Pioneer Elite SC-97 9.2-Ch Networked Class D3 AV Receiver


  • Brand: Pioneer
  • Product Code: SC-97

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  • $1,199.99

  • $2,000.00

  • Dolby Atmos®
  • Full Bandwidth HDMI (4K UltraHD 60P/4:4:4) with HDCP 2.2
  • AIR Studios® Monitor Certifications
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®
  • Object-Based DTS:X® format available with firmware upgrade

The Receiver that Delivers it All

The Elite® SC-97 AV receiver brings the latest features and technology you expect from Pioneer to your home theater. The enhanced realism of Dolby Atmos® driven by authoritative Class D3 amplification. Along with advanced multi-zone features and effortless connectivity, it offers advanced Super Resolution video scaling with 4K Ultra HD pass-through with HDCP 2.2, a USB-DAC for jitter-free digital networked audio streaming, and the immersive new object-based DTS:X surround-sound format (available with a firmware update). The Elite SC-97 provides studio-grade room calibration with MCACC® Pro and the coveted AIR Studios® Monitor Certification ensures an unmatched surround-sound experience.

Authoritative Class D3 Amplification

Extreme power with extreme efficiency are hallmarks of the Elite SC-97, thanks to Class D3 (Direct Energy HD) amplifiers that deliver lots of power in a cool-running, light weight package. An ideal multi-channel system uses identical speakers driven by identical amplifiers with the same output capability. Pioneer’s advanced Class D3 digital circuitry overcomes the limitations of traditional Class AB amplifier designs, which suffer reduced power output as channels are added. Instead, Pioneer’s Class D3 delivers full power across all nine channels simultaneously, for a total of 810 watts (8 ohms, 1 kHz @ 1.0% THD). The Elite SC-97 recreates the full impact and dynamic range of today’s high-resolution multi-channel audio and movie soundtracks. With a direct signal path and no EMI filters, feedback loops or current limiting, these amps can handle low-impedance speaker loads that challenge lesser receivers. The amps in the Elite SC-97 are so efficient, they generate less heat and energy loss than traditional Class AB designs, while consuming a fraction of the power and with greater reliability.

Elite with Dolby Atmos® Revolutionizes the Surround Landscape.

The Elite SC-97 raises the curtain on a new world of sound! This receiver with Dolby Atmos will literally change the way you experience movies and music, and all it takes is one listen. The Elite SC-97 integrates Dolby’s groundbreaking surround technology and is compatible with 7.2 4ch*, 9.2 2ch*, 7.2 2ch and 5.2 4ch, configurations for Dolby Atmos. It works by adding height to the sonic landscape, creating a true 3D, multi-dimensional space that puts listeners inside the experience. Optimized room calibration through the built-in MCACC Pro feature, in conjunction with Atmos-enabled speakers like the Elite Home Theater System or dedicated ceiling-mounted speakers, reproduces sound in smooth, curving, and realistic three-dimensional movement overhead by top-firing Atmos drivers. Dolby Atmos brings new life to traditional soundtracks and music too, putting sounds into motion and delivering the full impact of the performance.
*External amplifier required.

Ready for Immersive Surround Sound with DTS:X

The next-generation surround sound format from DTS, available as a no-cost firmware update, creates an amazing three-dimensional sound field that reproduces the movement of sound in space. It automatically adapts the signal to existing channels and speakers for captivating, interactive, 3-D realism!

Precision room calibration with MCACC Pro

MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration) Pro lets your speakers perform with a new level of precision. Further enhancing the three-dimensional realism of the Elite’s Atmos-enabled system, MCACC Pro calibrates your room sound using a sound-collecting microphone to monitor the sound environment and an equalizer to optimize and precision-tune each speaker to the room. Pioneer’s Full-Band Phase Control technology eliminates phase lag to precisely control sound locations for ideal multi-channel sound reproduction. MCACC Pro is so advanced that it includes dual independent subwoofer EQ. Tailoring left- and right-channel low frequency response curves lets you achieve optimum subwoofer performance based on specific room placement, creating powerful bass response and seamless integration with your main speaker system. With the push of a button, it’s like having an acoustical engineer fine-tuned your home theater system.

ESS SABRE32 DACs for High-Performance Audio

The Elite SC-97 delivers unmatched digital-to-analog signal conversion. Two SABRE32 Ultra DAC (ES9016S) units from ESS Technology—recognized as among the best in the industry—are critical to achieving purity of sound, wide dynamic range and minimal harmonic distortion that let the high-power Class D3 amps perform to their fullest.

Certified by AIR Studios. A Rare Stamp of Approval

The Elite SC-97 has been certified at London’s legendary AIR Studios, whose work is acknowledged worldwide for award-winning motion picture soundtracks and digital recordings. Like Pioneer, AIR Studios respects the artist’s intention and believes that faithfully reproducing what was originally created in the studio is the critical objective of the finest home theater system.

Precision Playback in Multiple Formats

Supporting high-resolution digital file formats (192kHz/24-bit) in WAV, FLAC, AIFF and Apple Lossless lets audiophiles hear their favorite music as it was originally intended. Apple Lossless reconstructs exact data from compressed data, with no discernible loss in audio quality. MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV and FLAC music files can be streamed from a compatible PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Gapless Playback eliminates gaps between consecutive tracks intended to be played continuously, such as classical music or live recordings.

HDMI for 4K*

The Elite SC-97 HDMI inputs offer increased bandwidth, resolution and frame-rate capability, supporting 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. With 7 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available.
*Please review the owner’s manual to confirm 4K-compatible HDMI inputs

Ultra HD Pass-Through with HDCP 2.2

The Elite SC-97 supports transmission of 4K/60P/4:4:/24-bit video signals and High Dynamic Range (HDR) signals, along with the latest HDCP 2.2 copyright protection standard. 4K Ultra HD Pass-through is the recognized standard of ultra-high video resolution, boasting 3,840 x 2,160 (24 Hz/25 Hz/30 Hz) pixels or 4,096 x 2,160 (24 Hz) pixels. Every Elite AV receiver can pass through 4K video signals to any compatible display, offering the highest-quality image available — a full four times the current HD standard.

Video Scaler with Super Resolution

Experience an exceptional, virtually noise-free picture regardless of the source. Video scaler with Super Resolution allows you to up-scale any video source to 4K Ultra HD resolution for improved picture quality and compatibility with next generation TVs, and makes Blu-ray Discs and DVDs look more detailed and cinematic than ever before.

Multi-Zone Command

The Elite SC-97 adds ultimate flexibility to the multi-room experience by delivering up to four different zones of content, capable of powering a 5.1 Home Theater in the main zone, stereo audio in Zones 2 and 3, and HD video content in the HDZone. All zones can enjoy different content at the same time. Pioneer’s exclusive iControlAV5 Android/IOS application lets you control the entire experience.

Casual Quality Wireless

Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies let you enjoy music in a smart fashion. A Wi-Fi connection that supports dual-band 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz delivers high fidelity, high-resolution transmission with fewer interruptions.

Pioneer’s Ultimate Control App

Pioneer’s free iControlAV5 turns your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch, or select Android® device into a powerful wireless remote that controls everything from volume and input selections to advanced features like EQ adjustments and Internet Radio, and even streams music stored on your phone through the Elite SC-97 using the “Push Player” feature.

Spotify® Connect

Spotify Connect lets you play and control Spotify on your devices. Choose music on one device and listen on another. At home, hit “Play” on your mobile device and hear high fidelity sound through the Elite SC-97. You can also control the music from your mobile phone.

Flexible Freedom with AirPlay®

In addition to being DLNA 1.5 and Windows® 8.1 certified, the Elite SC-97 features AirPlay to wirelessly stream iTunes music from your PC, Mac®, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch through your home theater system at the touch of a button. And because it supports network audio sources in other zones, you can even send music to another room.

Android Playback with MHL 2®

Using the MHL 2 port on the rear of the receiver, connect your Android device to display high-definition and 3D video to your compatible TV.

Internet Radio Puts the World at Your Fingertips

Featuring vTuner®, the Elite SC-99 offers a wealth entertainment options. Not only can you enjoy thousands of Internet radio stations around the world, you can also access Pandora® complete with on-screen album art and music information.

Windows® 8.1 Compatible

Windows “Play To” feature makes it easy to stream music stored on your PC to the Elite SC-97, so you can enjoy your entire media library on the best speakers in the house.

“Elevate Your Sound Experience™.”

The Elite SC-97 is designed to be the heart of today’s most capable multi-channel system, elevating home theater to a new level of performance. Pioneer’s custom control partners include AMX®, Crestron®, Control4®, RTI®, Savant® and Universal Remote Control®, making Elite receivers the ideal choice for an integrated whole-house entertainment system.


Number Of Channels


Stereo RMS Power (watts)


THD in Stereo

0.08 %

Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)

1k Hz

FM Sensitivity

Not Given

HD Radio Tuner


On-Screen Display


Auto Speaker Calibration

Advance MCACC

HDMI Standby Pass-through


Composite Video Conversion

From Composite to HDMI

Component Video Conversion

From Component Video to HDMI

HDMI to HDMI Upconversion




Apple AirPlay

Built in

App Remote Control




USB port for iPod/iPhone


DLNA Certified




Multibrand Remote Control


Learning Remote


LCD Remote


Width (inches)


Height (inches)


Depth (inches)


Weight (pounds)


Parts Warranty

2 Years

Labor Warranty

2 Years

Multi-room Audio--Video

Powered Multi-room Audio Output


Preamp Multi-room Audio Output


Multi-room Video


Multi-room HDMI Output


Surround Processing

Dolby Digital

DD, EX, DD+, TrueHD

Dolby Atmos

5.2.4, 7.2.2


DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, 96/24, Neo:6, Ne

Inputs & Outputs

Phono Input


Audio-Video Inputs


Audio-only Inputs


Component Video Inputs


Component Video Monitor Outputs


Optical Digital Inputs


Coaxial Digital Inputs


Optical Digital Outputs


Coaxial Digital Outputs


HDMI Inputs


HDMI Monitor Outputs


Subwoofer Outputs


Multi-Channel Analog Input


Multi-channel Preamp Output


Main Speaker Output Pairs


Main Speaker Terminals


Ethernet Port


USB Connections


Removable Power Cord

IEC 2-prong