Pioneer SC-09TX AV Receiver Preview 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Thursday, 08 October 2009

The SC-09TX from Pioneer is the flagship A/V receiver in the Pioneer Elite line.   It sports a unique look and is the only Pioneer receiver that currently features a front LCD display.  Pioneer’s SC-09TX “Susano” receiver offers a robust feature set for both video and audio enthusiasts.

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.

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