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Pioneer 7.2 Channel Network Multi-zone Receiver (SC-1227-K)

  • Model Number: SC-1227-K
  • WebID: 10207057
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Combining a D3 class, 7-channel amplifier with the latest in networking capabilities and full interoperability with your mobile devices, the Pioneer SC1227K 7.2 amp is more than just amazing sound - it's a way to bring your music and home theatre content together and enjoy it in a way you never have before. Impressive features include Made for iOS certification, 3D support, and more.

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  • With the Made for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad certification, this receiver easily interfaces with your iOS device, offering capabilities such as USB connectivity, charging, content sharing, AirPlay wireless streaming, and much more
  • An Ethernet port lets you connect the receiver to your home network and stream music from your PC, smartphone, or any other DLNA-supported device (MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV and FLAC support)
  • vTuner gives you access to thousands of Internet radio stations from around the world.
  • Ready for wireless Bluetooth audio from your smartphone with the optional Pioneer AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter
  • Get the best possible sound for HD movies with support for formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
2 Zone capabilities let you listen to music or watch a movie in two rooms at the same time
  • Zone 2 subwoofer and tone controls let you take multi-room audio to the next level
  • The powerful Class D3 7-channel amplifier (125 watts x 7) drives all channels at the same time without losing significant power output in each channel
  • Advanced Qdeo Video Processing converts signals from composite and component to HDMI for a Full HD 1080p viewing experience
  • Support for the latest HDMI 1.4 specification means this receiver is ready to take on all your 3D HD devices
  • With 7 HDMI inputs gives you plenty of connectivity options for your HD devices
  • HDMI convenience technologies include Audio Return Channel and Power Save HDMI Standby Through.
  • Download the free iControlAV2012 app and turn the your iOS device into a remote control
  • New Sound Explorer gives you easy access to experiment with the many powerful sound enhancements like Hi-Bit 24, Auto Phase Control Plus, and Virtual Speaker modes
  • AVNavigator is an interactive owner's manual that takes all the guesswork out of setting up your receiver
  • Full-colour on-screen graphical user interface
  • Compatible with popular whole-house systems such as Crestron, AMX, Control 4, Universal, Savant, and RTI, and its IP capabilities allow users to control their entertainment system via a home network

Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Parts - 2 Year(s)
  • Labour - 2 Year(s)

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These components offer impressive Surround Sound performance, multi-zone support, deep Dolby compatibility, and substantially potent output – so media enthusiasts can look forward to incredibly immersive playback in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.

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Receiver Features
Power Per Channel - Stereo (RMS) 125 W
Power Per Channel - Surround (RMS) 125 W
Power Per Channel - Stereo (Peak Power) 200 W
Power Per Channel - Surround (Peak Power) 200 W
High Current Yes
iPod Connection Yes
iPod On Screen Display Yes
Illuminated Front-Panel Display Yes
Graphical User Interface Yes
Multi-Room Capable 3
DSP Modes 16
Banana Plug Speaker Terminals Yes
Remote Type Learning
Output - 4 Ohm Capable Yes
Output - 6 Ohm Capable Yes
Audio/Video Synchronization Delay Setting Yes
Automatic Speaker Setting Calibration Yes
Input Titling Yes
Speaker Crossover Settings Global
Total Harmonic Distortion (at max rated power 20Hz-20kHz) 0.0008
FM Radio Yes
Satellite Radio Ready Yes
Internet Radio Yes
Wi-Fi Connectivity No
Network Ready Yes
Network Functions Supported vTuner; SiriusXM; Pandora
DLNA Certified Yes
Windows 7 Ready Yes
Video Options
HDMI Video Repeating
Upconverting Capability 1080p
Upconverter Chipset Marvell 88DE2750
Component Video Switching Yes
Video Transcoding (Conversion) Capability All Inputs to HDMI
3D Video Support Yes
Audio Return Channel Yes
HDMI 1.4 Support Yes
HDMI Inputs 7
HDMI Outputs 1
Component Video Inputs 2
Component Video Outputs 1
S-Video Inputs 0
S-Video Outputs 0
Composite Audio/Video Inputs 4
Composite Audio/Video Outputs 1
Co-axial (S/PDIF) Digital Audio Inputs 2
Co-axial (S/PDIF) Digital Audio Outputs 0
Optical (Toslink) Inputs 2
Optical (Toslink) Outputs 0
Discrete Inputs Yes
Phono Inputs 0
Headphone Jack 1
Headphone Virtual Surround Yes
USB Media Input - Audio WAV; MP3; WMA; AAC; FLAC
USB Media Input - Video Not Applicable
USB Media Input - Images JPEG
RS-232 Serial Control Yes
Input/Output Locations
HDMI Front 1/0
HDMI Rear 6/1
Component Video Rear 2/1
Composite Audio/Video Rear 4/1
Coaxial Digital Audio Rear 2/0
Optical TOSLink Rear 2/0
Audio Formats
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Pro Logic II Yes
Dolby Pro Logic IIx Yes
Dolby Pro Logic IIz Yes
Dolby Digital EX Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
THX Certified No
3D Surround Sound Support Virtual Height/Depth/Width/Surround Back
Standby Features
Standby Power Consumption 0.1 W
Remote Functions Enabled Yes
HDMI Pass-Through Enabled Yes
HDMI Pass-Through Power Consumption 0.3 W
Network Enabled in Standby Yes
Width 43.5 cm
Height 18.5 cm
Depth 44.1 cm
Weight 13.7 kg
Warranty Labour 2 Year(s)
Warranty Parts 2 Year(s)



Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5
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  • from Winnipeg
  • Aug 10, 2014

Super impressed

Great receiver so far. Picked it up in June and am still finding new features/settings. Huge amount of power. Auto room correction works perfectly. I wish the remote was fully back lit. Hard to see the small buttons in a darkened room. Also the on screen display is quite basic. Unit itself looks great. Screen can be dimmed. Has its own cooling fan! This is a big unit though. Make sure you measure before buying. Has a huge amount of connections available. As well as pre outs to run amps if more power is needed. App works well. Highly recommended!

  • from Fort McMurray, AB
  • Feb 28, 2014

Good Receiver

Pros: Good sound, easy setup, lots of connectivity options. Cons: Nothing found yet.

  • from Vancouver Island, BC
  • Feb 02, 2014

It does it well

Works well. Plenty of volume. Plenty of options. Pros - Multiple zones works well, Airplay functions. Phone app works very well once you get the hang of it. Can play anything I want to anywhere I want from my phone. Cons - On screen control is very weak. You need the remote to control most things. Not this systems fault but will not stream video from I-tunes.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Jan 10, 2014

Great Receiver

Love the connectivity options, through the Network I can control all of the Zones through my iPad, or Samsung Galaxy with the free App which is pretty slick. It is a complex receiver and you need to know what you are doing, but its very flexible and the sound is great.

  • from Montreal
  • Dec 04, 2013

Very Happy with this Unit. Powerful and nice Sound

Powerfull enough for me. Clear Sound. Seperation iis good. Need to configure unit when pluggin in devices to it. So it knows what type of connection is using. Overall very Happy..

  • from Montreal, QC
  • Oct 14, 2013


It took me almost a year to find the right Blu-Ray player to bring out the potential of this receiver. Once I got that fixed, this receiver created a huge, rock-solid soundfield that extends way beyond the speakers on good recordings. The sound is extremely clear, open and lifelike. And the strong dynamics and rhythm breathe excitement into both movie soundtracks and stereo music. Sound coloration is undetectable, but if I've noticed anything consistent it's maybe a very pleasant sweetness and liquid smoothness. Even at many times the price, it's rare to find a receiver this good. (The only negative is that recently my Android app for controlling the receiver has stopped working. It did work for the first 6 months, so hopefully it will come back in the next version.)

  • from Whitby, ON
  • Sep 22, 2013

Highly Recommended.

Great receiver. The in room sound calibration software works great. My speakers sound clearer, smoother, better balanced sound. The imaging of the speakers is better defined also. It did a great job of matching the level of my subwoofer to the main speakers so it blends in smoothly. I think the D3 amp in this has lots of power. You can use 4ohm speakers if you wanted, a lot of others you can't. It has pre-outs on the back so you could hook up a separate amp in the future if you wanted more power.

  • from Sarnia, ON
  • Jul 20, 2013

Powerful Full of features

I bought this amp when it went on sale for boxing day. Great purchase, pretty easy to set up. Sound is good. I had a harman kardon avr 1500 and after hours of listening you could hear it was having a hard time sonically. This amp can go forever with no hiccups because of the digital technolgy. I consider my self an audiophile and im quite happy with the sound it produces. Good for music but great for movies. Best thing about it though is the features, i love the internet radio, endless amounts of channels and is very similer to sirius but its free!. i gave it 4 stars cause the remote is terrible, looks like a kid just put random buttons in random places

  • from Montreal, QC
  • Mar 26, 2013

Poor product - nothing like I expected

This unit has a lot of shortcomings -- 1) The OSD UI is as crippled as one could possibly imagine - with perhaps only 30% of the functionality available via the OSD. The rest - you need to use your remote or front panel of the unit to setup. If your unit is not within sight of your remote, like say in another room via RF or remote IR, good luck adjusting anything that isn't on the OSD (as in my case). Very poor design and execution. 2) Sound quality isn't even close to my 5-yr old Denon 3801ci. This unit lacks seriously in the Bass department. No depth and poor sound imaging overall. My Denon blows it away here as well. 3) No OSD volume control - even my 15-yr old Yamaha had that. 4) Crossover adjustments are very poor and offer very little in terms of adjustment/ settings. it isn't worth half of the money one has to pay for it in my opinion.

  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Feb 23, 2013

Great Receiver

This receiver has lots of power,take a little time to setup, but after you setup sound is very very Great, I will recomend to buy this, I pick up this on boxing sale, Great buy

  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Feb 15, 2013

Great Product

I have had my pioneer for just over a month now and I love it. It was easy to install and add all my other devices to it (tv, xbox 360, wiiu, tower speakers, ipod, dvd player) It is very user friendly and I would recomend this buy. Great buy!

  • from Montreal, QC
  • Jan 29, 2013

Not as good as I thought

I am a happy owner of a Denon 3312 receiver. I recently gave a try to this one and an Onkyo 818. End of the story, I am keeping the Denon and returning the rest. Why? Simply stated the sound quality of the Denon for music listening is the best. If I were using it mostly for movies I would have kept the Onkyo instead. This Pioneer did not come up as the winner in any area. Not the best sound for music, not for movies, not the best video quality (Onkyo wins here), worst graphic interface, worst remote. I had read a lot of reviews about the Pioneer D Class digital amplifiers and was intrigued. I had high expectations but was disappointed. I am not saying that this receiver sound bad: it just does not sound as good as a Denon or as powerful and dynamic as an Onkyo of comparable price range. Also to be mentioned: my unit kept on freezing on the internet radio setting.

  • from Peterborough, ON
  • Jan 27, 2013

sounds great, nice features

upgraded from Hartman Akron aver 347 and I can't believe the difference. much more defined and separated sound. the connectivity with the iPad for setup and multi zone is well worth the purchase. I do wish it was wireless for the price but I have an Ethernet cable there anyways so not too big a deal. all in all I do recommend purchasing this receiver.

  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Jan 27, 2013

Fabulous marvel of modern technology

Lets get the obvious out of the way. Nothing compares to Pioneers Mobile remote app. Nothing. The physical remote is only there to help get things started, and useless afterwards. Sound quality is very very good. You will be overwhelmed with too many options. But like StarBucks, in the end, you are allowed to mix your own cream and sugar to taste. Or bass and balance. Very well conceived user interface. This monster has no problem powering all the big speakers at the same time. I have bi-amp fronts, big centre, and full size surrounds. Watching Transformer again with the kids, we all felt like it was a completely new movie. The sound envelope felt more exciting. But the potent 12" Klipsch sub masterfully reproduces more than enough LFE to set out hearts thumping. Surround control and reproduction is amazing. The included tuning mic did a fantastic job of dialing and timing correction. The new advanced version of their speaking tuning system also helps you correct the subwoofers too. After all the playing around, you'll soon forget all the built in toys, and your focus will be towards the actual music / movie experience. Oh, the built in Internet app ... Amazing. Power and finesse. This system has it all, yet not to flashy, so your focus won't be drawn away from the purpose ... The movie and music. Enjoy. The included control is lacking, so that is the only draw back. Also lack of more interactive onscreen display - sucks. I've only used 2% of the buttons on the remote.

  • from Red Deer, AB
  • Jan 26, 2013

Excellent upgrade from my aged Integra receiver

Picked up this capable receiver at a great price during boxing week. I am not a huge fan of Class-D amps, however I use it's pre-out for my mains so it's a non-issue. Lots of connections for all components. Lots of HDMI inputs for now and future expansion. Was easy to connect to my network and stream internet radio, etc. Easy to control and set up icontrol2012 app on both apple and android. I have HTC One-S phone so as an added bonus this receiver will also stream from the HTC just like Apple airplay. My only negative is the cheap/non-back lit remote. Having control via app on Apple or Android products makes up for it though.

  • from Montreal, QC
  • Jan 25, 2013

Amazing Receiver

I bought this receiver over the boxing day sales, great prince at the time. Has all the bells and whistles you want to see in a receiver including a very impressive Android app. It does lack video playback through the built in DLNA media server, but other than that I highly recommend this receiver to anyone.

  • from Winnipeg, MB
  • Jan 21, 2013

A Step Up

I picked up this receiver over the Christmas holidays. The price was just too good to pass up. The SC-1227-k is the equivalent to the Pioneer Elite SC-61, with just some cosmetic differences. This receiver takes the place of my Pioneer VSX 9120 TXH, which was also a fine receiver. But the opportunity to have more HDMI inputs, more power and wireless iPod steaming was just too tempting to pass up. This receiver barely breaks a sweat when watching movies. Sounds are much more clear and distinct. It does what I need it to do without any problems. Highly recommended!

  • from Calgary, AB
  • Jan 12, 2013

Follow up

Just to add to my review. Got the icontrol2012 app working and it is pretty slick. Makes up for the OSD and non backlit remote. Turns your iPad into a tweaker friendly remote control. Me likey!!

  • from Calgary, AB
  • Jan 11, 2013

Solid so far.

I will preface my short review with the fact I've only owned this receiver since January 2nd, but so far so good. Pioneer has done away with some of the old legacy connections, about time for more manufacturers to follow suit. Makes for a cleaner backside and easier hooking up IMO. Both sound and video are clean and clear. Some of the virtual speaker modes for height and surround back are impressive. I am wired for 7.1 but currently only run a 5.1 set up. Running Blu Ray and HD satellite thru to a 1080p projector. I have yet to run the room callibration as I generally don't care for the results. I have however set each channel to equal levels and enjoy the sound. My only real complaints with the Pioneer is like another reviewer mentioned, the remote is not backlit( I love having that feature ), and the onscreen display is neutered. Only the main set up is displayed on your monitor, a ton of other parameters for audio and video adjustments are only viewable on the receiver display, plain stupid.

  • from Montreal, QC
  • Jan 09, 2013

Extraordinary receiver

For me this receiver definitely produced a big "Wow". I've been using it on cinema and music for 2 weeks with the extremely good Energy Veritas bookshelf speakers and a center speaker. This receiver uses a new Class D digital amplifier technology that I've been following for about 10 years, and that only recently trickled down from the ultra luxury market. The sound is so clear, open and liquid that the receiver has no detectable sound signature of its own. So if you're used to the warm distortion of other amplifiers, initially it's a bit of a surprise. On my Veritas bookshelf speakers it provides a very dynamic, clear, open sound with a huge, rock-solid soundstage and pinpoint imaging. I get a coherent sound-field and resolution of inner detail that I normally only hear in the good ultra-high-fidelity gear. Highs are crystal clear without any sharpness or hardness, mids have timbre and body, lows are tight and percussion raps you in the chest. The simulated surround modes work beautifully on movies, extending far outside the boundaries of the speakers. It took quite a bit of time to learn how to use and optimize this system, particularly for my somewhat non-standard setup. With a poor setup, it can sound wrong. I enjoyed the technological challenge, but it definitely wasn't a plug-and-play experience. I wasn't fully satisfied with the auto-calibration; but I found if I ran it a second time, it sometimes improved. Even with manual tweaking, the auto-calibration was still much easier than doing it all by hand. Do yourself a big favor and install the AV Navigator app on your iPhone or Android smartphone, it makes it infinitely easier to set up and control the system.

  • from Calgary, AB
  • Jan 08, 2013

Early impressions of sc-1227-k

So this receiver is designed specifically for future shop. You will not find it on the pioneer website unless you google for sc-1227-k and then it shows up (or at least I could not find it on the site). It is a decent receiver, not their flag ship - for that you have to move to the elite series but this is certainly on the upper end of the mid range without dropping 2 or 3k. I've only now had it this receiver for 2 days and here are my early impressions and feedback. (complaint further down) Please note, I am by no means an audio expert, this receiver was replacing a denon 3311ci that I have had problems with and after it was repaired, it is moving upstairs, this will (perhaps) be my main home theatre receiver.... I do not have a pre-amp either, this feeds it all. My configuration is 5.1 with a velodyne 12" optimum sub and totem sttaf speakers with totem mask rears. I do not bi-amp the fronts as from what I have read to really get anything from that, you need a dedicated receiver for the bi. This particular receiver had a pretty straight forward setup, the Pioneer MDAAC setup was just as easy as Denon's Aduyssey but personally I could not say one was better than the other. They both had faults as far as I am concerned and that is that after the calibration was complete, both had the front and center speakers setup as LARGE despite detecting the sub. These should all be set as SMALL unless I want to blow the speakers considering they detected the powered velodyne sub. In both cases I set the freq. to 80hz. Why these systems detect a sub, configure the sub and set the fronts to large is beyond me and had to be manually corrected. This pioneer receiver does sound a little less 'warm' ? for lack of a better word, I am not going to say 'tinny' but maybe? I might also be used to the denon 3311ci over the last 2 years. Not all receivers sound the same by any stretch. **** BIGGEST COMPLAINT **** This may not sound like a serious complaint to people who are not accustomed to it, but this receiver (pioneer sc-1227-k) as *no* on screen volume display. WHAT?!?! It has settings to configure each individual speaker and increase the volumes of each - front, rear, rear surround etc. but it doesnt give you an on screen indication of what you are at? This is simply unacceptable in any unit. My components are in a shelf behind the couch and it's nice to visually see what the volume is at on the screen. Complaint 2 - my harmony 900 remote which I also bought from future shop does not function with all inputs from this receiver. Sure I can manually plug in each additional command but the 1227 does show up in the harmony database but lacks much. There were only 4 ratings before mine and they were all 5 star - one of the reasons I made this purchase. Unfortunately, it was rating only, no written description and that was a bit of a bummer. It does seem like a decent receiver and perhaps in 2 weeks I can continue with more deta

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