|[March 12, 2014]
Pioneer Home Audio Video Receivers First to Incorporate Latest HDMI Specification for Access to Higher Quality Video and Audio Entertainment
LONG BEACH, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
As technology in the home entertainment space continues to progress
quickly, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. ensures its products meet the
demands of these rapid changes, and today introduced three Pioneer®
branded home theater receivers designed to support the most
up-to-date high quality audio and video formats. The VSX-824 5.2-channel
and VSX-1024 and VSX-1124 7.2-channel receivers offer the latest
connectivity and performance features to make any home theater listening
and viewing experience truly exceptional, including the recently
announced HDMI 2.0 specification for the highest video signal transfer,
Roku Ready® certification, ESS SABRE® Premier
Audio DAC™, multi-channel high resolution playback, and
Pioneer's proprietary iControlAV5 App.
Pioneer Electronics VSX-1124 AV Receiver (Photo: Business Wire)
"We're incorporating the latest technologies into our products, like
HDMI 2.0, so consumers are always prepared for the next big buzz in home
video entertainment," said Chris Walker, director of AV product planning
and marketing for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics
(USA) Inc. "The new HDMI format is a new spec that passes high frame
rate, high resolution video playable on 4K televisions, and we're ready
for it with these new receivers."
HDMI 2.0 - Pioneer is the first AV manufacturer to incorporate
HDMI 2.0 into its line of receivers, bringing the latest advances in
consumer entertainment into the home. Finalized in September 2013,
version 2.0 of the HDMI specification offers a significant increase in
signal bandwidth, now up to 18Gbps. The increased bandwidth provides
support for new features such as 4K60p 4:4:4 color support1.
The 4:4:4 color support offers viewers the highest quality color
reproduction available in content today when images are displayed on
compatible 4K televisions screens. The ability to pass through a very
high bandwidth signal without downgrading the image means that Pioneer
receivers will serve as the perfect entertainment hub.
Roku Ready Certified - All models are Roku Ready certified,
expanding the user's world of entertainment with access to more than
1,000 entertainment channels of streaming movies, music, TV shows,
news, sports and more. Utilizing the receiver's built-in MHL®
Connection relocated to the rear of the 2014 receivers, users can
simply plug in a Roku Streaming Stick™ to start using the device. For
additional convenience, Pioneer receivers offer full control of the
service from a Roku stick via the receiver's remote control and
Music Enthusiast - Offering a diversified listening experience,
the receivers have access to oday's most popular Internet radio music
services including Spotify, PANDORA® and vTuner®.
In addition, Pioneer incorporates the seamless connectivity standards
of HTC (News - Alert) Connect™ that enables wireless high quality music files to be
shared between compatible HTC One™ smartphones and Pioneer
ESS SABRE Premier Audio DAC - The VSX-1124 incorporates the
ES9006S DAC (192kHz/24-bit) to bring true professional digital audio
into the home for unparalleled audio performance. The new DAC produces
outstanding sound quality with warm, more natural sound reproduction,
as well as a linear response resulting in audio with substantially
Advanced MCACC with Subwoofer EQ - Pioneer developed its MCACC®
technology more than 10 years ago with the help of professional
recording studios. Advanced MCACC built into the new models helps
create the optimum acoustic environment for movies and music. The
receivers use a microphone (included) and a subwoofer EQ (new for 2014
on the VSX-1124) to compensate for differences in speaker sizes,
output levels, and distances from the user's listening positions
4K2K Ultra HD 60P Video Up-Scaling - The VSX-1124 supports the
next generation 4K2K Ultra HD resolution standard to help provide the
highest quality video image available, with the ability to pass
through 4K video signals of up to 60 frames per second to any HDMI
2.0-equipped 4K display. It can also upscale lower resolution signals
before delivery to make them viewable on compatible 4K Ultra HD
Multi-Channel High Resolution Music Playback - Strengthening a
commitment to high-resolution music playback beyond two channels,
Pioneer added playback support for 96kHz 24-Bit 5.0- and 5.1-channel
FLAC and WAV files on the VSX-1124. The receiver also supports other
high-resolution music files including AIFF, WAV, FLAC, DSD (2.8 MHz),
Apple (News - Alert) Lossless, MP3, WMA and AAC, offering broad support for the most
common high-resolution music. Gapless playback for many of these file
formats is supported as well. In addition, Pioneer's MCACC room
calibration works with high-resolution music playback.
iControlAV5 Application - Pioneer developed iControlAV5, a new
app enabling wireless control of the features and functionalities of
2012, 2013 and 2014 line of the receivers from the convenience of
various portable digital devices. The app incorporates multiple
controls from basic volume adjustments and input selection to advanced
features such as equalizer adjustments and management of audio
settings and modes, including full control of the Roku Streaming
Stick. With the VSX-1124, iControlAV5 adds AV Scaling, enabling manual
override of a television's native setting for easy adjustment of video
scaling. The app is available at no cost from www.AppStore.com
or the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app is also
available in Google (News - Alert)® Play (www.GooglePlay.com)
for Android (News - Alert) devices.
AVNavigator Built-In - Pioneer's AVNavigator is a two-way
interactive owner's manual that removes the complications of setting
up a receiver. New for 2014, the VSX-1124 features AVNavigator
built-in, eliminating the need to upload the software to a computer or
laptop. Simply connect the receiver to a home network and launch the
web browser. The functionality is also included in the iControlAV5 app
where users can tap the AVNavigator icon in the application.
AVNavigator features Pioneer's Wiring Navi application, providing an
interactive guide walking the user through the entire receiver setup
process including speaker arrangement, sound optimization, connecting
sources, MCACC calibration, renaming inputs, and more. AVNavigator
also includes an Interactive Operation Guide application providing a
linked two-way operation guide that gives users a way to learn about
the receiver's features (i.e. a push of the standard surround button
on the front of the receiver takes the user directly to the portion of
the manual that explains the standard surround feature).
The new Pioneer receivers will be available at the end of March with
suggested prices of $399 (VSX-824), $499 (VSX-1024) and $599 (VSX-1124).
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.,
and its U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com.
Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of
high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car
and business markets.
14K60p 4:4:4 color support requires a future firmware update
(Summer 2014) and is available only with a 4K60p 4:4:4 color compatible
source and display.
PIONEER, the PIONEER logo, and MCACC are registered trademarks of
MHL, the MHL Logo, and Mobile
High-Definition Link are trademarks or registered trademarks of MHL LLC
in the United States and other countries.
HDMI, the HDMI
logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
Roku and Roku
Ready are registered trademarks and Roku TV is a trademark of Roku, Inc.
in the U.S. and in other countries.
ANDROID and Google Play
are trademarks of Google Inc.
SABRE is a registered
trademark of ESS Technology (News - Alert), Inc.
Control4 is a registered
trademark of Control4 Corporation.
Crestron is a registered
trademark of Crestron Electronics, Inc.
Connect is a
trademark of Spotify AB.
HTC, the HTC logo, and HTC Connect
are trademarks of HTC Corporation.
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