Pioneer SC-72 vs Pioneer SC-63 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
50
SCORE:
44

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite SC-72 to Pioneer Elite SC-63 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-72's being more powerful.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Pioneer Elite SC-72 Highlights

Pioneer Elite SC-63 Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 130 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • 7.2 channels
  • 125 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 1080p Upscaling, 1080p Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer Elite SC-72 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-72

Pioneer Elite SC-63

AMPLIFIER
72
VIDEO FEATURES
27
AUDIO FEATURES
31
CONNECTIVITY
49
MULTIZONE
80
MISCELLANEOUS
38
RADIO
57
OVERALL
50
AMPLIFIER
71
VIDEO FEATURES
11
AUDIO FEATURES
29
CONNECTIVITY
46
MULTIZONE
70
MISCELLANEOUS
36
RADIO
57
OVERALL
44

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-72 over Pioneer Elite SC-63

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite SC-72 over Pioneer Elite SC-63.

Pioneer Elite SC-72 has more power per channel and more zones. It supports gapless playback and Spotify.

Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
DTS Neo Neo:X Neo:6
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC,
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD WAV/FLAC
Gapless Playback
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p up to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p up to 1080/24p (Marvell Qdeo)
MHL Input 1 (Front)
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 7 (1 front)
More HDMI Outputs 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE) 1
More Zones 4 3
HDMI Speaker B Link
Spotify
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 130 W (0.08% THD) 125 W (0.08% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 170 W (1.0% THD) 165 W (1.0% THD)
Higher Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven) 210 W (1.0% THD) 200 W (1.0% THD)
Higher Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%) 660 W 630 W
Higher Rated Lineout Level 380 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT) 375 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)

Advantage of Pioneer Elite SC-63 over Pioneer Elite SC-72

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite SC-63 over Pioneer Elite SC-72.

Only Pioneer Elite SC-63 supports SiriusXM.

Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
Optimum Surround
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display (Zone 2)
SiriusXM Internet Radio
Extension Terminal 5 V, 150 mA

Common Strengths of Pioneer Elite SC-72 and Pioneer Elite SC-63

Pioneer Elite SC-72 and Pioneer Elite SC-63 share common strengths such as front wide channel support, DLNA 1.5 support, ethernet connection, wi-fi, bluetooth, analog pre-outs, internet radio and Pandora.

STRENGTHS Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
Front Wide Channel Support
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DTS Dialog Control N/A N/A
DLNA 1.5
Ethernet
Wi-Fi via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately) via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately) via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2
Many HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 7 (1 front)
USB Input 1 Front 1 Front
Composite Video Inputs 5 (1 front) 5 (1 front)
Component Video Inputs 2 2
Analog Pre-Outs 9.2 9.2
Zones 4 3
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Internet Radio vTuner vTuner
Pandora

Common Weaknesses of Pioneer Elite SC-72 and Pioneer Elite SC-63

Pioneer Elite SC-72 and Pioneer Elite SC-63 share common weaknesses such as no Dolby Atmos support, no DTS:X support, no Auro3D support, no HDR10, no Dolby Vision, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no Amazon Alexa, no SONOS, no phono input, no analog multi-channel input, no Tidal, no Deezer and no Napster.

WEAKNESSES Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
No Dolby Atmos
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
No DTS:X
No DTS Neural:X
No DTS Virtual:X
No IMAX Enhanced
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No Dolby Vision
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
No VRR
No QFT
No FireConnect
No FlareConnect
No Chromecast Built-In
No DTS Play-Fi
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

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-72 and Pioneer Elite SC-63 have 7 channel amplifiers. Pioneer Elite SC-72 delivers 130 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Pioneer Elite SC-63 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-72 supports 4K passthrough up to 30p and Pioneer Elite SC-63 supports 1080p passthrough. Pioneer Elite SC-72 can do 4K upscaling up to 30p and Pioneer Elite SC-63 can do 1080p upscaling.


Class D3 Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-72 and Pioneer Elite SC-63 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-72 and Pioneer Elite SC-63 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-72

Pioneer Elite SC-72 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 9.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB and Composite Video inputs.

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Pioneer Elite SC-63

Pioneer Elite SC-63 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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Detailed Specifications

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-72 and here - Pioneer Elite SC-63.

BASICS Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
BrandPioneerPioneer
SeriesEliteElite
ModelSC-72SC-63
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA
Release Year20132012
AMPLIFIER Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Amplifier DesignClass D3 (Direct Energy HD)Class D3
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability FrontFront Channel
AUDIO Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments AureusTI Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:X Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDWAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC,
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDWAV/FLAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction plus PQLS (HDMI Bitstream/ Multi) plus PQLS (HDMI Bitstream/ Multi)
Auto Level ControlMulti-ChannelMulti-Channel
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift via Dialog Enhancement via Dialog Enhancement
Sound Retriever Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC) Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
Tone Control Front L/R Channels Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer Hi-bit24 Audio Processing Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Auto Surround
Optimum Surround
Advanced Surround15 + Headphone Surround15 + Headphone Surround
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance (Focus/Wide) (Focus/Wide)
Headphone Surround
Virtual SpeakersSurround Back / Height / Depth / Wide
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC Advanced MCACC Advanced
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory66
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands99
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment1/2 Inch1/2 Inch
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/30pup to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p up to 1080/24p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component****, Composite Component****, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p (1125p)1080p (1125p)
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter AdjustmentsYNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black LevelAdvanced Video Adjust - HD Sources Progressive Motion - YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black level
Triple HD Noise Reduction
Super Resolution
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
MHL Input1 (Front)
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad via front USBiPod/iPhone/iPad
Remote App iControlAV2013 (for iOS and Android)iControlAV2012(iPad, iPhone, Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately) via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately) via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)7 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)1
USB Input1 Front1 Front
USB DC Out Port1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
Analog Audio Line Inputs55
Analog Audio Line Outputs11
Phono Input
Optical Inputs22
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No2 / No
Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)5 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs22
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs22
Component Video Outputs11
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs9.29.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite VideoHDMI, USB, Composite Video
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
Zones43
Powered Zones 2 and 3 2 and 3
Zone 2 OutsComposite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + SubwooferComposite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Sub
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line OutRCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output2 (Main, Zone2, Zone 3, HDZone)2 (Main, Zone2, Zone 3)
Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 12 / 1
MISC Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
On-Screen DisplayGraphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)GUI with Album Art
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display (Zone 2)
HDMI Speaker B Link
AVNavigator Built-in
PC Set-UpWith Remote MaintenanceWith Remote Maintenance
IP Control
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationBi-Amp / Zone 2 / B-Speaker / Surround Back / Front Height / Front WidthBi-Amp / Zone 2 / B-Speaker / Surround Back / Front Height / Front Width
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerLearning Remote Control (Luminous)Learning
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets6363
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
ChassisInsulated Dual ChassisInsulated Dual Chassis
Front PanelBrushedAluminum (Hairline)
Solid Aluminum Front
ConstructionAdvanced Direct ConstructionAdvanced Direct Construction
Speaker Terminals99
Large Speaker Terminals99
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption290 W290 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 185 mm x 441 mm
17-1/8" x 7-5/16" x 17-3/8"
435 mm x 185 mm x 441 mm
17-1/8" x 7-1/4" x 17-3/8"
Weight14.5 kg (32.0 lbs)14.6 kg (32.2 lbs)
Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor2 Years
SPECS Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC)130 W (0.08% THD)125 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)170 W (1.0% THD)165 W (1.0% THD)
Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven)210 W (1.0% THD)200 W (1.0% THD)
Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)660 W630 W
THD0.04% (1 kHz, 110 W + 110 W, 8 Ω)0.04% (1 kHz, 110 W + 110 W, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)380 mV/47 kΩ (Line)375 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance380 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)375 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)101 dB101 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 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-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
HDMI Terminal19-pin (Not DVI)19-pin (Not DVI)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 55 mA5 V, 55 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 2.1 AUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 2.1 A
adapterport Terminal5 V, 100 mA5 V, 100 mA
Extension Terminal 5 V, 150 mA
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108 MHz87.5 MHz - 108 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1700 kHz530 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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