Pioneer Elite SC-99 9.2-Channel Network Class D3 AV Receiver

Model: SC-99 UPC: 884938290760 Item: 165237

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Pioneer Elite SC-99 9.2-Channel Network Class D3 AV Receiver

Combining the enhanced realism of Dolby Atmos with the full power of 9 channels of Class D3 amplification, the Elite SC-99 provides studio-grade room calibration with MCACC Pro, and the coveted AIR Studios Monitor certification ensures an unmatched surround-sound experience. Along with advanced multi-zone features and effortless connectivity, it offers advanced Super Resolution video scaling with 4K Ultra HD pass-through with HDCP 2.2, a USB-DAC for jitter-free digital networked audio streaming, and the immersive new object-based DTS:X surround-sound format (available with a firmware update).


Pioneer Elite SC-99 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Highlights:

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Full Bandwidth HDMI (4K UltraHD 60P/4:4:4) with HDCP 2.2
  • AIR Studios Monitor Certifications
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Object-Based DTS:X format available with firmware upgrade


Pioneer Elite SC-99 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Features:

The Winning Class D3 Amplification

  • The no-compromise SC-99 is the Elite line’s most powerful receiver this year, thanks to Class D³ amplifiers that deliver unbridled power in a light-weight, cool-running package. Unlike traditional Class AB amplifier designs, which suffer from reduced power output as channels are added, Pioneer’s advanced Class D3 digital circuitry provides identical and consistent high-current power to all of the speakers all of the time, not just a few of them, for a total of 850 watts (8 ohms, 1 kHz @ 1.0% THD)! The Elite SC-99 recreates the colossal impact and dynamic range of high-resolution multi-channel audio and movie soundtracks. With a direct signal path and no EMI filters, feedback loops or current limiting, these amps can handle low-impedance speaker loads that challenge lesser receivers. The Elite SC-99 amps are so efficient, they generate radically less heat and energy loss than traditional Class AB designs, while consuming a fraction of the power for enhanced reliability.

Elite with Dolby Atmos Revolutionizes the Surround Landscape.

  • The Elite SC-99 with Dolby Atmos will literally change your experience with movies and music, and all it takes is one listen. The Elite SC-99 integrates Dolby’s groundbreaking surround technology and is compatible with 7.2 4ch*, 9.2 2ch*, 7.2 2ch and 5.2 4ch, configurations for Dolby Atmos. It works by adding height to the sonic landscape, creating a true 3D, multi-dimensional space that puts listeners inside the experience. Optimized room calibration through the built-in MCACC Pro feature, in conjunction with Atmos-enabled speakers like the Elite Home Theater System or dedicated ceiling-mounted speakers, reproduces object-oriented sound in smooth, curving, and realistic three-dimensional movement overhead by top-firing Atmos drivers. Dolby Atmos brings new life to traditional soundtracks and music too, putting sounds into motion and delivering the full impact of the performance.
  • *External amplifier required.

Ready for Immersive Surround Sound with DTS:X

  • The next-generation surround sound format from DTS, available as a no-cost firmware update, creates an amazing three-dimensional sound field that reproduces the movement of sound in space. It automatically adapts the signal to existing channels and speakers for captivating, interactive, 3-D realism!

Professional Calibration with MCACC Pro

  • MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration) Pro takes room calibration to a new level of precision. Further enhancing the three-dimensional realism of the Elite SC-99, MCACC Pro calibrates your room sound using a sound-collecting microphone to monitor the sound environment and an equalizer to optimize and precision-tune each speaker to the room. Pioneer’s Full-Band Phase Control technology eliminates phase lag to precisely control sound locations for ideal multi-channel sound reproduction. MCACC Pro is so advanced that it includes dual independent subwoofer EQ. Tailoring left and right-channel low frequency response curves lets you achieve optimum subwoofer performance, creating powerful bass response and seamless integration with your main speaker system. With the push of a button, it’s like having an acoustical engineer fine-tuned your home theater system.

ESS SABRE32 DACs for the Highest-Performance Audio

  • The Elite SC-99 delivers unmatched digital-to-analog signal conversion. Two SABRE32 Ultra DAC (ES9016S) units from ESS Technology—recognized as among the best in the industry—are critical to achieving purity of sound, wide dynamic range and minimal harmonic distortion that let the high-power Class D3 amps perform to their fullest.

Sound Certified by AIR Studios. A Rare Stamp of Approval

  • The Elite SC-99 has been certified at London’s legendary AIR Studios, whose work is acknowledged worldwide for award-winning motion picture soundtracks and digital recordings. Like Pioneer, AIR Studios respects the artist’s intention and believes that faithfully reproducing what was originally created in the studio is the critical objective of the finest home theater system.

Precision Playback in Multiple Formats

  • Supporting high-resolution digital file formats (192kHz/24-bit) in WAV, FLAC, AIFF and Apple Lossless lets audiophiles hear their favorite music as it was originally intended. Apple Lossless reconstructs exact data from compressed data, with no discernible loss in audio quality. MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV and FLAC music files can be streamed from a compatible PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Gapless Playback eliminates gaps between consecutive tracks intended to be played continuously, such as classical music or live recordings.

HDMI for 4K*

  • The Elite SC-99 HDMI inputs offer increased bandwidth, resolution and frame-rate capability, supporting 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. With 7 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available.

Ultra HD Pass-Through with HDCP 2.2

  • The Elite SC-99 supports transmission of 4K/60P/4:4:/24-bit video signals and High Dynamic Range (HDR) signals, along with the latest HDCP 2.2 copyright protection standard. 4K Ultra HD Pass-through is the recognized standard of ultra-high video resolution, boasting 3,840 x 2,160 (24 Hz/25 Hz/30 Hz) pixels or 4,096 x 2,160 (24 Hz) pixels. Every Elite AV receiver can pass through 4K video signals to any compatible display, offering the highest-quality image available — a full four times the current HD standard.

Video Scaler Gives You the Big Picture

  • Experience an exceptional, virtually noise-free picture regardless of the source. Video scaler with Super Resolution allows you to up-scale any video source to 4K Ultra HD resolution for improved picture quality and compatibility with next generation TVs, and makes Blu-ray Discs and DVDs look more detailed and cinematic than ever before.

Multi-Zone Command

  • The Elite SC-99 adds ultimate flexibility to the multi-room experience by delivering up to four different zones of content, capable of powering a 5.1 Home Theater in the main zone, stereo audio in Zones 2 and 3, and HD video content in the HDZone. All zones can enjoy different content at the same time. Pioneer’s exclusive iControlAV5 Android/IOS application lets you control the entire experience.

Casual Quality Wireless

  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies let you enjoy music in a smart fashion. A Wi-Fi connection that supports dual-band 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz delivers high fidelity, high-resolution transmission with fewer interruptions. 

Pioneer’s Ultimate Control App

  • Along with the Elite SC-99’s luminous learning remote, Pioneer’s free iControlAV5 turns your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or select Android device into a powerful wireless remote that controls everything from volume and input selections to advanced features like EQ adjustments and Internet Radio, and even streams music stored on your phone through the Elite SC-99 using the “Push Player” feature.

Spotify Connect

  • Spotify Connect lets you play and control Spotify on your devices. Choose music on one device and listen on another. At home, hit “Play” on your mobile device and hear high fidelity sound through the Elite SC-99. You can also control the music from your mobile phone.

Flexible Freedom with AirPlay

  • In addition to being DLNA 1.5 and Windows 8.1 certified, the Elite SC-99 features AirPlay to wirelessly stream iTunes music from your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch through your home theater system at the touch of a button. And because it supports network audio sources in other zones, you can even send music to another room.

Internet Radio Puts the World at Your Fingertips

  • Featuring vTuner, the Elite SC-99 offers a wealth entertainment options. Not only can you enjoy thousands of Internet radio stations around the world, you can also access Pandora complete with on-screen album art and music information.

“Elevate Your Sound Experience.”

  • The Elite SC-99 is designed to be the heart of today’s most capable multi-channel system, elevating home theater to a new level of performance. Pioneer’s custom control partners include AMX, Crestron, Control4, RTI, Savant and Universal Remote Control, making Elite receivers the ideal choice for an integrated whole-house entertainment system.




Pioneer Elite SC-99 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Specifications:


  • Amplifier Design: Class D3 (Direct Energy HD)
  • Channels: 9.2
  • Power Output: Watts per Channel (20 Hz – 20 kHz, THD 0.08 % @ 8 ohms FTC): VSX Model Power Rating Only
  • Power Output: Watts per Channel (6 ohms 1 kHz 1 % 1ch Driven): VSX Model Power Rating Only
  • Power Output: Watts per Channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08 %, 2 ch Driven FTC): 140 Watts
  • Power Output: Watts per Channel (4 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %, 2 ch Driven): 255 Watts
  • Power Output: Watts Multi ch Simultaneous Drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %): 850 Watts
  • 4 OHM Speaker: Yes
  • Estimated Power Consumption/Standby with HDMI Control off: 370 W/0.1 W (standby)

Handheld And Internet

  • AirPlay: Yes
  • HTC Connect: Yes
  • Made for iPhone and iPod: Yes
  • iOS/Android Remote Control APP: iControlAV5
  • vTuner Internet Radio: Yes
  • Pandora Internet Radio: Yes
  • DLNA 1.5 (DMP/DMR): Yes
  • Music Playback via USB Network: MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
  • Hi-Res Audio: Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD

Decoders And Format

  • Digital Core DSP Engine: Texas Instruments Aureus
  • AIR Studios Certification: AIR Studios Monitor Certification
  • iPod Digital Audio: Yes
  • Audio DACs: ESS SABRE32 Ultra, 192K/32Bit
  • High-Definition Copy Protection (HDCP): 2.2
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes
  • Dolby True HD: Yes
  • Dolby Digital Plus: Yes
  • Dolby Surround: Yes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: Yes
  • DTS Neo: DTS Neo:X
  • HDMI SACD Transfer: Multi- Channel

Soundfield Calibration

  • MCACC: Pro
  • MCACC Memory: 6
  • Phase Control: Yes
  • Auto Phase Control Plus: Yes
  • Full Band Phase Control: Yes
  • Standing Wave Control: Yes
  • EQ Bands: 9-Band (Advanced)
  • Symmetric EQ: Yes
  • X-Curve: Yes
  • Distance Adjustment: 1/2 Inch
  • Precision Distance: Yes
  • Polarity Check: Yes
  • Auto Subwoofer Crossover: Yes

Listening Modes

  • Auto Surround: Yes
  • Auto Level Control: Multi-Channel
  • Optimum Surround: Yes
  • Stream Direct: Direct / Pure Direct
  • Advanced Surround: 11 + 1
  • Front Stage Surround Advance: Yes (Focus/Wide)
  • Headphone Surround: Yes
  • Virtual Speakers: Yes (Surround Back/Height/Wide)

Audio Features

  • USB DAC: 192kHz/32-bit
  • DSD Music File: 2 Ch (5.6MHz/2.8MHz)
  • Audio Processing: Hi-bit32
  • Dialog Enhancement: Yes
  • Advanced Sound Retriever: Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC
  • Sound Retriever AIR: Yes
  • Digital Noise Reduction: Yes
  • Tone Control: Multi
  • Sound Delay (Lip Sync): Yes (800 ms)
  • Speaker A/B: Yes
  • Bi-Amp: Front,Center,Surr,SP-B

Video Processing

  • 4K 60p Ultra HD Passthrough: Yes
  • 4K 60p Ultra HD Video Scaler: Yes
  • 3-D Ready: Yes
  • Audio Return Channel: Yes
  • HDMI 36-bit Deep Color: Yes
  • v.Color: Yes
  • Video Converter to HDMI: Yes
  • Video Scaler: Yes (1080p to 4K)
  • Stream Smoother: Yes
  • Pure Cinema: Yes
  • Super Resolution: Yes
  • Video Parameter Adjustments: YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level


  • HDMI Input / Output: 8 in (7 Rear, 1 Front)/3 out
  • MHL 2: 1 (Rear)
  • Wi-Fi Built-In: Yes (5GHz/2.4GHz)
  • Bluetooth Built-In: Yes
  • Component Video Input / Output: 2 In (Assignable)
  • iPhone / iPod / USB Memory Input: Front USB
  • Ethernet Input: Yes
  • Composite A/V Input / Output: 2 In / 1 Out
  • Analog Audio Inputs / Output: 1 In
  • Digital Inputs / Output: 4 In / 1 Out
  • Pre-Amp Outputs: 11.2ch
  • Headphone Output: Yes
  • Front A/V Inputs: USB & HDMI
  • AM/FM Presets: 63


  • Home Menu: Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
  • Multi-Room and Source Output: HDZONE Audio & Video (HDMI and Powered) / Powered ZONE 2 Audio / Powered ZONE 3 Audio
  • Zone 2 Sources: All Audio Sources
  • Zone 3 Sources: All Audio Sources
  • ECO Mode: Eco Mode 1/Eco Mode 2
  • HDMI Speaker B Link: Yes
  • 12 Volt Trigger (Assignable): 2
  • RS-232C: Yes
  • IR Serial Remote In/Out: 2 In / 1 Out
  • Network Firmware Update: Yes
  • AVNavigator: Built-in
  • IP Control for CI : Yes
  • Versatile Speaker Configuration: Surround Back/ Front Height/ Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker/ Powered HD Zone
  • FL Dimmer: Yes
  • Function Rename: Yes
  • Remote: Learning Remote Control (Luminous)
  • Sleep Timer: Yes
  • Detachable Power Cord: Yes


  • Front Panel: Brushed
  • Transformer Stabilizer: Yes
  • Advanced Direct Construction: Yes
  • Speaker Terminals: 11 Large
  • 3D Space Frame Construction: Yes
  • Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer: Yes


  • W x H x D (inches) Wi-Fi Antenna's Up: 17-1/8 x 10-1/16 x 17-3/8
  • W x H x D (inches): 17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 17-3/8
  • Weight: 38 lbs 12 oz.



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