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Pioneer SC-LX85

Pioneer SC-LX85
alaScore 88

30 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Pioneer SC-LX85. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, 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 30 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: Steve May (

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.

Sep, 2011

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: 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...

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