Pioneer Elite SC-77 Review and Specs

Pioneer Elite SC-77 (USA version)

SCORE:
58

Highlights

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

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Pioneer Elite SC-77 Overview

Pioneer Elite SC-77 was introduced in 2013. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier and is capable of 9.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 58 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
27
AUDIO FEATURES
36
CONNECTIVITY
58
MULTIZONE
84
MISCELLANEOUS
45
RADIO
57
OVERALL
58

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-77.

PROS
Front Wide Channel Support 👍
Many Channel Processing 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
DSD via USB 👍
DTS Dialog Control 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
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 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Analog Pre-Outs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Internet Radio 👍
Pandora 👍
Spotify 👍
CONS
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 Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite SC-77 to its predecessor SC-67 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-77 Pioneer Elite SC-67
THX™ Certification Ultra2 Plus Select™2 Plus
Gapless Playback
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p up to 1080/24p (Marvell Qdeo)
More Component Video Outputs 2 1
Spotify
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 2.8 MHz 2.8 MHz

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-77 Pioneer Elite SC-67
SiriusXM Internet Radio

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite SC-77 vs Pioneer Elite SC-67.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-77 has 9 channel Class D3 amplifier and delivers 140 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.


THX™ Certification

Pioneer Elite SC-77 is 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. The current model has Ultra2 Plus class performance. This means that it brings the cinematic experience to larg home theaters, 3,000 cubic feet (85 cubic meters) in size, with a viewing distance of 12 feet (4 meters) or greater from the screen.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite SC-77 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-77 comes with MCACC Advanced room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Pioneer Elite SC-77 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 and 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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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer Elite SC-77.

BASICS
BrandPioneer
SeriesElite
ModelSC-77
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2013
AMPLIFIER
Channels9.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Amplifier DesignClass D3 (Direct Energy HD)
THX™ Certification Ultra2 Plus
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability Front, Center, Surround, SP-B
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
DACESS SABRE32 Ultra
Maximum Channel Processing9.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:X
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/DSD 5.6Mhz
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 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 USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction plus PQLS (HDMI Bitstream/ Multi)
Auto Level ControlMulti-Channel
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift via Dialog Enhancement
Sound Retriever Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
Tone Control All Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer Hi-bit32 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 Surround
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance (Focus/Wide)
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC Advanced
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory6
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands9 (Advanced)
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment1/2 Inch
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO
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/30p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component****, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p (1125p)
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter AdjustmentsAdvanced 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
MHL InputAndroid MHL 3D/Full-HD/Charge
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad via front USB
Remote App iControlAV2013 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs3 (2 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 Inputs5
Analog Audio Line Outputs1
Phono Input
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputs1
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No
Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs2
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs3
Component Video Outputs2
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs11.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite Video
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones4
Powered Zones 2 and 3
Zone 2 OutsComponent Video, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer
Zone 3 OutsComposite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer
Zone 4 OutsHDMI
RS-232 Interface
+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 Display
HDMI Speaker B Link
AVNavigator Built-in
PC Set-UpWith Remote Maintenance
IP Control
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker Configuration
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerLearning Remote Control (Luminous)
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets63
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
ChassisInsulated Dual Chassis
Front PanelAluminum (Hairline)
Solid Aluminum Front
ConstructionAdvanced Direct Construction
Speaker Terminals11
Large Speaker Terminals11
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption370 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
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"
Weight17.5 kg (38.6 lbs)
Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC)140 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)190 W (1.0% THD)
Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven)240 W (1.0% THD)
Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)810 W
THD0.04% (1 kHz, 130 W + 130 W, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)400 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance400 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)103 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 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)
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 Terminal
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-77 was replaced by SC-87. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-87 Pioneer Elite SC-77
Dolby Atmos up to with firmware update
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System MCACC Pro MCACC Advanced
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 up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo) up to 4K/30p

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-87 Pioneer Elite SC-77
THX™ Certification Ultra2 Plus
Surround EX
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 3 5
Less Composite Video Inputs 2 5 (1 front)
Less Component Video Inputs 2 3
Less Component Video Outputs 1 2
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite SC-87 vs Pioneer Elite SC-77.

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