Pioneer Home Audio Video Receivers Ready for Smartphone Integration and Expanded Entertainment

  Pioneer Home Audio Video Receivers Ready for Smartphone Integration and
  Expanded Entertainment

    Four New Models Offer Smartphone Connectivity for Increased Access and
                 Simplified Control of Entertainment Content

Business Wire

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- March 5, 2013

As today’s advanced smartphones continue to become essential components of the
home entertainment experience, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is making
integration of these devices easy and convenient. Pioneer’s latest 2013 audio
video receiver lineup, the VSX-523 and VSX-823 5.1-channel, VSX-1023
7.1-channel, and VSX-1123 7.2-channel receivers, are designed to support
today’s connected lifestyle, compatible with the two most popular smartphone
OS platforms for expanded access to music streaming options and improved
control of features and functionality. The new models also enhance traditional
home theater features including expanded high resolution audio file playback,
multiple HDMI connections including a dedicated second zone HDMI output, 4K
Ultra HD compatibility, Pioneer’s proprietary ControlApp and iControlAV2013
App, and more.

Pioneer AV Receiver- VSX-1123 (Photo: Business Wire)

Pioneer AV Receiver- VSX-1123 (Photo: Business Wire)

“The smartphone is not only a powerful device while on the go, but it’s also
widely used as a source for entertainment in the home, which is why Pioneer is
so committed to providing products with the broadest smartphone connectivity,”
said Chris Walker, director of AV product planning and marketing for the Home
Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Whether it’s the
newest iPhone or the next generation of Android smartphone, our new receivers
are ready to connect to those devices.”

Smartphone Connectivity

  *Expanded iPhone, iPad and iPod Support – All of the new Pioneer receivers
    enable iPhone, iPad and iPod users to enjoy audio playback stored on their
    devices as well as display album art and metadata when connected to a
    television or monitor. The top three models allow playback and charging of
    all versions of iPad. The receivers will also charge connected iPhone,
    iPad and iPod devices via corresponding cables, including the new
    Lightning or 30-pin cable.

    The flagship VSX-1123 also features Pioneer’s AVNavigator (now available
    for the Mac), an interactive owner’s manual that provides a linked two-way
    interactive manual, giving users a quick way to learn about all of the new
    features of the AV receiver (i.e. that a push of the ALC button on the
    front of the receiver will take the user directly to the portion of the
    manual that explains the Automatic Level Control feature).

  *Pioneer Control Apps – The latest versions of Pioneer’s ControlApp and
    iControlAV2013 apps, available for download from the App Store
    (www.AppStore.com) or Google^® Play (www.GooglePlay.com), expand control
    over the receivers and their home theater settings from the convenience of
    a smart device. Ideal for music lovers, both apps offer a new feature that
    enables users to access the music libraries stored on their devices and
    create playlists that can be streamed wirelessly to the receiver, all from
    within the app^1. ControlApp, available for use with the VSX-823 and
    VSX-1023, offers features available in the previous version of the app,
    including management of inputs, audio adjustments and modes, and streaming
    content, as well as a dedicated “ECO Manager” page for energy efficient
    settings. The new iControlAV2013 App, for use with the VSX-1123, has been
    completely redesigned to feature a completely new user interface and
    “finger flick” touch action for faster access to features^2.
  *MHL 2.0 Input – A feature first introduced in the flagship Elite SC models
    is now available on VSX-823 and above models, offering users the same
    Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) connectivity built in on the front of
    each receiver for integrating smartphones as additional sources of high
    quality audio and video. HDTV owners can play HD video content with
    multi-channel sound (up to 7.1-channels) through the receivers while
    simultaneously charging their Android™ devices. The new MHL 2.0 adds
    support for 3D content, 1080p 60Hz, and faster smartphone charging.
  *HTC Connect – With HTC Connect™, owners of compatible HTC^® smartphones
    (including the new HTC One Phone) can conveniently stream music content
    directly to the Pioneer networked-enabled receivers via a wireless
    connection^3. HTC Connect enables music playback and control of the
    receiver’s volume on from the smartphone with the ability to use the
    device simultaneously for other functions, from making and receiving calls
    and taking pictures to downloading the latest apps and surfing the Web.
    Pioneer is the first consumer electronics manufacturer to receive HTC
    Connect certification and provide a unified connectivity solution for
    Android smartphone users via HTC Connect technology incorporated into its
    receivers (and wireless speakers).

Expanded Audio and Video Playback

  *Apple's AirPlay – AirPlay is built into the top three models, allowing
    users to stream their iTunes music whether from Mac or PC, as well as
    music stored on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch^4.
  *High Resolution Music Playback – To meet the growing popularity of high
    resolution music, Pioneer has expanded the number of high resolution audio
    file formats playable on the VSX-823, VSX-1023 and VSX-1123. The new
    receivers enable playback of high-resolution WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC and FLAC
    Files via a USB or networked computer. Formerly only available as a
    firmware update on Elite^® SC receivers, the top three Pioneer models now
    have built-in Apple Lossless and AIFF playback. In addition, the new
    receivers include Gapless playback for AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV and FLAC
    files offering improved listening experience by providing uninterrupted
    playback of consecutive audio tracks. Gapless playback is especially
    enjoyable on music tracks meant for continuous playback such as classical
    music, progressive rock, concept albums or live recordings with audience
    sounds between tracks. The VSX-1123 also offers playback of SACD audio
    files stored in the Direct Streaming Digital (DSD) format through its
    front USB connection.
  *Endless Music – Providing access to a variety of music content, models
    VSX-823 and above feature today’s most popular Internet radio music
    services including PANDORA^® and vTuner^®. Each network enabled receiver
    is also DLNA^® 1.5 Certified to allow music content playback from a
    networked DLNA server or DLNA application running on a Windows PC, Mac, or
    smartphone connected on a home network, either through an Ethernet
    connection or optional wireless Wi-Fi^® adapter (available on VSX-1123).
  *4K Ultra HD Pass Through – As  content and display resolution quality
    continue to improve, Pioneer is ready for the next generation 4K Ultra HD
    resolution standard, which has four times the resolution of the current HD
    1080p standard. The new lineup of Pioneer receivers can pass through 4K
    video signals to compatible displays, offering the highest quality video
    image available. Additionally, the VSX-1123 can upscale analog and HDMI
    video signals for 4K Ultra HD resolution when used with latest 4K
    displays.
  *Zone 2 HDMI Out – Pioneer continues to expand connectivity options on its
    receivers, offering eight HDMI inputs on the VSX-1123. For an expanded
    high-definition entertainment experience throughout the home, the VSX-1123
    also offers HDZone, a Zone 2 HDMI out for routing either the same signal
    as the main zone or a separate source to a second zone via HDMI. A third
    audio only zone can also be powered by the receiver and controlled through
    Pioneer’s iControlAV2013 App.
  *ECO Mode – Pioneer designed the new 2013 models with the added benefit of
    reducing power consumption in both on and stand-by mode. With the new ECO
    Mode users can, in real time, analyze and control peak volume
    corresponding to the content being played to reduce power consumption
    while still maintaining content audio quality (ECO Working); reduce power
    consumption when the receiver is in stand-by (ECO Stand-by); and easily
    set the “Ecology function ON/OFF” feature in three different ways – from
    the remote control, ECO Manager on the iControlAV2013 App, or the front
    panel of the receiver (ECO Access).

The new Pioneer receivers will be available at authorized Pioneer retailers in
March with suggested retail prices of $279 (VSX-523), $429 (VSX-823), $529
(VSX-1023) and $629 (VSX-1123).

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its
U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer
Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and
computer equipment for the home, car and business markets and is celebrating
75 years of innovation in the consumer electronics industry.

^1This feature currently not available in ControlApp for Android.
^2iControlAV2013 coming soon in Google Play.
^3 HTC Connect is defined as interoperability testing of music streaming
performed between compatible smartphones and Home AV products using the HTC
Connect Music Application. Third party music applications, meaning apps other
than the HTC Connect-compatible smartphone’s native music player, may not work
with HTC Connect.
^4AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with
iOS4.2 or later. A home Wi-Fi network is required.

PIONEER and ELITE and the PIONEER logo are registered trademarks of Pioneer
Corporation.
MHL, the MHL Logo, and Mobile High-Definition Link are trademarks or
registered trademarks of MHL LLC in the United States and other countries.
HTC, the HTC logo, and HTC Connect are registered trademarks or trademarks of
HTC Corporation.
PANDORA is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.
DLNA, the DLNA Logo and DLNA CERTIFIED® are trademarks, service marks, or
certification marks of the Digital Living Network Alliance.
vTuner is a registered trademark of Nothing Else Matters Software, Ltd.
Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

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Contact:

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
Katherine Harbeston
310-952-2388
Katherine.harbeston@pioneer-usa.com
or
Jaed Arzadon
310-952-2451
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or
Dana Block
310-496-4460
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