AV receiver season is in full swing with most manufacturers showing off their wares for this year. Pioneer is no different. Their latest AV receiver is the Elite SC-LX501 7.2 channel amp.


The LX501 uses a Class D amplifier to help pump out a total of 560 watts. The receiver supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X . Atmos is ready right out of the box. DTS:X users will have to wait until a firmware update arrives later this fall.


Like many of Onkyo’s amps this year, it also includes a reflex optimizer feature designed to calibrate your system for use with new object based formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Reflex optimizer comes part and parcel with Pioneer’s Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (MCACC) suite. This suite uses a provided microphone to collect data about your rooms acoustics and the performance level of your speakers. Based on this info, it adjusts the receivers settings in order to maximize your systems sonic performance.


4K video is on the mind of nearly every audio/video manufacturer today. Not surprisingly, the Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 is well equipped to tackle the eye-popping format. HDR 24-bit video with 4:4:4 color, HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2, and BT.2020 are all on its laundry list of features. Many 4K TVs are capable of upscaling standard HD content to Ultra HD levels, but if your’s doesn’t, the LX501 can perform that duty.


384 kHz / 32-bit DAC designed by AKM is used to help the LX501 produce crystal clear audio. A ton of hi-res audio formats are supported by the Elite LX501 including DSD files at 2.8MHz / 5.6 MHz / 11.2 MHz, high-resolution 192kHz / 24-bit FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and Apple Lossless.


The LX501 also includes substantial multi-room features such as a powered zone 2 output and a zone 2 line out. It’s also compatible with the relatively new FireConnect multi-room audio format. With FireConnect you can transmit audio from any device connected to the receiver such as a blu-ray player or iPod to a compatible wireless speaker. Pioneer is said to be working on FireConnect friendly WiFi speakers which we’ll hopefully see later this year.


Speaking of wirelessness, the Pioneer Elite LX501 also comes bundled with dual band WiFi, Bluetooth, Google Cast and AirPlay. Streaming services such as TuneIn, Pandora, Spotify and Tidal also make appearances on the receiver.


You can expect to see the Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 on store shelves in July with an MSRP of $1000. Like all receivers in their Elite line this year, it also comes with a very nice 3 year warranty.

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