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Pioneer To Ship Its 1st iPod-Docking Systems

4/27/2010 03:59:00 PM Eastern

Long
Beach, Calif. - Pioneer Electronics today announced it would begin shipping its
first docking systems for iPods and iPhones. 

Chris
Walker, director of home entertainment business solutions group at Pioneer
Electronics (USA), said in a statement, "For our first entry into the dock
category, we took a different approach and created each one with build and
sound quality as a priority. The entire line was personally sound tuned or
evaluated by our renowned TAD speaker engineer, Andrew Jones, who also created
our exclusive, high-end EX line of home speakers."

Four
models were introduced: the XW-NAS3/-K, part of the Audition series; the XW-NAC1-K
and XW-NAC3-K system, part of the Duo series; and the Pioneer HTD system, model
XW-NAV1K-K

The XW-NAS3/-K
features a "double isolated frame" that is meant to improve overall bass
response while reducing cabinet resonance. The entire audio frequency spectrum
is reproduced by the system's 2.1-channel dynamic digital amplifier, Pioneer
said, and the dock can be connected to a television monitor or display. A set
of component and composite video outputs are built-in for streaming video
content stored on the iPod or iPhone.

It will be
available this month in black or white for a $449 suggested retail.

The Duo
series models -- XW-NAC1-K and XW-NAC3-K -- come with built-in Bluetooth to
wirelessly stream audio from an iPhone 3G or 3G S, iPod Touch (second
generation or later), computer or another Bluetooth-compatible device. Features
include dual docking ports on top of the systems for two different iPods, so
users can choose from two music collections and charge two devices at the same
time, the company said.

They also
have a Double Shuffle feature, the ability to preview music, DLNA 1.5 to play
back music from a computer, a vTuner feature that allow Internet radio playback,
and mini jack and USB connections.

The
XW-NAC1-K ($349) will be available in May and the XW-NAC3-K will be available
in June ($449).

Finally,
the "all-in-one solution" XW-NAV1K-K has an a Works with iPhone-certified dock,
DVD/CD player, FM tuner, USB connectivity and CD-to-MP3 ripping
capability. 

Other
features include built-in HDMI port, a pair of full-range speakers with
2.75-inch passive radiators, auxiliary input, FM tuner, clock and alarm. It will
be available in June with a black or white frame for a $299 suggested retail.