- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 16 January 2013
Introduction to the Pioneer SC68 Receiver
Pioneer has been revising and refining their Class D amplifier technology inside of their Elite receivers for a few years now. The performance has kept improving, as it is one of the few receivers out there that actually delivers its rated power output into all channels at once. They've continued to add more features to their receivers as well, and the SC-68 has added two more advanced features to the SC-57 from last year: A Zone 4 HDMI output, and an asynchronous USB input.
The USB input is an important one, as the transition from SACD and DVD-A to high resolution downloads is moving quickly. The asynchronous USB input simplifies the task of getting those downloads from your PC into your audio system, without a loss in quality. Combined with their D3 Class D technology, the SC-68 has the specifications of a winner, now to see if it performs up to those expectations.
PIONEER SC68 RECEIVER SPECIFICATIONS
- Design: 9.1 A/V Receiver
- Codecs: All that are Currently Available
- Power Output: 140 WPC x 9, 1 kHz, THD 1% @ 8 ohms
- Video Connections: HDMI 1.4a (7 rear in, 1 front in, 3 out), Component (3 in, 2 out), Composite (4 in, 4 out), No S-Video
- Audio Connections: USB 2.0, RCA Stereo (5 in, 3 out), Optical (2 in, 1 out), Coaxial Digital (2 in, 0 out), 7.1 Multichannel (1 in, 11.2 preout), iPod, Sirius Radio, Bluetooth (optional), Phono (MM compatible)
- Other Connections: Ethernet (Internet Radio, Networked Audio, Firmware), 12V triggers (2), USB, RS-232, IR (2 in, 1 out), Headphone Jack (6.3mm)
- Dimensions: 7.3" H 17.1" W x 17.4" D
- Weight: 39 Pounds
- MSRP: $2,500 USD
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