Did WHF review the SC-87 yet? Cheers
Yes, in the March issue, out next week (February 12th).
Thanks to the best of the Andys on here... mwa, mwa, haw (sinister laugh) : )
Don't you mean one of the best... You can also find our test of the SC-LX87 here. In the March issue it goes up against rivals from Arcam and Yamaha...
"THX Select2 Plus certified, aiming to deliver an intact soundtrack even when played at lower volumes."
According to reviewer THX Sel2+ is aimed at playing movies at lower volumes...
But reference THX volume is 0.0db after THX calibration on a THX certified speaker system. Can reviewer elaborate?
Would this suit a Dali Zensor 7.1 package?
I'm running last years SC-LX56 with the Dali Zensor 5 5.1 package. They are very well matched and, from what I understand, what your suggesting would be equally matched.
SC-LX57 + Zensor 7.1 (which I guess is either Zensor 5 or 7 5.1 package with 2 extra rear hights added?) would make a lovely system.
That's very helpful news. Yes, I'm planning on running the SC-LX57 with a Zensor 7 & 3 5.1 package plus 2 extra Zensor 3 rears.
Yes indeed it would.
The review says, "If you have songs stored on a NAS device, use it with the Pioneer – DLNA streaming sounds strong and vibrant,....."
What file formats are 'streamable' from a NAS? Flac, DSD?
One asumes there would be no limit to 2ch only when streaming via DLNA?
Would that be via an ethernet connection?
It can play MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, FLAC, AIFF, Apple lossless via USB/LAN and DSD(USB only). 24Bit/192kHz playback is possible with WAV,FLAC and AIFF. Ideally ethernet should be used for stability, but Pioneer also make a wireless reciever called the AS-WL300 (around £50).
Via ethernet, can it play flac 24/192 in multi channel?
No, it can't. I'm sure it's something Pioneer are looking at for future products.
It's good to hear you report DSD files are playable via front USB port, but the crucial questions with DSD remains unanswered.
1) Does DSD get get converted to PCM or not?
2) Can it play Multi Channel DSD via this USB port.
3) Is it an asynchronous USB connection?
1) DSD direct is supported, but it means the amplifier's DSP functions such as room eq will be bypassed.
2) No, it can't play multichannel DSD via USB.
3) No, it's not an asynchronous USB connection.
Hope this helps.
Regarding your 3 point reply:
1) This is fine and is to be expected. But it does not answer the question "Is DSD converted to PCM or not?"
2) This is very disapointing as there is a huge amount of DSD, on SACDs, that is Multichannel.
3) Disapointing as Asynchrous USB is understood to be the way to avoid jitter over USB.
I've check with Pioneer and they say DSD is not converted to PCM.
"........DSD is not converted to PCM." That is good news
Thanks for taking the time to find out, I wish such info was more easily accessible to us 'the great unwashed'
So would this SC-LX57 eclipse the SC-LX86 soundwise having the same 190w x 7 while also being a newer model? Good question i think...
They look like they have brought the LX-5 series up to at least the previous years build, from the front anyways. The LX-8 looks quality at the rear though.
I think the LX86's presentation still has more authority and stronger dynamics than the 57, despite what the power figures suggest.
If i spent the best part of 2k on an sc-lx86 i would certainly like to think it is still overall better than the '57. But i couldn't know or even guess unless i had or owned the 2 machines.
As soon as we get it.
When are What HiFi reviewing the LX87?
if i was encoded with directions to Superfis sc-lx87 page,
i could possibly read a wee bit regarding the location of Mr 87s write-up!
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