|Pioneer SC-09TX AV Receiver Preview|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Dick Ward|
|Thursday, 08 October 2009|
Pushed as the top of the Pioneer Elite receivers, the SC-09TX includes Qdeo video processing for all six of its HDMI inputs. The receiver also has five component inputs, four for S-video, and eight for composite. Video processing features include HDMI x.v. Color, a component video converter, and support for videos straight from an iPod. Curiously, HDMI signals receive no video processing, and pass through unaltered.
The Pioneer SC-09TX is a 10 channel receiver and is able to be set in a variety of configurations, including standard 5.1 and 7.1 setups. Each channel boasts a 200 watt output at 8 ohms. Among the audio inputs are 4 coaxial digital ins, 4 optical digital ins, a 7.1 channel analog in, 12 stereo analog ins as well as support for iPods, Sirius radio and XM radio.
The SC-09TX supports all current high definition audio formats including THX Ultra 2 Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and features sound tuning by Air Studios sound engineers. The built in Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (MCACC) system allows for a quick and simple way to adjust the receiver to fit a room, and is able to be used in a basic mode, or an advanced mode for more experienced users.
The addition of a LCD screen to the Pioneer Susano receiver makes navigating set up menus more pleasant, but a standard LED display is much less distracting and simple to read from across a room. The LCD screen is also able to display the programming that the receiver is set to send to a television, but unfortunately will not display any of the HDMI inputs.
The Pioneer SC-09TX “Susano” A/V receiver is available now and can be found for prices ranging from $4,000 and $5,000.