9.2-Channel Network Ready AV Receiver

  • THX® Select 2 Plus certified 9.2 Channel Class D3 Amplification brings unprecedented power and fidelity to your home theater.
  • MHL® Connectivity brings HD Audio and Video from your Android smart device.
  • 4k2K passthrough allows connectivity with future HDTV formats.



In a world where content is everywhere, access means everything. The new Elite SC-65 offers Ethernet connectivity, opening the gates for a number of new and exciting sources for digital content. From AirPlay® to a host of control options and Pioneer-exclusive apps, the network-connected SC-65 has the power to transform your living room into a truly connected home theater.

Made for You--And your iPad®, iPhone® and iPod®
Thanks to Made for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad certification, Apple devices are easily connected with the included USB/video cable - so there's no need to buy a separate dock to store all your music, videos, streaming content. Plus, since your iPhone, iPod and now your iPad charge automatically when connected, it's the ultimate plug-and-play integration with your home theater. You can enjoy music with iTunes® album art, share videos and movies, downloaded TV shows from iTunes, photos, web content from YouTube® and much more. Got a call? The iPhone will mute movies and music so you can take it. Use the iPhone directly, or push a single button on the SC-65's front panel to switch control to the included preset remote and an intuitive, full-color GUI.

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With AirPlay, stream music from iTunes to the SC-65 and play it through your home theater system without docks or cables. Simply connect the receiver to your home network via Ethernet, and it instantly becomes the hub for playback of your iTunes music from your connected Apple® device or networked computer.

You can stream your music straight from your PC or Mac®, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the SC-65 at the touch of a button. Listen to your favorite song in your car using your iPhone, leave your car mid song and walk into your home. Using the AirPlay App on your iPhone, select the SC-65. When you do, it'll power up automatically and continue your favorite song right where you left off.

You can even view song information including song title, artist, and track time as well as album art on a connected display. Not only that, the SC-65's supports network audio sources in Zone 2, allowing you to send music to another room. With AirPlay, there's really no reason why your iTunes music has to be restricted to your computer.

Connect to Your PC Music Files or Internet Radio
The SC-65's networking ability opens up an entirely new world of possibilities. A rear panel Ethernet port allows full integration into your home network, with Windows® 7 and DLNA® 1.5 certification, a whole new level of entertainment options are at your fingertips. With 192kHz / 24-bit WAV and FLAC file compatibility, network streaming audio playback is now ready for the true audiophile. Stream your MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV and FLAC music files from your PC, laptop or smartphone to your home theater system.

With vTuner®, the SC-65 lets you enjoy thousands of Internet radio stations from around the world. You can also access Pandora® and SiriusXMTM (subscription needed) radio services complete with on-screen album art and music information. An optional AS-WL300 wireless adapter is also available for your wireless network convenience.

Unleash Your Smartphone's Music with Bluetooth® and MHL®
The SC-65 is fully ready for wireless Bluetooth audio from virtually any A2DP profile Bluetooth device. With the Pioneer AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter, you can untether yourself from cables and inputs. Plus you'll enjoy enriched quality with Sound Retriever AIR technology, created specifically to enhance Bluetooth audio.

Support for Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) lets you connect your Android smartphone via a front panel interface, for fast access to your audio and video content.

Ultimate Sound Control
The SC-65 is certified for the latest THX® Select 2 Plus and DTS® Neo:X, and supports formats like Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD® Master Audio to give your Blu-ray Disc soundtracks unsurpassed audio quality. Pioneer also includes all of the Dolby and DTS surround formats best suited for the wide variety of entertainment sources, including the newest Dolby Pro Logic® IIz height channel.

The SC-65 takes the multi-room media experience to a whole new level with Zone 2 and Zone 3 volume, tone, and balance controls, Zone 2 subwoofer output, as well as access Zone 2 On-Screen Display. Two 12-volt triggers and IR In / Out’s let the SC-65 master even the most complex home theater setups.

Class D3 Amplification
The SC-65’s Class D3 9-channel amplifier is one of the most powerful amplifiers of any multi-channel A/V receiver Pioneer has ever produced. Keeping the new audio formats of the Blu-ray Disc format in mind, Class D3 takes high-resolution multi-channel audio to a whole new level of immersive performance.

Rated at 140 watts x 9 channels with a 9.2-channel preout, the SC-65 delivers plenty of power, but it's not the whole story. Where the SC-65 really shows its unprecedented power output capability is when driving multi-channels simultaneously without losing significant per-channel output. Class A/B amplifiers simply cannot match the efficiency of Class D3 as their power output per channel diminishes rapidly when more channels are added to the work-load. This kind of unprecedented power capability allows you to appreciate the full dynamics from any media source in a way never before possible. The ability to drive more channels, simultaneously, means you can fully reproduce all of the dynamics and impact of high definition multi-channel Dolby and DTS soundtracks with up to 9 channels of the highest quality power output available today.

Advanced Qdeo® Video Processing. Picture Perfect Whatever the Source
Using Qdeo processing technology and Pioneer's extensive video know-how makes home theater a truly immersive experience. The SC-65 provides video conversion from composite and component video to HDMI for a single-wire high-definition audio and video solution as well as up to 1080p/24fps video scaling for an exceptional picture regardless of the source, creating natural and noise-free video for maximum performance and flexibility.

And with Pioneer’s Advanced Video Adjust , you'll experience the very best in both high-definition and standard definition signals, with a complete suite of advanced image adjustments designed to fine-tune each of your video sources for the best possible picture.

Get Ready for 3D with the Latest HDMI® Technology
All of Pioneer's newest receivers support the latest HDMI specifications. So not only do you get the most out of your existing movies and music, with the SC-65 you're prepared for the new generation of 3D video content. With 8 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available including 4k2k video signals. The SC-65 also offers advanced HDMI conveniences like Audio Return Channel and Power Save HDMI Standby Through.

Transform your Apple Device into a Powerful Remote Control
Communicating with the SC-65 wirelessly through your home network, Pioneer's free iControlAV2012 app turns your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad device or select Android devices into a powerful remote control for your receiver. The all new iControlAV2012 is fully redesigned, incorporating everything from basic volume and input selection to advanced features like EQ adjustments and Internet Radio control. iControlAV2012 for iPad includes enhanced features like vertical and horizontal orientation, intuitive control of music from networked PCs as well as Internet radio control, and a super- cool finger EQ adjust screen; simply draw the EQ curve to your desired sound preference. New Sound Explorer gives you easy access to experiment with the many powerful sound enhancements the SC-65 offers, like Hi-Bit 32, Auto Phase Control Plus, and Virtual Speaker modes.

Know How and Show How with AVNavigator
Imagine an owner's manual that actually communicates with your receiver. Or that asks you what sources you'd like to connect and how you'd like to configure your speakers, then walks you through the process as you do it.

An industry-first, Pioneer's AVNavigator truly is an interactive owner's manual that takes all the guesswork out of setting up your receiver. AV Navigator uses your networked PC or iPad to communicate directly with the SC-65, walking you through speaker set-up, sound optimization, firmware updates and more.

Full-Color On-Screen Graphical User Interface and On-Screen Overlay
All of the SC-65's advanced control and connectivity options are made even better with a full-color user interface via HDMI on your connected TV. Effortlessly navigate through the SC-65's menu and enjoy iTunes album art from a connected Apple device. An on-screen overlay provides on-screen confirmation of sound adjustments without taking you away from what you're watching.

Ideal for Custom Home Theater Installation
The Elite series was designed with an eye toward custom-installed home theater solutions, with features to match. Multi-zone capability with support for Zone 2 & Zone 3 outputs allows you to watch movies or listen to music in two rooms at once complete with volume and balance controls as well as Zone 2 Tone control and a dedicated subwoofer output. An RS-232 bus connection allows custom installers access into the "control brain" of the SC-65, for customized remote control development. The SC-65 is compatible with popular "whole-house" entertainment systems such as Crestron, AMX, Control 4, Universal, Savant, and RTI, and its IP capabilities allow users to control their entertainment system via a home network.

All this plus support for Pioneer Apps, 3rd party control devices, custom-ready detachable power cord, and IR in/out for universal remotes make the Elite series the ultimate answer for a custom home entertainment solution.

  • Class D3
  • 9.2
  • 130 x 9 (1kHz)
  • 330 Watts
Handheld and Internet
  • iPod/iPhone/iPad
  • 4th gen Nano and above / iPhone, 3G, 3GS, 4 / iPad, iPad2
  • iControlAV2012(iPad, iPhone, Android)
  • vTuner
  • w/ subscription
  • Yes
  • MP3, WMA, iPod Digital, WAV 192kHz, FLAC 192kHz, JPEG
  • LPCM, WAV 192kHz, MP3, ACC, WMA, FLAC 192kHz
Decoders & Formats
  • TI Aureus x 2
  • Select 2 Plus
  • 192kHz/32-Bit
  • Yes
Soundfield Calibration
  • Auto / Plus
  • Advanced
  • 9
  • 6
  • 1/2 Inch
Listening Modes
  • Multi-Channel
  • Direct / Pure Direct
  • 15 + Headphone Surround
  • Yes (Focus/Wide)
Audio Features
  • Hi-bit24
  • Multi-Channel
  • HDMI Bitstream/ Multi
  • Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC
  • Multi Channel
  • 10-Frames
  • Front Channel
Video Processing
  • Marvell Qdeo up to 1080p / 24fps
  • Advanced Video Adjust - HD Sources Progressive Motion - YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black level
  • 7 In / 2 Out
  • AS-BT200 / Air Jam App
  • 2 In / 1 Out
  • Front USB / Composite Video
  • Yes (MP3 / WMA / WAV 192kHz / FLAC 192kHz, JPEG)
  • 4 In / 1 Out
  • 1 In
  • 4 In / 1 Out
  • 9.1 Channel (11.2 Terminals)
  • HDMI or MHL / USB / Composite Video
  • 63
  • GUI with Album Art
  • 2 Zone AV / 3 Zone Audio
  • DVD, Sat/CBL, DVR/BDR, Internet radio, SiriusXM, Pandora, Media Server, Favorites, iPod/USB, TV, CD, Tuner, Adapter Port
  • Analog Audio
  • Yes
  • 2 In / 1 Out
  • Yes (Zone 2)
  • Ethernet / USB
  • With Remote Maintenance
  • Yes
  • 7 Mode (Bi-Amp / Zone 2 / B-Speaker / Surround Back / Front Height / Dront Width
  • Learning
  • Aluminum (Hairline)
  • All
  • 3 Years
  • 17.13 x 7.28 x 17.36
  • 33.29 lbs

Product Sheet

NOTE: This firmware update cannot be performed via the Internet. It must be performed using a USB memory device
This firmware update includes the following:

  • Adds HTC Connect feature for compatible Android® phones.
  • Resolves an issue with connecting to Pandora's server.

Please note that all network settings, including the your Pandora account information, will be reset to the factory default after the update. Write down these settings before the update as they will be needed to set up the network again.

Updated 01/21/2013