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Pioneer SC-1523-K 9.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

3.9 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • Delivers 9.2-channels of powerful sound (135W @ 8 ohms, 1kHz) with industry-leading Class D3 amplification designed for true audiophiles - THX Select2 Plus Certified
  • Supports Ultra HD (4K) pass-through and upscaling; Qdeo video-processing technology provides video conversion from composite and component video to HDMI
  • 9 HDMI inputs (8 rear + 1 front) and 3 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 several formats for unsurpassed audio quality such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, including the newest DTS Neo X format providing a 3-D surround experience for up to 9.2 channels

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Product Description

Product Description

9.2-Channel AV Receiver Featuring Class D3 Amplifier, THX Select2 Plus Certification, 4K Ultra HD Upscaling/Pass-Through, HTC Connect Certification, and SABRE32 DAC. For any further queries please contact Pioneer’s Technical Support Number/ Customer Support Number @ 800.421.1404

From the Manufacturer

Pioneer SC-1523-K AV Receiver
This feature-rich AV receiver delivers thrilling home entertainment. View larger

The Pioneer SC-1523-K AV Receiver. Delivering Class D3 Power and Connectivity to Every Custom Installation

The SC-1523-K AV Receiver brings a fully immersive entertainment experience to your home theater. Offering abundant power and easy connectivity, the SC-1523-K delivers incredible fidelity and a remarkable immersive experience.

For those who want more realism in their home entertainment experience, we introduce the SC-1523 AV Receiver, featuring Class D3 amplifiers. The SC-1523-K delivers remarkable fidelity, effortless connectivity, and abundant power. Experience truly immersive home theater.

Designed for Today's Connected Lifestyle--You and Your iPad, iPhone and iPod

Windows 8 Play To feature makes it easy to stream your favorite music stored on your PC to Pioneer's new line of networked AV Receivers. Don't limit your media experience to your laptop speakers. With the Windows 8 Play To feature and Pioneer's new networked Receivers you can enjoy your media library on the biggest speakers in the house.

Pioneer SC-1523-K AV Receiver

In addition to being DLNA 1.5 and Windows 8 certified, the SC-1523-K features AirPlay. AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream iTunes music from your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch through your home theater system at the touch of a button. AirPlay also lets you view song information, including title, artist, track time, as well as the album art on a connected display. And because it supports network audio sources in other zones, you can even send music to another room.

HTC Connect

The SC-1523-K is MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) compatible, letting you connect an Android device and access your mobile audio and video content fast. MHL 2.0 adds support for 3D content, 1080p, and faster cell phone charging. Plus, high-definition video can be displayed on your HDTV with multi-channel sound while your device is charging.

Easily Connect to Your PC Music Files or Internet Radio

Front Panel USB Port

For front-panel convenience, just plug a memory audio device into the USB port to enjoy music or photos in seconds. And of course, this Pioneer receiver 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-1523-K supports the most popular high-resolution digital file formats, such as AIFF, WAV, FLAC and Apple Lossless, so audio enthusiasts can hear to their favorite music as it was originally intended. Apple Lossless enables the exact data to be reconstructed from the compressed data, so there's no discernible loss in audio quality. Stream your MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV and FLAC music files from your compatible PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Plus, Gapless Playback eliminates sound gaps between consecutive tracks that were meant to be played continuously, such as with classical music or live recordings.

Internet Radio

Featuring vTuner, the SC-1523-K give you a wealth entertainment options. Not only can you enjoy thousands of Internet radio stations around the world, you can also access Pandora complete with on-screen album art and music information.

Downloading Pioneer's exclusive Air Jam application for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices allows up to four Apple devices to be paired via Bluetooth. Choose songs from your device to add to the group playlist to playback on the SC-1523-K. Like a song your friend added? 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-1323-K is ready for wireless Bluetooth audio from virtually any A2DP profile Bluetooth device. Untether yourself from cables and inputs with the Pioneer AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter, and enjoy enriched 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-1523-K is THX Select2 Plus Certified, offering startling surround sound in rooms up to 3,000 cubic feet in size with a 12 foot or greater viewing distance from the screen. The SC-75 also supports high-definition audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as DTS Neo:X surround, providing a 3-D surround experience for up to 9.2 channels.

MCACC Advanced

MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration) is an automatic sound field adjustment system co-developed by Pioneer and AIR Studios. Using a microphone to monitor the sound environment and an equalizer to optimize the parameters, the system enables you to precision-tune the sound to the room. The result sounds like a professional recording engineer has fine-tuned your home theater system.

PQLS Technology

This special jitter reduction technology helps to better reproduce realistic sound by utilizing the master audio clock in the AV Receiver for playback instead of the video clock in a compatible BD player.

Virtual Speakers
Virtual Height creates sound effects from above your main front speakers.

The SC-1523-K takes the multi-room experience to a whole new level with the ability to deliver up to four different zones of content. It's capable of powering a 5.1 Home Theater in the main zone, stereo audio in Zones 2 and 3, and delivering HD video content in Zone 4 via HDMI. All zones can enjoy different content at the same time. Control the entire experience with Pioneer's new iControlAV2013 Android/IOS application.

The Power, Performance and Precision of Class D3 Amplification

Direct Energy HD AMP and 11+1 Surround Modes
Pioneer SC-1523-K AV Receiver
Rated at 135 Watts x 9 channels, this is a formidable multi-channel AV receiver. View larger

Rated at 135 Watts x 9 channels, the SC-1523-K is a formidable multi-channel AV receiver. While lesser amplifiers' output diminishes as channels are added, the SC-1523-K has the power to drive multiple channels simultaneously with no significant drop in per-channel output. This ensures that you'll enjoy the full impact and dynamic range of high-resolution multi-channel audio as never before. Plus, the power consumption of the Digital Class D3 Amplifier is well below that of analog amplifiers, helping you to save energy, too.

All channels of the SC-1523-K employ ESS-DAC SABRE32 technology, the world's highest performance 32-bit audio DAC solution, delivering spectacular sound with a minimum of harmonic distortion.

Gapless playback, as the name suggests, eliminates sound gaps between consecutive tracks that were meant to be played continuously, such as with classical music, concept albums or live recordings.

Advanced Qdeo Video Processing Makes the Source Picture Perfect

4K Ultra HD Pass-through 4K Ultra HD Upscaling

Enjoy an exceptional, virtually noise-free picture regardless of the source. With Qdeo video processing technology by Marvell, you can up-scale any video source to 4K Ultra HD resolution for improved picture quality and compatibility with next generation TVs. Your Blu-ray Discs and DVDs will look more detailed and cinematic than ever before.

4K Ultra HD Pass-through is the next-generation standard of ultra-high video resolution, boasting 3,840 x 2,160 (24 Hz/25 Hz/30 Hz) pixels or 4,096 x 2,160 (24 Hz) pixels. That's four times the current HD standard! All of Pioneer's 2013 receivers can pass through 4K video signals to any compatible display, offering the highest quality image available.

Pioneer's HDMI Technology Gets Ready for 3D

3D Ready

The SC-1323-K supports the latest HDMI specifications. So not only do you get the most out of your existing movies and music, with the SC-1323-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.


BD Link for Blu-ray Disc Playback That Excels

BD Link for Blu-ray

The built-in BD Link technology of the SC-1323-K maximizes the fidelity of high-bandwidth, high-definition Blu-ray Disc playback from a compatible Pioneer or Elite Blu-ray Disc Player. BD Link Sound Retriever and BD Link Stream Smoother work together to ensure total fidelity from the original source, with no visual artifacts or out-of-sync audio at full HD resolutions, even in the fastest action scenes.

Transform Your Phone or Tablet into a Powerful Remote Control

Using Pioneer's free iControlAV2013, you can turn your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android device into a powerful wireless remote control for the SC-75. The App incorporates everything from basic volume and input selections to advanced features like EQ adjustments and Internet Radio control. You can even stream music stored on your phone through the SC-1523-K using the new "Push Player" feature.

AVNavigator Makes Set Up Easy

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.

An industry-first, Pioneer's AVNavigator is an interactive owner's manual that takes all the guesswork out of setting up your receiver. AV Navigator uses your networked PC, MAC or iPad to communicate directly with the SC-1323-K, walking you through speaker set-up, Advanced MCACC room calibration, sound optimization, firmware updates and more.

Simple Overlay

To help you know the status of the receiver when it is not readily visible, Overlay displays basic information, such as volume, input, and surround mode, in a box that is superimposed over the picture.

Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 17.1 x 7.3 inches ; 33 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 36.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Item model number: SC-1523-K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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UPDATE 8/13/15: I used my SC-1523-K on a daily basis for five months during the first nearly 1 1/2 years I owned it. It was always plugged into a $200 power conditioner to protect it. However, after effectively five months of daily use (a few hours per day), the receiver shut down suddenly and displayed "Power On." The first two times I had to unplug and plug back in to restore operations. The third time it was completely dead (and everything else plugged into the conditioner was fine). Two calls to Pioneer about "Power On," their own error code!, resulted in the reps telling me they had no idea what the error code meant and directing me to a service center. Fortunately, I had purchased a Square Trade warranty through Amazon. Long story short, it turns out the Main Control Assembly Board, part AWX1422, died. This part alone is $515 (plus labor) and shipping 40 pounds halfway across the country costs about $40 each way. Square Trade covered all of it but I was without a receiver for nearly three weeks (they had to order the part from Pioneer). Out of pocket, this would have cost me at least as much as I had paid for the receiver new! I find this completely unacceptable at any price and certainly for a flagship product. I switched from Onkyo with their bad HDMI boards (though it never fully failed!) to Pioneer to upgrade the reliability but this turned out to be a mistake. Maybe this was a fluke - time will tell. The receiver still rocks but now I am going to worry every time I turn it on!


I am giving this receiver five stars but it really deserves 4 1/2 because the remote is so bad.

The SC-1523-K is quite powerful and sounds outstanding. I have a 7.
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I purchased a Pioneer SC-1523-K AVR with D-3 amps in May 2014. It is a 2013 model released in Summer 2013. The class D-3 amps are effortless in driving 4 Ohm speakers in a 9.2 array. Plenty of power, great clarity, fine imaging and true-to-life Sound Quality. I really enjoy the Neo:X surround sound feature that handles a variety of sources and formats.

For the price Amazon dot com is currently asking for the Pioneer SC-1523-K it is a super value. I have various Martin-Logan electrostatic panels ( CLSx-z, Purity, Cinema, and Clarity) along with two M-L Grotto i sub-woffers that can reveal flaws in the equipment chain. Granted it takes some orentation and patenance to optimize the performance of the AVR. Almost all brands of AVR's take time to setup and optimize. I do not notice any flaws in the actual Pioneer SC-1523-K (D-3) AVR itself. The reason I grade it as 4 stars instead of 5 stars is due to the "flaky" and "buggy" QAV-2013-Wiri-Navi downloaded app that is intended to assist in set-up and optimization of the AVR. I speculate that something got lost in the translation to English of the Wiri-Navi Graphical User Interface. There are manual operator workarounds for that. Good deal.

I consider myself wise with $. I would not compromise on sound quality in an effort to be thrifty. At this time, June 2014 this equipment from amazon dot com offer tremendous performance, great sound quality for both movies and music at a thrifty price.

Not to knock the competition, but to offer perspective for readers and lurkers: This SC-1523-K is functionally a clone of Pioneer Elite SC-75 (2013). Other competitors I chose this SC-1523-K over are the Yamaha Adventage series of -1020, -2020 and -3020 (in second place).
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Coming out of the box, the first thing I noticed is how light the Pioneer SC-1523-K is for a receiver pushing 135 watts into 9.2 channels. Although its heft is similar to Sony and Yamaha receivers producing the same power, it is a fraction of the AB amps I still use in some applications. The class D amps of today are so efficient they don't need too much copper to store energy or all of those metal cooling fins that add weight. And for amps, being more efficient equals producing less heat which equals wasting less electricity. The Pioneer SC-1523-K produces much less heat than my Onkyo 7.2 channel receiver that is only two years old.


For the initial test drive, I setup the SC-1523-K in a 7.1 arrangement using front highs and connected it to the network via a network cable. I also connected a Blu-ray player, X-Box, Sharp LED TV and ATT U-verse DVR - all via HDMI. Then I added a Wii via the component cables. Getting started with the quick start guide was simple and I was able to access all components via the remote control without any other directions - even my NAS was readily available and music streaming was effortless. To finish off setup I updated the receiver with the latest firmware (give yourself about 20 minutes with a high speed connection for this step).


Speaker calibration was quick and easy with the included microphone and the SC-1523-K even let me know I had one of my speaker wires reversed, creating phase issues. I then installed AV Navigator from the included disk (which also has the operating manual). AV Navigator provides some help with wiring and will help with updates, if you need it. The only useful thing I found it provided is an interactive manual for quick references on a particular topic.
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