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Defying the limits of home cinema.

With this flagship AV receiver you will experience all your favourite films and music exactly as the creators intended. The SC-LX88 features only high-end components, each rigorously calibrated and professionally tuned by the legendary Air Studios, to bring studio quality sound right into your living room.

Especially for audiophiles, we equipped the SC-LX88 with a SABRE 32bit Ultra DAC and a powerful Class D Amplifier. Together, they reproduce music with unsurpassed fidelity, up to 220 watts per output channel. Unique to this AV receiver is the asynchronous USB-DAC, which allows a direct USB connection for your Mac or PC, supporting Native DSD and 192 kHz/32-bit audio content.

The cherry on the cake is the newest surround sound technology: Dolby Atmos. The SC-LX88 allows you to place overhead speakers for a multi-layered, dynamic, and three-dimensional sound that is completely in sync with the screen view, providing total immersion with unprecedented sound localisation and movement.

Dolby Atmos.
Feel every dimension

This amplifier features Dolby Atmos, the latest audio platform for home theatre entertainment. With the right set-up - speakers and receiver - this technology will fill your room with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth.

Bluetooth built-in

Easily stream songs from compatible devices using the built-in Bluetooth wireless technology. This AV receiver features A2DP and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP). Supported codecs include SBC, AAC, and aptX.

Always in full control

With the iControlAV5 app, you can control all receiver functions from your smartphone or from your tablet (iOS / Android). Thanks to the newly built-in AVNavigator, you no longer need to install any software.


4K/60p Ultra HD video

Experience four times the current 1080p HD quality with 4K ultra-high resolution video. The receiver's 4K upscaling capabilities - up to 60p - make it possible to enjoy SD or HD content in 4K quality.

Hi-Res multi-channel audio

Enjoy high-resolution audio playback like never before. This AV receiver supports both AIFF and Apple Lossless hi-resolution audio files. You can even playback the latest multichannel WAV and FLAC audio files.

Improving audio

The audio scaler upscales your audio by expanding a two-channel digital signal to 32-bit to improve resolution and density. The sampling rate can be increased to 192kHz, reducing noise, and enhancing the characteristics of the digital signal.


Multi-zone capabilities

All new amplifiers offer simultaneous entertainment in multiple zones – including a HDZone with a dedicated HDMI output to an additional room. Up to four different mobile devices running Pioneer’s iControlAV5 App can simultaneously control the AV receiver to take full advantage of its multi-room capabilities.

Built-in USB-DAC

The SC-LX88 integrates an asynchronous USB-DAC, which eliminates jitter and reproduces master quality sound with extremely precise audio signals, even for Hi-bit32 Signal Processing. It allows a direct USB connection with a Mac or PC, supporting native DSD and 192kHz/32-bit music files.

Massive power

audiophile level Class D amplification brings you unprecedented power output. Short signal paths ensure impeccable sound, while efficient cooling provides superior performance with lower power consumption (-44% vs analogue amps). Now with 4-16Ω speaker support.


Enjoy Spotify Connect

Enjoy on demand access to millions of songs with Spotify’s digital streaming service. This AV receiver is ready for Spotify Connect, which lets you select songs on your Spotify app to listen to on your audio system.



Output Power per Channel 250W
Impedance at Output Level
Number of Channels 9
4Ω Speaker Support Yes
Signal / Noise Ratio 103 dB
Input Connections Front:
• 1 x HDMI
• 1 x USB 2.0 (iPod/iPhone Digital Audio, USB drive)
• 1 x MCACC Setup MIC

• 7 x HDMI (1 for HDMI/MHL)
• 1 x Ethernet
• 2 x AV Composite
• 1 x Audio (Assignable)
• 7.1 Multi-channel
• 1 x Phono (MM)
• 2 x Digital Coaxial (Assignable)
• 2 x Digital Optical (Assignable)
• 2 x Component Video (Assignable)
• 1 x USB-DAC (B-Type)
• 2 x IR
• 1 x USB charge port for AXF-7031 Wireless LAN Converter
• 2 x 12V Trigger
• 1 x RS-232C

Output Connections Front:
• 1 x Phones out

• 3 x HDMI (2 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
• 1 x AV Composite
• 1 x Digital Optical
• 1 x Monitor Component
• 1 x Monitor Composite
• 1 x IR
• 9.2-ch Preout (11.2-ch terminals)


• AM/FM Tuner (63 presets)
• Internet Radio with vTuner
• Spotify Ready
• Apple AirPlay

• MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, and Apple Lossless
• DSD native playback
• DSD direct playback
• iPod Digital Transmission(*)

192 kHz/24-bit audio playback:

Multi-channel audio file playback(**):

Gapless playback:
• MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, and Apple Lossless(***)


(*) Via USB
(**) Up to 96 kHz/24-bit, 5.0/5.1 channel
(***) Except multi-channel audio streaming

MHL Terminal for Android Smartphones Yes
HD Audio Formats • Dolby Atmos Upgradable
• Dolby TrueHD
• DTS-HD Master Audio
Audio Return Channel Yes
Stand-by Pass Through Yes
Control with HDMI (+) Yes
On-Screen Display (GUI) Yes
Firmware updates Yes (via internet or USB)
AVNavigator Yes
Bluetooth Yes (Built-in, with aptX support)
Internet Radio Yes
Spotify Connect Yes
DLNA Certified Yes
HTC Connect Yes
Windows 8 Compatible Yes
Eco Mode Yes
Remote Control Illuminated, learning remote control
Direct Energy HD amplifier Yes
Resolution Parameter • AUTO/PURE
• 480p
• 720p
• 1080i/ 1080p/ 1080-24p
• 4K/4K-24p
4K Pass Through Yes
4K Upscaling Yes
AIR Studio Sound Tuning Yes
D/A Converter 192 kHz / 32-bit
A/D Converter 192 kHz / 24-bit
Multi-channel Simultaneous Drive Yes
Front L & R Bi-Amplifier Function Yes
Dimensions W 435mm x H 185mm x D 441 mm
Weight 18.1 kg


Reviews and Awards

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Five Stars What HiFi 5 Stars
"Fast, precise, superb layers of detail." "Performance is stunningly impressive and capable." "We love its crisp, clean sound and the razor-sharp precision with which it handles a film's soundtrack." "The SC-LX88 has a wonderfully even tonal balance – highs sparkle with no hint of brightness, while the low end rumbles with insight." "Pioneer's acute grasp of rhythm and punch lends itself well when playing music." "The SC-LX88 has an exhaustive selection of streaming features and connections." "The SC-LX88 is beautifully machined, sturdy, and its large display is pin-sharp and easy to read." "A mature balance between subtlety and power."
whathifi.com Dec 2014
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Five Stars
What HiFi 5 Stars
"A staggeringly powerful and entertaining amp that's unrivalled at this price" "It strikes a mature balance between subtlety and power, and offers a wealth of features that blow away the competition. It has a captivating sound that will keep you entertained for hours."
January 2015
HTC Connect


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