If you’re looking for a good 2 channel receiver, but your AV rack is tight on space, Pioneer may have the solution for you. Their new Elite SX-S30 stereo receiver, at about 3 inches tall, is short enough to fit in the tightest of AV racks.


According to the spec sheet, the Pioneer SX-S30 uses a Class-D amplifier to put out 85 watts/channel (4 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0% with 1 channel driven).  The back of the amp has a solid array of connection choices with a handful of analog audio inputs as well as two digital (coaxial and optical). An ethernet input is included for wired connections. If you prefer to cut the cord, the SX-S30 has dual band WiFi and built-in Bluetooth. The front of the unit includes a USB and headphone input.

Pioneer Elite SX-S30 Inputs

The SX-S30s WiFi antennas aren’t just for show. The stereo amp also happens to be pretty stout in the streaming department. Pandora, Spotify, TIDAL, TuneIn,  and Deezer round out its list of streaming choices.  In the UK and Australia, the receiver also includes DAB radio. For Multi-room playback the SX-S30 has Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi and FireConnect as options.


Hi-res audio can be streamed via an attached USB drive or hard drive. You can also transmit high-resolution audio over your network.  FLAC, 5.6 MHz DSD, WAV up to 192 kHz/24-bit, AIFF, and Apple Lossless files can all be decoded.


Surprisingly, the Pioneer Elite SX-S30 has the wherewithal to handle Ultra HD video.  It has four 4K/60p HDMI inputs which support HDR and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. Its lone HDMI output supports Audio Return Channel with CEC/CEC Multilink.


The Elite SX-S30 is available now at select retailers. More info can also be found on Pioneer’s website.

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