The Pioneer SC-LX904 is a high-end AV receiver designed for home theater enthusiasts. It delivers high-quality audio and comes with advanced features like 4K upscaling, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG, as well as support for Hi-Res Audio, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. However, it is an expensive and large receiver that may be overwhelming to set up for some users, and it has limited network streaming services.
11.2 channels for greatest Atmos and DTS:X
The Pioneer SC-LX904 delivers unique overall flexibility in Pioneer’s range. For the best Dolby Atmos system, this range topping Pioneer lets you set up 4 ceiling or Atmos-enabled audio speakers as well as total 7-channel surround sound. Additionally, use two Atmos speakers and get pleasure from a broad soundstage with ‘front wide speakers’ collecting a 9.2.2 system. If you don’t fancy a Dolby Atmos specific system but want the most immersive sound achievable, go for an 11.2 configuration. This provides 7.2 sound with the addition of front width and height audio speakers.
All the surround formats – which includes IMAX Enhanced
With wide-ranging surround sound assistance, the SC-LX904 has your option of format covered – however a lot of speakers you use. Suitable formats include Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, DTS Neural:X and IMAX Enhanced. This large range of choices implies you can adjust your surround sound speaker system from the most basic system with ‘virtual height’ speakers to a full-blown 11.2 system that really bring the cinema home.
215 watts of beast power
Providing up a mighty 215 watts (at 6 ohms) of real power, the Pioneer SC-LX904 highly recreates the sound of cinema. For improved effectiveness, the SC-LX904 uses Pioneer’s Class D Direct Energy HD amp. Pioneer’s Class D amplifiers also use short, direct signal ways. By getting rid of filters, feedback loops and existing limiters, the sound quality is both less unbalanced and more vibrant.
Digital precision from double ESS PRO DACs
With twin ESS ES9026PRO DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors) used for all channels, the SC-LX904 provides studio quality digital audio. With a high signal-to-noise ratio and wide dynamic spectrum, digital audio advantages from ultra-low levels of noise and deep, effective dynamics. No matter whether watching a Blu-ray film or listening to streamed music, the advantage to all digital audio is wonderful to hear.
Jitterless sound transmission and processing for ultra-low distortion
Pioneer’s sophisticated PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock System) jitter reduction system guarantees a clean and natural sound top quality when connected to a suitable Pioneer disc player. In addition to PQLS, the Pioneer SC-LX904 is additionally equipped with PQFA (Precision Quartz File-based Audio) for ideal sync with your network/USB-based music files.
Famous Pioneer SC-LX build quality
Fastidious focus to fine detail shown in the Pioneer’s building offers it high class sound quality. Featuring an Anti-Standing Wave Insulator and Rigid Trans-Stabiliser, the heavy weight casing isolates the very sensitive electronics from mechanical and electrical interference. This delivers a purity of sound that only the very best AV receivers can match.
Equipped for full-on systems
Featuring 6 HDMI inputs at the backside, as well as a further front-mounted socket, the SC-LX904 is equipped for full-on systems. 3 HDMI outlets include a second, Zone 2, for independent outputs. The SC-LX904 goes over the more standard models in also providing component and composite video inputs for older devices.
3 zone, multi-room flexibility
Using a 5.1.2 channel Atmos system in play, you can still use the extra channels to add two more powered zones. Zone 2 and Zone 3 can either be synced with the primary signal for ‘party’ sound or play from separate sources – giving the SC-LX904 true multi-room appeal. Passive outputs for Zone 2 and 3 are also available should you currently have amplification or dynamic speakers.
Stream it your way, with Apple AirPlay 2 and ‘Works with SONOS’
A lot more than only an AV receiver, the SC-LX904 is also a complete music streamer. Apple AirPlay 2 is standard as is ‘Works with SONOS’. Integrated Amazon Music, Spotify (Premium account required for full features), TIDAL and Deezer are all typical. There’s also Chromecast, FlareConnect and DTS Play-Fi plus TuneIn for Internet radio and Bluetooth music streaming.
Works with Apple AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2 takes this popular wireless streaming format and can make it much better. Manageable by simply asking Siri or using your Apple device, AirPlay 2 lets you gracefully stream music and podcasts all-around your home – and all in excellent sync.
Operates with SONOS
Link up to a SONOS Connect and the SC-LX904 becomes built-in into your SONOS system. You can group the receiver with other SONOS devices or use it separately. Working with SONOS means as soon as you start playing music from your SONOS application, the Pioneer switches on and chooses the proper input – automatically.
Chromecast with Google Assistant
Chromecast helps you stream music, podcasts and audio applications, including Google Play, at the touch of a button. Additionally, use Google Assistant and this Pioneer AV receiver becomes part of your voice controlled smart home.
Pioneer SC-LX904 AV receiver – Here are some of its pros and cons:
- High-Quality Audio: The SC-LX904 delivers excellent audio quality thanks to its Class D3 amplifier and the ability to support high-resolution audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
- Advanced Features: This receiver comes with advanced features like 4K upscaling, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG, as well as support for Hi-Res Audio, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
- Easy to Use: The receiver features an intuitive interface that is easy to navigate, with clear on-screen menus and a well-designed remote control.
- Multi-Room Capabilities: The SC-LX904 supports multi-room audio and video playback, allowing you to stream audio and video content to multiple rooms simultaneously.
- Expensive: The SC-LX904 is an expensive receiver, making it less accessible to budget-conscious buyers.
- Complex Setup: The receiver has a lot of advanced features that may be overwhelming to set up for some users.
- Large Size: The SC-LX904 is a large and heavy receiver, which may make it difficult to fit into some home theater setups.
- Limited Network Streaming Services: The receiver supports some popular streaming services like Tidal, Deezer, and Spotify, but it does not support others like Apple Music, Amazon Music, or Pandora.
The innovative SC-LX904 does cover the 1st feature that buyers are searching for, power. The Direct Energy HD Amplifier has now achieved the 6th generation and includes new power coils as well as new customized film capacitors co-developed with Shinyei Capacitor for which Pioneer states will provide the greatest sound. The power supply and patterning has been made via repeated tuning. Furthermore, the whole transmission path from the pre stage to the power stage has been transformed to well balanced circuitry, to transmit near noise-free top quality signals to the power stage. The receiver offers a Class D3 (Direct Energy HD) amp with 140 W x 11ch (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch Driven FTC).
Supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG and BT.2020 standards
The Pioneer SC-LX904 is the ideal companion for your HDR-equipped TV and video sources. It supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, BT.2020 and HDCP 2.3, which implies you can play UHD Blu-ray discs and stream UltraHD video in the top quality. The HDMI sockets allow 4K pass-through, for hassle free switching and viewing without the receiver requiring to be powered up. Photo: Pioneer
Have fun with the best of the best, with the Pioneer SC-LX904.
Pioneer SC-LX904 specs:
Advanced Direct Construction
Anti-Standing Wave Insulator
AC Inlet Type Thick Cable
Dolby Atmos®, Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS:X®, DTS Neural:X® Upmixer
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer
Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus
DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES, DTS Express
DSD Direct Playback via Network/USB (11.2, 5.6, 2.8 MHz/2 ch)
DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/2 ch, 5.1 ch)
Digital Quad-Core 32-bit DSP (Cirrus Logic) + Aureus™ floating-point DSP (TI)
384 kHz/32-bit D/A Conversion with ES9026PRO x 2
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) on HDMI
MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning
- Full Band Phase Control
- Precision Distance
- Subwoofer EQ
- Multi-point Standing Wave Control
PQLS Jitterless Sound Transmission
PQFA Jitterless Sound Processing for Network/USB
Audio Exclusive Mode
AV Direct Mode
Advanced Sound Retriever (2ch)
Advanced Surround Modes
- Classical, Unplugged, Entertainment Show, Drama, Advanced Game, Action, Rock/Pop, Sports, Extended Stereo, Extended Mono, Front Stage Surround Advance
Ultra HD Pass-through with HDCP 2.3 (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit, 4K/24p/4:4:4/36-bit, 4K/60p/4:2:0/36-bit)
HDR10, HLG, BT.2020 Compliant Wide Colour Gamut and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) Signal Pass-through
Dolby Vision™ Compatible
Ultra HD Upscaling (1080p to 4K)
3D Ready (Blu-ray Disc™, Broadcast, and Games)
Deep Colour (36-bit), “x.v. Colour”
HOME NETWORK FEATURES
FlareConnect™ for Multi-room Audio
Works with Alexa supporting multi-room music
Chromecast built-in and Works with the Google Assistant
DTS Play-Fi supporting Critical Listening mode with Pioneer Music Control App
Apple AirPlay 2
Works with SONOS supporting multiple Sonos Connect control and Volume Pass Through mode
Amazon Music, Spotify, TIDAL, and Deezer Hi-Fi Music-Streaming Services and Internet Radio with TuneIn Ready
Hi-Res Audio File Playback via USB/Network
- Up to 192 kHz/24-bit ALAC*5, AIFF, FLAC, WAV (RIFF) and 11.2 MHz DSD
Dual Band (5 GHz/2.4 GHz) 802.11ac Compliant Wi-Fi® Built-in
Bluetooth® Wireless Technology (Version: 4.2, Profile: A2DP 1.2/AVRCP 1.3, Codec: SBC/AAC) Built-in
Pioneer Remote App Ready for Multi-room Entertainment Control and Network Streaming
User-Friendly GUI with System Setup Menu
On-Screen Information for Audio/Video Status
Auto Power Off in HDMI Standby Through
AM/FM Tuner 40 Presets
Self-Illuminating Remote Control
HDMI 1 In
USB 1 In for USB Drive
MCACC Setup MIC In
Phones 1 Out
HDMI 6 In (4 Assignable)
HDMI 3 Out (1 for MAIN, 1 for SUB, 1 for ZONE 2)
Ethernet 1 In
USB 1 In for USB Drive
AV (Component) 2 In (Assignable)
AV (Composite) 2 In (Assignable)
Audio 6 In (Assignable)
Phono (MM) 1 In
Digital Coaxial 2 In (Assignable)
Digital Optical 3 In (Assignable)
Subwoofer x 2 Pre Out
ZONE B Line Out for Wireless Headphones
ZONE2/ZONE 3 Pre/Line Out
Speaker 11ch Out (FRONT, CENTER, SURROUND, SURROUND BACK, HEIGHT 1, HEIGHT 2)
IR 2 In/1 Out
12 V Trigger 2 Out
Power Requirements: AC 220-230 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption/Standby: 340 W/0.2 W
Dimensions (W x H x D): 435 x 185 x 440 mm
Weight: 18.5 kg