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Pioneer Elite SC-82 (USA version)



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

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Pioneer Elite SC-82 was introduced in 2014. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 130 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo) video signal.

We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 82 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.


Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer Elite SC-82.

  Front Wide Channel Support
  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
  Analog To HDMI Upconversion
  Many HDMI Inputs
  USB Input
  Composite Video Inputs
  Component Video Inputs
  RCA Pre-Outs
  Analog Tuner
  No Dolby Atmos
  No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  No DTS:X
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No eARC
  No HDR10
  No HDR10+
  No Dolby Vision
  No Chromecast Built-In
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  Few 8K Inputs
  Few RCA Line Inputs
  Few Optical Inputs
  No Tidal


Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite SC-82 to its predecessor SC-72 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-82 vs Pioneer Elite SC-72
Full Band Phase Control vs
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)
vs up to 4K/30p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo) vs up to 4K/30p

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-82 vs Pioneer Elite SC-72
Surround EX vs
Less HDMI Inputs 7 (1 front) vs 8 (1 front)
Less RCA Line Inputs 3 vs 5
Less Composite Video Inputs 2 vs 5 (1 front)
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB vs HDMI, USB, Composite Video
Zone 2 Outs RCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer vs Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer

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

Audio Section

7 channel Class D3 Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-82 features 7 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.

    Speaker Configurations

    Pioneer Elite SC-82's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Configurations: Available configurations are:
    • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
    • Front Wide Channel support: Pioneer Elite SC-82 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 - 7.2.
    • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Pioneer Elite SC-82 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.

    Sound Processing

    • Advanced Sound Retriever: Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite SC-82 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 Calibration

    Pioneer Elite SC-82 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.

    Video Section


    Pioneer Elite SC-82 features 7 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs: 1 for MAIN and 1 for MAIN/HDZONE.

    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
      4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
      4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit) video signal.
    • 4K Upscaling: Pioneer Elite SC-82 can upscale up to 4K/60p (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 Elite SC-82 will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
    • 3D Ready: Pioneer Elite SC-82 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

    Multi-zone Playback

    Pioneer Elite SC-82 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 4 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 5 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.

    Zone 3

      Zone 4

        Inputs and Outputs


        • Analog Pre-Outs: Pioneer Elite SC-82 has 9.2 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 3 line inputs and 1 line output for analog audio connection.
        • Digital Inputs and Outputs: 0 optical input, 2 optical outputs 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.


        • HDMI:
        • Inputs: 7 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
          8K Inputs: 0
        • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
        • Inputs: 2   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 Elite SC-82 supports up to 1080p (1125p) resolution on Component video connectors.
        • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1
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        Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer Elite SC-82.

        TypeA/V Receiver
        Release Year2014
        Front Wide Channel Support
        AmplifierClass D3 (Direct Energy HD)
        THX™ Certification
        Continuous 6 Ω Rated
        Certified 4 Ω Performance
        Bi-amp Capability Front
        Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
        DACESS SABRE Premier (ES9006S)
        DAC Specs192 kHz/24 Bit
        Maximum Channel Processing7.1
        Air Studios Monitor Certification
        Dolby Atmos
        Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        Dolby Atmos Music
        Dolby TrueHD
        Dolby Digital Plus
        Dolby Surround Upmixer
        Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
        Dolby Digital EX
        Surround EX
        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 USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
        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
        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 Front L/R Channels
        Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever
        High-resolution Music Enhancer 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 Surround11 + 1
        Wide Surround
        Front Stage Surround Advance (Focus/Wide)
        Headphone Surround
        Virtual Speakers (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
        Virtual Depth
        Independent Subwoofer Outputs
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Advanced MCACC
        Manual MCACC
        MCACC Memory6
        Phase Control
        Full Band Phase Control
        Standing Wave Control
        EQ Bands9-Band (Advanced)
        Symmetric EQ
        Distance Adjustment1/2 Inch
        Precision Distance
        Polarity Check
        Auto Subwoofer Crossover
        Enhanced ARC
        Dynamic HDR
        Dolby Vision
        HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
        BT.2020 color space
        QMS (Quick Media Switching)
        ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
        VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
        QFT (Quick Frame transport)
        3-D Ready
        Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
        4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
        4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
        Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo)
        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 AdjustmentsYNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level
        Triple HD Noise Reduction
        isf Certified Calibration Control
        MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
        DLNA 1.5 (DMR)
        Chromecast Built-In
        DTS Play-Fi
        Works with Amazon Alexa
        Works with SONOS
        AirPlay AirPlay
        Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via front USB
        Remote App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
        InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
        Ethernet Switch
        Wi-Fi via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
        Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
        HDBaseT Compatible
        HDMI Inputs7 (1 front)
        HDMI Outputs2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
        8K Inputs
        USB Input1 Front
        USB DC Out Port1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
        RCA Line Input3
        RCA Line Output1
        XLR Line Inputs
        Phono Input
        Optical Inputs2
        Optical Outputs
        Coaxial Inputs2
        Composite Video Input2
        Composite Video Output2
        S-Video Input
        S-Video Output
        Component Video Input2
        Component Video Output1
        PC In
        Multi-Channel Input
        RCA Pre-Outs9.2
        XLR Pre-outs
        Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
        Speaker A/B
        Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
        Powered Zones2 and HDZone
        Zone 2 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer
        Zone 3 OutsHDMI
        RS-232C Interface
        +12V Trigger Output2 (Main, Zone2, Zone 3, HDZone)
        Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 1
        On-Screen DisplayGraphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
        Multi-Zone On-Screen Display
        AVNavigator Built-in
        IP Control for CI
        PreAmp Mode
        Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back/ Front Height/ Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker/ Powered HD Zone
        FL Dimmer
        Function Rename
        Remote ControllerLearning Remote Control (Lumius)
        Detachable Power Cord
        Analog Tuner FM/AM
        Digital Radio
        Internet Radio vTuner
        SiriusXM Internet Radio
        Front PanelBrushed
        Solid Aluminum Front
        Advanced Direct ConstructionAdvanced Direct Construction
        Speaker Terminals9
        Large Speaker Terminals9
        Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
        Ceramic Speaker Terminals
        3D Space Frame Construction
        Gold plated RCA terminals
        Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
        Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
        Transformer Stabilizer
        Power Consumption290 W
        Standby Power0.1 W
        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"
        Weight14.6 kg (32.2 lbs)
        Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor
        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 (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)
        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
        Wi-Fi Terminal5 V, 600 mA
        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, 1 A
        adapterport Terminal5 V, 100 mA
        Extension Terminal
        FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
        AM Frequency530 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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