultra HD resolution when
    used with the latest 4K displays.
  *Expanded Music Options – All three SC receivers enable playback of high
    resolution FLAC, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless and for the first time DSD
    files in both 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz files from a networked computer or
    connected USB drive. Lower quality MP3, WMA, and AAC files are also
    supported. Users can also enjoy gapless playback for AIFF, FLAC, WAV and
    Apple Lossless files as well as DSD file music playback. All receivers are
    Windows 8 certified and feature DLNA^® 1.5 certification for music content
    playback from a networked DLNA server or a DLNA application being used on
    a Windows PC, Mac, or smartphone connected on a home network, either
    through a wired Ethernet connection or wirelessly by adding the optional
    AS-WL300 wireless adapter.

    The receivers offer a wide range of music options including access to
    today’s most popular Internet radio music services including PANDORA^® and
    vTuner^®. Pioneer’s PUSH PLAYER, a feature on the iControlAV2013 App
    designed for the new Elite receivers, enables users to access the music
    libraries stored on their devices and create playlists for wireless
    streaming.

  *Music Streaming

    Users of iOS devices can take advantage of Apple’s AirPlay to stream music
    to the receivers from their iTunes music library, whether it’s coming from
    a Mac or PC, as well as music stored on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod
    touch^1. All three receivers also support Android OS devices and
    compatible HTC^® smartphones (including the new HTC One) through HTC
    Connect^2, to stream music for the ultimate convenience.

  *MHL 2.0 Connectivity

    All three SC receivers include built-in MHL 2.0 connectivity for playback
    of audio and video content (including high-definition 3D content) and
    faster charging from many popular phones.

The Pioneer Elite SC-75, SC-77 and SC-79 receivers will be available in July
with suggested retail prices of $1600, $2000 and $3000 respectively.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its
U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer
Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and
computer equipment for the home, car and business markets and is celebrating
75 years of innovation in the consumer electronics industry.

^1AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with
iOS 4.2 or later. A home Wi-Fi network is required.
^2 HTC Connect is defined as interoperability testing of music streaming
performed between compatible smartphones and Home AV products using the HTC
Connect Music Application. Third party music applications, meaning apps other
than the HTC Connect-compatible smartphone’s native music player, may not work
with HTC Connect.

PIONEER, ELITE and the PIONEER and ELITE logos are registered trademarks of
Pioneer Corporation.
HDBaseT is trademark of the HDBaseT Alliance.
MHL, the MHL Logo, and Mobile High-Definition Link are trademarks or
registered trademarks of MHL LLC in the United States and other countries.
HTC, the HTC logo, and HTC Connect are registered trademarks or trademarks of
HTC Corporation.
PANDORA is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.
Air Studios is registered trademarks of Air Studios, Inc.
Android is a registered trademark of Google Inc.
SABRE^32 DAC is a registered trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.
DLNA, the DLNA Logo and DLNA CERTIFIED® are trademarks, service marks, or
certification marks of the Digital Living Network Alliance.
vTuner is a registered trademark of Nothing Else Matters Software, Ltd.
Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
Control4 is a registered trademark of Control4 Corporation.
Crestron is a registered trademark of Crestron Electronics, Inc.
THX and THX Loudness Plus are trademarks of THX Ltd. THX is registered in the
U.S. and other jurisdictions. All rights reserved.
WINDOWS is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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Contact:

for Pioneer Electronics
Katherine Harbeston, 310.952.2388
Katherine.harbeston@pioneer-usa.com
or
Jaed Arzadon, 310.952.2451
Jaed.arzadon@pioneer-usa.com
or
Dana Block, 310.496.4460
Dana@allisonpr.com
 
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