Pioneer SC-LX901 11.2-ch Class D3 Network AV Receiver
The sound and equipment reference – at Air Studios and your living room
The SC-LX 901 is an AV receiver that effortlessly meets even professional quality standards. Point of honour: after strict listening tests and fastidious fine-tuning, it received the “Monitor” certificate from London’s Air Studios. For object-oriented cinema sound in the maximum expansion stage, the SC-LX 901 offers fully 11 output stages for incredibly hot cinema or concert evenings while staying comfortably cool themselves thanks to the highly efficient Direct Energy HD design. The receiver is fully ultra-HD capable and already supports the future HDR and BT.2020 colour space and image dynamics extensions. With Pioneer’s own super-resolution scaling, it converts standard HD material into not only somewhat but truly convincing 4K images. The new streaming features supporting all transmission standards stand up to every comparison: Bluetooth and dual-band WiFi are integrated. With Tidal, Spotify and Deezer, the three best streaming services grant access to their music archive with millions of titles directly through the SC-LX 901 – with a corresponding subscription. The SC-LX 901 plays back high-resolution material from local media servers up to 24bit/192kHz and quad-rate DSD (11.2MHz). Tablet users rejoice as their apps find the right way to the system in any situation with Chromecast built-in and Airplay. With the brand-neutral, high-performance FlareConnect multi-room standard, the music from all sources connected to the SC-LX 901 can also reach an entire network of other rooms and play perfectly synchronised throughout the house if desired.
Class D3 Amplifier (Direct Energy HD Amplifier)
With the Class D3 Direct Energy High fidelity class D) Amplifier, the SC-LX901 is ready to meet the needs of the latest HD content. With our MOSFET, the Direct Power FET, this simple, high powered solution is provided to fully meet today’s AV entertainment standards. The custom bypass capacitors further enhance the advantages of the Class D3 amplifier, producing powerful bass while also delivering the subtle details.
High-Power Simultaneous Multi-Channel Drive
With Class AB amplifiers, driving all channels at full power is only possible for a short time, at around 300 W to 400 W power output. The SC-LX901’s Class D3 Amplifier has the ability to simultaneously drive 11-channels at 850 W power output, while efficiently delivering dynamic content.
The Direct Power FET is directly connected to the print circuit board without any additional wiring. This simple structure maximizes audio performance by reduced noise and improved switching, offering a quick-responding sound, perfect for digital content playback.
The Class D3 Amplifier has been designed with a simple structure to take a straight and short signal path, resulting in improved sound quality.
Improved Circuit Design
The SC-LX901 is equipped with dedicated ICs on the circuit board, all in the pursuit of delivering crisp, clean sound. The operational amplifier IC for processing small signal is set apart from the amplifying section to prevent mutual interference. This allows clear signal to be transmitted to the Direct Power FET.
Separate Design for Analog Small Signal
Dedicated ICs are lavishly used on the circuit in pursuit of ideal sound. The Op-amp IC for processing small signal is set apart from the amplifying section to prevent mutual interference. This allows clear signal to be transmitted to the Direct Power FET. Additionally, the Rubycon chip film capacitor MU 25p further reduces the influence of residue noise from the high power section.
ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC
The highly acclaimed 192 kHz/32-bit ESS SABRE32 Ultra DAC (ES9016S) is adopted to deliver exceptional sound, with ultra-low distortion and high signal-to-noise ratio. It offers jitter-free performance for an astounding audio reproduction with rich deep bass, maximizing the full potential of Pioneer’s Class D3 amplifiers.
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