Pioneer SC-LX89 9.2 Channel AV Receiver Review

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    1. Steve Withers

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      Thanks for the great review as always Steve. My previous Pioneer LX86 has recently died and I'm currently auditioning a Denon X6200 at home and am liking what I hear so far.
      Given that you've only recently reviewed the Denon, how do you think the two receivers compare? From my side the Denon is certainly not as muscular sounding as my old Pioneer but it is appreciably 'warmer' in its sound, notably so with music, as my Pioneer could sound a little bright at times. I'm not yet decided whether to keep the Denon (which admittedly was bought at a great price) and would be interested in hearing your thoughts...
       
    3. Steve Withers

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      I didn't review the X6200, Phil did, but I have reviewed plenty of other Denon receivers and I would agree with you. The Pioneer is more muscular but can be a little clinical, whereas I really like the warmer sound produced by the Denon, especially with music.
       
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      Thanks Steve and apologies, I had completely forgotten it was Phil's review for the Denon. I'm glad you agree that the Denon is 'better' with music (perhaps not the best word to use but I think you know what I mean), as I'm definitely finding it an easier listen than the Pioneer. It didn't help that I was forced to change my speakers mid-way through ownership of the Pioneer (as sadly M&K in their original form had ceased to exist) and the replacement MK Sound speakers whilst stunning with movies were noticeably less forgiving of the Pioneer's somewhat 'up front' presentation with music. The Denon seems a better pairing musically even if there's not a lot in it with movies (although I would say that Audyssey is a much easier set up than MCAAC!). Thanks again and keep up the good work!
       
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      thanks.

      any new onkyos on the way?
       
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      This Pioneer receiver is yet another that I can admire from afar, but because of lack of money and also because it and Dolby Atmos are not really necessary for my system, I won't be buying.
       
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      How would this compare to, say a "mid range", dedicated stereo amp for two channel listening i.e. music?
      My experience with the Marantz SR7008, is that for proper two channel listening stick to a dedicated stereo amp...
       
    8. Steve Withers

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      Well if two-channel music is important to you then using a dedicated two-channel amplifier is usually the best way to go but for a lot of people running a separate system just for listening to music is impractical. If that's the case then the Pioneer can be a perfectly good amplifier for music; although as I was discussing with The Hoff above, a lot comes down to personal preference and speaker matching.
       
    9. Steve Withers

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      Not yet but we'll try and get some samples in.
       
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      I have a Marantz 7009 and run a 7.1.4 set up the 2 extra channels are powered by a dedicated power amp set to the main channels so I use this for music maybe the Pioneer will allow you to do this as well
       
    11. Steve Withers

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      The LX89 does offer a 7.2.4 speaker setup with pre-outs for the front two channels, so that would certainly be an option.
       
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      The problem with these Pioneers is the sluggish response time for the menu - sloth like I once heard it called...my LX88 was terrible for it.
       
    13. Steve Withers

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      The menu system has been improved slightly but you're right, it still needs a complete overhaul.
       
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      Thanks for this review and this AVR is a potential buy for me as I look towards Atmos.

      Curious to know can it be configured so my Kef R500's at the Front are Bi-Amped with R50's sitting on top of them for Atmos? Looking at the manual it doesn't appear it can but then I found the manual a little confusing?
       
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      If you bi-amp your front speakers you'll lose two channels of amplification, so what configuration were you thinking of?
       
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      Thanks for the review
       
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      Can you please confirm that the stated HDMI inputs/outputs support HDR (HDMI 2.0a)?
      I am not able to test this, but have checked the manual which simply states that they are HDCP 2.2 compliant. Whilst this might imply HDMI 2.0, it does not imply HDMI 2.0a: I cannot find any reference to HDR/HDMI 2.0a in the manual.
       
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      I don't think so. Looking into this myself, but I think through bi-amping you lose the available channels for Atmos if you're using 7.1. It's not the most easily written manual so when I figure it out, I'll let you know.

      I'm currently using mine with Kef IQ90s and it sounds tip top but I'm looking to upgrade these next year or so; would R500s be a good upgrade, do you think? I love the sound on the IQ90s so would be looking for more of the same.

      As for music, it passes my test - it doesn't reduce Perfect Pussy's Driver on vinyl to mud like my old amp so it's good enough for me. :D I've yet to try my SACDs or BD Audios through it but CD and vinyl are keeping me happy at the moment.

      I think the HDMI 2.0a update will come via firmware...
       
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      Thank you and I don't think you can either for the reasons you state. I know I looked at the Marantz 7010 and that couldn't not unless paired with another Amp which could be an option I guess.

      I cannot comment on the IQ90's as never heard them but I love the R500's - easily the best speaker I have owned :)
       
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      Cheers, be very interested to know what they sound like with the Pioneer if you decide to get one. They look like they tick all my boxes so far.
       
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      It's good to hear that their Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity has been improved, but the menu system and remote control still ruins what could be a real contender. The app. is good, but I still reach for my remote every time... even when a tablet is sitting next to me.
       
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      The answer is implied in the bullet points at top of the page
       
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      Implied is not the same as fact. I still don't see anything from Pioneer to confirm this.
       
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      From the review:

       
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      Many thanks. Even trawling through the manual does not make this clear, though.
       
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      @dante01 Thank you very much.
      @PC Nut
      I'd hardly call the way the information is given in the review either "bullet points" or "at the top of the page".
       
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      23Sep / 2015

      Pioneer & Onkyo Europe GmbH is pleased to announce the release of three AV receiver models, the SC-LX89, SC-LX79 and SC-LX59.
      Willich, im September 2015

      Pioneer & Onkyo Europe GmbH is pleased to announce the release of three AV receiver models, the SC-LX89, SC-LX79 and SC-LX59.

      As well as supporting the latest DTS:X *2 object-based audio and Dolby Atmos® *5 sound, the three models produce the ideal surround-sound environment that lines up and simultaneously drives the playback conditions of all speakers based on Multi-Channel Stereophonic Philosophy, which achieves stereophonics between all adjacent speakers. Through Direct Energy HD amplifiers that enable high-power output on all channels simultaneously and MCACC Pro *4, which corrects temporal reverb characteristics and the phase characteristics of the speaker system to perform sound acoustic correction to an extremely high level of precision, an ideal object-based audio playback environment has been produced, faithfully reproducing audio works in the form they were originally intended. In addition, 4K/60P/4:4:4/24-bit video signals, the latest High Dynamic Range (HDR) signals *6 for connecting with compatible video equipment to enjoy high-definition video and the HDCP 2.2 copyright protection standard are all supported.
       
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      Has anyone compared LX88 to LX89 in the sound department? Are there any changes in the audio path?
       

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