Pioneer launch 3 new AV Receivers for 2015
Atmos for £499
Following on from yesterday’s product announcement under the Onkyo label, it’s Pioneer’s turn to introduce a new range of AV Receivers for the year.
There are three new Pioneer branded receivers, in all; the VSX-830 5.2-channel, the VSX-930 and VSX-1130 7.2-channel receivers with each offering the latest combination of connectivity and performance features including HDCP 2.2 compliance, HDMI 2.0 specification for the highest video signal transfer, built-in Wi-Fi, built-in Bluetooth, DSD file playback, subwoofer EQ and more.
In addition, the VSX-930 and VSX-1130 offer Dolby Atmos with MCACC PRO, refining the Dolby Atmos capabilities.
The VSX-930 and VSX-1130 incorporate the ES9006S DAC (192kHz/24bit) and also include MCACC PRO, with full support for Dolby Atmos with an acoustic calibration system that compensates for differences in speaker size, distance, and level as well as the room’s layout including ceiling height. MCACC PRO also features dual subwoofer output as well as 4-band subwoofer EQ for increased sound quality in the low frequency range.
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 VSX-830 uses a setup microphone (included) and a subwoofer EQ to compensate for differences in speaker sizes, output levels, and distances from the user’s listening position automatically.
All three models support 4K Ultra HD resolutions, 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 1080p/60 signal before delivery to make them suitable on compatible 4K Ultra HD displays.
Strengthening a commitment to high-resolution music playback beyond two channels, Pioneer added playback support for 192kHz/24bit 5.0- and 5.1-channel WAV files (only via USB) and for 96kHz/24bit 5.0- and 5.1-channel FLAC files (up to 48kHz via wireless network) on the VSX-930 and VSX-1130.
The receivers also support 2-channel high-resolution music files including AIFF, WAV, FLAC, DSD (5.6 MHz for VSX-930 and VSX-1130 and 2.8 MHz for VSX-830), Apple Lossless as well as 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.
All models are DLNA certified, both the network port and the built-in WiFi connection can be used for streaming audio purposes, as well as internet radio (vTuner) and Spotify Connect. They’ve also equipped all new AV Receiver models with AirPlay. Conveniently, all models let users stream music via Bluetooth from devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
Pioneer created a dedicated app that helps easily set up the AV receivers using an iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Android device while connected to a home network. The process with the wizard makes network set-up with the receivers smooth and effortless. In conjunction with the AVNavigator, the Start-up Navi app lets the user do all the initial settings of the receiver.
Additionally, every new model in the range comes with a simplified and redesigned user menu offering easy access to network configuration and other setup features.
“We are excited to expand our Dolby Atmos family of products to allow more consumers to enjoy this new immersive home theater experience,” said Geoff Loveday, Product Manager at Pioneer UK. “This year we’re bringing key features such as HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 starting at £399 and Dolby Atmos at £499 making it easier for consumers to integrate these exciting technologies.”
The Pioneer VSX-830 (£399) will be available from April, followed by the VSX-930 (£499) and VSX-1130 (£599 with aluminum front panel) in May.
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