Pioneer Elite SC-72 Review and Specs
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Pioneer Elite SC-72 (USA version)

SCORE:
83

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

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Pioneer Elite SC-72 Overview

Pioneer Elite SC-72 was introduced in 2013. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 83 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
91
VIDEO FEATURES
76
AUDIO FEATURES
77
CONNECTIVITY
84
MULTIZONE
94
MISCELLANEOUS
71
RADIO
85
OVERALL
83

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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer Elite SC-72.

PROS
Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘
Certified 4 Ω Performance πŸ‘
Bi-amp Capability πŸ‘
Dolby TrueHD πŸ‘
Dolby Digital Plus πŸ‘
Dolby Pro Logic πŸ‘
Dolby Digital EX πŸ‘
Surround EX πŸ‘
DTS Neo πŸ‘
DTS-HD Master Audio πŸ‘
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio πŸ‘
DTS 96/24 πŸ‘
DTS Express πŸ‘
DTS-ES πŸ‘
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network πŸ‘
Gapless Playback πŸ‘
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
DSD via USB πŸ‘
DSD to PCM Converter πŸ‘
DTS Dialog Control πŸ‘
Dialog Enhancement πŸ‘
Dialogue Lift πŸ‘
Sound Retriever πŸ‘
Sound Retriever AIR πŸ‘
Compressed Music Enhancer πŸ‘
High-resolution Music Enhancer πŸ‘
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. πŸ‘
3-D Ready πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling πŸ‘
Analog To HDMI Upconversion πŸ‘
MHL Input πŸ‘
DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
Wi-Fi πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
Many HDMI Inputs πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Composite Video Outputs πŸ‘
Component Video Inputs πŸ‘
Component Video Outputs πŸ‘
Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Detachable Power Cord πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
Pandora πŸ‘
Spotify πŸ‘
Transformer Stabilizer πŸ‘
CONS
No Dolby Atmos πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Surround Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No DTS:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Neural:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10 πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No BT.2020 color space πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Vision πŸ‘Ž
No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) πŸ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘Ž
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS πŸ‘Ž
No eARC πŸ‘Ž
No Phono Input πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Tidal πŸ‘Ž
No Deezer πŸ‘Ž
No Napster πŸ‘Ž
No SiriusXM Internet Radio πŸ‘Ž

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite SC-72 to its predecessor SC-63 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
Gapless Playback βœ” βœ–
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p up to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling βœ” up to 4K/30p βœ” up to 1080/24p (Marvell Qdeo)
MHL Input 1 (Front) βœ–
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
Spotify βœ” βœ–

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-72 Pioneer Elite SC-63
SiriusXM Internet Radio βœ– βœ”

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite SC-72 vs Pioneer Elite SC-63.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-72 has 7 channel Class D3 amplifier and delivers 130 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load. This receiver even supports front wide channels which is found only in a very few high-end receivers these days.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 30p and 4K upscaling up to 30p.


Class D3 Amplifier

Pioneer Class D3 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 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.


Room Correction

Pioneer Elite SC-72 comes with[y] MCACC Advanced room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Pioneer Elite SC-72 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 and 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

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer Elite SC-72.

BASICS
BrandPioneer
SeriesElite
ModelSC-72
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2013
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Supportβœ”
Amplifier DesignClass D3 (Direct Energy HD)
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ”
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ” Front
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ–
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ–
Dolby Pro Logicβœ” PLIIz
Dolby Digital EXβœ”
Surround EXβœ”
DTS:Xβœ–
DTS Neural:Xβœ–
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ” Neo:X
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedβœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerβœ–
PCMβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkβœ” 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBβœ–
Gapless Playbackβœ”
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBβœ” 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterβœ”
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ” plus PQLS (HDMI Bitstream/ Multi)
Auto Level ControlMulti-Channel
Dialog Enhancementβœ”
Dialogue Liftβœ” via Dialog Enhancement
Sound Retrieverβœ” Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIRβœ”
Digital Noise Reductionβœ”
Tone Controlβœ” Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancerβœ” Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancerβœ” Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
Audyssey Dynamic EQβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeβœ–
Audyssey LFCβœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTβœ–
Audyssey DSXβœ–
Direct Modeβœ”
Pure Direct Modeβœ”
Auto Surroundβœ”
Optimum Surroundβœ–
Advanced Surround15 + Headphone Surround
Wide Surroundβœ”
Front Stage Surround Advanceβœ” (Focus/Wide)
Headphone Surroundβœ”
Virtual Speakersβœ”
Virtual Depthβœ”
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputβœ–
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” MCACC Advanced
Manual MCACCβœ”
MCACC Memory6
Full Band Phase Controlβœ–
Standing Wave Controlβœ”
EQ Bands9
Symmetric EQβœ”
X-Curveβœ”
Distance Adjustment1/2 Inch
Precision Distanceβœ–
Polarity Checkβœ”
Auto Subwoofer Crossoverβœ”
VIDEO
HDR10βœ–
HDR10+βœ–
BT.2020 color spaceβœ–
Dolby Visionβœ–
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)βœ–
Quick Media Switching (QMS)βœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-throughβœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)βœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)βœ–
3-D Readyβœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/30p
Video Signal Upscalingβœ” up to 4K/30p
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ” Component****, Composite
Component Video Upscalingβœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionβœ–
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p (1125p)
Stream Smootherβœ”
Pure Cinemaβœ”
Video Parameter AdjustmentsYNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level
Triple HD Noise Reductionβœ”
Super Resolutionβœ–
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input1 (Front)
DLNA 1.5βœ”
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
Chromecast Built-Inβœ–
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ–
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ” AirPlay
Apple Product Connectionβœ” iPod, iPhone and iPad via front USB
Remote Appβœ” iControlAV2013 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ”
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ” via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetoothβœ” via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced ARCβœ–
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Input8 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
USB Input1 Front
USB DC Out Port1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
Analog Audio Line Input5
Analog Audio Line Output1
Phono Inputβœ–
Optical In2
Optical Outβœ–
Coaxial In/Out2 / βœ–
Composite Video Input5 (1 front)
Composite Video Output2
S-Video Inputβœ–
S-Video Outputβœ–
Component Video Input2
Component Video Output1
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs9.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite Video
Speaker A/Bβœ”
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones4
Powered Zonesβœ” 2 and 3
Zone 2Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 4 OutsHDMI
RS-232βœ”
+12V Trigger Output2 (Main, Zone2, Zone 3, HDZone)
Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 1
MISC
On-Screen DisplayGraphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
Multi-Zone On-Screen Displayβœ–
HDMI Speaker B Linkβœ”
AVNavigatorβœ” Built-in
PC Set-UpWith Remote Maintenance
IP Control for CIβœ”
PreAmp Modeβœ”
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationBi-Amp / Zone 2 / B-Speaker / Surround Back / Front Height / Front Width
FL Dimmerβœ”
Function Renameβœ”
Remote ControllerLearning Remote Control (Lumiβœ– us)
Detachable Power Cordβœ”
adapterportβœ”
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM
Presets63
Digital Radioβœ–
Internet Radioβœ” vTuner
Pandoraβœ”
Spotifyβœ”
Tidalβœ–
Deezerβœ–
Napsterβœ–
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
ChassisInsulated Dual Chassis
Front PanelBrushed
Solid Aluminum Frontβœ–
Advanced Direct ConstructionAdvanced Direct Construction
Speaker Terminals9
Large Speaker Terminals9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ–
3D Space Frame Constructionβœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformerβœ–
Transformer Stabilizerβœ”
Power Consumption290 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionβœ”
Auto Power Standbyβœ”
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"
Weight14.5 kg (32.0 lbs)
Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2130 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2170 W (1.0% THD)
Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2210 W (1.0% THD)
Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)660 W
THD0.04% (1 kHz, 110 W + 110 W, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)380 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance380 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)101 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 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)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
HDMI Terminal19-pin (not DVI)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 55 mA
HDMI Input/MHL Terminal5 V, 900 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 2.1 A
adapterport Terminal5 V, 100 mA
Extension Terminalβœ–
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1700 kHz

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

Successor

In 2014 Pioneer Elite SC-72 was replaced by SC-82. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-82 Pioneer Elite SC-72
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
up to 4K/30p
Video Signal Upscaling βœ” up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo) βœ” up to 4K/30p

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-82 Pioneer Elite SC-72
Surround EX βœ– βœ”
Less HDMI Inputs 7 (1 front) 8 (1 front)
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 3 5
Less Composite Video Inputs 2 5 (1 front)

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite SC-82 vs Pioneer Elite SC-72.

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