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post #1 of 19 Old 08-01-16, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Not long ago, 7.1 channel AVRs were considered to be top-tier equipment, 9.1 models were rarefied air, and Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA ruled the Blu-ray audio codec universe. Then a little thing called Dolby Atmos happened. And while a modern seven-channel receiver can offer good entry level 5.1.2 immersive sound, the birth of Atmos raised the bar on channel requirements for a full “director’s intent” sound experience. It also significantly raised the buy-in price.

Cost has certainly been a hurdle for enthusiasts desiring the maximum in-home Atmos experience. During 2015 (the first year 7.1.4 AVRs with HDMI 2.0a hit the market), manufacturers relegated 7.1.4 functionality to flagship models. That meant options were limited and price tags hovered at or above $2,000. Of course, that has changed somewhat during the current model year – more models are available and the minimum buy-in price is dropping.

Pioneer Elite is one brand that has allowed 7.1.4 sound to trickle down into its model ranks. The company currently offers three 7.1.4 models that span a rather large price range: SC-95 ($1600), SC-97 ($2,000), and the flagship SC-99 ($2,500). And while that $1600 price point is looking rather sweet, today we’re focusing our attention squarely on Pioneer’s big gun, its bellwether, the SC-99. Yes, the SC-99 commands top dollar, but it also offers the most discerning of enthusiasts uncompromised top-flight performance and some serious power.


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Nice review Todd. Sounds like a nice piece of kit. One thing I noticed on your FR graphs is that the MCACC routine really gave your bottom end a boost below 30 Hz, and especially below 20 Hz. I'm assuming you didn't get any bottoming on your subs as a result since you didn't mention it in the review., but I'm surprised at how much boost this auto-calibration routine is allowed to apply. Just don't watch the opening of Live Die Repeat at reference!
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Thanks, Bryan. If I were in the market, I wouldn't hesitate to buy the SC-99. Great gear.

As for the subs, MCACC did seem to boost the bottom some... with room gain, roll off happens below 10 Hz. The subs have dual 15-in drivers..and when paired together, there is an incredible amount of headroom. I don't think I've ever come close to a bottom-out scenario...very much in control and never sounds stressed.

The image below shows (Green Line) how I typically have my room set-up with a parametric EQ handling Bass duty. Has never been an issue and surprisingly does not present as bloated or boomy.
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How big is your room, if I may ask?
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17 long, 14 wide, 8 tall
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Wow, that's mine to a T. 17.25 x 14 x 8. I'm partially open to a hallway too though

Sorry for derailing the thread. Back to the Pioneer.
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Don't mind discussing at all! What kind of subs are you running?
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Great review Todd, looks like Pioneer is on the short list!
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Thanks Quenten! Certainly made me consider the possibility of purchasing one. I'm extremely happy with the RX-A3050 that I use (also, great gear)...but the MCACC resulting sound on the SC-99 was fantastic.
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Don't mind discussing at all! What kind of subs are you running?
I use the Phase Technology dARTS system. You've probably never heard of it, and you're not the only one. Fully active, with Audyssey Pro onboard. Anyway, I have two of the subs designed for that system (12" with two 10" passive radiators) and I also have the SVS PB2000 that I won here on HTS a couple years ago. Running all three together, and definitely not short on output! The SVS gave me a nice boost in the bottom octave, as the Phase Techs roll off pretty quickly in my room starting at about 30 Hz.
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