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Pioneer SC-LX85

Pioneer SC-LX85
alaScore 89

57 reviews

Sep, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 reviews of Pioneer SC-LX85. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Pioneer SC-LX85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Steve May (homecinemachoice.com)

Pioneer SC-LX85 review

 

The SC-LX85 is the latest in a lauded line of high-performance AV receivers from Pioneer. It's ostensibly a replacement for the award-winning SC-LX83, which implies a casual revamp, but it arrives casting a longer, more regal shadow. This is a...

Powerful, precise multichannel sound; excellent LAN music streaming; AirPlay; THX Ultra2 Plus post-processing

Clunky Wi-Fi adaptor; media support from USB not as comprehensive as across a network

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Pioneer SC-LX85 review

 

Best home cinema amplifier £1500+. An extraordinary feat, and a true all-rounder

Stunning sound quality ; exceptional specification ; class-leading usability ; a supremely well-made unit

Requires a little care in system matching

Best home cinema amplifier £1500+, Awards 2011. Pioneer’s best is also its best yet: an extraordinary feat, and a true Award-winning all-rounder

Oct, 2011

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Expert review by: Steve May (reghardware.co.uk)

Pioneer SC-LX85 9.2 AV receiver with AirPlay

 

Review The Pioneer SC-LX85 is AV receiver royalty. It lords it over the rest of the brand's home cinema range, resplendent in the latest audio visual finery. Priced at £2K, this is red carpet home cinema.

Beautifully engineered and lavishly equipped, Pioneer’s SC-LX85 is a lust-worthy new member of the AV elite. I suspect niceties such as AirPlay and network streaming will have long time enthusiasts pondering an upgrade, while it’s audio performance...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: Stephen Dawson (cnet.com.au)

Pioneer SC-LX85 AV Receiver

 

For core functionality, the Pioneer SC-LX85 is a powerful, effective brute of a receiver.

Plenty of raw power ; Excellent audio performance ; Excellent video performance ; Brilliant iOS/Android control app

Rather expensive ; Disjointed control functions ; No fast list-navigation function

If it could navigate through lists of content in a reasonably effective way and provide FLAC over USB, it would also be among the best for new media.

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Paul (reevoo.com)

Pioneer SCLX85

 

An absolute brilliant sounding receiver with many features, terrific clarity, lots of power whilst retaining the quality of surround sound. Fully recommended..

You need to take the time to read the instructions fully and can get a little complicated first time around. Should have the optional Bluetooth as standard for such a high spec of equipment.

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Paul (reevoo.com)

Pioneer SCLX85

 

An absolute brilliant sounding receiver with many features, terrific clarity, lots of power whilst retaining the quality of surround sound. Fully recommended

You need to take the time to read the instructions fully and can get a little complicated first time around. Should have the optional Bluetooth as standard for such a high spec of equipment

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Richard (reevoo.com)

Pioneer SCLX85

 

Excellent sound and vision quality, packed full of features, solid build quality and mighty powerful! Once this receiver is set up, it is a joy to use, well worth the money I paid for it.

Instruction manual is very in depth and a little disjointed, you will need a day really to read through this in detail and go through the set up, if like me you have upgraded from a plug and play off the shelf system. Other than that, brilliant piece...

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Pariel (reevoo.com)

Pioneer SCLX85

 

sound; image quality;

setting

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Richard (reevoo.com)

Pioneer SCLX85

 

Excellent sound and vision quality, packed full of features, solid build quality and mighty powerful! Once this receiver is set up, it is a joy to use, well worth the money I paid for it

Instruction manual is very in depth and a little disjointed, you will need a day really to read through this in detail and go through the set up, if like me you have upgraded from a plug and play off the shelf system ; Other than that, brilliant piece...

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Richard (reevoo.com)

Pioneer SCLX85

 

Love the design, all of the features, power, ease of use. Over all another fantastic pioneer product in my opion.

Would of like to have included with the item the wireless bluetooth device.

Jun, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio A/D Converter (ADC):24-bit/192kHz
Audio D/A Converter (DAC):32-bit/192kHz
Audio output channels:9.2
Frequency range:5 - 100000
Input impedance:47000
Input sensitivity:400
Output impedance:6
Power output per channel (1KHz@6 Ohm):190
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):103

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes
THX Certified:THX

Inputs

AC (power) in: Yes
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:3
Composite Video In:4
Digital audio coaxial in:2
Digital audio optical in:3
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI In:7
USB ports quantity:2

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Ethernet LAN: Yes

Optical Drive

Optical drive included: No

Other features

HDMI: Yes

Outputs

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
Digital Audio Optical Out:1
HDMI Out:2
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Number of HDMI Outputs:2

Packaging Content

Manual: Yes
User guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
RS-232 ports:1
Speakers connectivity type:RCA

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-230

Radio

Internet Radio: Yes
Preset stations quantity:63
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
Supported radio bands:AM, FM

Technical Details

Apple docking compatibility:iPad, iPhone, iPod
Audio Decoders:640 x 424,1280 x 960,2048 x 1536
Bass adjustment: Yes
Bi-amping: Yes
Colour of product:Black
Equalizer: Yes
Graphical user interface (GUI): Yes
Graphical user interface (GUI) language:English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Handheld remote control: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Treble adjustment: Yes
Volume Control:Rotary

Video

3D: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:44.2
Height :18.5
Width:43.5