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9.2 Channel THX Ultra2 Plus, Air Studios AV Receiver with 9x HDMI, USB-DAC, 4K Upscaling, WLAN and MHL for Android (Black)


Defying the limits of home cinema.

Sound-tuned by the legendary Air Studios, the THX ULTRA2 Plus certified SC-LX87-K brings studio quality sound to your living room. Using only high-end components – each rigorously calibrated and tuned – this receiver allows you to experience film and music exactly as the creators intended.

The SC-LX87 integrates an ESS Technology Inc. SABRE 32bit Ultra DAC, the industry’s benchmark for audio digital-to-analogue conversion, to reproduce music with unsurpassed fidelity. With an Audio Scaler on board even regular CD quality content can be upscaled up to 192 kHz/32 bit to create a “high-resolution” experience. Unique to this receiver is an asynchronous USB-DAC, allowing direct USB connection with a Mac or PC and supporting 192 kHz/32 bit music file content. . It plays back DSD files, high-resolution AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV and FLAC files for which gapless playback is supported as well.

A built-in ECO Mode lets you save energy without compromising on sound and video performance. Compatible (free) smartphone/tablet apps include the advanced remote control app iControlAV2013.

Enjoy Spotify

Spotify Connect is a Premium feature that lets you play and control Spotify on your devices. Choose music on your mobile and listen on your speakers. At home, hit play on your mobile and hear high fidelity sound on your audio speakers. Enjoy instant access to millions of songs with Spotify.

Improving audio

The audio scaler upscales your audio by expanding a two-channel digital signal to 32-bit to improve resolution and density. The sampling rate can be increased to 192kHz, reducing noise, and enhancing the characteristics of the digital signal.

Massive power

audiophile level Class D amplification brings you unprecedented power output. Short signal paths ensure impeccable sound, while efficient cooling provides superior performance with lower power consumption (-44% vs analogue amps). Now with 4-16Ω speaker support.

Built-in Asynchronous USB-DAC for audiophile computer connection

The flagship SC LX87 integrates an asynchronous USB-DAC, allowing direct USB connection with a Mac or PC and supporting 192 kHz/32 bit music file content.

Loves your mobile devices

Connect your Apple device (via USB) or Android device (via MHL) directly to the receiver to view stored photos or videos. You can also stream directly from e.g. YouTube to your LCD TV. HTC Connect makes it easy to wirelessly stream your music straight from your HTC One phone.

Stream with ease

DLNA and AirPlay are widely supported on PCs, laptops, smartphones and other devices. As this receiver is DLNA and AirPlay certified, you can easily stream audio from such a device. Apple's AirPlay lets you stream music from your entire iTunes library.

Energy efficient settings

Use the ECO Mode to save energy. It analyses your sources in real time, adjusting power consumption accordingly to meet your needs, or you can choose the power-saving settings that are right for you. You can control ECO Mode using the receiver's front panel, the included remote control, or the ECO Manager page of Pioneer's free iControlAV2013 for your smartphone or tablet.

4K Ultra HD pass through and upscaling

Experience real high definition with 4K ultra-high resolution video. The receiver is designed for the next generation 4K Ultra HD resolution standard, with the ability to pass through 4K video signals to compatible displays, offering the highest quality video image available. Additionally, it can upscale lower resolution video signals for 4K Ultra HD when used with the latest 4K displays.

Multi-zone capabilities

All new receivers offer simultaneous entertainment in multiple zones – including a HDZone with a dedicated HDMI output to an additional room. Up to four different iOS devices running Pioneer’s iControlAV2013 App can simultaneously control the AV receiver to take full advantage of the receiver's multi-room capabilities.

The remote reinvented

iControlAV lets you modify all important receiver functions from your smartphone or tablet (iOS / Android). The 2013 version brings a new user interface and easy to navigate feature menu, as well as a dedicated “ECO MANAGER” page for energy efficient settings. PUSH PLAYER, Pioneer’s new music streaming setting, lets you access the music libraries stored on your device and create playlists that can be streamed wirelessly to the receiver, all from within the app.


Air JamYes
AVNavigatorfor PC & iPad
Surround Sound FormatsSC-LX87-K
THX CertifiedYes (THX Ultra2 Plus)
Surround Modes11 + 1 for Phones
Audio FeaturesSC-LX87-K
AM/FM Tuner with RDSYes
MCACCYes (Advanced, 9-band)
PQLSBit-stream / Multi-surround / 2-channel
Sound RetrieverYes
Sound Retriever AIRYes
Sound Retriever linkYes
Virtual DepthYes
Virtual Surround BackYes
Virtual HeightYes
Virtual WideYes
Video FeaturesSC-LX87-K
Deep ColourYes
Advanced Video AdjustYes
Main FeaturesSC-LX87-K
Direct Energy HD amplifierYes
Output Power per Channel220W
Input Connections• 9 x HDMI
• 1 x MHL HDMI (Front)
• 4 x Composite
• 3 x Component
• 2 x Coaxial (assignable)
• 2 x Optical (assignable)
• 1 x Phono (MM)
• 1 x USB 2.0 host (iPod/iPhone/iPad Digital Audio, USB drive)
• 1 x iPod/iPhone Digital via USB
• 1 x USB-DAC host (rear, Type-B terminal)
• 1 x Ethernet
• 1 x Bluetooth adapter port for AS-BT200
• 1 x rear USB charge port for AS-WL300 Wireless Converter
Output Connections• 3 x HDMI (selectable for MAIN ZONE/HDZONE)
• 1 x Composite
• 1 x Monitor Composite
• 2 x Component
• 1 x Optical
• 2 x preout Subwoofer
• 7 x speaker out
• 1 x Phones out
Audio Return ChannelYes
Stand-by Pass ThroughYes
Control with HDMIYes
On-Screen Display (GUI)7 languages via HDMI only:
• English
• Dutch
• French
• German
• Italian
• Spanish
• Russian
Firmware updatesYes (via Internet or USB)
Internet RadioYes
Spotify ConnectYes
DLNA CertifiedYes (v1.5)
Input & Output connectionsSC-LX87-K
Digital Optical Input/Output2/1 (assignable)
Digital Coaxial Input/Output2/- (assignable)
HDMI Front InputYes
HDMI Input/Output9 (1 front, 8 rear assignable) / 3 (Main, HDzone)
HDMI version1.4b
IR In/Out2/1
Large speaker terminalsYes
USB Host (Front)Yes
USB Input (Rear)Yes
Apple CompatibilitySC-LX87-K
iPhone Control ButtonYes
Compatible Generations• iPad 4G(*)/3G
• iPad2,iPad
• iPad mini(*)
• iPhone 5(*),iPhone 4S
• iPhone 4,iPhone 3GS
• iPhone 3G,iPhone
• iPod touch 5G(*)/4G/3G/2G/1G
• iPod nano 7G(*)/6G(*)/5G/4G/3G

(*) : Audio only
Supported Functions• Audio & video playback
• On-screen album art
• Charging
Audio FeaturesSC-LX87-K
Auto Level ControlYes (Multi-channel)
Headphone SurroundYes
Front Stage Surround AdvanceYes
Stream DirectYes
Audio ScalerYes
Video FeaturesSC-LX87-K
3D ReadyYes
HD Digital Film Direct 24Yes
Upscaling to 1080pYes
4K Pass ThroughYes
4K UpscalingYes
Stream SmootherYes
HDMI Standby ThroughYes
HDMI Standby Input SwitchingYes
Power Output SC-LX87-K
Power output per channel220W
Rated Power Output220W per channel
Amplifier SpecificationsSC-LX87-K
Front L & R Bi-Amplifier FunctionYes
Digital Signal Processor2 x Texas Instruments AureusTM (TMS320DA808)
D/A Converter192 kHz / 32-bit
A/D Converter192 kHz / 24-bit
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 x 185 x 441 mm
Weight18.1 kg
Main FeaturesSC-LX87-K
Impedance at Output Level
Number of Channels9
4Ω Speaker SupportYes
Signal / Noise Ratio103 dB
File PlaybackVia LAN/USB:
MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, FLAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, DSD (USB only)

192 kHz/24-Bit Audio playback:
MHL Terminal for Android SmartphonesYes
I/P Control for CIYes
HD Audio Formats• Dolby TrueHD
• DTS-HD Master Audio
• DTS-HD High Resolution
Windows 7 CompatibleYes
Windows 8 CompatibleYes
Remote ControlIlluminated, learning remote control
Eco ModeYes
Input & Output connectionsSC-LX87-K
Bluetooth Adapter PortYes
Component Video Input/Output3/2 (assignable) (1 for zone 2, 1 for monitor)
Composite Video Input/Output4/2 (1 for Zone 2/3, 1 for monitor)
Phono InputYes
Pre-amp Output Yes, All (11.2 ch)
Speaker A/BVersatile speaker configuration
Apple CompatibilitySC-LX87-K
Works with iPodYes
Works with iPhoneYes
Works with iPadYes
Network FeaturesSC-LX87-K
Wireless LANYes (converter included)
Surround Sound FormatsSC-LX87-K
Dolby DigitalYes
Dolby Digital EXYes
Dolby Digital PlusYes
Dolby Pro Logic IIYes
Dolby Pro Logic IIxYes
Dolby Pro Logic IIzYes
Dolby TrueHDYes
DTS Neo XYes
DTS 96/24Yes
DTS-HD High Resolution AudioYes
DTS-HD Master AudioYes
Audio FeaturesSC-LX87-K
Tuner Pre-set Stations63
Auto SurroundYes
Dialogue EnhancementYes
Digital Noise ReductionYes
DSD-to-PCM ConvertorYes (Multi-channel)
Dynamic Range ControlYes
Phase ControlYes
Auto Phase Control Plus Yes
Full Band Phase ControlYes
Sound Delay (LipSync)Yes
Standing Wave ControlYes
Symmetric EQYes
Video FeaturesSC-LX87-K
Power Output SC-LX87-K
Condition1kHz, 1% THD, 6Ω
Input (Sensitivity/Imp.): LINE etc.400 mV / 47 kΩ
Frequency Response: LINE etc.5 Hz - 100 kHz +0/-6 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: LINE etc. (DIN)103 dB
Power RequirementsAC 220 - 230 V / 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption (in use / standby)370 W / 0.1 W
Auto Power DownYes
Advanced Direct ConstructionYes
AIR Studio Sound TuningYes