Pioneer Europe introduces six new channel AV receivers
New Pioneer AV receivers offer enhanced network capabilities.
Introducing six new 7.2, 7.1 and 5.1-channel AV receivers. The 2012 receiver line-up offers complete and comprehensive connectivity with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Each receiver delivers top quality audio and advanced technologies, with the VSX-1122, VSX-922, VSX-827 and VSX-527 including a variety of powerful features such as Apple’s Airplay, DLNA 1.5, 3D HDMI connectivity, Internet radio, and more.
With these new products, Pioneer continues to embrace the popularity of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch by designing its home cinema products to seamlessly integrate both the music and capabilities of these innovative devices.
“iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are fast becoming primary sources for audio and video entertainment among consumers so it’s extremely important they can easily incorporate them with our receivers,” explains Philippe Coppens, Technology and Product Information Manager at Pioneer Europe. “Our new range of Pioneer receivers is the ideal home cinema offering for today’s consumers.”
It's all about being connected.
Pioneer’s 2012 receivers offer the connections and operability functions that today’s enthusiasts would expect from such quality entertainment devices.
Connection Options – All models are equipped with a front USB input. The VSX-827 and above models include a USB/video cable for easy, out-of-the-box connectivity, battery charging and quick access to iTunes music libraries.
AirPlay – Starting with the VSX-527, consumers can wirelessly bring their entire iTunes library to their home cinema system using the receivers’ built-in Apple AirPlay1 technology. The music from iTunes libraries can be accessed quickly through a Mac, PC or an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and the album art and audio metadata can be displayed on a connected screen2.
DLNA Certified (1.5) – With the exception of the VSX-422 and VSX-322, the new line of receivers are also DLNA Certified (1.5), enabling music content to be shared from a networked Mac or PC via home networks, either through an Ethernet connection or optional wireless LAN converter for VSX-1122 and VSX-922 owners.
Internet Radio – Adding more music options to the line-up, the VSX-1122, VSX-922, VSX‑827 and VSX-527 include Internet radio (vTuner) for accessing thousands of web-based radio stations around the world as well as featuring other Internet radio based music services. The four models are able to play high bit-rate stations and can be controlled by Pioneer’s remote apps.
Audio Streaming with Bluetooth Wireless Technology – Starting with the VSX-527 and up, consumers can stream their music from their Bluetooth wireless technology enabled devices (optional AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter required). In addition, Pioneer’s Air Jam app, available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, lets users pair up to four devices via Bluetooth. Once connected, each user can cue songs from his music libraries to create a collective playlist to play back on the AV receiver.
AVNavigator – For VSX-1122 and VSX-922 consumers, Pioneer makes the installation process simple by providing an interactive owner’s manual that uses a consumer’s PC or iPad to communicate directly with the receivers, walking the user step-by-step through the home cinema set-up procedure. The AVNavigator software is available on a CD included in the box or from the AVNavigator app, available on the App Store for iPad.
High-quality audio and video.
Pioneer’s newest receivers provide consumers with a variety of features that enable high quality audio and video from any source.
High-Resolution Playback – The new receivers can reproduce high-resolution WAV and FLAC files up to 192kHz 24-bits from both the front USB and network on the top two high-end models.
Auto Phase Control Plus – Available on the VSX-1122 and VSX-922, Pioneer’s proprietary Phase Control automatically adjusts the time delay of the subwoofer output so consumers hear a more accurate, robust and fully balanced sound from 7.1 and/or 7.2 multi-channel set-ups.
Direct Energy Amplifiers – To deliver the highest quality audio possible, Pioneer leverages its nearly 75 years in amplifier design. Direct Energy amplifiers are designed to minimise the signal route between signal inputs, amplification, and speaker outputs, reducing internal and external distortion to produce a cleaner sound with high dynamic range.
Advanced HDMI Features – All new Pioneer receivers support the latest HDMI specification and offer more HDMI inputs than ever before, with the VSX-1122 featuring six HDMI inputs on the back and one on the front for a wide range of connectivity options. The VSX-1122 and VSX-922 come equipped with a new HDMI Standby Through mode that allows high definition audio and video to pass through the receivers while in the Standby mode. All 2012 models also include an Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature to accept audio signals sent from a compatible TV’s tuner back to the receiver via a single HDMI connection.
ControlApp & iControlAV2012 App – Pioneer’s new ControlApp and latest generation iControlAV2012 (3) App give users even more control of their receivers and home cinema settings from the convenience of their iPhone or iPod touch. With ControlApp, available for the VSX-827 and VSX-527, users can turn the receiver on and off, adjust sound modes, change inputs and control Internet radio and DLNA streaming content. The new iControlAV2012 app featured on the VSX-1122 and VSX-922 provides additional receiver control on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. With this app, consumers also have access to the receiver’s advanced sound features such as Sound Explorer, which displays more than 18 of Pioneer’s unique sound adjustment functions on one screen, and Virtual Speakers, which allows users to create their ideal sound field, even when real speakers are not set up. Both apps are available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
- Video Processing – The VSX-1122 and VSX-922 deliver a great picture from any source with Pioneer’s Advanced Video Adjust suite of high definition video adjustments and 1080p/24fps video conversion as well as Pioneer’s exclusive Stream Smoother feature that enhances low bit-rate video sources.
Pioneer’s 2012 AV receivers are designed with modern, compelling lines and an attractive new brushed finish to match any home cinema. The VSX-1122, VSX-922, VSX-827, VSX-527 and VSX-422 will be available from June 2012. The VSX‑322 will be in shops as of July 2012.
The VSX-1122, VSX-922, VSX-827, VSX-527 and VSX-422 will be available from June 2012. The VSX‑322 will be in the shops as of July 2012.
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 - An optional wireless LAN converter from Pioneer (AS-WL300) is available to simplify the connection process for VSX-1122/ VSX-922 users.
3 - ControlApp and iControlAV2012 are compatible with iOS 4.3 and later.
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