Pioneer add Chromecast & Google Home to 2016 AVRs

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by hodg100 Apr 26, 2017 at 5:37 PM

  • Pioneer has announced a firmware update enabling Chromecast built-in audio streaming on some of its hi-fi components, AV receivers, home theatre systems and network speaker systems manufactured in 2016 or later, together with voice control support for Google Home speaker or Google Assistant Audio devices to be released in the future.
    The firmware update is available for the following Pioneer products:

    · Elite: SC-LX901, SC-LX801, SC-LX701, SC-LX501, VSX-LX301, VSX-LX101, SX-S30, and FS-EB70
    · Pioneer: VSX-1131, VSX-832, VSX-831, VSX-S520, XC-HM86, X-HM76 and MRX-3.

    The Chromecast built-in connects compatible apps on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android phones and tablets, Chromebook, and Chrome browser on Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs to Pioneer components over 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi.

    Furthermore, the update will allow owners to request music and audio content by voice for streaming playback on their supported Pioneer components when used in conjunction with Google Home or other to-be-released devices featuring Google Assistant. Listeners can select a streaming service, specific song or album, adjust volume, and perform other playback operations using voice commands.

    A variety of Chromecast-enabled apps are ready to queue and stream content from sports broadcasts, comedy and educational podcasts to millions of songs from all over the world. Sampling transmission rates of up to 48 kHz should maintain the original fidelity of the source without compression for lossless CD-quality music.

    No initial setup or passwords are required to connect and stream, making it simple to listen to your favourite content from your preferred apps. Furthermore, you are free to make and receive calls and run other applications without interrupting playback.

    To enjoy the Chromecast built-in experience, devices must be connected to the same wireless network and apps must be Chromecast-enabled.

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