7.2 Channel Network Ready Elite Receiver
featuring Class D3 Amplification

  • Update: Spotify® Connect now available
  • 4K Ultra HD Upscaling/Pass-Through
  • Network ready with AirPlay®, HTC Connect™, Pandora®, and vTuner® Internet radio
  • Multi-Zone Control for 2 HD Zones and 1 Powered Zone Audio



The Pioneer Elite SC-72 AV Receiver. Class D3 Power and Connectivity That’s Custom-Install Friendly
The new SC-72 receiver is perfect for custom home entertainment installations. Its robust aluminum front panel and insulated dual chassis houses the power and finesse of Class D3 amplification. This fully equipped AV receiver delivers Elite’s advanced connectivity in a multi-zone receiver with features to match its performance.

Designed for Today’s Lifestyle—Connecting You with Your iPad®, iPhone® and iPod®
The SC-72 is right at home with Apple® devices, thanks to Made for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad certification. Easily connected with your normal charging cable, your Apple handheld device connects without the need for a dock. And with the SC-72, plug-and-play has never been easier, because it charges your Apple device too. You can even enjoy music enhanced with album art, enhancing the iTunes® experience.

When you receive a call, your iPhone will mute the music so you can talk. Use the iPhone directly, or push a single button on the SC-72’s front panel to switch control to the included preset remote and an intuitive, full-color GUI.

Elite Makes AirPlay® Easy
Pioneer’s partnership with Apple means you enjoy effortless AirPlay connectivity through Apple devices like iPhone, iPad and iPod. Network share your music with DLNA® and Windows 8®, stream your favorite artists straight from your PC or Mac® with Pandora®, or listen to a world of content with vTuner® Internet Radio.

Up front, plug a memory audio device into the USB port—in seconds—for music or photos. And of course, this Elite receiver is Bluetooth®- and WiFi-ready with Pioneer’s optional AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter and AS-WL-300 WiFi adapter.

With the SC-72, you need never interrupt your entertainment. Listen to your favorite music 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-72. Powering up automatically, it continues right where you left off. And the SC-72 supports network audio sources in Zones 2 and 3, allowing you to send music to other rooms. With AirPlay, there's really no reason why your iTunes music has to be restricted to your computer.

HTC Connect™ Lets Android Sound Better
The SC-72 brings enhanced convenience and enhanced sound quality to the entertainment experience for users of HTC’s Android™-powered HTC One series smartphones. With HTC Connect, you can stream high-quality, WAV-format files for an effortless, out-of-the-box audiophile experience. Finally, audiophiles who demand serious sound can enjoy their music—with CD-quality resolution—using their HTC smartphone. HTC Connect makes your music sound as good as it can be.

Spotify® Connect
Spotify Connect is a Premium feature that lets you play and control Spotify on your devices. Choose music on one device and listen on another. At home, hit play on your mobile and hear high fidelity sound on your AV receiver. You can also control the music from your mobile phone. Update your AV Receiver

Windows® 8 Certified
Windows 8 Play To feature makes it easy to stream your favorite music stored on your PC to our new line of networked AV Receivers. Don't limit your media experience to your laptop speakers. With the Windows 8 Play To feature and Pioneer’s new networked Receivers you can enjoy your media library on the biggest speakers in the house.

Seamless Connection to PC Music Files or Internet Radio
The SC-72 opens up a new world of networking. A rear panel Ethernet port allows full integration into your home network, and with Windows 8 and DLNA 1.5 certification, a whole new level of entertainment options are at your fingertips. With 192kHz/24-bit WAV, FLAC and AIFF file compatibility, network streaming audio playback is now attainable for the true audiophile. Stream your AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV and FLAC music files from your PC, laptop or smartphone to your home theater system.

With vTuner, the SC-72 connects to thousands of Internet radio stations from around the world. You can also access Pandora 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.

Downloading Pioneer’s exclusive Air Jam application for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices allows up to four Apple devices to be paired via Bluetooth®. Choose songs from your device to add to the group playlist to playback on the SC-72. Do you like a song your friend added? Select it and buy it from iTunes, or watch the music video on YouTube®.

Your Smartphone and Bluetooth Make Beautiful Music
The SC-72 is ready for wireless Bluetooth audio from virtually any A2DP profile Bluetooth device. Untether yourself from cables and inputs with the Pioneer AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter, and enjoy enriched quality with Sound Retriever AIR technology, created specifically to enhance Bluetooth audio.

Elite Class D3 Amplification. Where Power Meets Precision
The Elite SC-72 is an audiophile’s dream, delivering 7 channels of cutting-edge Class D3 amplification designed to reproduce music and soundtracks with uncompromising realism.

Engineered for perfectionists, the revolutionary amplifiers inside the SC-72 feature a direct signal path with no noisy EMI filters, feedback loops or current limiting. Rated at 170 watts x 7 channels at 6 ohms with two channels driven, the SC-72 delivers abundant power, and significantly more simultaneous multi-channel power than the competition.

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 workload. This kind of unprecedented power capability allows you to appreciate the full dynamics from any media source in a way never before possible. Playing formats like Blu-ray Disc, Class D3 takes high-resolution multi-channel Dolby and DTS soundtracks to a whole new level of realism and impact. Unlike regular amps, Elite Class D3 amplifiers are 4-ohm certified, so they safely power those low-impedance speakers that other receivers aren’t made to handle.

And because the amplifiers in the SC-72 are Class D3, they run cooler than conventional Class AB designs, using just a fraction of the energy while delivering more power with all channels driven.

Ultimate Sound Control with Advanced MCACC®
The SC-72 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 DTS® Neo X format.

Imagine having your own sound engineer precision-tuning your system to your living room—that’s what Advanced MCACC processing is like. Pioneer's Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC) provides an optimized, multi-channel listening experience calibrated and customized specifically to your room by measuring every speaker's connection, and noting size and distance from the listening point, sound levels and timbre.

To eliminate the distortion caused by jitter during conversion, Pioneer’s PQLS technology allows the SC-72 to use its own high precision clock and adjust the transmission rate of bitstream sound data from a compatible Blu-Ray player, insuring every note and nuance is faithfully reproduced.

The SC-72 takes the multi-channel audio experience to a whole new level with four advanced, sound-enhancing virtual speaker modes. Virtual Depth is designed to complement 3D movies. Virtual Height creates sound effects from above your main front speakers, creating virtual height speakers ideal for gaming enthusiasts. Virtual Wide creates a seamless blend between your front and back speakers. Virtual Surround Back replaces your back surround speakers, freeing you to use the surround amplifier to drive a second zone, or bi-amp the front speakers. Virtual speaker modes can be applied together or separately. Filling in areas where minute details were left out during the compression process, even compressed audio like WMA, MP3 and AAC is enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever.

Whatever the Source, Advanced Qdeo® Video Processing is Picture-Perfect
By leveraging extensive video engineering expertise, Pioneer makes home theater a truly immersive experience. The new SC-72 supports Ultra HD (4K) pass-through and upscaling. Qdeo video-processing technology and 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 video source for the finest possible picture.

3D-Ready with the Latest HDMI®Technology
The SC-72 supports the latest HDMI specifications. So not only do you get the most out of your existing movies and music, with the SC-72 you're prepared for the new generation of 3D video content. With 8 HDMI inputs (7 rear + 1 front) and 2 outputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available.

BD Link for Blu-Ray Disc Playback That Excels
The built-in BD Link technology of the SC-72 maximizes the fidelity of high-bandwidth, high-definition Blu-Ray Disc playback from a compatible Pioneer or Elite Blu-Ray Player. BD Link Sound Retriever and BD Link Stream Smoother work together to ensure total fidelity from the original source, with no visual artifacts or out-of-sync audio at full HD resolutions, even in the fastest action scenes.

Transform Your Apple or Android Device into a Powerful Remote Control
Pioneer's free iControlAV2013 app turns your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad device or select Android devices into a powerful remote control by communicating with the SC-72 wirelessly through your home network. The all-new iControlAV2013 is fully redesigned, incorporating everything from basic volume and input selection to advanced features like EQ adjustments and Internet Radio control. iControlAV2013 for iPad includes enhanced features like vertical and horizontal orientation, intuitive control of music from networked PCs as well as Internet radio control, and an intuitive 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-72 offers, like Hi-Bit 24, Auto Phase Control Plus, and Virtual Speaker modes.

Easy Set-Up 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 is an interactive owner’s manual that takes all the guesswork out of setting up your receiver. AV Navigator uses your networked PC, MAC or iPad to communicate directly with the SC-72, walking you through speaker set-up, Advanced MCACC room calibration, sound optimization, firmware updates and more.

Full-Color On-Screen Graphical User Interface
All of the SC-72's advanced control and connectivity options are made even better with a full-color user interface via HDMI on your connected TV, allowing you to effortlessly navigate through the SC-72's menu.

Your Ultimate Custom Home Theater Solution
With its durable aluminum front panel, the SC-72 is built to last. This receiver delivers versatile custom-installation solutions for home entertainment, with Multi-Zone capability that lets you set up three great systems. Enjoy home theater in the living room, television in the bedroom and serious music listening in the den.

Because Pioneer is dedicated to custom installation, our relationships with custom-control partners like AMX®, Control4®, Crestron® and other leading brands let users and installers integrate the Elite SC-72 into whole-house systems. All this plus support for Pioneer Apps, third-party control devices, custom-ready detachable power cord, and IR in/out for universal remotes make the Elite series the ultimate answer in custom home entertainment.

  • Class D3 (Direct Energy HD)
  • 7.2
  • VSX Model Power Rating Only
  • VSX Model Power Rating Only
  • 130 Watts
  • 210 Watts
  • 660 Watts
  • Yes
  • 290 W/0.1 W (standby)
Handheld and Internet
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes (iPhone 5/iPad/iPod)
  • iControlAV2013
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
  • MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Decoders & Formats
  • Texas Instruments Aureus
  • Yes
  • 192K/24Bit
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Multi- Channel
Soundfield Calibration
  • Advanced
  • 6
  • Auto / Plus
  • Yes
  • 9
  • Yes
  • 1/2 Inch
  • Yes
  • Yes
Listening Modes
  • Yes
  • Multi-Channel
  • Direct / Pure Direct
  • 15 + Headphone Surround
  • Yes
  • Yes (Focus/Wide)
  • Yes
Audio Features
  • -
  • Yes (Front Panel USB)
  • Hi-bit24
  • Yes
  • Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 2 Channel
  • Yes (800 ms)
  • Yes
  • Front Channel
Video Processing
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Marvell QDEO
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level
  • 8 In ( 7 Rear, 1 Front) / 2 Out
  • 1 (Front)
  • 2 In (Assignable) / 1 Output
  • Front USB / Composite Video
  • Yes
  • 4 In / 1 Out
  • 1 In
  • 2 In / 1 Out
  • Preout 7.1 ch (9.2 ch terminals)
  • Yes
  • 63
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
  • HDMI HDZone Audio & Video / Powered Zone 2 AV / Zone 3 Audio
  • ZONE 2 AV (Composite), Subwoofer, Volume, Balance and Tone
  • ZONE 3 Audio, Volume and Balance
  • Eco Mode 1/Eco Mode 2
  • Yes
  • 1 (50mA)
  • Yes
  • 2 In / 1 Out
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Bi-Amp / Zone 2 / B-Speaker / Surround Back / Front Height / Front Width
  • Yes
  • Learning Remote Control (Luminous)
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Brushed
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 9 Large
  • 2 Years Parts & Labor
  • 17.13 x 7.31 x 17.38
  • 31.88 lbs.
  • Lightning Compatible

    Lightning Compatible

  • HTC Connect

    HTC Connect

  • Eco <br> Mode


  • Apple AirPlay Optimized

    Apple AirPlay Optimized

  • 4K Ultra HD <br>Pass-Through

    4K Ultra HD

  • MCACC <br> Room Calibration

    Room Calibration


Date Description
Sep 4, 2018
SC-72/71/1323/1223 FW Sept 4
Version 1-148-020-015-120
Firmware Update for Pandora Subscribers

Update Instructions

Change History