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Default Pioneer Unveils Elite AV Receivers with Dolby Atmos & DTS:X, Prices Start at $1,600

Three more AV receivers with next-gen audio support have been announced.

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Default 2015 flagship Pioneer Elite SC-99 A/V receiver has both Dolby ATMOS and DTX X

This new 2015 flagship Pioneer Elite SC-99 A/V receiver has both Dolby ATMOS and DTS X (requires a future firmware update for DTS X).

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/ephox/StaticFiles/PUSA/Files/Home/SC-99_Single_Sheet1.pdf

According to the owners manual on page 37 there is only 2 HDMI inputs that have HDCP 2.2 technology which is disappointing for a $2,500 A/V receiver (all three HDMI outputs also have HDCP 2.2). Hopefully next year on future models Pioneer might increase the amount of HDMI inputs that offer the HDCP 2.2 feature.

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/St...ons_071015.pdf

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I would like to see future Pioneer A/V receivers go beyond 9.2 channels. A 13.2 or 11.2 A/V receiver would be ideal for DTS X and Dolby ATMOS technology (even more channels then 13.2 would be ideal for the ultimate home theater setup). 9.2 only offers two height channels to ones existing 7.1 or 7.2 surround sound setup.
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I would like to see future Pioneer A/V receivers go beyond 9.2 channels. A 13.2 or 11.2 A/V receiver would be ideal for DTS X and Dolby ATMOS technology (even more channels then 13.2 would be ideal for the ultimate home theater setup). 9.2 only offers two height channels to ones existing 7.1 or 7.2 surround sound setup. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
An 11.2 would be more than enough for your average home theater buff. Average user would be 7.2 or 9.2.

Your comment about going beyond 13.2, all I can think of is the Goofy animated short about how to set up your home theater!

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According to page 31 in the owner’s manual, the Pioneer Elite SC-99 will do 11.2 channels (7.2.4) if one adds an external amplifier for the extra two channels. However in the future hopefully a Pioneer Elite A/V receiver for $3,000+ might get developed that has 11.2 channels built in so that no external amplifier needs to be added.
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According to page 31 in the owner’s manual, the Pioneer Elite SC-99 will do 11.2 channels (7.2.4) if one adds an external amplifier for the extra two channels. However in the future hopefully a Pioneer Elite A/V receiver for $3,000+ might get developed that has 11.2 channels built in so that no external amplifier needs to be added.
It's possible for sure, but I'm not sure if many AVR manufacturers are are interested in building receivers with more than nine channels of internal amplification due to space limitations and heat build up. Yes, Integra and Onkyo have such models, but my guess is that premium AVRs will see more processing power and pre-outs for external amplification rather than more and more internal amps.

However, what's really interesting about these new Pioneer models is that, per Pioneer's press release, ALL THREE of them will do 9.1.2 or 7.1.4 with an external amp. Even the SC-95, which only costs $1600. If this is correct, I think this is officially the most affordable AVR with this capability.
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I'm eyeing the SC-95, but they still don't have the DTS: X firmware out.
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Still no DTS: X firmware. I'm so glad that I didn't actually save my money for these and become an early adopter. I would have been so mad about that. Who really knows when the firmware is going to come out? Maybe in six months, they'll have it out, a couple price cuts down the road.
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