Pioneer has announced the release of a new firmware update that will bring Dolby Atmos surround sound to its SC-LX88, SC-LX78 and SC-LX58 (pictured) AV receivers.

The firmware update is available to download now and means that Pioneer is now the latest manufacturer to equip its flagship AV receivers with the ability to offer Dolby Atmos cinema-quality sound in the comfort of your own home.

It was only just this week that fellow audio manufacturer Onkyo announced that a firmware update for its own AV receivers had been released with the promise of support for Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. 

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The Pioneer SC-LX88, SC-LX78 and SC-LX58 are all nine channel amps, producing 260, 250 and 240 Watts per channel respectively. All three feature dual subwoofer outputs and a new subwoofer EQ section, which is part of Pioneer's new Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC). 

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DLNA streaming is supported as are other streaming services, including Spotify Connect and HTC Connect. A range of file formats are also supported, including DSD, WAV and FLAC. If you're wondering where you can find this firmware update, head on over to Pioneer's website.

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bcolgan's picture


Any possibility that WHFS&V could do us a favour and ask Denon if they will be updating their 2014 receivers with Atmos?

I have the AVR-X4000 and would like to think that with a £1000+ outlay, I will be catered for with a software upgrade.

Onkyo and Pioneer seem able to do it for theirs, so I am hoping Denon will do similar but have not heard anything yet.

Can you folks put a little pressure on them, for those of us looking for an excuse to add more speakers Smile



Andy Clough's picture

Denon upgrade

 I will happily ask the question Barry.

Andy Clough's picture

Denon upgrade

OK, here's the  official answer from Denon:

"Of course we would like to offer the upgrade to last year's models, but the required processing power isn’t there. For this reason it isn’t possible to add Dolby Atmos. However it is not only a situation Denon faces but all brands."

"Existing Denon and Marantz AVRs and preamp processors are not firmware upgradable to add Atmos because all-new DSPs with more memory are needed," D&M USA said recently.

Dmitry Kobzar's picture

battle monsters

need a benchmark

Marantz SR7009
Yamaha RX-A 3040
Pioneer SC-LX88

please write! I always read your opinion before buying