Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer Electronics USA is introducing today two Pioneer Elite home-theater receivers for the custom market and three Pioneer-branded A/V receivers that feature the latest HDMI spec.
All five receivers will be available later this month.
Pioneer’s two entry-level Elite-branded receivers, the VSX-44 and VSX-80 7.2-channel receivers, included the recently announced HDMI 2.0 specification for the highest video signal transfer available, Roku Ready certification, ESS SABRE Premier Audio DAC, RS-232 and IP Control (VSX-80 only), expanded multizone and multisource management and functionality, multichannel high-resolution playback, 4K 60p Ultra HD compatibility and Pioneer’s proprietary iControlAV5 app.
“Our Elite products have always been about the custom installer, offering them a variety of features that make the installation and setup process of advanced home theater systems much easier,” said Chris Walker, A/V product planning and marketing director for the home electronics division of Pioneer Electronics (USA). “Integration of features such as reliable RS-232 control over IP and multizone capabilities makes a big difference in saving them valuable time and labor.”
Pioneer claims to be the first A/V manufacturer to incorporate HDMI 2.0 into its line of Elite receivers.
Both models are Roku Ready certified, expanding the user’s world of entertainment with access to more than 1,000 entertainment channels. The receiver’s built-in MHL Connection located at the rear of the Elite receivers enables users to plug in a Roku Streaming Stick to start using the device. For additional convenience, both models offer full control of the service from a Roku stick via the receiver’s remote control as well as the iControlAV5 app.
Both receivers offer Internet radio music services, including Spotify, Pandora and vTuner. In addition, Pioneer incorporates the connectivity standards of HTC Connect, which enables wireless music files to be shared between compatible HTC One smartphones and Pioneer receivers.
Features of the VSX-80 include ESS SABRE Premier Audio DAC, advanced MCACC with subwoofer EQ, 4K2K Ultra HD 60p video up-scaling, and multichannel high-resolution music playback.
Both receivers feature multizone network capabilities, offering a variety of setup configurations and providing simultaneous entertainment for up to three zones.
With the VSX-80, the AVNavigator is built in, which is a two-way interactive owner’s manual that removes the complications of setting up a receiver.
The Pioneer Elite receivers have suggested retails of $500 (VSX-44) and $700 (VSX-80).
Pioneer-branded home-theater receivers debuting later this month include the VSX-824 5.2-channel and VSX-1024 and VSX-1124 7.2-channel receivers.
These three offer many of the connectivity and performance features that the Elite receivers have, including the HDMI 2.0 spec, Roku Ready certification, ESS SABRE, Premier Audio DAC, multichannel high-resolution playback and the iControlAV5 app.
The receivers also have access to Internet radio music services and to HTC Connect.
The new Pioneer branded receivers will be available at later this month with suggested prices of $399 (VSX-824), $499 (VSX-1024) and $599 (VSX-1124).