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Pioneer SC-LX85

Pioneer SC-LX85
alaScore 88

45 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 reviews of Pioneer SC-LX85. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Pioneer SC-LX85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 45 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Expert review by: Steve May (

Pioneer SC-LX85 review


The SC-LX85 is the latest in a lauded line of high-performance AV receivers from Pioneer. It's ostensibly a replacement for the award-winning SC-LX83, which implies a casual revamp, but it arrives casting a longer, more regal shadow. This is a...

Powerful, precise multichannel sound; excellent LAN music streaming; AirPlay; THX Ultra2 Plus post-processing

Clunky Wi-Fi adaptor; media support from USB not as comprehensive as across a network

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Stephen Dawson (

Pioneer SC-LX85 AV Receiver


For core functionality, the Pioneer SC-LX85 is a powerful, effective brute of a receiver.

Plenty of raw power ; Excellent audio performance ; Excellent video performance ; Brilliant iOS/Android control app

Rather expensive ; Disjointed control functions ; No fast list-navigation function

If it could navigate through lists of content in a reasonably effective way and provide FLAC over USB, it would also be among the best for new media.

Jan, 2012


Expert review by: Steve May (

Pioneer SC-LX85 9.2 AV receiver with AirPlay


Review The Pioneer SC-LX85 is AV receiver royalty. It lords it over the rest of the brand's home cinema range, resplendent in the latest audio visual finery. Priced at £2K, this is red carpet home cinema.

Beautifully engineered and lavishly equipped, Pioneer’s SC-LX85 is a lust-worthy new member of the AV elite. I suspect niceties such as AirPlay and network streaming will have long time enthusiasts pondering an upgrade, while it’s audio performance...

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Paul (

Pioneer SCLX85


An absolute brilliant sounding receiver with many features, terrific clarity, lots of power whilst retaining the quality of surround sound. Fully recommended

You need to take the time to read the instructions fully and can get a little complicated first time around. Should have the optional Bluetooth as standard for such a high spec of equipment

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Richard (

Pioneer SCLX85


Excellent sound and vision quality, packed full of features, solid build quality and mighty powerful! Once this receiver is set up, it is a joy to use, well worth the money I paid for it

Instruction manual is very in depth and a little disjointed, you will need a day really to read through this in detail and go through the set up, if like me you have upgraded from a plug and play off the shelf system ; Other than that, brilliant piece...

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Pariel (

Pioneer SCLX85


sound; image quality


Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: Richard (

Pioneer SCLX85


Love the design, all of the features, power, ease of use. Over all another fantastic pioneer product in my opion

Would of like to have included with the item the wireless bluetooth device

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Gary (

Pioneer SCLX85


excellent sound and facilities

needs an Aux input or 2, for those of us fortunate to have a lot of equipment that is not digital

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Andrew (

Pioneer SCLX85


Provides almost everything an AV Receiver can, great sound quality, ease of setting up and use ; Still very happy with decision buying the LX85 rather than the Onkyo/Yamaha from the same price bracket

AirPlay works great but would prefer being able to select main or Zone 2 to stream to rather than always stream to main (then having to quickly change main zone input back to what it was) ; IControlAV2 DLNA music streaming works fine but is sluggish...

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: Raymond (

Pioneer SCLX85


video presentation is astonishing ; surround sound is the best I have heard ; playback of flac files and cd is really rich and detailed ; If you love film and music then you'll love this receiver

It is huge ; It is expensive but deals are out there

Apr, 2012

Product Specifications


AirPlay: Yes
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DLNA certified: No


Ethernet: No
iPod Control:Direct Control
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
YUV Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Loudspeakers: No


Dolby / DTS:Dolby True HD / DTS HD