Pioneer SC-1522-K

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    Highlights

    • 9.2 Channels
    • 9.1 Channel Processing
    • 130 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • THX™Select™2 Plus Certified
    • Bluetooth, Ethernet

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    1. Overview

    Pioneer SC-1522-K was introduced in 2012. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier with 130 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 9.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 1080/60p and upscales up to 1080/24p (Marvell Qdeo) video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 79 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

    Amplifier
    94
    Audio Features
    76
    Video Features
    54
    Connectivity
    84
    Zones
    88
    Radio
    85
    OVERALL
    79

    For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluation section.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer SC-1522-K.

    PROs

    •   High Power Output - 130 W
    •   Front Wide Channel Support
    •   THX™ Certification
    •   9.1 Channel Processing
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Bluetooth
    •   8 HDMI Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   3 Zones
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora

    CONs

    •   No Dolby Atmos
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Spotify
    •   No Tidal

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   9.2 Channels
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   2 HDMI Outputs
    •   RCA Line Inputs

    3. Pioneer 2012 Lineup

    In 2012 Pioneer released 13 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Pioneer 2012 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsVideo Pass.Zones Price
    SC-68 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.111.24K4
    SC-67 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.111.24K4
    SC-65 Image cannot be found 9.2130 W9.111.24K3
    SC-63 Image cannot be found 7.2125 W7.19.21080p3
    SC-61 Image cannot be found 7.2125 W7.19.21080p3
    VSX-60 Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.11080p2
    VSX-42 Image cannot be found 7.180 W7.11080p2
    SC-1522-K Image cannot be found 9.2130 W9.111.21080p3
    SC-1222-K Image cannot be found 7.2120 W7.19.21080p3
    VSX-1122-K Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.11080p3
    VSX-1022-K Image cannot be found 7.180 W7.11080p1
    VSX-822-K Image cannot be found 5.180 W7.12.11080p1
    VSX-522-K Image cannot be found 5.180 W7.12.11080p1

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Pioneer SC-68 vs SC-67 vs SC-65 vs SC-63 vs SC-61 vs VSX-60.

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    4. Amplifier

    9 channel Class D3 Amplifier

    Pioneer SC-1522-K features 9 channel power amplifier with Class D3 design. It is rated at 130 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      THX Select™2 Plus certified

      Pioneer SC-1522-K is THX™ Select™2 Plus certified. This means that it is ideally suited for a room where the screen-to-seat viewing distance is approximately 3 to 4 meters, and the room size is approximately 56 cubic meters.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels9.2
      Power Output130 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      Amplifier DesignClass D3
      THX™ Certification Select™2 Plus
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability Front Channel

      5. Speaker Configurations

      Pioneer SC-1522-K's 9 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Configurations: Available configurations are:
      • 5.2, 7.2, 9.2 with internal amplifier.
      • Front Wide Channel support: Pioneer SC-1522-K supports front wide channels. With the presence of two front wide speakers you can enhance the front surround stage. The following speaker configurations are available for front wide channels - 9.2.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Pioneer SC-1522-K allows you to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

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      6. HDMI

      Pioneer SC-1522-K features 8 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.

      • 1080/60p Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 1080p video signal.
      • 1080p Upscaling: Pioneer SC-1522-K can upscale up to 1080/24p (Marvell Qdeo) from HDMI and analog sources.
      • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: The a/v receiver supports video upconversion, so you can connect your analog Component and Composite video sources and Pioneer SC-1522-K will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
      • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Pioneer SC-1522-K is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.


      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.2
      QMS (Quick Media Switching)
      ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
      VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
      QFT (Quick Frame transport)
      3-D Ready
      Video Signal Passthroughup to 1080p
      Video Signal Upscaling up to 1080/24p (Marvell Qdeo)

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      7. Room Calibration

      Pioneer SC-1522-K comes with Advanced MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      • MCACC: Pioneer’s exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) delivers an easy-to-use, automatic sound adjustment system to precision-tune your Pioneer and Pioneer Elite receivers with minimal effort. Every MCACC system comes with a microphone to measure and analyze reverb characteristics. The equalizer optimally adjusts sound parameters to fit the size and shape of your home environment while maintaining the integrity of high-resolution playback without any degradation to the quality of your music.

      8. Multi-zone Playback

      Pioneer SC-1522-K offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 3 different rooms.


      Zone 2

      • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 7 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      • Audio Pre/Line Output: If you have a dedicated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre/line outs and use "pre out" option to control volume from the a/v receiver or use "line out" option - send fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 2 amplifier.
      • Composite Video Output: Pioneer SC-1522-K has analog Composite Video output for Zone 2. This means that it can send a different video signal to the TV.

      Zone 3

      • Powered Zone 3: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 3 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 7 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      • Audio Pre/Line Output: If you have a dedicated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre/line outs and use "pre out" option to control volume from the a/v receiver or use "line out" option - send fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 3 amplifier.
      ZONES
      Number of Zones3
      Powered Zones 2 and 3
      Zone 2 OutsComposite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer
      Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output2 (Main, Zone2, Zone 3)
      Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 1

      9. Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Analog Pre-Outs: Pioneer SC-1522-K has 11.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the a/v receiver to power the rest.
      • Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 5 line inputs and 1 line output for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs and Outputs: 2 optical inputs, 1 optical output and 2 coaxial inputs are available for digital audio connection.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Inputs: 8 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (simultaneous)
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 5   Outputs: 2
      • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one. Pioneer SC-1522-K supports up to 1080p (1125p) resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, USB, Composite Video
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 Front
      USB DC Out Port1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
      Optical Inputs2
      Optical Outputs1
      Coaxial Inputs2
      RCA Line Inputs5
      RCA Line Outputs1
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs11.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)
      Composite Video Outputs2
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs2
      Component Video Outputs1

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      10. Evaluation

      We evaluate Pioneer SC-1522-K and give score of 79 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


      OVERALL
      79

      Amplifier

      EXCELLENT
      94

      We give Pioneer SC-1522-K a score of 94 for Amplifier features.

      •   9.2 Channels
      •   High Power Output - 130 W
      •   THX™ Certification

      Audio Features

      GOOD
      76

      We give Pioneer SC-1522-K a score of 76 for Audio Features features.

      •   9.2 Channels
      •   Front Wide Channel Support
      •   9.1 Channel Processing
      •   No Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      POOR
      54

      We give Pioneer SC-1522-K a score of 54 for Video Features features.

      •   No HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion

      Connectivity

      GOOD
      84

      We give Pioneer SC-1522-K a score of 84 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   8 HDMI Inputs
      •   2 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet

      Zones

      EXCELLENT
      88

      We give Pioneer SC-1522-K a score of 88 for Zones features.

      •   3 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      85

      We give Pioneer SC-1522-K a score of 85 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   No Spotify
      •   No Tidal

      11. Replaced by SC-1523-K

      In 2013 Pioneer SC-1522-K was replaced by Pioneer SC-1523-K. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Pioneer SC-1522-K and its successor.

      UPGRADES Pioneer SC-1523-K vs Pioneer SC-1522-K
      Higher Power Output 135 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 130 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 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
      Auto Phase Control Plus 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)
      More HDMI Inputs 9 (1 front) vs 8 (1 front)
      More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE) vs 2 (simultaneous)
      More Zones 4 vs 3
      Spotify vs
      Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 135 W (0.08% THD) vs 130 W (0.08% THD)
      Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 175 W (1.0% THD) vs 170 W (1.0% THD)
      Higher Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven) 220 W (1.0% THD) vs 210 W (1.0% THD)
      Higher Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%) 760 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%) vs 720 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)
      Higher Rated Lineout Level 390 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT) vs 380 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
      DOWNGRADES Pioneer SC-1523-K vs Pioneer SC-1522-K
      More Tone Control Channels Front L/R Channels vs All Channels
      Multi-Zone On-Screen Display vs Zone 2 Text
      SiriusXM vs

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