Long Beach, Calif.
– Pioneer Electronics launched Steez, a new brand of portable music products
geared toward the dance community.
There are three
models in the new line, all of which (when paired with a free software app)
allow dancers to change music tempo, so song tracks can play at slower or
faster speeds; set choreographed cue points, so a song can begin at a specific
spot; “battle” with friends, with a countdown timer; create playlists; or set
an Auto DJ mode that plays non-stop music mixes based on the genre.
Solo ($299) comes in light blue and is designed for the beginner dancer. It has
4GB of internal memory (like the rest of the line), a 2.4-inch LED QVGA screen,
two 40mm drivers, 5-watt power output and an iPhone dock. It runs on six AA
batteries or the AC adapter.
The STZ-D10T-G Duo
($349) comes in neon green and is touted as a rugged model for intermediate
dancers and small groups. Features include a water-resistant design and a
sealed iPod enclosure. The rest of the specs are the same as the Solo.
The red STZ-D10Z-R
Crew ($499) is the largest of the three. It bumps up the screen size to 3.5
inches and has two 25mm tweeters and two 75mm woofers, as well as two 135mm
dedicated subwoofers. Total output power is listed at 40 watts. It also has the
sealed iPod enclosure.
The line will be
available in November.