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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-S
Direct Energy HD amplifierYes
Output Power per Channel190W
Impedance at Output Level
Number of Channels9
4Ω Speaker SupportYes
MHL Terminal for Android SmartphonesYes
Control with HDMIYes
On-Screen Display (GUI)7 languages via HDMI only:
• English
• Dutch
• French
• German
• Italian
• Spanish
• Russian
Input & Output connectionsSC-LX86-S
USB Input (Rear)Yes
Apple CompatibilitySC-LX86-S
Works with iPodYes (cable included)
Works with iPhoneYes
Works with iPadYes
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-S
Dolby DigitalYes
Dolby Digital EXYes
Dolby Digital PlusYes
Dolby Pro Logic IIYes
Dolby Pro Logic IIxYes
Dolby Pro Logic IIzYes
Dolby True HDYes
DTS-HD High Resolution AudioYes
DTS-HD Master AudioYes
THX CertifiedYes (THX Ultra2 Plus)
Surround Modes15 + 1 for Phones
Audio FeaturesSC-LX86-S
Auto Level ControlYes (Multi-channel)
Auto SurroundYes
Headphone SurroundYes
Video FeaturesSC-LX86-S
Stream SmootherYes
HDMI Standby ThroughYes
HDMI Standby Input SwitchingYes
Power Output SC-LX86-S
Power output per channel190W
Condition1kHz, 1% THD, 6Ω
Rated Power Output190W per channel
Power RequirementsAC 220 - 230 V / 50/60 Hz
Amplifier SpecificationsSC-LX86-S
Weight18 kg
Main FeaturesSC-LX86-S
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
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
I/P Control for CIYes
HD Audio Formats• Dolby TrueHD
• DTS-HD Master Audio
• DTS-HD High Resolution
Stand-by Pass ThroughYes
4K Pass ThroughYes
DLNA CertifiedYes (v1.5)
Remote ControlIlluminated, learning remote control
RF RemoteYes (optional)
Input & Output connectionsSC-LX86-S
Component Video Input/Output3/2 (assignable) (1 for zone 2 / 1 for monitor)
Composite Input/Output4/3 (1 for Zone 2/3)
Digital Optical Input/Output2/1 (assignable)
Digital Coaxial Input2/- (assignable)
HDMI Front InputYes
Pre-amp Output Yes, All (11.2 ch)
Apple CompatibilitySC-LX86-S
Network FeaturesSC-LX86-S
Wireless LANYes (converter included)
Surround Sound FormatsSC-LX86-S
DTS 96/24Yes
Audio FeaturesSC-LX86-S
AM/FM Tuner with RDSYes
Tuner Pre-set Stations63
Dialogue EnhancementYes
Digital Noise ReductionYes
DSD-to-PCM ConvertorYes (Multi-channel)
Dynamic Range ControlYes
Front Stage Surround AdvanceYes
Jitter ReductionYes
Multizone FunctionYes (4)
Phase ControlYes
Auto Phase Control Plus Yes
Full Band Phase ControlYes
MCACCYes (Advanced, 9-band)
PQLSBit-stream / Multi-surround / 2-channel
Advanced Sound RetrieverYes (Multi-channel)
Sound Retriever AIRYes
Stream DirectYes
Symmetric EQYes
Virtual DepthYes
Virtual Surround BackYes
Video FeaturesSC-LX86-S
Deep ColourYes
Design• 3-D Space Frame Construction
• Insulated Dual Chassis
• Trans-stabiliser
Main FeaturesSC-LX86-S
Audio Return ChannelYes
Internet RadioYes
Input & Output connectionsSC-LX86-S
Bluetooth Adapter PortYes
Air JamYes
AVNavigatorfor PC & iPad
Surround Sound FormatsSC-LX86-S
DTS Neo XYes
Audio FeaturesSC-LX86-S
Sound Delay (LipSync)Yes
Sound Retreiver linkYes
Standing Wave ControlYes
Virtual HeightYes
Virtual WideYes
Video FeaturesSC-LX86-S
3D ReadyYes
HD Digital Film Direct 24Yes
Upscaling to 1080pYes
Advanced Video AdjustYes
Power Output SC-LX86-S
Power Consumption (in use / standby)370 W / 0.1 W
Auto Power DownYes
Advanced Direct ConstructionYes
AIR Studio Sound TuningYes
Amplifier SpecificationsSC-LX86-S
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 x 185 x 441 mm
Main FeaturesSC-LX86-S
Output Connections• 3 x HDMI
• 3 x Composite
• 2 x Component
• 1 x Optical
• 2 x Subwoofer pre out
Firmware updatesYes (via Internet or USB)
Input & Output connectionsSC-LX86-S
HDMI Input/Output8 (7 assignable) /3
Headphone InputYes
IR In/Out2/1
Large speaker terminalsYes
Speaker A/BVersatile speaker configuration
USB Host (Front)Yes
Amplifier SpecificationsSC-LX86-S
Digital Signal Processor2 x Texas Instruments Aureus(TM) TMS320DA808
D/A Converter192 kHz / 32-bit
A/D Converter192 kHz / 24-bit