Pioneer today unveils a new line of 5.1 channel A/V receivers featuring the wireless Bluetooth technology.
For the first time, the Pioneer VSX-520-K and VSX-820-K feature wireless Bluetooth transfer of audio content allowing users to enjoy their music directly from their Bluetooth-enabled device to their home theater system and are 3D Ready with the latest HDMI, version 1.4, providing more high definition connectivity options for the Blu-ray 3D specification. The VSX-820-K also features "Works with iPhone" certification. Pre-orders of the VSX-520-K and the VSX-820-K are currently available at Amazon.com
The new models feature expanded iPhone functions including an iPhone Control Button and Bluetooth Audio Streaming for portable media devices.
Pioneer was the first in the industry to introduce "Works with iPhone" certified A/V receivers which allow for playback of content on an iPhone, iPod and iPod?Touch. The VSX-820-K features this certification and allows users to operate and charge their Apple devices while connected to the receiver without the need to switch to "Airplane Mode."
The VSX-820-K additionally features a front panel iPhone Control button that transfers iPod navigation control from the receiver's remote control back to the connected Apple device so users can easily navigate through their library of media files directly on the device.
Both new models feature wireless Bluetooth transfer of audio content from any Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Smart Phone or personal computer with an optional Bluetooth adaptor. The Pioneer branded AS-BT100 ($99) Bluetooth Adaptor allows consumers to keep the phone close to them while they enjoy music through their home theater system.
Both new Pioneer A/V receivers are also 3D Ready with the latest HDMI version 1.4 and feature the new Dolby ProLogic IIz decoder for HD audio formats.
HDMI 1.4 allows for passage of the high data transfer rate required by the Blu-ray 3D specification as well as a new 3D specific command protocol.
All new Pioneer receivers are equipped to decode new HD Audio formats including Dolby True HD and DTS Master now with the new Dolby ProLogic IIz height channel. Ideal for gamers who want to create a more lifelike audio experience, the new technology provides new speaker arrangement options for consumers as well as easier installation solutions. Additionally, Pioneer?s proprietary Front Wide speaker arrangement adds additional versatility and dimension to a 7.1 speaker arrangement.
The new receivers feature also Pioneer's proprietary audio enhancement and room calibration technologies including:
- Advanced Sound Retriever - ASR enhances compressed audio files by restoring critical data from iPhone, iPod and other portable media players as well as satellite radio devices, delivering near CD quality.
- Auto Level Control - ALC technology ensures consistent listening from all entertainment by equalizing fluctuating volume levels across digital audio tracks, television channels and commercials that can cause unexpected disruptions.
- Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration - Featured in the VSX-820-K, MCACC analyzes the room?s speaker configuration then optimizes each one to balance out any room-induced acoustic inaccuracies to provide an optimal, customized audio experience in any home theater room.
All models are finished with premium glossy, black and will begin shipping in March 2010.