Pioneer SC-79 vs Pioneer SC-68 Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
87
SCORE:
85

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite SC-79 to Pioneer Elite SC-68 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 9 channel amplifiers with Pioneer Elite SC-79's being more powerful.

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

Pioneer Elite SC-79 Highlights

Pioneer Elite SC-68 Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 150 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • USB DAC
  • THX Ultra2 Plus certified
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 9.2 channels
  • 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • USB DAC
  • THX Ultra2 Plus certified
  • 1080p Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer Elite SC-79 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-79

Pioneer Elite SC-68

AMPLIFIER
98
VIDEO FEATURES
76
AUDIO FEATURES
80
CONNECTIVITY
88
MULTIZONE
96
MISCELLANEOUS
87
RADIO
85
OVERALL
87
AMPLIFIER
97
VIDEO FEATURES
69
AUDIO FEATURES
79
CONNECTIVITY
89
MULTIZONE
96
MISCELLANEOUS
88
RADIO
85
OVERALL
85

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-79

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite SC-79 over Pioneer Elite SC-68.

Pioneer Elite SC-79 has more power per channel and higher DSD sampling rate via USB. It supports gapless playback and Spotify.

Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
Music Playback via USB AIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/DSD 5.6Mhz WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, DSD
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD WAV/FLAC/DSD
Gapless Playback
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p up to 1080/24p (Marvell Qdeo)
HDBaseT Compatible for MAIN/HDZONE (HDMI Extension via CAT5 Cable)
More HDMI Inputs 9 (1 front) 8 (1 front)
More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE) 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for Sub/Zone4)
Spotify
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 150 W (0.08% THD) 140 W (0.08% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 200 W (1.0% THD) 190 W (1.0% THD)
Higher Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven) 255 W (1.0% THD) 250 W (1.0% THD)
Higher Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%) 850 W 810 W
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 2.8 MHz 2.8 MHz

Advantage of Pioneer Elite SC-68

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite SC-79 over Pioneer Elite SC-68.

Pioneer Elite SC-79 has more power per channel and higher DSD sampling rate via USB. It supports gapless playback and Spotify.

Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
Multi-Channel Input 7.1
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display (Z2 & Z3)
SiriusXM Internet Radio
Extension Terminal 5 V, 150 mA

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Front Wide Channel Support 👍
THX™ Certification 👍
Certified 4 Ω Performance 👍
Bi-amp Capability 👍
Many Channel Processing 👍
Air Studios Monitor Certification 👍
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 via USB 👍
DSD to PCM Converter 👍
USB DAC 👍
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 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
Analog To HDMI Upconversion 👍
MHL Input 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
Bluetooth 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
Many HDMI Inputs 👍
Many HDMI Outputs 👍
USB Input 👍
Phono Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Composite Video Outputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Outputs 👍
Analog Pre-Outs 👍
Zones 👍
Detachable Power Cord 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Pandora 👍
Transformer Stabilizer 👍
WEAKNESSES
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 Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-79 and Pioneer Elite SC-68 have 9 channel amplifiers. Pioneer Elite SC-79 delivers 150 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Pioneer Elite SC-68 delivers 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 30p. Pioneer Elite SC-79 can do 4K upscaling up to 30p and Pioneer Elite SC-68 can do 1080p upscaling.


Class D3 Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-79 and Pioneer Elite SC-68 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.


THX™ Certification

Pioneer Elite SC-79 and Pioneer Elite SC-68 are THX™ certified which offers optimal performance, superior quality and seamless integration. THX works with partners from the ground up, so that certified products deliver professional quality audio-visual experiences right out of the box. They only certify the very best products with uncompromised quality, performance and consistency. They ensure that THX certified devices play well with lower performing devices and components. THX listening modes make the receiver to have one speaker set up for movies, music and games. They are tested for power output, bass management, signal-to-noise ratio and feature RE-EQ, timbre matching, boundary gain compensation and THX Loudness Plus.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite SC-79 and Pioneer Elite SC-68 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-79

Pioneer Elite SC-79 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly[y] via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately). It can also connect to bluetooth devices[y] via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately). The Receiver supports[y] AirPlay. It has 9 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 11.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB and Composite Video inputs.

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Pioneer Elite SC-68

Pioneer Elite SC-68 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly[y] via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately). It can also connect to bluetooth devices[y] via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately). The Receiver supports[y] AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 7.1 multi-channel analog inputs and 11.2 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-79 and here - Pioneer Elite SC-68.

BASICS Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
BrandPioneerPioneer
SeriesEliteElite
ModelSC-79SC-68
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA
Release Year20132012
AMPLIFIER Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
Channels9.29.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Amplifier DesignClass D3 (Direct Energy HD)Class D3
THX™ Certification Ultra2 Plus Ultra2 Plus
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability Front, Center, Surround, SP-BFront / Center / Surround / B-Speaker
AUDIO Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments AureusTI Aureus x 2
Maximum Channel Processing9.19.1
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:X
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 USBAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/DSD 5.6MhzWAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, DSD
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/DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC 192kHz/32-bit (Rear Panel B-Type)
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 All Channels All Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer Hi-bit32 Audio Processing Hi-bit32 (96 kHz) 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 Speakers Surround Back / Height / Depth / Wide
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC Advanced MCACC Advanced
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory66
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands9 (Advanced)9
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment1/2 Inch1/2 Inch
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/30pup to 4K/30p
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 AdjustmentsAdvanced Video Adjust - HD Sources Progressive Motion - YNR, 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-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
MHL InputAndroid MHL 3D/Full-HD/Charge 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 for MAIN/HDZONE (HDMI Extension via CAT5 Cable)
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Input9 (1 front)8 (1 front)
HDMI Output3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for Sub/Zone4)
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 Input55
Analog Audio Line Output11
Phono Input
Optical In22
Optical Out11
Coaxial In/Out2 / 2 /
Composite Video Input5 (1 front)5 (1 front)
Composite Video Output22
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input33
Component Video Output11
PC In
Multi-Channel Input 7.1
Analog Pre-Outs11.211.2
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-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
Zones44
Powered Zones 2 and 3 2 and 3
Zone 2Component Video, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + SubwooferComponent Video, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer
Zone 3 OutsComposite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + SubwooferComposite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Sub
Zone 4 OutsHDMIHDMI
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output2 (Main, Zone2, Zone 3, HDZone)2 (Main, Zone2, Zone 3, Zone 4)
Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 12 / 1
MISC Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
On-Screen DisplayGraphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)GUI with Album Art
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display (Z2 & Z3)
HDMI Speaker B Link
AVNavigator Built-in
PC Set-UpWith Remote MaintenanceWith Remote Maintenance
IP Control for CI
PreAmp Mode (Front Off, Front & Center Off)
Versatile Speaker Configuration 10 Mode (Bi-Amp / Zone 2 / B-Speaker / Surround Back / Front Height / Dront Width
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerLearning Remote Control (Lumi us)Learning
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
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-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
ChassisInsulated Dual ChassisInsulated Dual Chassis
Front PanelAluminum (Hairline)Aluminum (Hairline)
Solid Aluminum Front
Advanced Direct ConstructionAdvanced Direct ConstructionAdvanced Direct Construction
Speaker Terminals1111
Large Speaker Terminals1111
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption370 W370 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
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"
Weight17.6 kg (38.8 lbs)17.8 kg (39.2 lbs)
Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor2 Years
SPECS Pioneer Elite SC-79 Pioneer Elite SC-68
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2150 W (0.08% THD)140 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2200 W (1.0% THD)190 W (1.0% THD)
Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2255 W (1.0% THD)250 W (1.0% THD)
Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)850 W810 W
THD0.04% (1 kHz, 130 W + 130 W, 8 Ω)0.04% (1 kHz, 130 W + 130 W, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)400 mV/47 kΩ (Line)400 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)5 mV/47 kΩ5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance400 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)400 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)103 dB103 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
USB DAC TerminalUSB2.0 (Type B)USB2.0 (Type B)
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)
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
HDMI Input/MHL Terminal5 V, 900 mA5 V, 1 A
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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