PIONEER HOME ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES TWO NEW ELITE 7.2-CHANNEL NETWORK AV RECEIVERS ‘VSX-LX302’ & ‘VSX-LX102’ OFFER TOP OF CLASS AUDIO REPRODUCTION

TORRANCE, CA, May 31, 2017 -- Pioneer Home Entertainment USA today unveiled two new 7.2-channel network AV receivers: Elite VSX-LX302 (MSRP $799 USD / $949.99 CAD) and the Elite VSX-LX102 (MSRP $599 USD / $749.99 CAD). Both AV receivers boast supremely clear and accurate Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ playback in home theater environments and come with a host of networking and streaming features, including Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi®*1 and AirPlay®, while streaming services including Spotify®*2, TIDAL*2, TuneIn*2, and Deezer*2. These features operate over dual-band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi®*3 along with FireConnect™*4 powered by Blackfire enabling wireless audio distribution to optional network speakers like Pioneer’s MRX-3. The VSX-LX302 also features Powered Zone 2 and Zone 2 pre-/line out.

Smooth and Richly Detailed Sound
The VSX-LX302 effortlessly delivers 100W (8 ohms, 20Hz–20 kHz, THD 0.08%, 2ch driven, FTC) through seven channels while the entry-level VSX-LX102 packs 80W (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch driven, FTC). Superb control and smooth, clear articulation even at high volumes assures a theater-like experience without top-end distortion. Two subwoofer pre-outs are fitted to double the impact of low frequency effects (LFE) that include dual subwoofers. Hi-Res Audio playback is optimized with 384 kHz/32-bit digital-to-analog conversion, and for movie lovers with compatible 4K televisions, there’s Dolby Vision™, HDR10*5, HDCP 2.2, and BT.2020*6 video pass-through via HDMI®.

Hi-Res Audio Realism
All of the popular Hi-Res Audio formats are supported over the local network and USB, including 192 kHz/24-bit FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC along with DSD 2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz*7. Each AV receiver can also play Dolby® TrueHD up to 192 kHz/24-bit via USB input.

4K Ultra HD and HDR Compatibility
Both units support 4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit video signal transmission with HDCP 2.2 technology and both are ready for next generation HDR (High Dynamic Range) including HDR10 and Dolby Vision, together with the BT.2020 video standard. 4K upscaling is incorporated to upscale standard HD content to the quality of a 4K video signal.

MCACC Creates the Ultimate Surround Sound Field
MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System)*8, developed with the expertise of professional recording studios, creates an ideal listening environment in media rooms and entertainment spaces. Via the custom setup microphone, the system automatically compensates for differences in speaker size, level, and distance, and equalizes response.

Phase Control
An innovative solution for phase lag between the subwoofer and front L+R speakers, Phase Control compensates for bass delay at the viewing position to improve sound synchronization. Consequently, it makes LFEs more dynamic, and achieves clearer reproduction of sound in the mid- and high-frequency bands.

Reflex Optimizer
Reflex Optimizer technology was developed specifically to resolve the phase lag issue. It optimizes the performance of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers for clear sound imaging at the viewing position so that sound from Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers integrates seamlessly with that from the floor speakers for a clear, comfortable, and cohesive sound field.

Intuitive Graphical User Interface with Easy Initial Setup
Pioneer’s intuitive GUI over HDMI makes using these AV receivers enjoyable. Simple graphical display detailing receiver functions improves everyday operability, while “Setup Guidance” makes initial network setup fast and easy.

*1 Supported via a future firmware update. Details on the firmware update will be posted on our website and other media at a later date.
*2 Availability of services depends on region. Please confirm before purchase.
*3 Requires a wireless LAN network environment compatible with Wi-Fi standards and a Wi-Fi-based connection.
*4 Sharing audio from the AV receiver’s external analog inputs depends on the model and is enabled with a future firmware update. Sampling rates of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz are supported. FireConnect™ is a technology based on Blackfire provided by Blackfire Research Corp., USA.
*5 HDR is a technology that expands the maximum brightness of video. HDR technology is used in the next-generation Blu-ray standard to expand the maximum brightness from 100 nits to 10,000 nits.
*6 BT.2020 is a video format standard that covers a wide color space more than twice that of the BT.709 standard currently used in Blu-ray and other formats.
*7 Not supported over wireless LAN. Sound is reproduced by conversion to PCM.
*8 MCACC is a proprietary acoustic compensation technology from Pioneer that can perform sound field adjustment at the same level as monitoring techniques employed in sound studios.

About Pioneer Home Entertainment U.S.A.
Headquartered in Long Beach, CA, Pioneer Home Entertainment U.S.A. 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, DBA: Pioneer Home Entertainment U.S.A. is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio and visual equipment for the home.

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