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Pioneer SC-1222 A/V Receiver - 7.2 Channel - Black - Multizone - Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, Auto Surround, DTS Neo:6, DTS-ES, DTS HD, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital Surround EX - 1 kHz - AM, FM - Ethernet - - SC-1222-K

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Sound quality is excellent!

by Jim on 7/11/2013

Before this receiver, I owned the VSX-1121. Audibly, they are very similar and I honestly don't think I could identify one over the other. This one does seem to be a bit louder at lower volumes. Connectivety and functionality appear to be almost completely the same. They are even visually difficult to distinguish. The one big difference is efficiency and heat. After watching the Avengers Blu-ray at a fairly loud -10 db volume level, the top of the SC-1222 was much cooler than the VSX-1121. The only identifiable heat on the top of the unit was from the enormous transformer on the left front side. No heat is detectable elsewhere on the unit. The transformer does appear to be much larger than the VSX-1121 transformer and the unit does weigh a little more. The GUI is still not overlay capable, meaning you have to completely leave what you are watching in order to access the main menu. That menu is also still quite ugly and old looking. An $1,100 MSRP receiver should do a little better these days, in my opinion. Advanced MCACC still views both my subs as a single sub, meaning the second sub connection is basically an internal y-adapter. Overall, I really am enjoying the sounds quality and the unit in general. The remote, GUI, and a few other things are just old and disfunctional. I picked it up for $599 and feel it was a good purchase at that price. Four stars for a good product, with lots of features, that could use a little more polish.

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Product Overview

Introducing the Pioneer SC-1222 AV Receiver. Combining technological advancements with elegance, the SC-1222 delivers incredible home theater performance. With 840 (7 x 120) watts of crisp and accurate audio reproduction, the SC-1222 provides connectivity for all your latest high-definition home theater components, and digital 1080p video from any source.

Class D3 Amplification
The SC-1222’s Class D3 7-channel amplifier is one of the most powerful amplifiers of any multi-channel A/V receiver Pioneer has ever produced. Designed for audiophiles, Class D3 amplification features a direct signal path, with no EMI filters, feedback loops, or current limiters. Unlike regular amps, Class D amplifiers are 4-OHM certified so they safely power those low-impedance speakers that other receivers just can’t handle. These amplifiers run cool, using just a fraction of the energy of less efficient designs. Class A/B amplifiers simply cannot match the efficiency of Class D as their power output per channel diminishes rapidly when more channels are added to the work-load. This kind of unprecedented power capability allows you to appreciate the full dynamics from any media source in a way never before possible.

Advanced Marvel Qdeo Video Processing for High Picture Quality
Using Marvell Qdeo processing technology and Pioneer's extensive video know-how makes home theater a truly immersive experience. The SC-1222 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 video scaling for an exceptional picture regardless of the source, creating natural and noise-free video for maximum performance and flexibility.

Get Ready for 3D with the Latest HDMI Technology
All of Pioneer's newest receivers support the latest HDMI specifications. So not only do you get the most out of your existing movies and music, with the SC-1222, you're prepared for the new generation of 3D video content. With 7 HDMI inputs including a front input, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available. The SC-1222 also offers advanced HDMI conveniences like HDMI Standby Through.

Transform your Apple Device into a Powerful Remote Control
Communicating with the SC-1222 wirelessly through your home network is easy with Pioneer's iControlAV2012 app, downloadable at no charge through iTunes and Google Play, turning your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad device or select Android devices into a powerful remote control for your receiver. The all new iControlAV2012 is fully redesigned, incorporating everything from basic volume and input selection to advanced features like EQ adjustments and Internet Radio control. iControlAV2012 includes enhanced features like vertical and horizontal orientation and intuitive control of music from networked PCs as well as a super- cool 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-1222 offers.

Fine-Tune Your Sound with Advanced MCACC
Like a musical instrument, your home theater system needs to be tuned. Pioneer's Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC) provides an optimized, multi-channel listening experience that's 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.


Manufacturer PIONEER-AUDIO
Mfg Part# SC-1222-K
SKU 242277809
UPC 884938165907
UPC 14 00884938165907
Sound System Dolby TrueHD / Dolby Pro Logic IIz / DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby Digital Plus / Auto Surround / DTS Neo:6 / DTS-ES / DTS HD / Dolby Pro Logic / Dolby Digital Surround EX
Audio Channels 7.2
Digital to Analog Audio Converter 192 kHz - 3 Byte
iPod Supported Yes
Number of Digital Optical Inputs 2
Number of HDMI Inputs 7
Number of HDMI Outputs 1
Product Type A/V Receiver
Manufacturer Part Number SC-1222-K
Manufacturer Pioneer Corporation
Product Model SC-1222
Product Name SC-1222 7.2-Channel Network Ready AV Receiver
Brand Name Pioneer
Package Contents SC-1222 7.2-Channel Network Ready AV ReceiverA/V CableRemote Control
Country of Origin Malaysia
DLNA Certified Yes
Ethernet Yes
Weight (Approximate) 31.75 lb
Color Black
Height 7.3"
Width 17.1"
Depth 17.4"
Operating Power Consumption 290 W
Maximum Frequency Response 1 kHz
Internet Streaming Yes
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.1%
Multizone Yes
Streaming Service AirPlay / Pandora / vTuner / SiriusXM / iTunes / YouTube
Upscale Scan Format 1080p
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Frequency Band AM / FM
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