Pioneer SC-LX 83 Review

(Surround Sound Receiver)

Excellent (A) 7 reviews 04/2011
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Product specification:
  • Type: AV Receiver
  • Speaker Support: 7.1
  • Features: USB, HDMI
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro …
  • Weight: 18.5 kg … more information

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
Magazine 5/2011
Place 1 out of 4
"stunning all-rounder" (5 out of 5 stars)

"Test Winner"

"FOR: Poised, articulate, substantial sound from any source; all the spec highlights you require.
AGAINST: Frustrating remote control; some rivals offer more channels of amplification."

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
Magazine Awards 2010
Single test
"stunning all-rounder" (5 out of 5 stars)

"FOR: Extensive spec, hefty build; brilliantly fervent and refined sound from any source.
AGAINST: Unnecessarily fiddly remote." Info: This product was retested here 5/2011 by What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision and received the same final score.

TechRadar UK
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

The amazing, spacious sound produced by the SC-LX83 is not its only appeal; TechRadar were also captivated by its seemingly endless array of features, its EQ system and its control possibilities, which allow operation of the device through Bluetooth, Pioneer's iPhone/iPod app, a web browser interface or the bundled remote control. Its only shortcoming is having only 7 channels.

Hi-Fi News
Magazine 9/2010
Single test
Sound Quality: 78%

"Highly Commended"

"As its capabilities don't extend to the streaming of high resolution audio files it doesn't quite tick all the boxes as a 'hub' suitable for a progressive audiophile. Nevertheless if you spent £2000 on a 'straight' stereo amp or pre/power combo and got this level of sound quality you wouldn't be wholly disappointed. ..."

Area DVD
Single test
“Reference model”

“The Pioneer SC-LX83 impressed us across the board. Even optically it cuts a superb and modern figure, made of the highest quality. ... Acoustically the SC-LX83 has dared to deviate from the previous Pioneer sound philosophy, which has proved to be a big success; outstanding coarse dynamics are now combined with excellent fine dynamics, you can hear that the audiological dimension is more committed to neutrality than it was before and the bass section is, all in all, top class. ...”

Magazine 11-12/2010
Single test
“outstanding” (1+); top class

Value for money: “very good”

“If you’re interested in getting an AV receiver which is first-class in all respects and can also bring the ‘new’ forms of media into your home cinema, you should immediately call the supplier of your choice to arrange a demonstration of the LX83. You won’t regret it!”

Magazine 10/2010
Single test
“very good” (93 out of 100 points); reference class


“The Pioneer SC-LX 83 impresses with its great features and perfect video processing. But above all it grabs your attention with its round and soulful sound, which reaches its full potential with multi-channel music and in large home cinemas with seven speakers. Even the immensely deep, perfectly pulsating bass reproduction is impressive. ...”

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