Pioneer SX-10AE review & specs

Pioneer SX-10AE has everything for everyday usage

Pioneer SX-10AE

I don’t think that Pioneer SX-10AE specs will meet the demands of audiophiles, but for people, who are looking for simple and secure multimedia device, the Pioneer unit may become a true friend. It has 15 pounds and impressive dimensions (12.6 x 17.1 x 5.8 inches) but after the testing period, I can’t perceive such peculiarities as negative. It was important to find a right place for the receiver and enjoy its usage.

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Design

Despite the fact, that the front side of the device has almost 15 buttons, the receiver looked very presentable. All of the knobs were very compact and neat. The matte part was looking practical and I even dropped the construction as an experiment. Everything was fine and on the corpus, there were no scratches or dents. The remote control looked as classic additional device and had nothing to pay attention to. The screen on the Pioneer SX-10AE had very bright white inscriptions, which were clearly visible at night and on the sunny time of day.

Characteristics

The Pioneer SX-10AE review made me a little bit upset. The unit didn’t have Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Surround, and Dolby TrueHD. The image on the screen was not perfect, but I really got and enjoyment from watching the movie and listening to the music through the device. Integrated AM/FM tuner with 40 stations became a great substitution to the Internet radio absence. The Bluetooth performed its work perfectly. The connection between Pioneer SX-10AE and my iPhone was quick and easy. Furthermore, my Apple device used high-quality AAC codecs.

Performance

The output power per channel (45 Watts) is enough for a small room. Even on the maximum volume level, the sound was very clear, without rattles and strange pauses. 1 phono input and a vinyl collection were enough to plunge into the classic sound atmosphere. I used headphones for better dipping and was staying in this condition for 2 hours. The device didn’t overheat and there were no bugs.

Sound Quality

Before the calibration the sound was flat, but after such a setting process the sound quality surprised me with drum maelstrom. The classical music and jazz had hovered stereo image. The crispness and the punch have influenced on the track’s perception. While movie watching I clearly distinguished sounds, which formed the whole atmosphere and character’s dialogue. Earlier, I had to adopt the volume to the action scenes (the sound was too high) and dramatic moments (talking were barely heard). Due to the Pioneer SX-10AE, such a problem disappeared. Everything was balanced.

Connectivity

It has A/B speaker switching and such a fact was very important to me because I had a desire to run 2 pairs of speakers. The manufacturers also surprised with the subwoofer output and 6.3 mm headphone jack presence. 1 optical digital input and coaxial digital input were enough for everyday usage, but the last one port demonstrated to me intermittent work. Even after resetting the Pioneer SX-10AE the fallings down appeared 3 or 4 times.

Setup

The setting process was strange, at least at the beginning. After a presentation-image appearance on the screen, the device has hovered. I had waited for 15 minutes and then reset the device. Such a “wonderful beginning” made me nervous, but after the 2 attempts, everything was great. The information on the screen was enough to make all the operations quickly and easily. The calibration was performed almost immediately and the sound became just as it should be.

Conclusion

It’s hard to name the Pioneer SX-10AE as receiver of the last generation, but at the same time, such a unit can become a reliable entertainment helper for those, who want accessible workhorse with all the most important features. It has the presentable design, inbuilt AM/FM tuner with 40 stations, 1 phono input, and Bluetooth. The popular built-in decoders’ absence was the main lack for me.

Common features

Product

Pioneer SX-10AE

Model

SX-10AE

Brand

Pioneer

Rating

4.3 of 5

Reviews

28

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

150 W

Standby power consumption

0.4 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

Amplifier

Total output power

90 W

Output power per channel

45 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %

Number of channels

2

Signal-to-noise ratio

100 dB

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

Video conversion/scaling

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

Connector type

AV inputs

has not

Optical digital inputs

1

Coaxial digital inputs

1

HDMI inputs

has not

HDMI outputs

has not

Optical digital outputs

has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not

Subwoofer outputs

1

USB

has not

Phones

1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM

Preset station qty

40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Stereo Sound

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

has not

Surround system class

2.1 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

has not

Digital content protection

has not

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

12.6 x 17.1 x 5.8 inches

Product weight

15 pounds

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