Pioneer’s New Generation of Elite Receivers Expand on Control and Connectivity

AirPlay and iControlAV2 App Enhance the Home Theater Experience for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveiled its new line of Elite® branded AV receivers designed to meet the needs of today’s connected consumers and their portable devices. The five new Elite models, consisting of the VSX-40 ($450), VSX-50 ($600), VSX-51($700), VSX-52($900) and VSX-53($1,100), incorporate state-of-the-art performance and specifications based on Pioneer’s uncompromising standards of engineering and manufacturing. All five new receivers utilize the renowned Elite audio and video technology and the VSX-50 and up have advanced network features like Pioneer’s proprietary iPhone and iPad apps including iControlAV21 and Air Jam2, as well as Apple’s AirPlay, DLNA Certified® (1.5) and Internet radio to become the hub of a consumer’s home network and entertainment system.

“By expanding on networked features such as AirPlay and DLNA, and combining them with exclusive control functions such as iControlAV2 and Air Jam, Pioneer’s new line of Elite receivers is making it easy for consumers to integrate their portable devices while still providing them with superior audio and video performance they expect from our brand,” said Chris Walker, director AV marketing and product planning for the home entertainment division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

The Power of Connectivity
Starting with the VSX-50 and up, each Elite receiver is network capable, offering Ethernet connectivity to provide consumers with a wide range of new content, set-up and control of their home theater system. Features and apps that consumers can take advantage of with the new line of Elite receivers include:

Growing Mobility
Portable devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch are becoming exciting and ever-expanding components of home entertainment systems. Pioneer’s Elite receivers are designed to utilize the wealth of content from these types of devices as well as provide a larger emotional experience of high definition multi-channel home theater.

Maximize Television Performance
Taking advantage of Pioneer Elite’s long history as an industry leader in high performance video processing, the 2011 Elite receivers use proprietary enhancing technologies to maximize the user’s television performance with video conversion and scaling, image enhancement, and video adjustment for detail, sharpness, brightness, contrast, chroma level and black level for individual video sources. To enhance the video performance from any source connected, Elite receivers convert analog signals to HDMI and scale both analog and digital signals to 1080p resolution for a highly improved visual experience. Additional technologies include Marvell™ Qdeo™ processing, Advanced Video Adjust and Stream Smoother to enhance the picture quality of any source.

AVNavigator (Interactive Assistance)

The new line of Elite AV receiver models will be available in the summer of 2011.


New Elite Receivers - At a Glance

  VSX-40 VSX-50 VSX-51 VSX-52 VSX-53
Price $450 $600 $700 $900 $1,100
Power 80 watts x 7 90 watts x 7 90 watts x 7 110 watts x 7 110 watts x 7
AirPlay No Yes Yes Yes Yes
iControl2 AV2 iPhone/iPad App Compatible No Yes Yes Yes Yes
THX Select2
Plus Certified
- - - Yes Yes
Network
Content
  DLNA 1.5/
vTuner
DLNA 1.5/
vTuner
DLNA 1.5/
vTuner/
PANDORA/
Rhapsody/
SiriusXM
DLNA 1.5/
vTuner/
PANDORA/
Rhapsody/
SiriusXM
HDMI (V.1.4a with 3D, ARC)
In/Out
4 In / 1 Out 4 In / 1 Out 6 In / 1 Out
including a front
input
7 In / 1 Out
including a front input
7 In / 2 Out
including a front input
Video Processor HDMI 1080p HDMI 1080p/
Advance Video Adjust
HDMI 1080p/
Advance Video Adjust
QDEO 1080p/ 23fps/ Advanced Video Adjust/ Stream Smoother/ Triple HD Noise Reduction   QDEO 1080p/ 23fps/ Advanced Video Adjust/ Stream Smoother/ Triple HD Noise Reduction
Pioneer Sound
Enhancements Steps
Auto MCACC/ Phase Control Advanced MCACC/ Phase Control Plus/
PQLS Bitstream/ Auto Sound Retriever
Jitter Reduction Virtual Depth Full Band Phase Control
Multi-Zone A/V Steps 3 Zone Audio
Pre-out
3 Zone Audio
Pre-out/ Speaker out
2 Zone Audio Pre-out/ Speaker out and Video out 2 Zone Audio Pre-out/ Speaker out and Video out 3 Zone Audio Pre-out/ Speaker out and Video out

 

Full product specifications on the new line of Elite AV receivers can be found at www.pioneerelectronics.com.
Pioneer’s iControlAV2 and Air Jam Apps are currently available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

About Pioneer
It all began with a passion for music that Pioneer founder Nozomu Matsumoto hoped to share with the world. He started Pioneer in 1938 as a specialty speaker company, building products out of his garage. Today, Pioneer’s Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group continues Matsumoto's enthusiasm, developing award-winning audio and video home theater products including A/V receivers, Blu-ray Disc® and DVD players, and speakers. Long-standing partnerships and collaborations with the creative community have provided Pioneer unique insight in its quest to capture the purity of a movie or musical artist’s original vision into its broad range of home entertainment products. The company’s brands include Pioneer® and Elite®. More details can be found at www.pioneerelectronics.com.
1A/V receiver needs to be connected to a wired LAN in a wireless LAN network. This application is developed and checked for operation under iOS 4.2 conditions.
2Noise and interruption may be caused when the iPod touch/iPhone/iPad is connected to other Bluetooth devices. This application is developed and checked for operation under iOS 4.2 conditions. The number of connectable devices or compatibility may differ when other software versions are installed.

PIONEER, the PIONEER logo and the ELITE logo are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
Apple, Airplay, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod touch and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
The Bluetooth® word mark is registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. And any use of such marks by of PIONEER is under license.
DLNA®, the DLNA Logo and DLNA Certified® are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of the Digital Living Network Alliance.
PANDORA is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.
Marvell, Qdeo and the M logo are registered trademarks of Marvell and/or its affiliates.
HDMI is trademark or registered trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.
Blu-ray Disc is a registered trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.



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