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PIONEER ELITE SC-57A/V RECEIVERPERP

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  • 9.1 channel 3d Elite Video Processing
  • 3-Zone Multi-Room A/V
  • True-to-Life, High-Definition Audio with THX® Ultra 2 Plus
  • Class D3 Amplification
  • Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad Certified, Featuring AirPlay

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pioneer
  • Model: sc-57

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 81 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 44.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B005GS3BDY
  • Item model number: sc-57
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,388 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 11, 2011

Product Description

PIONEER ELITE SC-57A/V RECEIVERPERP

Customer Reviews

Pioneers customer service is rude and could care less.
Keith J Breaux
Since I gave this unit 5 stars, obviously I feel its great performance outways the petty annoyances I have described.
Jerry Fagin
As for construction quality, it's a fairly beefy unit that seems like it should last quite a while.
Busy Executive

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Busy Executive TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2011
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Okay, I admit it - I'm a recovering audioholic...my primary system has tens of thousands of dollars worth of the best components money can buy, and I get tons of enjoyment from it. I bought the SC-57 to drive a secondary system in my vacation home, and I admit I was nervous to think that I'd be taking quite a step down in sound quality. After a few months of setup and serious listening, I can say that I'm getting more from the SC-57 than I had ever hoped.

The home theater speakers in my second home are a 7.2 Martin-Logan hybrid electrostatic speaker system...the front L/R pair is an older "Quest" pair (some of my personal favorite speakers), and the other channels are a bit more modern wall mounted units. I mention this because the ML's are notorious for being difficult to drive, requiring gobs of power to get serious sound. The 9 channel SC-57 gave me the option to bi-amp the mains, while using the remaining channels for the other speakers. By my measurements, I'm getting about 237 watts to the front stereo pair, and about 115 watts to the rest. My subwoofers are a matched ML pair, internally amplified.

To me, the ML Quests are extremely revealing of any flaws in your electronics. With high-end gear, you get a limitless, 3D sound that sorts of just floats in the air around you. With lesser equipment, you tend to sense a "blurry" sound that somehow moves around and breaks down. The Pioneer passes this test, and although it's not the equal of the McIntosh 1200 watt monoblocks in my primary system, it is quite good overall - especially when you consider that 9 channels of those McIntosh amps would cost enough to pay for an SC-57 for everyone in your neighborhood.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wheezy on September 30, 2011
There are a few people that are skeptical about the new SC-55/SC-57 because they are no longer using the B&O ICE amp. Well, I can tell you, that's a GOOD THING. These amps are the best sounding Pioneer to day. Compared to an SC-37 there is a noticeable difference. They are just "cleaner" is the word I've been using. Neutral like all Pio's, but it's not flat like my SC-37 was. Plenty of power too. I just added the front height speakers and it works! It adds to the viewing experience. The addition of NeoX is welcome for sure! MCACC is great, Aud XT32 is better from what I understand, but I have zero complaints. AirPlay is awesome. I love this AVR, and I bought it for the same price I just sold the 37 for. Couldn't be happier.

Curious if EITHER of the other reviewers actually own one.

The only downside, is it's still only a 1 year warranty even through BB or one of the other authorized dealers. Lowest price on Amazon right now is $1,300 and I can say without hesitation that this is THE BEST AVR at that price point. There was also an issue with the firmware update, but I have yet to try. It just wouldn't load for a lot of people.

DEFINITELY A SOLID BUY AT $1,500 or less.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Fagin on October 27, 2011
The good:

This is the best sounding receiver I have ever owned or experienced. It is a technological powerhouse with every known bell and whistle and then some. The self-calibration offered is very comprehensive contributing to the receivers exceptional musical sound.

The bad:

1. The sat/tv inputs lack an HDMI jack. This unit replaces a 4 year old Onkyo TX-705 and that one had a dedicated HDMI jack for a satellite receiver. To get an HDMI jack I had to use the input4/VIDEO inputs which I renamed TV-SAT. The remote has no button to go right to that input.

2. The FM input is normally an F type connector (coax with screw-on collar). On this unit the connector is a solid, not threaded, connector. Why?

3. Though the speaker connections allow for banana plugs, a standard paired banana plug won't fit because of a non-standard spacing between the paired jacks. Again, why?

The ugly:

1. The manual describes several modes for speaker connection. It lists a 5.2 mode with a bi-amped center speaker. I don't know of any center speaker wired for bi-amping. Maybe some esoteric brand but not from the major manufactures. 5.2 mode assumes two sub-woofers, most people use one, I use none (full range front speakers). There is no provision for such a speaker configuration in the manual.

2. The manual is too skimpy on using the supplied remote considering how many buttons on it are multi-functional.

3. This is one of Pioneer's most expensive receivers yet the couldn't include a pair of alkaline batteries for their remote. They give you two cheapos.

Since I gave this unit 5 stars, obviously I feel its great performance outways the petty annoyances I have described.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stockwell on December 12, 2011
Hi,, I've been using the Denon 3808CI with 4 x B&W 805i and CDM-C for a few years,, with the upgrade to Pioneer SC-57, the sound quality improved significantly... just right after the receiver swap ! The Pioneer sound calibration is bit different than the Denon, but I'll said it's better than my 3808... I have heard the Denon 4312 at my friends place with similar setup,,, I'll said SC-57 is Better.. The picture quality improved too.... even my wife aware that.. I link the iPad interface,, but I already have a Logitech 1000.. so a bit duplicate.
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