New Pioneer Recievers Ready for iPhones and 3D

Posted by at 11:36 am on March 4, 2010

Pioneer Electronics has unveiled a new line of 5.1 channel A/V receivers designed to   deliver a dynamic music experience to your living room. The Pioneer VSX-520-K and VSX-820-K feature wireless Bluetooth transfer of audio content allowing you to enjoy your music directly from your Bluetooth-enabled device to your home theater system and are 3D Ready with the latest HDMI, version 1.4, providing more high definition connectivity options for the Blu-ray 3D specification. The VSX-820-K also features “Works with iPhon”certification, providing a seamless user experience for iPhone owners.

Enhanced iPhone Functionality & Bluetooth Audio Streaming

  • “Works with iPhon”Certification -“ Pioneer was the first in the industry to introduce “Works with iPhon”certified A/V receivers which allow for playback of content on an iPhone, iPod and iPod Touch. The VSX-820-K features this certification and allows you to listen to your music, watch downloaded as well as stream audio and video such as YouTube and Rhapsody music services all while charging your Apple devices when connected to the receiver.
  • iPhone Control Button -“ Adding to the ease-of-use expected by Apple users, the VSX-820-K additionally features a front panel iPhone Control button that transfers iPod navigation control and on-screen display from the A/V receiver’s remote control back to the connected Apple device so users can easily and quickly navigate through their library of media files directly on the device.
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming -“ Expanding on the iPhone user’s experience, both new models feature wireless Bluetooth transfer of audio content from any Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Smart Phone or personal computer with an optional Bluetooth adapter. The Pioneer branded AS-BT100 ($99) Bluetooth Adapter allows you to keep the phone close   while you enjoy music through your home theater system.

3D Ready Features

  • HDMI 1.4 -“ HDMI 1.4 allows for passage of the high data transfer rate required by the Blu-ray 3D specification as well as a new 3D specific command protocol.
  • Dolby ProLogic IIz Decoding -“ All new Pioneer receivers are equipped to decode new HD Audio formats including Dolby True HD and DTS Master now with the new Dolby ProLogic IIz height channel. Dolby ProLogic IIz distinguishes background sounds and adds them to additional front height speakers for an enhanced front surround sound experience. Creating the depth and dimension of a lifelike soundstage, this speaker configuration is ideal for gamers and may also complement a 3D video experience. The new technology provides new speaker placement options for consumers as well as easier installation solutions.   Additionally, Pioneer’s proprietary Front Wide Mode adds versatility and dimension to a 7.1 speaker arrangement.

Pre-orders of the VSX-520-K and the VSX-820-K are currently available at Amazon.com.   Both units are scheduled to be available in March 2010.

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