Pioneer presents a new line-up of wireless speaker systems featuring Airplay.
New wireless speaker systems, designed to simplify wireless entertainment.
June 1, 2012
Pioneer Europe introduces a new range of three wireless speaker systems, designed to simplify wireless entertainment and enhance any room of the house with high-fidelity and powerful bass sound. The new line-up includes the splash-proof XW-SMA3 with rechargeable battery, the larger, higher powered XW-SMA4 and the compact, entry XW-SMA1 model, all featuring AirPlay1, DLNA and built-in Wi-Fi.
Using any wireless network and embedded AirPlay technology, the new speaker systems seamlessly stream high-quality audio directly from a Mac, PC2, iPad, iPod touch or iPhone– all without wires and the need to dock the mobile device. Audio streaming from DLNA-equipped3 Android phones is also supported. Featuring USB inputs for direct digital connection and auxiliary inputs, the systems allow for direct playback and charging of iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.
“Today’s mobile consumers are looking for hassle-free ways to share and listen to the music stored on their mobile devices. They want to be surrounded by great sound, but without the cables and clutter. In our new wireless audio category, our extensive experience in loudspeaker engineering merges with new technologies such as Apple’s AirPlay,” says Philippe Coppens, Technology and Product Information Manager at Pioneer Europe. “With AirPlay, users can stream music from a networked Mac, PC or iTunes library stored on an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone to multiple AirPlay speakers simultaneously to create a wireless multi-room audio system with separate volume levels for each room.”
Developed as an accessory for music lovers who lead an active lifestyle, connecting compatible devices to the wireless systems and installing them is a piece of cake. Users don’t need to remember passwords or lengthy numbers, but can simply connect to compatible Wi-Fi routers with a press of a button. Music can be streamed wirelessly to the XW-SMA4, XW-SMA3 and XW-SMA1 from a Mac, PC or mobile device over a Wi-Fi network. All systems support Wireless Direct, which enables users to stream their music to the speaker virtually anywhere and anytime, without a wireless router. A water resistant 4 exterior and rechargeable battery giving up to five hours of playback, make the XW-SMA3 even more suitable for outdoor use or in-house portability.
The new wireless speaker range has been engineered to provide clear, natural and powerful audio in an attractive, minimalist housing. The solid enclosure works to prevent distortion and vibration, while advanced digital signal processing (DSP) has resulted in room-filling, controlled bass. Incorporating two 3-inch mid-range drivers, a 1-inch tweeter and a central bass reflex port, the three wireless systems guarantee big output from such compact speakers. The XW-SMA4 adds an extra tweeter and a powerful 4-inch subwoofer for deeper bass. All three speakers –tuned by world-renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones– benefit from Class D amplification to guarantee high performance and excellent quality.
The speaker systems combine minimalist, clean lines with a timeless black or white colour palette (XW-SMA4 available in black only). They can be operated using the discreet touch sensitive controls incorporated into the body of the system, or through an IR remote featuring standby/on, play/pause, input, skip forward/back and volume control buttons, giving users easy command of the unit and their music.
The XW-SMA4 and XW-SMA1 will be available from August 2012, followed by the XW-SMA3 in September.
Notes to editors
1 - AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.3 or later.
2 - From a compatible network Mac, PC or media server.
3 - Suitable DLNA app required for control and/or serving content.
4 - This unit has been designed with water-resistance equivalent to standards IPX2(*) as defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
*IPX2: The unit must be protected from water drops that fall vertically onto it when the unit is at an angle of 15 degrees or less.
Apple, iTunes, Mac, AirPlay, iPad, iPhone and iPod are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
DLNA™, the DLNA Logo and DLNA CERTIFIED™ are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of the Digital Living Network Alliance.