Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

Model #SC-LX501

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Deep Color / x.v. Color Support Yes (36-bit) / Yes, on three of the seven HDMI inputs
3D Support Yes, on three of the seven HDMI inputs
Upscaling From 1080p to near-4K on three of the seven HDMI inputs
Pass-Through Up to 4K/60p with HDCP 2.2 on three of the seven HDMI inputs


Channels 7.2
Power Output 120 W per channel @ 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2-channel driven FTC200 W per channel @ 4 Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD, 2-channel driven560 W total @ 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD, multi-channel
Amplifier Type Class D³ (Direct Energy HD)


Weight 26 lb (11.8 kg)
Sleep Timer Yes
Remote Control Yes
Graphical User Interface Yes
Power Requirements 120 VAC, 60 Hz
Power Consumption Active: 250 WStandby: 0.15 W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17.1 x 7.3 x 15.6" (435 x 185 x 395 mm)


Bluetooth YesVersion: 4.1Profile: A2DP, AVRCPCodec: SBC, AAC
AirPlay Yes
Streaming Capability Google Cast, with a future firmware updateTuneIn, with a future firmware updateSpotifyTidal, with a future firmware updateDeezer, with a future firmware update
Input 7 x HDMI (1 front), three of which support HDCP 2.21 x Component video2 x Composite video1 x USB (front)4 x Stereo RCA1 x Stereo RCA phono2 x Optical TOSLINK1 x Digital coaxial
Output 2 x HDMI 1 x 1/4" (6.35 mm) Headphone (front)
Other Ports 1 x Ethernet1 x Zone 2 pre-out2 x Subwoofer pre-outs1 x Calibration microphone (front)1 x AM antenna1 x FM antenna1 x Ground1 x RS-232C in1 x IR in1 x IR out2 x 12 V trigger outs1 x Power cord
Speaker Connectors 9 x Binding post pairs
Bi-Amp Capability Yes
A/B Speaker Selection Yes
AM/FM Presets 40
ARC (Audio Return Channel) Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, dual-band 2.4 / 5 GHz


File Support Via USB: MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) AK4458 384 kHz / 32-Bit
DSP 1 x Cirrus Logic Quad Core
Formats Supported Native: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES, DTS-HD ExpressWith Future Firmware Upgrade: DTS:X, DTS Neo:X, DTS Neural:X
High-Resolution Audio Format Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, and AIFF for 192 kHz/24-bit11.2 MHz / 5.6 MHz / 2.8 MHz DSD playback via USB or wired networkDolby TrueHD Playback via USB only
User Reviews
9 October 2016

Well it's kind of funny how I came across this receiver. My vsx-lx 301 amp blew after 2 months. Just right around that time I was also doing research on the different amps. My original receiver had a class D amp. and the 501 had a D3 amp.

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    d3 Amp, Clarity, separation features 3 year warranty on parts and labor

  • -

    doesn't have satellite radio (not a deal breaker)

Product Highlights
  • Up to 120W per Channel at 8 Ohms
  • MCACC Sound Optimization
  • 4K Ultra HD Upscaling and Pass-Through
  • HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel
  • 7x HDMI-In / 2x HDMI-Out
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Apple AirPlay Connectivity
  • Front-Panel USB Connectivity
  • Dolby Atmos with Future DTS:X Support
  • GUI On-Screen Display
In The Box
  • Pioneer Elite SC-LX501 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Indoor FM Antenna
  • AM Loop Antenna
  • Speaker Setup Microphone
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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