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Pioneer Elite SC-35 A/V Receiver

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pioneer
  • Model Number: SC-35
  • Output Wattage: 140 Watts

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 39.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B004146438
  • Item model number: SC-35
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,479 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 27, 2010

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Functional on March 20, 2011
I've been using the SC-35 for several months and I am loving every minute of it. Whether its audio from a TV program, a movie or music the SC-35 is to audio as high def is to video. My previous receiver was an old $300 Onkyo unit which was not by any means bad, but compared to the SC-35 it just doesn't hold a candle.

Sound Quality
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The main benefit of the SC-35 is its ICE amp, a full range Class D amplifier which provides high power levels to multiple channels without generating a lot of heat. My older receiver would heat up and radiate this heat even while playing at modest sound levels, while the SC-35 can play louder (with no distortion) and only get warm to the touch. Channel separation is a big indicator of quality when talking about multi-channel amps and the SC-35 does not fail. You get crisp, distinct channels so there is no "blurring" between any of them. This translates to a much more dynamic "sound field" when listening to multi-channel soundtracks such as those found in movies. You really feel immersed, with sounds coming at you from all angles, even top down which was a new one for me.

Auto Setup really works
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My old unit had an "auto setup" and calibration feature. I put the mic in the position where my head would be and let it do its thing. I didn't think the Onkyo did a good job of setting things up because the sound was not really much different than the default settings...however the SC-35 surprised me once again. After running the auto setup on the SC-35, everything sounded BETTER. I was amazed at how well it compensated for speaker distances and room acoustics. I guess I'm jaded so I often write-off auto setup anything as a sales gimmick but on the SC-35 it works great.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Swanson on December 1, 2010
5star on the reciever itself and 2 star for the remote. The remote is a non issue to me since using a Harmony remote in it's place. The remote works as should but nothing spectacular.

Came from a NAD T762 that had a great sound and this Pioneer to my ears has met and maybe even exceeded it in sound quality. I am exclusively using digital inputs such as digital coax, optical and HDMI. So I have no experience with it's analog inputs. HTPC connected digital coax, Dtv box HDMI, Pan BD100 3D player HDMI, 360 and PS3 both HDMI.

HDMI experiences.
The HDMI passes 3D video to the TV as it should. When using the video enhancement it does lag the sound and require some tuning. Most of what I pass is already improved accept the standard def tv from DTV which when in enhanced mode it does improve the video a tad. No difference noted in HD content enhance on or off. So I just have the enhance turned off on all inputs.
With video gaming lag can be a problem. I have a Panasonic VT20 3D plasma that when gaming has to my experience 0 lag or damn near 0 when hooked directly to tv HDMI. I was worried I would gain lag through the pioneer. If it adds lag it is not noticed by me, of course with any enhancement turned off on the reciever and tv on game mode.
All HDMI inputs can be relabled accept the BD HDMI it can not be changed. Also if you run a HTPC as I do with HDMI video but sound via digital coax/optical it doesn't seem to work with both. It almost works but everytime I leave the OSD the sound goes away, the settings are saved cause once back into OSD the sound comes back. I think it is a HDMI copy right deal not pioneers fault. So I have the HTPC directly to TV and digital coax to reciever till I upgrade to a video card that carries sound via the HDMI also.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. Cruz on March 9, 2011
If your looking at this reciever then you are probably already familiar with its connections and ICE amps. I compared a Denon 3311 and 4311 with this guy and for the price the Pioneer was the best. The only thing Denon had over the Pioneer was online firmware updates. The Denons had great sound but the Pioneer in my opinion seemed to offer slightly more punch. The Pioneer also had a cleaner looking face than the Denon's. Honestly either way you can't really go wrong... both Denon and Pioneer's products were amazing. The Pioneer has a very solid build and the ICE amps stay very cool. My old Onkyo was a space heater so the SC-35 is a huge upgrade in that area.

I purchased this mainly for movies, games and some music. My setup includes the following. Definitive Technology BP7004 L/R, Definitive Technology CLR 2500, Klipsch Surrounds, Epic Empire Sub, PS3, XBox 360, Panasonic g20 plasma. The system setup could not be easier. The manual needs work but if you turn it on and play with it a little, you should have no problem figuring it out in 5-10 minutes. Another reason I went with this is because of the ICE amps... basically, I was lazy and didnt feel like running a pre-amped setup. Also, 140 watts of power is PLENTY. You only need more if your powering some ridiculious 4ohm speakers but if you are then i'm sure your paying in excess of 10k for your speaker system alone and probably not even looking into an amped receiver. At full power, the sc-35 with my speaker setup, the sound was VERY loud but still very clear.

Anyway, one of the big selling points for me was the following test: I have music stored on my PS3 and it is pushing out to the receiver and to the DT speakers. When I plugged in the Denon's the MP3's sounded great, no complaints at all.
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