Posted Mon Sep 22, 2014 at 03:30 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
Select Pioneer receivers will receive a Dolby Atmos firmware upgrade later this month.
Pioneer has been promising a Dolby Atmos update for its Elite SC-85, Elite SC-87, and Elite SC-89 receivers for several months, and the company has finally confirmed a launch window. The Atmos firmware upgrade will be downloadable by the end of September to coincide with the release of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction,' the first Blu-ray to support the new audio tech.
The Pioneer Elite SC-85 ($1600), SC-87 ($2,000) and SC-89 ($3,000) are all 9.2-channel receivers with HDMI 2.0 connections and 4K pass-through. In addition, each receivers uses Class D3 amplification and includes MCACC Pro calibration. Pioneer is also releasing the Elite SP-EBS73-LR Bookshelf Speakers ($749 for a pair) and Elite SP-EFS73 Floorstanding Speakers ($699 each) which include special upward firing drivers to bounce sound off of the ceiling in order to simulate audio effects from above.
Dolby Atmos is a home theater technology that uses object-based mixing to expand audio design beyond the traditional limitations of channel-based systems, and incorporates the inclusion of overhead sound. For more information, check out High-Def Digest's Dolby Atmos Home Theater Guide. The Pioneer Elite SC-85, Pioneer Elite SC-87, and Pioneer Elite SC-89 are available now.
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