Pioneer Elite SC-LX904, 11.2ch AV Receiver


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11.2 ch high end AV Receiver 9 x 215w, Dolby Atmos, HDR10, Dolby Vision, IMAX, 4K Upscaling, Hi-Res Audio, Standing Acoustic room correction, works with Alexa & Sonos, Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, AirPlay-2

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Pioneer SC-LX904 11.2-ch Network AV Receiver


The SC-LX904 comes with the 6th generation of the Direct Energy HD Amplifier and two ES9026PRO DACs and is the befitting AV receiver to combine with Pioneer’s flagship universal disc player. MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning technology featuring Full Band Phase Control brings out the best from the 3D surround sounds of IMAX® Enhanced, Dolby Atmos®, and DTS:X, while PQLS jitter-less transmission provides rich, lifelike audio. The new Audio Exclusive Mode and AV Direct Mode let you enjoy detailed sound by turning off the unused functions that affect quality sound reproduction.

Direct Energy HD Amplifier

Continuously evolving throughout the years, Pioneer’s Direct Energy HD Amp has now reached the 6th generation. New power coils are adopted for the ideal speaker drive, as well as new custom film capacitors co-developed with Shinyei Capacitor for the ultimate sound. The power supply and patterning has been developed through repeated tuning. Also, the entire transmission path from the pre stage to the power stage has been changed to balanced circuitry, to transmit noise-free high-quality signals to the power stage.

MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning

MCACC Pro, the pinnacle of Pioneer’s auto room tuning technology, analyses the phase and group delay characteristics to precisely control phase differences between speakers. MCACC Pro corrects phase differences in all ranges and all channels, from phase difference in the original audio material to the sound emitted from the speakers.

IMAX Enhanced

The SC-LX904 is IMAX Enhanced, certified to deliver the powerful sound just as intended by the filmmaker and provide an immersive experience in your home theater.

 ESS 384 kHz/32-bit DAC

Two 384 kHz/32-bit ESS DACs (ES9026PRO), same as the ones used for Pioneers PD-70AE SACD player, are used for all channels. With extremely precise D/A conversion and a high S/N ratio, the DAC provides powerful sound full of rich details.

Dolby Atmos®/Dolby Surround Upmixing

The SC-LX904 is compatible with the 7.2.4ch/7.2.2ch/5.2.4ch configuration of Dolby Atmos®. You can reproduce object-oriented sound in smooth, curving movements, or the realistic three-dimensional movement overhead by the top speakers. Other audio codecs such as PCM and DSD can be upmixed using Dolby Surround for enjoying 3D surround sound.

 DTS: X®/DTS Neural:X Upmixing

DTS:X is the next-generation audio codec from DTS that leverages object-based audio to enable new immersive and interactive audio experiences. Since DTS:X can automatically adapt the audio to the existing channels and speaker system, no specific speaker layout is required. Experience an immersive soundscape with incredibly rich and lifelike audio. Other audio codecs such as PCM and DSD can be upmixed using DTS Neural:X for enjoying 3D surround sound.

Full Band Phase Control

The technology focuses on the group delay in the speaker network filter and adjusts the phase of each unit as well as the group delay for each speaker. The technology gives multi-range speakers the sound coherence of full-range speakers while retaining the wide frequency range advantage.

2 Subwoofer Pre-Out

You can connect two powered subwoofers, and also set the volume level for each one at different levels.

PQLS Jitterless Sound Transmission

With the precision quartz controller on the AV receiver, Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS) eliminates distortion caused by timing errors. It controls the number of audio signals from the AV receiver to the Pioneer universal disc player connected via HDMI, giving the best possible digital-to-analog conversion.

PQFA Jitterless Sound Processing for Network/USB

With PQFA (Precision Quartz File-based Audio), clocks are available for each stage of input, digital signal processing, and D/A conversion, and the shorter path prevents jitter from occurring. Additionally, a high-precision clock IC (OSC) is used to realise D/A conversion with significantly less jitter.

Audio Exclusive Mode

Interference from video signals is eliminated by turning off the video signal path via HDMI. You can enjoy the detailed sound, full of spatial feel.

AV Direct Mode

This feature turns off the network functions to suppress digital noise within the AV receiver and improves sound quality for analogue playback, digital input, HDMI playback, etc. “AV Direct” turns off the network module operation clock, while “AV Direct Net Off” shuts down the network power completely for more superior sound.

Next-Generation Video Standard Ready

The SC-LX904 supports pass-through for HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), and Dolby Vision signals. By connecting a compatible source device, you can enjoy these latest video standards on a compatible display. What’s more, all HDMI terminals support 4K (60p/4:4:4/24-bit), Wide Colour Gamut (BT.2020), and HDCP 2.3, so you will have no problem when upgrading to new devices, and can also enjoy premium content such as 4K videos with digital copy protection.

Anti-Standing Wave Insulators

The Anti-Standing Wave Insulator features a special form with no parallel sides inside to prevent cavity resonance. This makes the sound localisation, tone, and scale clearer, while also enhancing the response to quick sound.

AC Inlet Type Thick Cable

A thick AC inlet-type power cable is included to provide superior sound.


Channels: 11
Amplification Type: Class D (Direct Energy HD)
215 W x 11ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1 %, 1ch Driven IEC)

Construction Design

Advanced Direct Construction
Rigid Trans-Stabilizer
Anti-Standing Wave Insulator
AC Inlet Type Thick Cable

Audio Features

IMAX Enhanced
Dolby Atmos®, Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS: X®, DTS Neural: X® Upmixer
Reflex Optimizer
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

Video Features

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)*1
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*2
Chromecast built-in*3 and Works with the Google Assistant
DTS Play-Fi supporting Critical Listening mode with Pioneer Music Control App
Apple AirPlay 2
Roon Tested
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*4
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*6

Convenience Features

Personal Preset
Dialogue Enhancement
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*7 Ready for Multi-room Entertainment Control and Network Streaming
User-Friendly GUI with System Setup Menu
On-Screen Information for Audio/Video Status
PC Setup
Auto Power Off in HDMI Standby Through
AM/FM Tuner 40 Presets
Sleep Timer
Self-Illuminating Remote Control

Front Terminals

USB 1 In for USB Drive
Phones 1 Out

Rear Terminals

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
IR 2 In/1 Out
12 V Trigger 2 Out
FM/AM Antenna


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

*1 Except AUX INPUT (Front)
*2 Multi-room music may require a firmware update.
*3 Chromecast-enabled apps required
*4 Service availability depends on country or region
*5 Up to 96 kHz supported via wireless LAN
*6 Not guaranteed via wireless LAN
*7 Available for free download from the App Store/The Google Play

Additional information



Audio Features


Connection Type

Bluetooth, HDMI, Network, USB

Amplifier Connectivity

Bluetooth, HDMI, Sub Pre-Out, Dolby Atmos, USB

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