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Pioneer intros new Elite receivers with AirPlay streaming

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Fri August 5, 2011

Pioneer Elite receivers carry AirPlay, Air Jam

Pioneer wrapped up the week by adding two new Elite receivers with a heavy emphasis on their iOS links. The 7.1-channel SC-55 and 9.1-channel SC-57 hubs revolve chiefly around their new, Class-D3 amps. The two have quicker response times and reduced total harmonic distortion even as they consume less power and generate less heat.

AirPlay is straightforward but turns the receiver into an audio destination for any iOS device or iTunes-running computer on the same local network. A companion iOS app, Air Jam (free, App Store), lets those who outfit the Elites with a Bluetooth receiver create a shared playlist between as many as four iOS devices that streams through the one receiver. Owners can steer the hardware through iControlAV2 (free, App Store).

Other networking extras bring direct A2DP Bluetooth audio streaming, DLNA media sharing, and Internet radio that includes Pandora, Rhapsody, and Sirius XM. A Wi-Fi adapter is an option for homes where Ethernet isn't an option.

As regular receivers, they have Marvell's Qdeo for video processing for anything from Blu-ray through to video taken from iOS or another mobile device through a hybrid USB and video cable. It even adapts to streams and low-bitrate material, Pioneer says. The component can automatically tune the video depending on the type of TV or projector it's reaching. Audio extends up to not just usual Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio but DTS' latest NeoX format.

The SC-55 and SC-57, apart from their potential audio fields, are separated mostly by their custom configurations. Listeners can make up to seven custom setups on the SC-55 and ten on the SC-57. Pioneer is shipping both now for prices of $1,600 and $2,000 respectively.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    AirPlay is for consumers

    These amps are not at $1600 and $2000 each. Major disconnect there.

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: MrRightEye

    So, a person willing to spend north of $1K for a receiver isn't going to want AirPlay then? I don't really get your point. Of course these receivers aren't for the low-end market or even the mid-range market really. But that doesn't mean that AirPlay doesn't have any purpose in being included in here. I have an Onkyo TX-SR876, which at the time I purchased it was listed at between these prices. I would have absolutely loved to have has something like AirPlay included in it.

  1. tightzeit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How is it consumer?

    Is the logic that the price is low end or that airplay is low end?

    My understanding is that you can wireless FLAC which is fantastic.

    Sometimes price is not the indicator.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Airplay is for consumers, but it isn't for the cheap consumer. The low-end equipment isn't including AirPlay due to the cost of the tech. In general, except for Apple products, AirPlay will just exist in a niche of products out there. It will never get close to iPod dock in everything market share.

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A couple of months ago I bought a Denon AVR 4311ci. I found that in order to get Airplay I had to pay something like $50 so I gave it a pass. I have a Mac mini attached to it as my media server so I really have no use for Airplay.

    Although just now I discovered that the upgrade for this model has been made free. So I'll apply it and never use it LOL.

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