Elite® ‘Smart Speaker F4’ Delivers Alexa Voice Service And Home Automation With Premium Sound And Dts Play-Fi® Multi-Room Audio

Pioneer & Onkyo USA Corporation Applies Vast Audio Engineering Expertise To New Elite® ‘Smart Speaker F4’ (VA-FW40)

With the Elite Smart Speaker F4 (VA-FW40), Alexa can answer almost any question and supports skills that can deliver the news, provide updates on traffic and weather, read recipes, set reminders, and much more, and do so with depth and body to voice reproduction and streaming music thanks to dual full-range drivers, dual passive bass radiators, and DSP switching amplification. Alexa also offers extensive voice-controlled home automation capabilities (such as smart lights and smart thermostats) when used with supported network-connected smart devices from leading brands including WeMo®, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest and ecobee to enhance the connected home experience.

Available in October for an MSRP of $300 (USD), the Elite Smart Speaker F4 adds DTS Play-Fi® technology via the Pioneer Music Control App for iPad®, iPhone®, and Android™ phones/tablets. DTS Play-Fi allows high-quality music transmission from connected online services such as Amazon Music®, Pandora®, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz, and TuneIn, as well as media servers and the mobile device library over Wi-Fi® to any number of compatible audio and audio-video products.

When compatible Play-Fi products are grouped using Pioneer Music Control App, the Elite Smart Speaker F4 plays music simultaneously with DTS Play-Fi automatically synchronizing the music in every room throughout the house. Family members can use their smartphone or tablet to listen to their own music in their own room or groups of speakers in the home. Additionally, the system can be controlled by Apple Watch® or Android Wear.

The unit includes an auxiliary input and variable line output to pass audio to a non-networked stereo amplification system or home theater—a simple way to add voice-controlled audio to the living space or media room.

Streaming Services and Internet Radio
Enjoy voice-controlled music and audio entertainment from popular streaming services on the Elite Smart Speaker F4. Ask Alexa to play the tracks you want at any time. The advanced microphone can detect voice commands from background noise even at considerable distance.

Voice-Controlled Automation for Smart Homes
When used in conjunction with selected network-connected smart devices that work with Alexa, users can turn lights on and off; adjust room temperature and control other supported smart devices. Support for selected products from Philips Hue, WeMo, Samsung SmartThings, ecobee, and Nest enable easy home automation by voice.

Elite Audio Quality Designed by Expert Engineers
Audio reproduction quality is outstanding, with dual 2.5-inch full-range woofers powered by discrete switching DSP amplifiers. Sound spreads clearly and evenly with deep yet agile bass courtesy of dual passive radiators. The speaker is tuned for non-fatiguing yet energetic sound delivered with surprising power from compact dimensions.

Dual-band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
The Elite Smart Speaker F4 automatically selects the 5 GHz band in households with network traffic congestion to enable a fast and stable connection. Even in larger homes using range boosters, users experience fewer dropouts and better overall performance.

Line Input and Output with Physical Controls
With its excellent sound quality, Smart Speaker F4 includes an auxiliary audio input to connect other source devices such as a compatible turntable, media player, or portable cassette player. It also includes a variable line output, bringing voice-controlled network audio to an existing high-quality 2-channel stereo or legacy home theater system using a simple one-cable connection. Playback controls are located on the top panel and the product is energy efficient.

Additional Features

  • Huge sound from compact dimensions (WHD: 6.5” x 7.9” x 4.2”);
  • Beautiful contemporary styling and high-quality finish with included detachable AC power adapter and cord;
  • Easy initial setup and network connection.

For more information on the Elite Smart Speaker F4 and the complete line of Elite audio and audio-video components, visit http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/F4.

About Pioneer & Onkyo U.S.A. Corporation

Headquartered in Torrance, CA, Pioneer & Onkyo U.S.A. Corporation is a leader in home entertainment products under the Pioneer and Elite brands. With an established reputation for innovation and quality, the company’s products are embraced by high-end custom installers and general music lovers alike. Pioneer & Onkyo U.S.A. Corporation is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio and visual equipment for a variety of portable uses, and the home.

More information can be found online at http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home, or follow them on Twitter (@PioneerHomeUSA), Facebook and YouTube.

Note: Please check compatibility of the Pioneer Music Control App with your device and OS at App Store or Google Play. Some music services require a paid subscription and are subject to regional availability. Multi-room playback cannot be guaranteed by Pioneer in all environments.

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