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November 30, 2012

Pioneer SC-LX 86 AV Receiver: Good sound and packed with features

By Dick Tan

Pioneer’s departure from the plasma display business some years back was undoubtedly bemoaned by videophiles everywhere.  But for audiophiles,  that left Pioneer the time as well as the resources to concentrate on what it does  just as well – making great  sounding amplifiers  in  two or multichannel designs.

 

Replacing the well received (most Pioneer high-end AVRs are!) SC-LX85, the SC-LX86 sports an almost identical look and is similarly well built and  solidly constructed, weighing in at almost 40lbs, one of the heaviest AVRs in its class.  Where it comes to quality, weight is often a great indicator.

 

As with the SC-LX85 the SC-LX 86 is packed to the gills with online playback features and a comprehensive range of hi-res music  files.  It is also  Airplay compatible.

 

A 9.2 channel design the SC-LX86 is rated at 140 watts per channel into a nominal 8 ohms impedance across all channels.  To remain cool while delivering all that power the SC-LC 86 utilizes Direct Energy HD Amplifiers designed around Class D amplifier technology.

 

Sonically tuned in conjunction with audio  engineers at London”s AIR studios the SC-LX86, as with all LX Series Pioneer receivers utilizes an advanced form of its proprietary MCACC auto audio calibration algorithm.

 

For those who own a varied selection of digital sources the SC-LX86 feature up to seven HDMI inputs which are 4K compatible. If you are one of the lucky handful who owns a 4K display device the SC-LX86 with scale all high-def video signals to display at a native 4K resolution.   In addition, a Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) socket enables smartphone users to stream 1080p video with up to 7.1 channel HD audio resolution.

 

Other features of interest include a dedicated subwoofer output for second zone audio,  PQLS  technology for improved audio streaming  when used with a compatible Pioneer player, and an advanced Auto Phase Control that analyses and corrects any phase disparity for a significantly improved audio soundstage.

 

The SC-LX86 retail for RM9,999

 

For those with more modest budgets the SC-LX Series includes the SC-LX 76 at RM8,499 and the SC-LX 56 at RM4,999.

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Manu 5:44am on July 17, 2013

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Manu 5:44am on July 17, 2013

This is a good site to start my search for rencalemept high end car audio speakers as well as if while searching speakers/speaker companies I get pointed in the right direction for car audio amps as well. I’m looking to replace my speaker system in my car. The speaker system that I have in my car now is almost (3) three years old and in my opinion it’s about time that I start searching to replace my high end speaker system as well as replacing my front and rear deck amps which produce an average of 400 watts at 4 Ohms.. After so many years speakers can take only so much high volume levels before my speaker system starts to loose some of my speaker efficiency as well as speaker performance and this is why I’m now at this web site. I’m now searching to replace my existing speaker system for a higher end speaker system. In my car I run a 3-way speaker system powered by 400 watts at 4 Ohms. My rear deck I’m running a 2-way speaker system, a pair of 7 x 10 mid bass speakers along with a pair of cross overs and a pair of tweeters running again 400 watts at 4 Ohms. For my subs I’m really quite happy with what I have, I’m running a pair of 12 inch JBL pro subs powered with 1000 watts that allows me to get the bass that I’m looking for. If you have any suggestions on where I can go for high quality speakers to replace my existing speaker system I would greatly appreciate it more than you know. I thank you for your time and look forward to your reply. Also thank you for your time and Happy New Years!Sincerely,Alexander Inglis