Pioneer has announced the first of his amplifiers high-end home cinema. The range 2016, already includes three models, you then expands with SC-LX501. The amplifier is capable of handling up to 7.2 channels with an output equal to 120W for each of 8 Ohm. They are obviously supported all major audio formats, including DTS and Dolby Atmos: X (the latter will arrive via a firmware update).
The amplifier is Class D (Direct Energy). The connectors for the speakers are a total of nine: it is possible to drive a second zone (with a dedicated pair of speakers) or take advantage of the “bi-amping” for the front. The digital-to-analog conversion is performed by an AK4458 DAC, able to operate with a quality up to 384kHz / 32-bit. Have supported various types of files such as AIFF, WAV, ALAC, FLAC and DSD up to 11,2MHz.
Connectivity includes an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi dual-band, Bluetooth, and support for DLNA, AirPlay and Google Cast and various streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and Tidal. Other features worth mentioning are the support to FireConnect technology for multi-room management (by audio distribution in the various environments) and upscales video sources up to Ultra HD resolution, plus the super-resolution filter (increases the level of detail). It ‘s also the automatic calibration system MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration).
The available connections include seven HDMI (three inputs in version 2.0a with HDCP 2.2, and compatible with HDR, BT.2020 and signals at 60Hz), including one on the front, two independent HDMI 2.0a outputs, a USB port (front) , four analog inputs on RCA and output for Zone 2, a phono input, two optical inputs and one coaxial, one component input and two composite inputs.
The output is expected to be in black or silver in August / September. The list price is tentatively set at 1,399 euros.