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Pioneer Elite SC-87 (USA version)

SCORE:
85

Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 9.2 channel processing
  • 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos capable
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Overview

Pioneer Elite SC-87 was introduced in 2014. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier with 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz and 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 9.2 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo) video signal.

We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 85 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
92
VIDEO FEATURES
73
AUDIO FEATURES
85
CONNECTIVITY
85
MULTIZONE
96
MISCELLANEOUS
76
RADIO
85
OVERALL
85

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer Elite SC-87.

PROS
  Front Wide Channel Support
  9.2 Channel Processing
  Dolby Atmos
  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
  Analog To HDMI Upconversion
  Ethernet
  Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth
  Many HDMI Inputs
  Many HDMI Outputs
  USB Input
  Phono Input
  Composite Video Inputs
  Component Video Inputs
  Analog Pre-Outs
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Pandora
  Spotify
CONS
  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 Analog Audio Line Inputs
  No Tidal

Predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite SC-87 to its predecessor SC-77 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-87 vs Pioneer Elite SC-77
Dolby Atmos up to with firmware update vs
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 96 kHz/24 bit vs
Independent Subwoofer Outputs vs
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System MCACC Pro vs Advanced MCACC
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
More Powered Zones 2, 3 and HDZone vs 2 and 3
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display HDZone vs

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-87 vs Pioneer Elite SC-77
THX™ Certification vs Ultra2 Plus
Surround EX vs
Precision Distance vs
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 3 vs 5
Less Composite Video Inputs 2 vs 5 (1 front)
Less Component Video Inputs 2 vs 3
Less Component Video Outputs 1 vs 2
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB vs HDMI, USB, Composite Video
Zone 2 Outs RCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer vs Component Video, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer
Zone 3 Outs RCA Pre/Line Out vs Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer vs

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

Audio Section

9 channel Class D3 Amplifier

Pioneer Elite SC-87 features 9 channel power amplifier with Class D3 design. It is rated at 140 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

    Speaker Configurations

    Pioneer Elite SC-87's 9 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
    • 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with internal amplifier.
    • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
    • 5.2, 7.2, 9.2 with internal amplifier.
    • Front Wide Channel support: Pioneer Elite SC-87 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.
    • Bi-Amp: You can bi-amp front left and right speakers. 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.

    Dolby Atmos

    Pioneer Elite SC-87 supports Dolby Atmos. It is a cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.


    Sound Processing

    • Advanced Sound Retriever: Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite SC-87 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-87 comes with MCACC Pro 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

    HDMI

    Pioneer Elite SC-87 features 8 HDMI inputs. It has 3 outputs: 2 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-87 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-87 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-87 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

    Multi-zone Playback

    Pioneer Elite SC-87 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 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.

    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.

    Zone 4

    • Powered Zone 4: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 4 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 7 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
    • HDMI Output: Pioneer Elite SC-87 offers HDMI output for Zone 4. This means that it can send two different HDMI signals to two displays.

    Inputs and Outputs

    Audio

    • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the a/v receiver.
    • Analog Pre-Outs: Pioneer Elite SC-87 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 3 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: 3 (2 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-87 supports up to 1080p (1125p) resolution on Component video connectors.
    • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1
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    Specifications

    Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer Elite SC-87.

    BASICS
    BrandPioneer
    SeriesElite
    ModelSC-87
    TypeA/V Receiver
    CountryUSA
    Release Year2014
    AMPLIFIER
    Channels9.2
    Front Wide Channel Support
    AmplifierClass D3 (Direct Energy HD)
    THX™ Certification
    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 (ES9016+ES9016)
    DAC Specs192 kHz/32 Bit
    Maximum Channel Processing9.2
    Air Studios Monitor Certification
    Dolby Atmos up to with firmware update
    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: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 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
    Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 96 kHz/24 bit
    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 Surround11 + 1
    Wide Surround
    Front Stage Surround Advance (Focus/Wide)
    Headphone Surround
    Virtual Speakers (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
    Virtual Depth
    Independent Subwoofer Outputs
    CALIBRATION
    Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC Pro
    Manual MCACC
    MCACC Memory6
    Reflex Optimizer
    Phase Control
    Full Band Phase Control
    Standing Wave Control
    EQ Bands9-Band (Advanced)
    Symmetric EQ
    X-Curve
    Distance Adjustment1/2 Inch
    Precision Distance
    Polarity Check
    Auto Subwoofer Crossover
    VIDEO
    Enhanced ARC
    HDR10
    HDR10+
    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
    Super Resolution
    isf Certified Calibration Control
    CONNECTIVITY
    MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
    DLNA 1.5 (DMR)
    FireConnect
    FlareConnect
    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
    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 Inputs8 (1 front)
    HDMI Outputs3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
    8K Inputs
    USB Input1 Front
    USB DC Out Port1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
    Analog Audio Line Input3
    Analog Audio Line Output1
    Phono Input
    Optical Inputs2
    Optical Outputs1
    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
    Analog Pre-Outs11.2
    XLR Inputs
    XLR Pre-outs
    Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
    Speaker A/B
    Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
    ZONES
    Zones4
    Powered Zones2, 3 and HDZone
    Zone 2 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer
    Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
    Zone 4 OutsHDMI
    RS-232C 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 HDZone
    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
    adapterport
    RADIO
    Analog Tuner FM/AM
    Presets63
    Digital Radio
    Internet Radio vTuner
    Pandora
    Spotify
    Tidal
    Deezer
    Napster
    SiriusXM Internet Radio
    CONSTRUCTION
    Front PanelBrushed
    Solid Aluminum Front
    Advanced Direct ConstructionAdvanced Direct Construction
    Speaker Terminals11
    Large Speaker Terminals11
    Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
    Ceramic 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, 2140 W (0.08% THD)
    Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2190 W (1.0% THD)
    Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2240 W (1.0% THD)
    Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)810 W (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)
    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 USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 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

    Successor

    In 2015 Pioneer Elite SC-87 was replaced by SC-97. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


    UPGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-97 vs Pioneer Elite SC-87
    More Channel Processing 11.2 vs 9.2
    Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
    DTS:X up to with firmware update vs
    DTS Neural:X with firmware update vs
    HDR10 vs
    Super Resolution vs
    Wi-Fi vs via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
    Bluetooth SBC, AAC vs via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
    More Analog Pre-Outs 13.2 vs 11.2

    DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite SC-97 vs Pioneer Elite SC-87
    Dolby Pro Logic vs PLIIz
    DTS Neo Neo:X (before firmware update) vs Neo:X
    Wide Surround vs
    Virtual Depth vs
    X-Curve vs
    Component Video Maximum Resolution 1080i (1125i) vs 1080p (1125p)
    USB DC Out Port vs 1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
    Less Component Video Outputs vs 1
    Zone 2 Outs RCA Pre/Line Out vs RCA Pre/Line Out + Subwoofer
    PreAmp Mode vs
    adapterport vs

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite SC-87 vs Pioneer Elite SC-97.

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