Pioneer 9.2-ch Class D3 Network AV Receiver - SC-LX801

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Pioneer SC-LX801 9.2-ch Class D3 Network AV Receiver

  • 200 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 0.9 %, 1ch Driven FTC)
  • 140 W/ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch Driven FTC)
  • AIR Studios Sound Tuning
  • DTS:X and Dolby Atmos

Class D3Amplifier (Direct Energy HD Amplifier)

The Elite SC-LX801 featuring 9.2-ch Class D3 amplifier is fully-equipped for the latest multi-dimensional surround sound formats, DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, featuring the Reflex Optimizer for Dolby enabled speakers. With Ultra HD (4K/60p/4:4:4) upscaling/pass-through and HDR/BT.2020 standards ready, 4K images are ever more impressive. In addition to internet radio and various network streaming services, with Google Cast built-in you can use your mobile device to cast your favorite music to the SC-LX801. The multi-zone feature supports powered ZONE 2/ZONE 3 output. Google Cast will be available with future firmware update.

Class D3Amplifier (Direct Energy HD Amplifier)

With the Class D3 (Direct Energy High fidelity class D) Amplifier, the SC-LX801 is ready to meet the needs of the latest HD content. With our MOSFET, the Direct Power FET, this simple, high powered solution is provided to fully meet today's AV entertainment standards. The custom bypass capacitors further enhance the advantages of the Class D3 amplifier, producing powerful bass while also delivering subtle details.

High-Power Simultaneous Multi-Channel Drive With Class AB amplifiers, driving all channels at full power is only possible for a short time, at around 300 W to 400 W power output. The SC-LX801's Class D3 Amplifier has the ability to simultaneously drive 9-channels at 810 W (SC-LX901) power output, while managing to deliver dynamic content, more efficiently.

Quick-Response Sound The Direct Power FET is directly connected to the print circuit board without any additional wiring. This simple structure maximizes audio performance by reduced noise and improved switching, offering a quick-responding sound, perfect for digital content playback.

High Efficiency The Class D3 Amplifier has been designed with a simple structure to take a straight and short signal path, resulting in improved sound quality.

Improved Circuit Design The SC-LX801 is equipped with dedicated ICs on the circuit board, all in the pursuit of reproducing a clean, clear sound. The operational amplifier IC for processing small signal is set apart from the amplifying section to prevent mutual interference. This allows clear signal to be transmitted to the Direct Power FET.

Low Heat Generation The simple form of the Direct Power FET has the advantage of improved thermal characteristics. In addition to the upper-side heat dissipation from the heat sink, the circuit board's heat radiation feature is also utilized for downward heat dissipation, providing efficient cooling for a superior performance.

Separate Design for Analog Small Signal

Dedicated ICs are lavishly used on the circuit in pursuit of ideal sound. The Op-amp IC for processing small signal is set apart from the amplifying section to prevent mutual interference. This allows clear signal to be transmitted to the Direct Power FET. Additionally, the Rubycon chip film capacitor MU 25p further reduces the influence of residue noise from the high power section.


The highly acclaimed 192 kHz/32-bit ESS SABRE32Ultra DAC (ES9016S) is adopted to deliver exceptional sound, with ultra-low distortion and high signal-to-noise ratio. It offers jitter-free performance for an astounding audio reproduction with rich deep bass, maximizing the full potential of Pioneer's Class D3 amplifiers.

Multi-Dimensional Excitement with Dolby Atmos

The SC-LX801 is compatible with 7.2.2ch/5.2.4ch configuration of the latest home theater sound platform, Dolby Atmos. The SC-LX801 can reproduce object oriented compatible movies/music in smooth, curving movements, or the realistic three-dimensional movement overhead by utilizing Dolby Atmos enabled and/or in-ceiling speakers.

Dolby Atmos Room Requirements Using the Pioneer Elite Dolby Atmos Enabled Speakers you will need the following in order to use the Dolby Atmos-enabled capability of these speakers, the listening room ceiling should have horizontal flat hard surface (for audio reflection) and a height of 8" to 14".


DTS:X is the next-generation audio codec from DTS that leverages object-based audio to enable new immersive and interactive audio experiences. Since DTS:X can automatically adapt the audio to the existing channels and speaker system, no specific speaker layout is required. Experience an immersive soundscape with incredibly rich and life-like audio.

Google Cast

The SC-LX801 has Google Cast built-in, the same technology behind Chromecast, so you can use your mobile device to cast your favorite music, radio, or podcasts to the SC-LX801. You can control the audio from anywhere in the house using Cast-enabled apps running on your personal device"iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, Mac and Windows laptop, and Chromebook. Discover Cast-enabled apps at Google Cast will be available with future firmware update.

Ultra HD (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit) Upscaling/Pass-Through with HDCP 2.2

This feature lets you take advantage of the highest-quality video source for viewing on a 4K TV. With support for HDCP 2.2, you can enjoy premium content such as 4K videos with digital copy protection on a compatible display. What's more, the SC-LX801 is ready for the HDR (High Dynamic Range) and BT.2020 next generation video standards. Supports up to 4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit with HDCP 2.2 on HDMI IN (1/2/3/4/5) and HDMI OUT (MAIN/SUB).

MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning

MCACC Pro, the pinnacle of Pioneer's auto room tuning technology, analyzes the phase and group delay characteristics to precisely control phase differences between speakers. MCACC Pro corrects phase differences in all ranges and all channels, from phase difference in the original audio material to the sound emitted from the speakers. Required microphone is included in the box.

Full Band Phase Control

Pioneer's Phase Control technology effectively eliminates phase lag and significantly improves the multi-channel sound without any extra operation. Furthermore, The Full Band Phase Control technology focuses on the group delay in the speaker network filter, and adjusts the phase of each unit as well as the group delay for each speaker. Multi-range speakers gain the sound coherence of full-range speakers, while retaining the wide frequency range advantage. In an environment where the phase of all units and all channels are precisely controlled, a remarkably clear sound location with a surrounding feel is achieved. In combination with MCACC Pro, the ideal multi-channel reproduction environment can be created, which faithfully replicates object audio and the director's original intent.

Advanced Sound Retriever

The Advanced Sound Retriever restores the output of compressed audio'such as WMA, AAC, and MP3'to the level of CD sound. The technology creates new signals to restore the minor details left out during the compression process. Advanced Sound Retriever for multi surround sound is compatible with DVD soundtracks featuring Dolby Digital or DTS.

Reflex Optimizer

When using Dolby enabled speakers, high directivity sound reflects off the ceiling, while low directivity sound directly reaches the ears. This difference causes a phase shift, making the sound feel unbalanced. To solve this, the new technology optimizes the performance of your up-firing elevation speakers for your listening environment, by aligning the phase of direct and indirect sound, matching the basic tone, and optimizing the upward-oriented frequencies. The result is overall seamless sound with Dolby enabled speakers, allowing the ideal reproduction of threedimensional surround sound.

Multi-room Audio Offers a Variety of Ways to Enjoy Music

The SC-LX801 will support FireConnect Powered by Blackfire with a future firmware update. FireConnect is a stable wireless protocol that mirrors most audio sources connected to the AV receiver"from vinyl to streaming audio"on optional FireConnect compatible speakers in other rooms.

Multi-room Audio is realized by FireConnect technology. FireConnect is a technology of Blackfire Research Corp, USA. We do not guarantee that the SC-LX801 will support all devices incorporating FireConnect. FireConnect compatible speakers will be released at a later date.


Advanced Direct Construction Less is more in circuitry design. Advanced Direct Construction allows the shortest and simplest signal paths"from input to output, circuit block by circuit block'to reduce distortion that can be caused by transmission loss, and to improve sonic clarity.

3D Space Frame Construction The 3D Space Frame Construction is developed to clearly define the mechanical grounding of the chassis and make the structure strong enough to support heavy weight. Perfected by repeated CAE strength analysis and tests, this technology allows each part to deliver maximum performance. Interference is also reduced by separating and insulating the power supply, amp, analog circuit, digital circuit and video sections from one another.

The SC-LX801 comes with this Advanced 3D Space Frame structure, featuring precise framework design, separating the power supply block, and isolating the analog video/audio and digital functional blocks into specific compartments. This reduces interference by flat cables between the blocks and improves the operating characteristics to accurately reproduce even the most delicate signals.

Rigid Trans-Stabilizer The rigid trans-stabilizer acoustically insulates the transformer and eliminates unwanted vibration, enhancing sound clarity.

Anti-Standing Wave Insulator The Anti-Standing Wave Insulator has been developed through repeated listening tests, featuring a special form with no parallel sides inside to prevent cavity resonance. This makes the sound localization, tone, and scale clearer, while also enhancing the seamless connection between the channels, and the response to quick sound. The insulator enriches the realistic spatial description for movies, and the space representation of a concert hall for music sources.

Separated Pre and Power Amplifiers Blocks Being compact and highly efficient, the Class D3 amplifier has allowed remarkably smaller heat sink and greater flexibility in circuit design and layout, and the ideal separate structure with independent pre and power amplifier blocks is realized. Additionally, the power supply for digital and analog circuits has been isolated to provide clean power, significantly contributing to clear signal transmission which is the basis for high-quality sound.

Clean Grounding with Insulated Dual Chassis Steel plates shield the power amplifier block to eliminate unwanted noise caused by mutual interference, while Pioneer original Insulated Dual Chassis connects the power amplifier's chassis to the main chassis via special insulators. The pre and power amplifier blocks are electrically separated, enabling the optimal ground design for each block. With thorough clean grounding and elimination of interference between the circuits and load changes, the sound quality and performance equivalent to separate amplifiers combined within a single chassis is achieved.

Amplifier DesignClass D3 (Direct Energy HD)
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 10 % 1ch Driven)VSX Model Power Rating Only
Power Output: Watts per Channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)140 W/ch
Power Output: Watts per Channel (4 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %, 2 ch Driven)255 W/ch
Power Output: (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1 %, 1ch Driven FTC)200 W/ch
Power Output: Watts Multi ch Simultaneous Drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %)810 Watts
4 OHM SpeakerYes
Estimated Power Consumption/Standby with HDMI Control off320 W/0.15 W (standby)
ENERGY STAR 3.0 Certified-
Handheld and Internet
HTC Connect-
Made for iPhone and iPodAirPlay only
iOS/Android Remote Control APPPioneer Control App
Internet RadioTuneIn Radio
Pandora Internet RadioYes
Streaming Audio From PC/NetworkYes
Music Playback via USB NetworkMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Chromecast built-inYes (with future firmware update)
Hi-Res AudioApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, and AIFF for 192kHz/24bit, 11.2MHz/5.6MHz/2.8MHz , DSD Playback (via USB or wired network), Dolby TrueHD Playback (USB only)
TIDAL Music Streaming Service ReadyYes (with future firmware update)
Decoders & Formats
Digital Core DSP EngineDigital Core DSP Engine Analog Devices Sharc x2+TI Aureus x1
AIR Studios CertificationAIR Studios Sound Tuning
iPod Digital Audio-
Audio DACsESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC (ES9016S)
High-Definition Copy Protection (HDCP)2.2
Dolby AtmosYes
Dolby TrueHDYes
Dolby Digital PlusYes
Dolby SurroundYes
DTS Neo:X-
DTS Neural:XYes
DTS-HD Master AudioYes
HDMI SACD TransferMulti-Channel
Soundfield Calibration
MCACC Memory3
Phase ControlYes
Auto Phase Control PlusYes
Full Band Phase ControlYes
Standing Wave ControlYes
EQ Bands9-Band
Symmetric EQYes
Distance Adjustment0.5 feet
Precision Distance-
Polarity CheckYes
Auto Subwoofer CrossoverYes
Listening Modes
Auto SurroundYes
Auto Level Control-
Optimum Surround-
Stream DirectDirect / Pure Direct
Advanced Surround12
Wide Surround-
Front Stage Surround AdvanceYes
Headphone Surround-
Audio Feature
DSD Music File2ch(2.8MHz / 5.6MHz / 11.2MHz)
Audio Processing32 bit
Dialog EnhancementYes
Advanced Sound RetrieverYes
Sound Retriever AIR-
Digital Noise Reduction-
Tone ControlMulti
Sound Delay (Lip Sync)500 ms @ 48k/ 400 ms @ 96k/ 200 ms @ 192k
Speaker A/BYes
Video Processing
4K 60p Ultra HD PassthroughYes
4K 60p Ultra HD Video ScalerYes (1080p to 4K)
3-D ReadyYes
Audio Return ChannelYes
HDMI 36-bit Deep ColorYes
Video Converter to HDMIYes
Video Scaler-
Stream Smoother-
Pure Cinema-
Super ResolutionYes
Video Parameter Adjustments-
HDMI Input / Output8 In (7 Rear, 1 Front) / 2 Out
MHL 2-
Wi-FiYes (5GHz/2.4GHz)
Bluetooth Built-InYes
Component Video Input / Output2 In (Assignable)
USB Memory InputUSB Memory
Ethernet InputYes
Composite A/V Input / Output2 In (Assignable)
Analog Audio Inputs / Output7 In
Phono InputYes
Digital Inputs / Output5 In (Optical 3, Coaxial 2)
Pre-Amp Outputs11.2ch + Zone 2/ Zone 3 Preout
Headphone OutputYes
Front A/V InputsUSB & HDMI
AM/FM Presets40
Installation Considerations
Home MenuIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Multi-Room and Source OutputPowered ZONE 2 Audio/ZONE 3
Zone 2 SourcesAll Audio Sources
Zone 3 SourcesAll Audio Sources
ECO Mode-
HDMI Speaker B Link-
12 Volt Trigger (Assignable)A.B
IR Serial Remote In/Out2 In / 1 Out
Network Firmware UpdateYes
IP Control for CIYes
FL DimmerYes
Function RenameYes
RemotePioneer Control App
Sleep TimerYes
Detachable Power CordYes
Front PanelBrushed
Transformer StabilizerYes
Advanced Direct ConstructionYes
Speaker Terminals11 Large
3D Space Frame Construction Yes
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer-
Warranty3 Years Parts & Labor
W x H x D (inches)17-1/8 x 7-5/16 x 17-1/3
Weight39.5 lbs.

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