Pioneer Elite SC-97 review & specs

Pioneer Elite SC-97: Great Features and Easy Setup

Pioneer Elite SC-97

The Pioneer Elite SC-97 has lots of modern built-in decoders (DTS:X, Dolby True HD, etc.) and support most popular audio formats. Its operational power consumption rate is 370W, while the standby power consumption reaches 0.1W.

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Design

The Pioneer device has a classic brushed aluminum front panel, 4 legs, 2 basic selectors (volume and input), and a Standby/On button with a backlight. The box itself has enough holes for constant ventilation. The device doesn’t overheat and it also doesn’t collect the dust. All the knobs and selectors look good, but there are some cosmetic blemishes on the front side of the receiver.

Features

The receiver has an inbuilt Wi-Fi, which supports 2.4 and 5GHz frequencies. Due to Apple’s AirPlay I can easily stream the music. I also can easily connect my iPhone 5S to the Pioneer with the help of the Bluetooth. A three-zone capability allows sending signals to different locations and such a feature works perfectly.

Performance

The receiver needs nearly 5 seconds to turn on. It annoys, but after that, the device has a quick response to all the commands. The iControlAV5 app is a great remote controller replacement. I can use the SC-97’s functions with its help and switch between surround modes. The picture quality is really amazing and the colors look natural, without artificial shades.

Sound Quality

The Pioneer Elite SC-97 review demonstrates that the device converts the entire stereo audio signals to Atmos. To get a better sound quality, it is better to switch the receiver to Dolby Surround, while watching the movie. The bass has a lot of punches and the high notes are very clear.

Connectivity

The HDMI switching is rapid. Moreover, the manual says that only first 3 HDMI support HDCP 2.2, but in reality, all the HDMI inputs have this function. The HDMI inputs are labeled confusingly. Among the Pioneer Elite SC-97 specs, the model can boast with an MM phono input.

Setup

The MCACC Pro using is easy, but the system doesn’t equalize my Dolby Atmos speakers. I have to perform all the settings manually. The auto-calibration takes a few minutes and doesn’t need human intervention. The on-screen guide appears to be very informative and good-looking. Due to that, I perform all the installation procedures quick and without problems.

Conclusion

The Pioneer Elite SC-97 contains a lot of modern features, which can make a user’s entertainment much better. Great sound and the streaming services presence make the device one of the best on a today’s market!

Common features

Product

Pioneer Elite SC-97

Model

Elite SC-97

Brand

Pioneer

Rating

3.9 of 5

Reviews

17

Amplifier

Total output power

810 W

Output power per channel

140 W, 190 W, 240 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm, 6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

1 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %

Number of channels

9

Signal-to-noise ratio

97 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

1

Optical digital inputs

2

Coaxial digital inputs

2

HDMI inputs

8

HDMI outputs

3

Optical digital outputs

1

Coaxial digital outputs

has not

Subwoofer outputs

2

USB

1

Phones

1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM

Preset station

63

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

32bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Front Stage Surround Advance. Headphone Surround (V.S.S.)

Surround system class

9.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

370 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

17.1 x 17.4 x 7.3 inches

Weight

33 pounds
Pioneer Elite SC-97
Pioneer Elite SC-97

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