If you want a truly immersive home theater, you should: think about purchasing: one of the new Dolby Atmos receivers. Dolby Atmos is an audio format that’s designed to deliver sound from every direction—including overhead.
Recently, a lot of companies have been releasing Dolby Atmos receivers. Back in April, Pioneer Electronics announced two new Atmos-enabled receivers. Now, they have another one to add to the lineup. The SC-91 Elite is a 7.2-channel receiver that features support for both Dolby Atmos and MCACC Pro.
Just know that to tap into the power of Dolby Atmos (and the Dolby Surround up-mixer, which can boost other existing content), you will need extra speakers, as well as Atmos-enabled Blu-rays. Until you have those other pieces in place, the SC-91 can serve as the cornerstone of a killer home theater.
Promising 130 watts per channel (8 ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.08%, 2ch Driven FTC), the SC-91 also boasts Class D amplification and the aforementioned MCACC Pro. That stands for Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration, which allows users to tweak the sound based on speaker size, level and distance to the listening position. It can even adjust the sound based on the phase and group delay characteristics that are caused by the filtering systems in the speakers.
To match that in-your-face audio, the SC-91 also features support for 4K/60p/4:4:4 video signal transmissions with HDCP 2.2 copyright protection technology. That makes this piece: perfect for your budding 4K-enabled home theater. It even has a Super Resolution feature, which can upgrade HD content to a near-4K quality.
Other features include the Sabre ES9006S Premier Audio DAC, dual-band WiFi (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth, AirPlay, DLNA 1.5, and HTC Connect. It also comes with a remote, but has support for: Pioneer’s free iControlAV5 app and the Start-up Navi app for iOS and Android devices. For whole-house use, the SC-91 offers both an RS-232c interface and full IP control, multizone support, and compatibility with top control systems from AMX, Crestron, Control4, and more.
Also worth mentioning is that the SC-91 can feed your need for high-resolution music, with support for 192kHz/24-bit 2-channel WAV, FLAC, AIFF and ALAC files, as well as 96kHz/24-bit multichannel WAV and FLAC and compressed MP3, WMA and AAC formats. It can even accommodate 2.8MHz DSD direct playback via network or SACD disc playback via HDMI. For even more music, this particular receiver can: access vTuner, Pandora and Spotify without any external devices. (Just be advised that subscriptions and/or fees may be required.)