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9.2 Channel THX Ultra2 Plus, Air Studios AV Receiver with 8x HDMI, USB-DAC, 4K Pass Through, WLAN and MHL for Android


Defying the limits of home cinema.

Our LX receivers are engineered according to a strict design philosophy that aims to bring studio quality sound to your living room. Using only high-end components – each rigorously calibrated and tuned – this system allows you to enjoy film and music exactly as the creators intended.

The SC-LX86 realises true simultaneous multi-channel high power output, incorporating Direct Energy HD Class D amplification, THX Ultra2 Plus certification and legendary sound-tuning from AIR Studios. The result is stunning sound quality that guarantees a genuine, class-leading home cinema surround sound experience.

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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 for tomorrow's HD technology

Experience real definition with the latest 4K HDTV specification for ultra-high resolution video. 4K Pass Through ensures you have the most up-to-date technology to take advantage of advanced digital formats.

Play lossless digital music files from USB

USB DAC (Digital Analogue Converter) lets you bypass your PC's DAC in favour of your receiver's higher grade internal DAC and transforms your FLAC and WAV music files into the purest audio possible.

Image optimised for you

Advanced Video Adjust optimises the video signal according to your type of screen or projector. Based on MCACC calibration data, it also adjusts image quality to your distance from the screen.
The additional Stream Smoother will reduce block noise and mosquito noise on lower bit rate video content such as YouTube.

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Strong bass & sharp highs

During Blu-ray Disc/CD playback, Auto Phase Control Plus makes a real-time analysis of the phase difference between the LFE (low frequency effect) and the main signals, and automatically compensates the gap. Elimination of phase lag enhances strong bass and clear high-frequency sound.

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Less jitter, better audio

Transmission via HDMI can cause clock jitter, resulting in sound distortion during the D/A conversion. PQLS “speed synchronises” the digital audio data between the receiver and your matching Pioneer Blu-ray player, reducing the jitter. The result is clear, rich and precise audio.

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Main FeaturesSC-LX86-K
Output Power per Channel190W
Number of Channels9
PlaysVia LAN / USB:
• MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, FLAC, DSD, AIFF, Apple Lossless

192 kHz/24-Bit Audio playback:
• Apple Lossless

Via USB-DAC 192 kHz/32-Bit Audio playback:
• Apple Lossless
HD Audio Formats• Dolby TrueHD
• DTS-HD Master Audio
• DTS-HD High Resolution
Stand-by Pass ThroughYes
Internet RadioYes
Input & Output connectionsSC-LX86-K
Bluetooth Adapter PortYes
Component Video Input/Output3/2 (assignable) (1 for zone 2 / 1 for monitor)
Composite Input/Output4/3 (1 for Zone 2/3)
Digital Coaxial Input2/- (assignable)
Large speaker terminalsYes
Air JamYes
AVNavigatorfor PC & iPad
Apple CompatibilitySC-LX86-K
Works with iPodYes (cable included)
iPhone Control ButtonYes
Compatible Generations• iPod touch 4G, 3G, 2G, 1G
• iPod Nano 6G (audio), 5G, 4G, 3G
• iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, 3G,
• iPad, iPad 2 (cable included)
Supported Functions• Audio & video playback
• On-screen album art
• Charging
Surround Sound FormatsSC-LX86-K
Dolby DigitalYes
Dolby Digital PlusYes
Dolby Pro Logic IIYes
Dolby Pro Logic IIxYes
DTS Neo XYes
DTS 96/24Yes
Audio FeaturesSC-LX86-K
Auto SurroundYes
DSD-to-PCM ConvertorYes (Multi-channel)
Dynamic Range ControlYes
Headphone SurroundYes
Jitter ReductionYes
Full Band Phase ControlYes
Standing Wave ControlYes
Video FeaturesSC-LX86-K
Power Output SC-LX86-K
Power RequirementsAC 220 - 230 V / 50/60 Hz
Auto Power DownYes
Main FeaturesSC-LX86-K
4Ω Speaker SupportYes
MHL Terminal for Android SmartphonesYes
I/P Control for CIYes
On-Screen Display (GUI)7 languages via HDMI only:
• English
• Dutch
• French
• German
• Italian
• Spanish
• Russian
Input & Output connectionsSC-LX86-K
HDMI Front InputYes
HDMI Input/Output8 (7 assignable) /3
Headphone InputYes
IR In/Out2/1
Pre-amp Output Yes, All (11.2 ch)
USB Host (Front)Yes
USB Input (Rear)Yes
Apple CompatibilitySC-LX86-K
Works with iPadYes
Surround Sound FormatsSC-LX86-K
Dolby Digital EXYes
Dolby Pro Logic IIzYes
Dolby True HDYes
DTS-HD Master AudioYes
THX CertifiedYes (THX Ultra2 Plus)
Audio FeaturesSC-LX86-K
AM/FM Tuner with RDSYes
Tuner Pre-set Stations63
Dialogue EnhancementYes
Digital Noise ReductionYes
Phase ControlYes
MCACCYes (Advanced, 9-band)
PQLSBit-stream / Multi-surround / 2-channel
Sound Delay (LipSync)Yes
Advanced Sound RetrieverYes (Multi-channel)
Sound Retriever AIRYes
Sound Retreiver linkYes
Stream DirectYes
Symmetric EQYes
Virtual DepthYes
Virtual Surround BackYes
Virtual HeightYes
Virtual WideYes
Video FeaturesSC-LX86-K
Deep ColourYes
3D ReadyYes
HD Digital Film Direct 24Yes
Upscaling to 1080pYes
Advanced Video AdjustYes
Stream SmootherYes
HDMI Standby Input SwitchingYes
Power Output SC-LX86-K
Power output per channel190W
Condition1kHz, 1% THD, 6Ω
Rated Power Output190W per channel
Power Consumption (in use / standby)370 W / 0.1 W
AIR Studio Sound TuningYes
Design• 3-D Space Frame Construction
• Insulated Dual Chassis
• Trans-stabiliser
Amplifier SpecificationsSC-LX86-K
Digital Signal Processor2 x Texas Instruments Aureus(TM) TMS320DA808
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 x 185 x 441 mm
Main FeaturesSC-LX86-K
Direct Energy HD amplifierYes
Impedance at Output Level
Input Connections• 8 x HDMI (1080p upscaling)
• 4 x Composite
• 3 x Component
• 2 x Coaxial
• 2 x Optical
• 1 x USB host (front)
• 1 x USB charge port for AS-WL300 Wireless Converter (rear)
• 1 x USB-DAC host (rear, Type-B terminal)
• 1 x iPod/iPhone Digital via USB (cable included)
• 1 x Ethernet
• 1 x Bluetooth adapter port for AS-BT200
Output Connections• 3 x HDMI
• 3 x Composite
• 2 x Component
• 1 x Optical
• 2 x Subwoofer pre out
Audio Return ChannelYes
4K Pass ThroughYes
Control with HDMIYes
Firmware updatesYes (via Internet or USB)
DLNA CertifiedYes (v1.5)
Remote ControlIlluminated, learning remote control
RF RemoteYes (optional)
Input & Output connectionsSC-LX86-K
Digital Optical Input/Output2/1 (assignable)
Speaker A/BVersatile speaker configuration
Apple CompatibilitySC-LX86-K
Works with iPhoneYes
Network FeaturesSC-LX86-K
Wireless LANYes (converter included)
Surround Sound FormatsSC-LX86-K
DTS-HD High Resolution AudioYes
Surround Modes15 + 1 for Phones
Audio FeaturesSC-LX86-K
Auto Level ControlYes (Multi-channel)
Front Stage Surround AdvanceYes
Multizone FunctionYes (4)
Auto Phase Control Plus Yes
Video FeaturesSC-LX86-K
HDMI Standby ThroughYes
Advanced Direct ConstructionYes
Amplifier SpecificationsSC-LX86-K
A/D Converter192 kHz / 24-bit
D/A Converter192 kHz / 32-bit
Weight18 kg