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Pioneer SC27 7.1 A/V Receiver

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Pioneer SC27 Receiver

Introduction

Over the past few years, Class D amps have been gaining in popularity for many reasons including their much smaller size, their incredibly high efficiency, and the much smaller amount of heat that they put off compared to a standard Class A, AB, or B amplifier. More and more high end audio companies such as Rotel, Bel Canto and PS Audio have come out with Class D products that offer high performance in a much smaller form factor than was possible with standard amplifier technologies. Most of these products are based on the Bang & Olufsen ICEpower line of Class D amplifiers, and now Pioneer's new Elite receiver, the SC-27, has been released that features an ICEpower amplifier, and is the first multi-channel ICEpower amplifier to feature THX Ultra 2 certification. I was happy to get the opportunity to see how Pioneer's newest Elite compared, and to finally get to heard how Class D technology could sound.

Specifications

  • Design: 7.1 Surround Sound Receiver
  • Codecs: All, Including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Power: 140 Watts RMS x 7 into 8 Ohms
  • THD+N: 0.09%
  • Connections: 6 HDMI In (1 Out), 3 Component Video In (2 Out), 5 S-Video In (1 Out), 5 Composite Video In (2 Out), Ethernet, iPod, Phono, 7.1 Pre-In, 7.1 Pre-Out
  • Dimensions: 7.9" H x 16.6" W x 18.1" D
  • Weight 40.7 Pounds
  • MSRP: $2,000 USA
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