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Pioneer Elite® 7.2 Channel Direct Energy HD Network AV Receiver

Model #: SC-LX502
Pioneer Elite
At a Glance

Experience the enveloping sound of DTS:X™ and Dolby Atmos® featuring the Reflex Optimizer for Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, accompanied by the spectacular view of Ultra HD video, HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), and Dolby Vision.

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Get to know this product.

FlareConnect™, Chromecast built-in, and DTS Play-Fi® let you stream music anywhere across the house. Listen to a multitude of songs via internet radio and network streaming services, controlled by the Pioneer Remote App. With Powered Zone 2, and a phono and 7 HDMI inputs, a wide range of options are offered on the Elite® SC-LX502.

Class D3 (Direct Energy HD) Amplifier

The Class D3 Amplifier based on Pioneer’s Multichannel Stereophonic Philosophy is capable of simultaneous high-power. With the Direct Power FET directly connected to the print circuit board without any wiring, you can enjoy quality sound, quick response, and high efficiency, as well as save energy. The custom bypass capacitors further enhance the advantages of the Direct Energy HD amplifier, producing powerful bass while also featuring gentle expressiveness. The Class D3 amplifier is ideal for reproducing the latest HD content encoded by Dolby Atmos or DTS:X and high resolution audio.

MCACC Auto Room Tuning

Create the optimum acoustic environment with Pioneer’s MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System), developed with the expertise of professional recording studios. With the custom microphone, the system automatically compensates for differences in speaker size, level and distance, and equalizes response.

Synchronized Sound with Phase Control

As an innovative solution for the phase lag between the subwoofer and the main channel speakers caused by the bass management filter, Phase Control compensates the delayed bass to improve sound synchronization.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

Create the optimum acoustic environment with Pioneer’s MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System), developed with the expertise of professional recording studios. With the custom microphone, the system automatically compensates for differences in speaker size, level and distance, and equalizes response.

Reflex Optimizer

High directivity sound reflects off the ceiling, while low directivity sound directly reaches the ears. This difference causes a phase shift, making the sound feel uncomfortable. To solve this, the new technology optimizes the performance of your up-firing elevation speakers for your listening environment, by aligning the phase of direct and indirect sound, matching the basic tone, and optimizing the upward-oriented frequencies. The result is overall seamless sound with Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, allowing the ideal reproduction of three-dimensional surround sound.

Next-Generation Video Standard Ready

The SC-LX502 supports pass-through for Dolby Vision, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), and HDR10 signals. By connecting a compatible source device, you can enjoy these latest video standards on a compatible display. What’s more, all HDMI terminals support 4K (60p/4:4:4/24-bit*), Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020), and HDCP 2.2, so you will have no problem when upgrading to new devices, and can also enjoy premium content such as 4K videos with digital copy protection.

Chromecast built-in

The SC-LX502 comes with Chromecast built-in, so you can use your mobile device to stream your favorite music, radio, or podcasts to your speaker. You can control the audio from anywhere in the house using Chromecast-enabled apps running on your personal device—iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, Mac and Windows laptop, and Chromebook™. Discover Chromecast-enabled apps at

DTS Play-Fi®

DTS Play-Fi wirelessly streams any audio content from any compatible mobile device to the SC-LX502 and DTS Play-Fi compatible audio systems, creating a multi-room system in your home. You can stream different sources to different speakers at the same time from the DTS Play-Fi app.

Multi-room Audio Offers a Variety of Ways to Enjoy Music

FlareConnect™ shares audio from network and external audio input sources between compatible components. Enjoy effortless multi-room playback of LP records, CDs, network music services, and more with supported components and speaker systems. Music selection, speaker grouping, and playback management across the home are built into the Pioneer Remote App

225 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10 % THD, 1ch Driven)

  • 120 W/ch (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08 % THD, 2ch Driven, FTC)
  • Powered Zone 2
  • Dolby Atmos® for 5.2.2ch/Dolby Surround
  • High Dynamic Range (Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG) Signal Pass-through


Amplifier DesignClass D3 (Direct Energy HD)
Power Output: Watts per Channel (20 Hz – 20 kHz, THD 0.08 % @ 8 ohms FTC)VSX Power Rating Only
Power Output: Watts per Channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08 %, 2 ch Driven FTC)120 W/ch
Power Output: (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1 %, 1ch Driven FTC)150 W/ch
4 OHM SpeakerYes
Power Output: Watts per Channel (6 ohms 1 kHz 10 % 1ch Driven)225 W/ch
Estimated Power Consumption/Standby with HDMI Control off250 W/0.1 W

Handheld and Internet

Made for iPhone and iPodAirPlay Only
Internet RadioYes, TuneIn
Streaming Audio From PC/NetworkYes
Chromecast built-inYes
TIDAL Music Streaming Service ReadyYes
iOS/Android Remote Control APPPioneer Remote App
Pandora Internet RadioYes
Hi-Res AudioApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, and AIFF for 192kHz/24bit, 11.2MHz/5.6MHz/2.8MHz DSD Playback (via USB or wired network), Dolby TrueHD Playback (USB only)

Decoders & Formats

Digital Core DSP EngineDigital Core Engine with Cirrus Logic (Quad Core) x1
High-Definition Copy Protection (HDCP)2.2
Dolby TrueHDYes
Dolby SurroundYes
DTS Neural:XYes
HDMI SACD Transfer2 Channel
Audio DACs768 kHz/32-bit DAC (AK4458)
Dolby AtmosYes
Dolby Digital PlusYes
DTS-HD Master AudioYes

Soundfield Calibration

Phase ControlYes
EQ Bands9-Band
Distance Adjustment0.1 feet
MCACC Memory1
Symmetric EQYes
Auto Subwoofer CrossoverYes

Listening Modes

Auto SurroundYes
Front Stage Surround AdvanceYes
Stream DirectYes (Direct, Pure Direct)

Audio Features

Advanced Sound RetrieverYes
Sound Delay (Lip Sync)Yes (500ms)
DSD Music FileYes (2ch)
Tone Control2 Channel
Speaker A/BB

Video Processing

4K 60p Ultra HD PassthroughHDR10, HLG(Hybrid Log Gamma, Dolby Vision Compatible)
3-D ReadyYes
HDMI 36-bit Deep ColorYes
Video Converter to HDMIYes
Super ResolutionYes
4K 60p Ultra HD Video ScalerYes (1080p to 4K)
Audio Return ChannelYes


HDMI Input / Output7 In / 2 Out (1 for MAIN, 1 for Zone 2/SUB)
Wi-Fi Built-InYes (Dual Band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz)
Component Video Input / Output1 In
Ethernet InputYes
Analog Audio Inputs / Output4 In
Digital Inputs / Output3 In (Optical 2, Coaxial 1)
Headphone OutputYes
AM/FM Presets40 Presets
Bluetooth Built-InYes (Version: 4.1, Profile: A2DP/AVRCP, Codec: SBC/AAC)
USB Memory InputYes(Front)
Composite A/V Input / Output2 In
Phono InputYes
Pre-Amp OutputsZone 2 Audio
Front A/V InputsUSB/HDMI


Home MenuGUI with System/Network Setup Menu
Zone 2 SourcesZone 2 Sources HDMI (Ports 1-3) Analog/Net/SPDIF
12 Volt Trigger (Assignable)2 out
IR Serial Remote In/Out1 In / 1 Out
IP Control for CIYes:(Control4/Crestron/AMX/URC/RTI/Savant/ and more)
Detachable Power CordYes
Multi-Room and Source OutputZone 2 Audio
Network Firmware UpdateYes
Sleep TimerYes


Front PanelBrushed
Speaker Terminals9 Large


Warranty3 Years Parts & Labor


W x H x D (inches)17-1/8 x 7-1/4 x 15-9/16
Weight26.2 lbs.

Misc. Specs

Depth (in.)15.56
Width (in.)17.13
Height (in.)7.25
Remote Control TypeWireless Remote
Manufacturer Warranty3 Year Parts & Labor
Wifi ConnectivityYes
Smart CompatibleYes
Wifi CapableYes
Bluetooth CapableYes
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