Pioneer Elite SC-37 A/V Receiver Video Test Bench
Apart from a single failure (Analog Chroma Resolution), the Pioneer easily passed all of our standard video processing tests. The Digital Chroma Resolution was down slightly at the highest burst, but that’s a common shortcoming.
The Digital Video Clipping and Resolution tests were run with a 1080p source and the video processing set to 1080p, and also with the same source passed directly through the receiver’s switching circuits, bypassing the video processing (at least in theory). The latter is Pioneer’s Pure mode. The results were the same in both cases, including some visible rolloff in the highest Chroma resolution burst, with or without the bypass setting.
The Analog Video Clipping and Resolution tests were performed with a 1080i input. With rare exceptions, Blu-ray players will not output 1080p over component.—TJN