Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 Review and Specs

Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 According to the brand, the achievement of “the best-in-class home theater functionality in its class” and the latest addition to the prestigious Pioneer Elite series was the 11.2-channel flagship Pioneer SC-LX904 flagship AV receiver officially presented at CEDIA Expo 2019. See Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 specs in this Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 review.

Pioneer Elite SC-LX904 review

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Features

Thanks to the sixth generation of Direct Energy HD amplifiers, the model is rated at 11 x 140 watts with 8-ohm speakers. The new product provides support for "simultaneous multi-channel amplification." The system is complemented by new power coils and special capacitors to reduce noise and improve sound.

Design and build

The system provides 32 bit / 384 kHz digital-to-analog conversion on all channels, and, of course, support for 24-bit / 192 kHz audio in FLAC, WAV, AIFF and ALAC file formats, as well as DSD 2.8, 5.6 and 11.2 MHz To improve the sound quality, model provided two so-called “audio-centric” modes: the first, Audio Exclusive, disconnects the HDMI video signal, and the second, AV Direct - network functions. The receiver supports Dolby Atmos, DTS: X and IMAX Enhanced Surround, as well as integrated Pioneer PRO MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System) PRO. It is ready for 4K / 60 Hz transmission with HDCP 2.3 and support wide color gamut, 4K scaling for 1080p sources and three high dynamic range (HDR) formats: Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG (hybrid log gamma).

Pioneer Elite SC-LX904

Connectivity

The model received seven HDMI inputs (including one on the front panel) and three outputs HDMI. At the same time, wireless communication is available through the built-in Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, DTS Play-Fi, Wi-Fi and FlareConnect from Pioneer. Thanks to these functions, access to Internet radio and online music services is also provided - such as Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Deezer.

Setup

As for the management, in addition to the traditional options, you can use Google Assistant and Alexa (after updating the firmware). PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock System), which greatly improves the signal-to-noise ratio and achieves realistic sound and surround sound content.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Dialog Enhancement makes it easy to tune and listen to dialogs in movies and vocals in songs
  • In Audio Exclusive Mode, HDMI blocks are turned off to focus on sound quality

Cons

  • Needs a lot of tweaking to be optimized on high end system

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Common features

Product

Pioneer Elite SC-LX904

Model

Elite SC-LX904

Brand

Pioneer

Reviews

4

Amplifier

Channels

11.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

140/8 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ES9026PRO 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/3

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

3

Coaxial digital input

2

Composite input

2

Component input/output

2/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB

Other additional features

has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect

RS-232

1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

340

Standby consumption, W

0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 18.5 x 44/17 x 7 x 17.3

Weight, kg/lbs

18.5/40.8
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904
Pioneer Elite SC-LX904

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