Pioneer SC-LX82 review

The Pioneer SC-LX82 picks up a huge amount of detail, making it one of the most capable amplifiers on the market Tested at £1900.00

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Our Verdict

The 'LX82 is a rip-roaring success and one of the most capable amps you can buy

For

  • Easy to operate
  • fine selection of features
  • attractive menus
  • punchy, precise sound
  • picks up an unbelievable amount of detail

Against

  • Nothing

Damn that pesky recession. Not only are our personal finances taking a beating, the weakness of the pound is seeing the price of some home cinema products shoot up instead of down.

Take Pioneer's SC-LX82 for example. It's a tempting piece of kit, but demands a £400 premium over last year's model, (the SC-LX81).

So can this glossy beast justify an overdraft extension? Most definitely. All of Pioneer's traditional strengths are present: its open, transparent delivery allows a fantastic amount of detail to leap into the sound field.

Excitement with X-Men
X-Men Origins: Wolverine certainly couldn't be accused of having the most delicate of soundtracks, but there are quiet moments where the amp takes great care to feed you the subtleties of what's on disc.

At the opposite end of the sonic scale, the Pioneer won't think twice about flexing its muscles. When the cooling tower crumbles from beneath Wolverine at the film's climax, there's real power and scale on offer. As the tower crashes, it delivers weight and control.

The amplifier's surround steering capabilities are sensational too. As Gambit fans out and fires up his deck of cards to launch at Wolverine, the sound effects sweep fluidly between speakers, before each card is hurled with impressive precision, force and a number of rapid-fire bass hits.

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Pioneer has never been shy as far as features and connections are concerned, and the SC-LX82 is more than suitably equipped.

The rear panel is adorned with four HDMI inputs (an extra one lurks behind the front panel) and twin outputs for connecting to two different displays.

The iPod/iPhone-compatible USB input has become a regular feature of Pioneer's home cinema amps, and the connecting cable is shipped in the box. Networking functionality is included, as is DLNA certification.

Upgraded software
Pioneer has also upgraded its MCACC speaker calibration software and mic to improve set-up.

We were slightly concerned that the SC-LX82's price tag might make it difficult to justify in a market that is overflowing with kit a couple of hundred pounds cheaper.

But the sheer ability of this amp is justification in itself. its blend of power, scale and subtlety is a pleasure to listen to – this is a definite contender for class-leading status.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.eu.onkyo.com
Brand NamePioneer
Product SeriesLX
Product TypeA/V Receiver
ManufacturerOnkyo & Pioneer Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberSC-LX82
Product NamePioneer SC-LX82
Product ModelSC-LX82

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • SC-LX82 A/V Receiver
  • Remote Control
DLNA CertifiedYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationWEEE

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of Digital Optical Outputs2
Number of HDMI Inputs5
Number of Digital Optical Inputs7
Number of HDMI Outputs2
Number of Analog Audio Inputs9
USBYes

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power190 W
Sound SystemTHX Select2 Plus, THX, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6, Neural Surround
Audio Channels7

Physical Characteristics

Width420 mm
Depth460 mm
Weight Approximate18.50 kg
Height200 mm
ColourBlack
Dimensions200 mm (H): 420 mm (W): 460 mm (D)

Technical Information

Total Harmonic Distortion THD1%

Tuner

Frequency BandAM, FM