Pioneer SC-79 9.1 A/V Receiver


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Introduction to the Pioneer SC-79 Receiver

The SC-79 marks the fourth revision of the Pioneer SC-line that I have reviewed. From the beginning I've been impressed with the amount of features they fit inside and the performance they offer. The SC-79 announcement is as excited for a new receiver as I have been. Far from a marginal upgrade, Pioneer went all-out and packed in new features galore. The biggest is a pair of ESS SABRE32 9016 DACs. A single-step below the 9018 used in top-flight two channel audio products, the 9016 is the highest end DAC in a receiver today.

Pioneer also adds HDBaseT, support for DSD audio over USB and LAN connections, and more. With the amount of features they added, I knew that I was going to need a lot of time to get through everything and see what the SC-79 has to offer me.


  • Design: 9.1 A/V Receiver
  • Power Output: 140 WPC x 9, @ 1 kHz
  • THD+N: 0.08% @ 8 Ohms
  • Video Connections: HDMI 1.4a (8 rear in, 1 front in, 3 out), Component (3 in, 2 out), Composite (4 in, 1 out), HDBaseT
  • Audio Connections: USB 2.0, RCA Stereo (5 in, 3 out), Optical (2 in, 1 out), Coaxial Digital (2 in, 0 out), Multichannel (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 x 17.1" W x 17.4" D
  • Weight: 39 Pounds
  • MSRP: $3,000 USD
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