Pioneer Electronics ( is offering a new firmware update to add support for Apple Lossless, AIFF and gapless playback on Pioneer’s 2012 Elite SC receivers, SC-65, SC-67 and SC-68, and the Pioneer-branded SC-1522 receiver. The new firmware update increases high-resolution digital music options for audiophiles and music enthusiasts.

“Adding support for these popular high-resolution digital file formats provides audio enthusiasts the high quality playback they’ve been wanting and that opportunity to listen to their favorite music as it was originally intended,” says Chris Walker, director of AV product planning and marketing for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Apple Lossless (also known as ALAC) file format allows the exact data to be reconstructed from the compressed data. AIFF files store and transmit uncompressed professional-level audio data.