Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61 Detailed Comparison

Pioneer Elite SC-71

Pioneer Elite SC-61

SCORE:
82
SCORE:
79

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 120 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 125 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 1080p Upscaling, 1080p Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite SC-71 to Pioneer Elite SC-61 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 7 channel amplifiers with Pioneer Elite SC-71's being less powerful.

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer Elite SC-71 gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Pioneer Elite SC-71

Pioneer Elite SC-61

AMPLIFIER
89
VIDEO FEATURES
76
AUDIO FEATURES
77
CONNECTIVITY
81
MULTIZONE
87
MISCELLANEOUS
71
RADIO
85
OVERALL
82
AMPLIFIER
90
VIDEO FEATURES
60
AUDIO FEATURES
75
CONNECTIVITY
83
MULTIZONE
91
MISCELLANEOUS
70
RADIO
85
OVERALL
79

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Pioneer Elite SC-71

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite SC-71 over Pioneer Elite SC-61.

Only Pioneer Elite SC-71 supports gapless playback and Spotify.

Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
DTS Neo Neo:X vs Neo:6
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC,
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs WAV/FLAC
Gapless Playback vs
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p vs up to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p vs up to 1080/24p (Marvell Qdeo)
MHL Input 1 (Front) vs
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) vs 7 (1 front)
More HDMI Outputs 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE) vs 1
HDMI Speaker B Link vs
Spotify vs

Advantage of Pioneer Elite SC-61

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite SC-71 over Pioneer Elite SC-61.

Only Pioneer Elite SC-71 supports gapless playback and Spotify.

Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
Optimum Surround vs
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 4 vs 5
More Analog Audio Line Outputs vs 1
More Composite Video Inputs 4 (1 front) vs 5 (1 front)
More Composite Video Outputs 1 vs 2
More Analog Pre-Outs 2.2 vs 9.2
More Powered Zones 2 vs 2 and 3
Zone 2 Outs Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out vs Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Sub
+12V Trigger Output 1 (Main, Zone2, HDZone) vs 2 (Main, Zone2, Zone 3)
Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 vs 2 / 1
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display vs (Zone 2)
SiriusXM Internet Radio vs
Transformer Stabilizer vs
Bigger Power Supply 260 W vs 290 W
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 120 W (0.08% THD) vs 125 W (0.08% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 150 W (1.0% THD) vs 165 W (1.0% THD)
Higher Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven) 180 W (1.0% THD) vs 200 W (1.0% THD)
Higher Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%) 560 W vs 630 W
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB vs 101 dB
Extension Terminal vs 5 V, 150 mA

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Front Wide Channel Support
👍   Certified 4 Ω Performance
👍   Bi-amp Capability
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Pro Logic
👍   Dolby Digital EX
👍   Surround EX
👍   DTS Neo
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   DTS Express
👍   DTS-ES
👍   High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
👍   DSD via HDMI
👍   DSD to PCM Converter
👍   DTS Dialog Control
👍   Dialog Enhancement
👍   Dialogue Lift
👍   Sound Retriever
👍   Sound Retriever AIR
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   High-resolution Music Enhancer
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   3-D Ready
👍   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
👍   DLNA 1.5
👍   Ethernet
👍   Wi-Fi
👍   Bluetooth
👍   New HDCP Version
👍   Many HDMI Inputs
👍   USB Input
👍   Composite Video Inputs
👍   Composite Video Outputs
👍   Component Video Inputs
👍   Component Video Outputs
👍   Analog Pre-Outs
👍   Zones
👍   Detachable Power Cord
👍   Analog Tuner
👍   Pandora
CONS
👍   No Dolby Atmos
👍   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👍   No Dolby Surround Upmixer
👍   No DTS:X
👍   No DTS Neural:X
👍   No DTS Virtual:X
👍   No IMAX Enhanced
👍   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👍   No HDR10
👍   No HDR10+
👍   No BT.2020 color space
👍   No Dolby Vision
👍   No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
👍   No Chromecast Built-In
👍   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
👍   Does Not Work with SONOS
👍   No eARC
👍   No Phono Input
👍   No Multi-Channel Input
👍   No Tidal
👍   No Deezer
👍   No Napster

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-71 and Pioneer Elite SC-61 have 7 channel amplifiers. Pioneer Elite SC-71 delivers 120 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Pioneer Elite SC-61 delivers 125 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Pioneer Elite SC-71 supports 4K passthrough up to 30p and Pioneer Elite SC-61 supports 1080p passthrough. Pioneer Elite SC-71 can do 4K upscaling up to 30p and Pioneer Elite SC-61 can do 1080p upscaling.


Class D3 Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-71 and Pioneer Elite SC-61 amplifiers have Class D3 design. Such amplifiers contain advanced integrated circuitry technology creating unmatched power without sacrificing sound quality or performance. Class D3 amplifiers use a Direct Signal Path Design to provide the shortest audio signal path possible. By eliminating EMI filters, feedback loops, and current limiters of previous designs, Class D3 reduces ringing distortion and noise, especially in the high frequency audio band.

The power consumption of the Digital Class D3 Amplifier is significantly lower than traditional A/B amplifiers - letting you save energy and generate less heat without compromising performance. The Digital Class D3 Amplifier uses a simple structure employing a straight signal path, resulting in improved sound quality requiring less energy than competitive models yet producing more simultaneous power output. This direct signal path means no EMI filters, feedback loops or current limiting - a true engineering art. Unlike traditional designs, these amps deliver the strength to handle multiple low-impedance speakers without dramatic power loss. The efficiency of Class D3 means cooler operation while drawing just a fraction of the power consumed by conventional amplifiers, enhancing and extending component life and reliability.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite SC-71 and Pioneer Elite SC-61 is done by Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever. Hear the detail, warmth and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3 and WMA files stored on USB, Smartphone and portable media players. By restoring data that tend to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneers Advanced Sound Retriever Technology enhances audio reproduction all the way upto 20 Khz frequencies.


Connectivity

Pioneer Elite SC-71

Pioneer Elite SC-71 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately). It can also connect to bluetooth devices via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately). The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There are 2.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB and Composite Video inputs.

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Pioneer Elite SC-61

Pioneer Elite SC-61 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately). It can also connect to bluetooth devices via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately). The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 7 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There are 9.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB and Composite Video inputs.

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Side by Side Comparison

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Pioneer Elite SC-71 and here - Pioneer Elite SC-61.

BASICS Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
BrandPioneervsPioneer
SeriesElitevsElite
ModelSC-71vsSC-61
TypeA/V ReceivervsA/V Receiver
CountryUSAvsUSA
Release Year2013vs2012
AMPLIFIER Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
Channels7.2vs7.2
Front Wide Channel Supportvs
Amplifier DesignClass D3 (Direct Energy HD)vsClass D3
THX™ Certificationvs
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedvs
Certified 4 Ω Performancevs
Bi-amp Capability FrontvsFront Channel
AUDIO Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments AureusvsTI Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing7.1vs7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationvs
Dolby Atmosvs
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationvs
Dolby TrueHDvs
Dolby Digital Plusvs
Dolby Surround Upmixervs
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIzvs PLIIz
Dolby Digital EXvs
Surround EXvs
DTS:Xvs
DTS Neural:Xvs
DTS Virtual:Xvs
DTS Neo Neo:Xvs Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audiovs
DTS-HD High Resolution Audiovs
DTS 96/24vs
DTS Expressvs
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1vs Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedvs
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixervs
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDvsWAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC,
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bitvs 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDvsWAV/FLAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBvs
Gapless Playbackvs
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Convertervs
USB DACvs
Jitter Reduction plus PQLS (HDMI Bitstream/ Multi)vs plus PQLS (HDMI Bitstream/ Multi)
Auto Level ControlMulti-ChannelvsMulti-Channel
Dialog Enhancementvs
Dialogue Lift via Dialog Enhancementvs via Dialog Enhancement
Sound Retriever Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)vs Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIRvs
Digital Noise Reductionvs
Tone Control Front L/R Channelsvs Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retrievervs Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer Hi-bit24 Audio Processingvs Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
Audyssey Dynamic EQvs
Audyssey Dynamic Volumevs
Audyssey LFCvs
Audyssey Sub EQ HTvs
Audyssey DSXvs
Direct Modevs
Pure Direct Modevs
Auto Surroundvs
Optimum Surroundvs
Advanced Surround15 + Headphone Surroundvs15 + Headphone Surround
Wide Surroundvs
Front Stage Surround Advancevs (Focus/Wide)
Headphone Surroundvs
Virtual SpeakersvsSurround Back / Height / Depth / Wide
Virtual Depthvs
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputvs
CALIBRATION Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Advanced MCACCvs Advanced MCACC
Manual MCACCvs
MCACC Memory6vs6
Full Band Phase Controlvs
Standing Wave Controlvs
EQ Bands9vs9
Symmetric EQvs
X-Curvevs
Distance Adjustment1/2 Inchvs1/2 Inch
Precision Distancevs
Polarity Checkvs
Auto Subwoofer Crossovervs
VIDEO Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
HDR10vs
HDR10+vs
BT.2020 color spacevs
Dolby Visionvs
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)vs
QMS (Quick Media Switching)vs
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)vs
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)vs
QFT (Quick Frame transport)vs
3-D Readyvs
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/30pvsup to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30pvs up to 1080/24p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component****, Compositevs Component****, Composite
Component Video Upscalingvs
Analog to Analog Video conversionvs
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p (1125p)vs1080p (1125p)
Stream Smoothervs
Pure Cinemavs
Video Parameter AdjustmentsYNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black LevelvsAdvanced Video Adjust - HD Sources Progressive Motion - YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black level
Triple HD Noise Reductionvs
Super Resolutionvs
isf Certified Calibration Controlvs
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
MHL Input1 (Front)vs
DLNA 1.5vs
FireConnectvs
FlareConnectvs
Chromecast Built-Invs
DTS Play-Fivs
Works with Amazon Alexavs
Works with SONOSvs
AirPlay AirPlayvs AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad via front USBvsiPod/iPhone/iPad
Remote App iControlAV2013 (for iOS and Android)vsiControlAV2012(iPad, iPhone, Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevuevs
Ethernetvs
Ethernet Switchvs
Wi-Fi via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)vs via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)vs via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatiblevs
Enhanced ARCvs
HDCP Version2.2vs2.2
HDMI Input8 (1 front)vs7 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)vs1
USB Input1 Frontvs1 Front
USB DC Out Port1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)vs1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
Analog Audio Line Input4vs5
Analog Audio Line Outputvs1
Phono Inputvs
Optical In2vs2
Optical Outvs
Coaxial In/Out2 / vs2 /
Composite Video Input4 (1 front)vs5 (1 front)
Composite Video Output1vs2
S-Video Inputvs
S-Video Outputvs
Component Video Input2vs2
Component Video Output1vs1
PC Invs
Multi-Channel Inputvs
Analog Pre-Outs2.2vs9.2
XLR Inputsvs
XLR Pre-outsvs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite VideovsHDMI, USB, Composite Video
Speaker A/Bvs
Headphone Out 6.3 mmvs 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
Zones3vs3
Powered Zones 2vs 2 and 3
Zone 2Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line OutvsComposite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Sub
RS-232vs
+12V Trigger Output1 (Main, Zone2, HDZone)vs2 (Main, Zone2, Zone 3)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1vs2 / 1
MISC Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
On-Screen DisplayGraphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)vsGUI with Album Art
Multi-Zone On-Screen Displayvs (Zone 2)
HDMI Speaker B Linkvs
AVNavigator Built-invs
PC Set-Upvs
IP Control for CIvs
PreAmp Modevs
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back/ Front Height/ Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-SpeakervsBi-Amp / Zone 2 / B-Speaker / Surround Back / Front Height / Front Width
FL Dimmervs
Function Renamevs
Remote ControllerLearning Remote Control (Lumius)vsLearning
Detachable Power Cordvs
adapterportvs
RADIO Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
Analog Tuner FM/AMvs FM/AM
Presets63vs63
Digital Radiovs
Internet Radio vTunervs vTuner
Pandoravs
Spotifyvs
Tidalvs
Deezervs
Napstervs
SiriusXM Internet Radiovs
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
Front PanelBrushedvsHairline
Solid Aluminum Frontvs
Advanced Direct ConstructionAdvanced Direct ConstructionvsAdvanced Direct Construction
Speaker Terminals9vs9
Large Speaker Terminals9vs9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsvs
3D Space Frame Constructionvs
Gold plated RCA terminalsvs
POWER Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzvsAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformervs
Transformer Stabilizervs
Power Consumption260 Wvs290 W
Standby Power0.1 Wvs0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
Auto Power Standbyvs
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 185 mm x 396 mm
17.13" x 7.31" x 15.56"
vs435 mm x 185 mm x 441 mm
17-1/8" x 7-1/4" x 17-3/8"
Weight11.7 kg (25.8 lbs)vs14.4 kg (31.7 lbs)
Warranty2 Years Parts & Laborvs2 Years
SPECS Pioneer Elite SC-71 vs Pioneer Elite SC-61
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2120 W (0.08% THD)vs125 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2150 W (1.0% THD)vs165 W (1.0% THD)
Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2180 W (1.0% THD)vs200 W (1.0% THD)
Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)560 Wvs630 W
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)365 mV/47 kΩ (Line)vs375 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dBvs101 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHzvs2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
vs1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TXvs10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
HDMI Terminal19-pin (not DVI)vs19-pin (not DVI)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 55 mAvs5 V, 55 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 2.1 AvsUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 2.1 A
adapterport Terminal5 V, 100 mAvs5 V, 100 mA
Extension Terminalvs 5 V, 150 mA
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108 MHzvs87.5 MHz - 108 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1700 kHzvs530 kHz - 1700 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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