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Pioneer SC-LX85

Pioneer SC-LX85
alaScore 90

30 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews from magazines and websites.

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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 30 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

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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

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Pioneer SC-LX85 hands-on


With Apple AirPlay and advanced network audio support, Pioneer's SC-LX85 is a cutting-edge AV receiver. Stare at it long enough and you'll see the future of home cinema.

Advanced network audio capabilities ; Apple AirPlay compatibility

Not exactly cheap ; No integrated Wi-Fi

Our brief hands-on session at IFA with the Pioneer SC-LX85 has left us salivating for more. Pioneer has taken what made the original SC-LX83 so great and spread it liberally with Apple-flavoured jam. The result looks ridiculously tasty.

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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.



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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...

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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...

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