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Pioneer Elite SC-97 9.2 Channel Networked Class D3 AV Receiver $899

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Price and description in the title, please.
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Reviews I'm finding are kinda sketchy for some owners, and learning it's a discontinued model, so I'm rather wary since I don't have a store near me to return to. Not as much a risk-taker as I used to be.

Seems to be a fine unit on paper though.
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Reviews I'm finding are kinda sketchy for some owners, and learning it's a discontinued model, so I'm rather wary since I don't have a store near me to return to. Not as much a risk-taker as I used to be.

Seems to be a fine unit on paper though.
Not sure where the sketchy reviews are found, most are usually pretty glowing. Love the class D amplifier in these. They are discontinued as the new model is out, since the receivers are updated yearly.

This is 50% off list price, and lowest selling price seen thus far, and as they are few units remaining may be the lowest. I made the jump as I missed out at the $850 price-point at BestBuy. 7.2.4 setup with HDMI 2.0a for $800 seems reasonable.

Remember that Fry's will pay your tax for you if you subscribe to their newsletter, see promo code in your email.
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Not sure where the sketchy reviews are found, most are usually pretty glowing. Love the class D amplifier in these. They are discontinued as the new model is out, since the receivers are updated yearly.

This is 50% off list price, and lowest selling price seen thus far, and as they are few units remaining may be the lowest. I made the jump as I missed out at the $850 price-point at BestBuy. 7.2.4 setup with HDMI 2.0a for $800 seems reasonable.

Remember that Fry's will pay your tax for you if you subscribe to their newsletter, see promo code in your email.

A few I found on Amazon, some on BB, and a couple on Crutchfield... a lot seem centered around something to do with non functional HDMI ports after the return window ended. I understand new receivers come out every year or two, and the specs on this are quite impressive, but I'd have to hear a class D theater amp to know whether it suited me or not. Last I knew the D's were used for sub only, so it's been awhile lol.

I don't have a Fry's in my state so I don't have to worry about tax anyway. Loved their deal on an Escort Max360 a year or so ago.
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I am a huge Pioneer Elite fan. I currently have 9 Pioneer Elite receivers. (I've had more that I've since sold)
I don't know if this model has the same issues but I have an Elite model from that same model year (2015). It is currently having handshake issues with HDR sources. Many people are reporting the same issues. (Mine was with trying to get an Xbox One S to work with HDR enabled)
I was in contact with Pioneer Elite and was terribly disappointed with their support. It took me hours before I got a response that was reasonable. Basically, Pioneer is aware of the issues and they told me that they are working on a fix. But until they provide one, I would caution people to research into whether owners of the SC-97 are having HDR issues.

If they do hash out the HDR issues, that price is crazy good.

For the longer version of their support woes....

- First person I talked to at Pioneer told me that I was SOL since their 2015 models don't support HDR. (This was incorrect)
- Second person insisted that it was a faulty HDMI cable.
- Third person said that it was Microsoft's fault. I had to inform him that if I swapped in a 2016 model receiver, it worked just fine. So it wasn't the fault of the source device.
- Fourth person, FINALLY. As soon as I start describing my issues, he stops me and says that they are aware of the problems. They had just purchased a PS4 Pro and Xbox One S for their lab and had recreated the issues.
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Both of these receivers are steals at these prices...If you do not intend to do Atmos 5.1.4 (9 channel), then stick with a less expensive 7.2 channel receiver.

Atmos, DTS:X, 9 channel (can be expanded to 11). Sound is great. Its in between a high-end Yamaha (brighter) and Denon (warmer), probably closer to the Denon. Class D amps are extremely efficient with a super clean sound. Their watt rating is probably closer to real life results.

Dated menu system is a negative, but it works.
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Will die in under a year if like the Pioneer 'Elite' i got. Knew I should have gona Yamaha.
Was pretty good while it worked except of course for the absolutley awful pioneer interface
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I've had two SC-85s for about a year now. Love the ATMOS. The auto speaker calibration was a step up from the ones on my old SC-1522Ks. Downside is I have to run dedicated HDMI cables to take advantage of HDR.

EDIT: On the fence about upgrading. Looks like the biggest benefits would be 1) HDCP compliance / HDR support without running a dedicated HDMI... and 2) bluetooth.

Worth trying to sell my SC-85s and jump into this?
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Great price. With this generation (95-97-99), Pioneer has corrected all of the handshake issues from the 85-89 generation. In addition, the 2.2 and pass through and DTSX are well worth the upgrade at this price.
Technology will always improve, so the trick is to get in on tech at the sweet spot to time it just right where you get the most bang for the buck and still relatively future proofed for at least a couple of years. This amp at this price definitely fits that mold.
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Thanks OP. Does anyone know if Fry's ship fast?
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I've had two SC-85s for about a year now. Love the ATMOS. The auto speaker calibration was a step up from the ones on my old SC-1522Ks. Downside is I have to run dedicated HDMI cables to take advantage of HDR.

EDIT: On the fence about upgrading. Looks like the biggest benefits would be 1) HDCP compliance / HDR support without running a dedicated HDMI... and 2) bluetooth.

Worth trying to sell my SC-85s and jump into this?
By dedicated, I'm assuming you mean you run the source to the TV directly and from the TV back out to the receiver for audio?
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I've had two SC-85s for about a year now. Love the ATMOS. The auto speaker calibration was a step up from the ones on my old SC-1522Ks. Downside is I have to run dedicated HDMI cables to take advantage of HDR.

EDIT: On the fence about upgrading. Looks like the biggest benefits would be 1) HDCP compliance / HDR support without running a dedicated HDMI... and 2) bluetooth.

Worth trying to sell my SC-85s and jump into this?
If you're going to use a dedicated 4k bluray player (Samsung or philips), it comes with two hdmi outputs. One to go to TV for HDR purposes, and one to go to receiver for atmos/dtsX use. Other than slight benefits from going to new receiver, you'd only be gaining the ability to watch 4k content on the xbox one S without the need for the dedicated bluray player by upgrading to this receiver. Even the MCACC is the same on this one, so audibly, I'd say it isn't worth it. I'm still waiting for pioneer to integrate DIRAC as their sound correction software prior to upgrading from my pioneer sc 07.
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By dedicated, I'm assuming you mean you run the source to the TV directly and from the TV back out to the receiver for audio?
My Samsung UHD player has dual HDMI outs, so I run one to the TV for video and one to the receiver for audio.

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Thanks OP. Does anyone know if Fry's ship fast?
These won't ship until January (or so the site said).
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Great price. With this generation (95-97-99), Pioneer has corrected all of the handshake issues from the 85-89 generation. In addition, the 2.2 and pass through and DTSX are well worth the upgrade at this price.
Technology will always improve, so the trick is to get in on tech at the sweet spot to time it just right where you get the most bang for the buck and still relatively future proofed for at least a couple of years. This amp at this price definitely fits that mold.
Would you get a 95 or a 97 for the extra hundy?
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