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Pioneer SC-1223-K 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

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  • Delivers 7.2-channels of powerful sound (120W @ 8 ohms, 1kHz) with industry-leading Class D3 amplification designed for true audiophiles
  • Supports Ultra HD (4K) pass-through and upscaling; Qdeo video-processing technology provides video conversion from composite and component video to HDMI
  • 8 HDMI inputs (7 rear + 1 front) and 2 outputs; offers advanced HDMI conveniences like Audio Return Channel and Power Save HDMI Standby
  • AirPlay connectivity through Apple devices like iPhone, iPad and iPod; Android Audio/Video playback with MHL
  • Supports formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, including the newest DTS Neo X format, for unsurpassed audio quality
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Connectivity Technology HDMI, MHL, Bluetooth Adapter Port, Component Video Input / Output, USB, Wireless Adapter Port, Pre-Amp Output, Headphone Output, Front A/V Inputs HDMI HDMI bluetooth
Dimensions 7.31 inches x 15.56 inches x 17.13 inches 6.6 inches x 14.3 inches x 17.1 inches 6.8 inches x 12.9 inches x 17.1 inches 10 inches x 17.5 inches x 21 inches
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7.2-Channel AV receiver featuring Class D3 (Direct Energy HD) Amplifier, hi-bit24 audio signal processing, Ultra HD (4K) up scaling/pass-through, and HTC Connect Certification

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Pioneer SC-1223-K AV Receiver
This feature-rich AV receiver delivers thrilling home entertainment. View larger

Pioneer's SC-1223-K AV Receiver Delivers 7.2-Channels of Powerful Class D3 Amplification to Your Home Theater

The new SC-1223-K receiver is your entry ticket to thrilling home entertainment, thanks to the power and finesse of Pioneer's Class D3 amplification. If you're serious about music and movies, this feature-rich AV receiver delivers Pioneer's advanced connectivity and cutting-edge digital power in Pioneer's most affordable Class D3 receiver.

Bringing Today's Connected Lifestyle Together--You and Your iPad, iPhone and iPod

Thanks to Made for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad certification, the SC-1223-K is right at home with Apple devices and is easily connected with your normal charging cable allowing you to connect your Apple handheld device without the need for a dock. Plug-and-play has never been easier, and the SC-1223-K charges your Apple device too. You can even enjoy music enhanced with album art for a total iTunes experience.

When you receive a phone call, the iPhone will mute music so you can take it. Use the iPhone directly, or push a single button on the SC-1223-K's front panel to switch control to the included preset remote and an intuitive, full-color GUI.

Pioneer VSX-1123 Multi-Zone Receiver
AirPlay

Pioneer's partnership with Apple translates to effortless AirPlay connectivity through Apple devices like iPhone, iPad and iPod. Imagine listening to your favorite music without interruption. Start in your car using your iPhone, leave your car mid-song and walk into your home. Using the AirPlay App on your iPhone, select the SC-1223-K: it powers up automatically and continues right where you left off. Not only that, the SC-1223-K supports network audio sources in Zone 2, allowing you to send music to another room. With AirPlay, there's really no reason why your iTunes music has to be restricted to your computer.

HTC Connect

The SC-1223-K delivers a whole new level of convenience and sound quality to the entertainment experience for users of HTC's Android-powered HTC One series smartphones. With HTC Connect, you can stream high-quality, WAV-format files for an easy, out-of-the-box audiophile experience. And audiophiles who demand serious sound can enjoy their music--with CD-quality resolution--using their HTC smartphone. Your music never sounded so good.

Easily Connect to Your PC Music Files or Internet Radio

Front Panel USB Port

Convenience comes easy with the SC-1223-K. On the front panel, plug a memory audio device into the SC-1223-K's USB port--in seconds--for music or photos. And of course, the SC-1223-K is Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-ready with Pioneer's optional AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter and AS-WL-300 Wi-Fi adapter.

DLNA Certified

Air Jam

The SC-1223-K's networking ability opens up a whole new world of music possibilities. A rear panel Ethernet port allows full integration into your home network, and with Windows 8 and DLNA 1.5 certification, a whole new level of entertainment options are at your fingertips. With 192kHz/24-bit WAV, FLAC, and AIFF file compatibility, network streaming audio playback is now ready for the true audiophile. Stream your AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV and FLAC music files from your PC, laptop or smartphone to your home entertainment system.

Internet Radio

With vTuner, the SC-1223-K brings you thousands of Internet radio stations from around the world. And you can enjoy Pandora radio services complete with on-screen album art and music information. An optional AS-WL300 wireless adapter is also available for your wireless network convenience.

Download Pioneer's exclusive Air Jam application for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android devices and you can pair up to four Apple devices via Bluetooth. Select songs from your device to add to the group playlist for playback on the SC-1223-K. If you like a song your friend added, just select it and buy it from iTunes, or watch the music video on YouTube.

Enjoy Music From Your Smartphone with Bluetooth

Auto Sound Retriever AIR

The SC-1223-K is fully ready for wireless Bluetooth audio from virtually any A2DP profile Bluetooth device. With the Pioneer AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter, you can untether yourself from cables and inputs, and you'll enjoy enriched sound quality with Sound Retriever AIR technology, created specifically to enhance Bluetooth audio.

You Control the Sound With Advanced MCACC

Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio

The SC-1223-K supports formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio to give your Blu-ray Disc soundtracks unsurpassed audio quality. Pioneer also includes all of the Dolby and DTS surround formats best suited for the wide variety of entertainment sources, including the newest DTS Neo X format.

MCACC Advanced

Advanced MCACC processing precision-tunes your system to your living room. Pioneer's Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC) calibrates and customizes an optimized, multi-channel listening experience specifically to your room by measuring every speaker's connection, and noting size and distance from the listening point, sound levels and timbre. It's like bringing in a professional sound engineer, and much easier.

PQLS Technology

To eliminate the distortion caused by jitter during conversion, Pioneer's PQLS technology allows the SC-1223-K to use its own high precision clock to adjust the transmission rate of bitstream sound data from a compatible Blu-Ray player, insuring every note and nuance is faithfully reproduced.

Virtual Speakers

The SC-1223-K takes the multi-channel audio experience to a whole new level with four advanced, sound-enhancing virtual speaker modes. Virtual Depth is designed to complement 3D movies. Virtual Height creates sound effects from above your main front speakers, creating virtual height speakers ideal for gaming enthusiasts. Virtual Wide creates a seamless blend between your front and back speakers. Virtual Surround Back replaces your back surround speakers, freeing you to use the surround amplifier to drive a second zone, or bi-amp the front speakers. Virtual speaker modes can be applied together or separately. Filling in areas where minute details were left out during the compression process, even compressed audio like WMA, MP3 and AAC is enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever.

A New Level of Power and Precision With Class D3 Amplification

Direct Energy HD AMP and 11+1 Surround Modes

The SC-1223-K proves Pioneer's commitment to serious 7-channel sound, with industry-leading Class D3 amplification designed for true audiophiles.

Pioneer SC-1223-K AV Receiver
Rated at 150 watts x 7 channels at 6 ohms with two channels driven. View larger

The amplifiers that power the SC-1223-K are revolutionary, featuring a direct signal path with no noisy EMI filters, feedback loops or current limiting. Rated at 150 watts x 7 channels at 6 ohms with two channels driven, the SC-1223-K delivers significantly more simultaneous multi-channel power than the competition.

When it comes to efficiency and sound, Class A/B amplifiers simply can't match Class D3 designs as their power output per channel diminishes rapidly when more channels are added to the workload. This kind of unprecedented power capability allows you to appreciate the full dynamics from any media source in a way never before possible. Playing formats like Blu-ray Disc, Class D3 takes high-resolution multi-channel Dolby and DTS soundtracks to a whole new level of immersive performance. And unlike regular amps, Pioneer Class D3 amplifiers are 4-ohm certified, so they safely power those low-impedance speakers that other receivers just aren't designed to handle. And because they're Class D3, they run cool, using just a fraction of the energy of less efficient amplification. Power and efficiency...a winning design solution from Pioneer.

Advanced Qdeo Video Processing Makes the Source Picture Perfect

4K Ultra HD Pass-through4K Ultra HD Upscaling

Thanks to industry-leading video expertise, Pioneer makes home theater a truly immersive experience. The new SC-1223-K supports Ultra HD (4K) pass-through and upscaling. Qdeo video-processing technology provides video conversion from composite and component video to HDMI for a single-wire high-definition audio and video solution, as well as up to 1080p/24fps video scaling for an exceptional picture regardless of the source, creating natural and noise-free video for maximum performance and flexibility.

Pioneer's Advanced Video Adjust lets you experience the very best in both high-definition and standard definition signals, with a complete suite of advanced image adjustments designed to fine-tune each of your video sources for the best possible picture.

Pioneer's HDMI Technology Gets Ready for 3D

3D Ready

Because Pioneer AV Receivers support the latest HDMI specifications, not only do you get the most out of your existing movies and music, but with the SC-1223-K you're prepared for the new generation of 3D video content. With 8 HDMI inputs (7 rear + 1 front) and 2 outputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available. The SC-1223 also offers advanced HDMI conveniences like Audio Return Channel and Power Save HDMI Standby Through.

HDMI

Transform Your Phone or Tablet into a Powerful Remote Control

Communicating with the SC-1223-K wirelessly through your home network, Pioneer's free iControlAV2013 app turns your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad device or select Android devices into a powerful remote control for your receiver. The all-new iControlAV2013 is fully redesigned, incorporating everything from basic volume and input selection to advanced features like EQ adjustments and Internet Radio control. iControlAV2013 for iPad includes enhanced features like vertical and horizontal orientation, intuitive control of music from networked PCs as well as Internet radio control, and an intuitive finger-EQ-adjust screen; simply draw the EQ curve to your desired sound preference. New Sound Explorer gives you easy access to experiment with the many powerful sound enhancements the SC-1223-K offers, like Hi-Bit 24, Auto Phase Control Plus, and Virtual Speaker modes. New for iControlAV2013 is the Push Player feature which allows playback of music directly from your IOS or Android device, without leaving Pioneer's application. No need to switch between apps.

AVNavigator Makes Set Up Easy

An industry-first, Pioneer's AVNavigator is an interactive owner's manual that takes all the guesswork out of setting up your receiver. Imagine an owner's manual that actually communicates with your receiver. Or that asks you what sources you'd like to connect and how you'd like to configure your speakers--then walks you through the process as you do it.

AV Navigator uses your networked PC, MAC or iPad to communicate directly with the SC-1223-K, walking you through speaker set-up, Advanced MCACC room calibration, sound optimization, firmware updates and more.

Full-Color On-Screen Graphical User Interface

Navigate through all of the SC-1223-K's advanced control and connectivity options more easily than ever with a full-color user interface via HDMI on your connected TV.

Choose the Pioneer AV Receiver That's Right for You

SC-1323SC-1223VSX-1123VSX-1023VSX-823VSX-523
YesPioneer SC-1323 AV ReceiverPioneer SC-1223 AV ReceiverPioneer VSX-1123 AV ReceiverPioneer VSX-1023 AV ReceiverPioneer VSX-823 AV ReceiverPioneer VSX-523 AV Receiver
Amplifier TypeClass D3Class D3Discrete Direct EnergyDiscrete Direct EnergyDiscrete Direct EnergyDiscrete Direct Energy
Power180 Watts x 7170 Watts x 7165 Watts x 7140 Watts x 7140 Watts x 5140 Watts x 5
Number of HDMI Inputs/Outputs8 in / 2 out (Main Zone & Zone 2)8 in / 2 out (Main Zone & Zone 2)8 in / 2 out (Main Zone & Zone 2)6 in / 1 out6 in / 1 out4 in / 1 out
4K Ultra HD
Pass-through and Upscaling
YesYesYesYes
(Pass-through only)
Yes
(Pass-through only)
Yes
(Pass-through only)
Video Conversion to HDMIYes
(Marvell QDEO)
Yes
(Marvell QDEO)
Yes
(Marvell QDEO)
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MCACC Room CalibrationAdvanced MCACCAdvanced MCACCAdvanced MCACCYesYesYes
MHL 2.0 InputYesYesYesYesYes-
Powered Multi-Zone AudioYes
(Multi-Source) 1x Powered 1x Passive
Yes
(Multi-Source)
Yes
(Multi-Source)
Yes
(Multi-Source)
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HDZone (HDMI Zone Output)Yes
(Multi-Source)
Yes
(Multi-Source)
Yes
(Multi-Source)
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Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (30-Pin and Lightning)Yes
(iPhone 5/iPad/iPod)
Yes
(iPhone 5/iPad/iPod)
Yes
(iPhone 5/iPad/iPod)
Yes
(iPhone 5/iPad/iPod)
Yes
(iPhone 5/iPad/iPod)
Yes
(iPhone 5/iPod)
AirPlay & HTC ConnectYesYesYesYesYes-
Windows 8 CompatibleYesYesYesYesYes-
DLNA 1.5 (DMR)YesYesYesYesYes-
USB File PlaybackAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/WMA/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/WMA/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/WMA/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/WMA/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/WMA/AACMP3/WMA/AAC
Network File Music PlaybackAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/AAC-
192kHz 24-Bit Hi Resolution Music PlaybackAIFF/WAV/FLACAIFF/WAV/FLACAIFF/WAV/FLACAIFF/WAV/FLACAIFF/WAV/FLAC-
Gapless PlaybackAIFF/WAV/FLAC/Apple LosslessAIFF/WAV/FLAC/Apple LosslessAIFF/WAV/FLAC/Apple LosslessAIFF/WAV/FLAC/Apple LosslessAIFF/WAV/FLAC/Apple Lossless-
Pandora & vTuner Internet RadioYesYesYesYesYes-
iOS / Android Remote Control AppiControlAV 2013iControlAV 2013iControlAV 2013ControlAppControlApp-
AVNavigator PC / Mac Setup SoftwareYesYesYesYesYes-

Product Information

Style:Receiver
Product Dimensions 15.6 x 17.1 x 7.3 inches
Item Weight 25.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 29.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Pioneer
ASIN B00D4MQ06E
Item model number SC-1223-K
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4.0 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #41 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Receivers & Amplifiers > Receivers
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#267 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components
Date first available at Amazon.com May 30, 2013

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Besides all of the obvious features like multi-zone, 170w/channel, auto setup features, 7.1 dts hd, etc, the amp supports a mobile app that allows nearly unfettered access to all of the amps key features. The IPOD controls are decent, but don't expect perfect remote control and navigation of any IPOD manufactured before 2009. There really aren't any complaints, firmware updates are easily done via flash drive on the front panel of the unit. The pass through of HDMI signals is well done and once you graduate with your masters degree in using the damned remote with a thousand buttons you'll likely find the on screen menus and customization a real joy. If you are considering this amp it's definitely worth $1000, I didn't pay nearly that much for it, but it's the last amp you'll need for a while with the 4k up sampling and pass-through capabilities. Just a quick side note, set your sub to 3/8 of it's power and configure your front speakers a small before you run the auto setup. It comes with the mic and a 9 step auto adjustment feature that really cleaned up the highs and made dialog more audible as well as taming the boom of the sub.
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So I was really saving for an Onkyo 929, but Amazon has yet to move close enough to the $900 price point I was getting anxious. When they had this puppy on the one day sale for $549, I couldn't resist. The Onkyo was actually much more than what I needed but figured I would wait a lot longer to upgrade again, just wanted to upgrade the receiver in the family room. This is just hooked up to a Klipsch HD600 5.1 home theatre speakers and some Klipsch KB-15 Bookshelves for a 7.1 sound sound system. Nothing to write home about, but the sound is great in the mid-size room.

Onto this receiver, for the price it is great, that is what gave the fourth star. I'm not a fan of Pioneer, but the D3 amps at this price, the sound is great and made quite a difference on my upgrade from an older Sony. I'm a little worried as it runs warm, so I'll update if it becomes a durability issue. Airplay works fine and I haven't had the Harmony remote problem that another reviewer just mentioned. Mine works alright, but that could just depend on which Harmony remote you are using. If you're looking for great sound and more HDMI ports, this works great. Video upscale seems great, who knows on the 4k stuff, if I need that, I'm sure it'll be ok, but really, will probably have a better receiver when I have that. The included mic for calibration works great, but only sets up one spot, for the price, what do you expect. I wouldn't pay more than what I did for this, I'm not buying this for the apps, just wanted better sound so I'll let others comment on that. I don't use the included remote, so can't comment, worked fine the few minutes I used it for setup.
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UPDATE, Jan 26 (about two weeks with replacement): Okay, the first receiver was indeed faulty. The new one is indeed reliable. On the other hand, I've gotta say - many of the problems I pointed out in my initial review still apply: the remote is still bipolar (and consequently the Harmony is also wonky), the apps are still baffling and poorly designed, and the warranty experience I've had makes me unhappy. I'm buying a SquareTrade for it now, but at least on the reliability side: the replacement receiver works. Thanks Amazon.

UPDATE, Jan 7 (about ten days in): I've twice had the receiver stop amplifying sound now when switching between inputs. Yesterday, I switched from internet radio to TV and had no sound from the five amplified channels; the self-powered sub-woofer, of course, did continue to work. Under the belief that I had a dead receiver, I asked Pioneer to replace it. The agreed to fix it - as long as I shipped the receiver to them at my expense (which, when you're dealing with a 2ft by 2ft by 18 inch box weighing about 30lbs, quickly adds up). I declined and contacted Amazon, which is now kindly replacing the receiver. Seriously unlucky. However, I'm now even less sure of the purchase and intend to buy a third-party warranty by the end of the month if the replacement receiver works out as I am not sure I trust Pioneer to stand behind their product.

ORIGINAL REVIEW, Dec 28: I bought this receiver on the strong recommendation of a friend who has had a number of Pioneer and Pioneer Elite receivers over the years (four, I believe, possibly more). However, I've often thought of this friend as extremely lucky, and this Pioneer is continued proof of that.

Let's be clear - for the money, this is a pretty incredible receiver.
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Complete garbage. Went in to be fixed twice. Once for showing garbled video feed when going through menu and another time for powering off immediately after turning on. 2 weeks later it's doing the same thing. Pioneer refuses to replace it. I have clean power going to the reciever and am not overloading it (only using 5.1). It's just a bad unit and they won't stand behind it.
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