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Pioneer Elite Receivers Offer Studio Quality Content Playback and Multi-Zone / Multi-Source Capabilities

  Pioneer Elite Receivers Offer Studio Quality Content Playback and Multi-Zone
  / Multi-Source Capabilities

     VSX-43 and VSX-70 Increase Entertainment Options Throughout the Home

Business Wire

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- April 10, 2013

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced two new Elite^® home theater
AV receivers, the Elite VSX-43 7.1-channel receiver and VSX-70 7.2-channel
receiver, designed for expanded entertainment and control throughout the home.
Following in the tradition of the Elite brand, the new receivers are built to
engineering and manufacturing standards designed to handle studio quality
audio and visual content and the multi-channel demands of home theater
enthusiasts. The VSX-43 and VSX-70 receivers incorporate high-resolution file
format playback, expanded multi-zone and multi-source management and
functionality, custom installation features, and 4K Ultra HD compatibility as
well as easy and convenient receiver control via Pioneer’s proprietary
ControlApp and iControlAV2013 App.

Pioneer Elite VSX-70 Receiver (Photo: Business Wire)

Pioneer Elite VSX-70 Receiver (Photo: Business Wire)

“Pioneer’s Elite brand represents the pinnacle of Pioneer home electronics.
Any time we introduce new technology or proprietary features, it’s featured
first on our Elite products,” said Chris Walker, director of AV product
planning and marketing for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer
Electronics (USA) Inc.

Enhanced Multi-Zone Control

  *Multi-Zone Capabilities – Constructed to enhance any home theater, the new
    receivers accurately reproduce what the artist originally intended, in a
    wide range of speaker configurations. The VSX-43 provides additional setup
    flexibility and can be configured either for a true 7.1-channel setup or
    for 5.1-channel, with the two extra channels powering a pair of speakers
    in a second room (Zone 2), with the ability to simultaneously send two
    different sources to each zone. For example, a movie can be viewed in the
    main zone (family room) while music from a CD is played in the second zone
    (bedroom or patio).

    The VSX-70 offers simultaneous entertainment in up to three zones – a main
    zone, a powered Zone 2 (two speakers in a second room) and a third HDZone
    (additional HDMI source to a third room). The HDZone can also be
    controlled through Pioneer’s proprietary iControlAV2013 App. With eight
    HDMI inputs and highly configurable 7.1-channels, the VSX-70 is ideal for
    consumers and custom installers who want maximum connection flexibility,
    eliminating the need to set up separate receivers in each room.

  *Custom Home Theater Installation – For advanced home theater control, the
    VSX-70 offers custom installation features often found only on the most
    expensive receiver models. The unit includes full two-way RS-232-over-IP
    control and is certified to work with custom remote control systems such
    as Crestron^® and Control4^®.
  *Pioneer Control Apps – Pioneer’s ControlApp and iControlAV2013 App give
    users more control over the features and functionalities of their
    receivers from the convenience of their smart devices. The VSX-43 is
    compatible with ControlApp and offers management of audio settings and
    modes, inputs and streaming content. The VSX-70 works with the new
    iControlAV2013 App, which has been completely redesigned for 2013,
    featuring a new user interface and easier to navigate feature menu^1, as
    well as a dedicated “ECO MANAGER” page for energy efficient settings. Both
    apps feature PUSH PLAYER, Pioneer’s new music streaming setting 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^2. ControlApp and iControlAV2013 are available free of
    charge on the App Store (www.AppStore.com) or Google^® Play
    (www.GooglePlay.com).

    The VSX-70 also features Pioneer’s AVNavigator (now available for
    Windows^® on the bundled CD-ROM, for Mac on the Pioneer website and for
    iPad on the App Store) a two-way interactive owner’s manual that walks
    users through the entire set up process of their receiver.

  *Power-Saving ECO Management – The new 2013 Elite models feature ECO
    Management functions to reduce power consumption of the receiver in both
    on and stand-by modes. With ECO mode on, the receiver analyzes and
    controls peak volume corresponding to the content being played to reduce
    power consumption while still maintaining content audio quality. The
    “Ecology function ON/OFF” feature can be accessed and set through the
    included remote control, iControlAV2013 App (ECO MANAGER) via smartphone,
    or the front panel of the receiver (ECO Access) to reduce power
    consumption.

Expanded Entertainment Possibilities

  *Music Enthusiast – The Elite VSX-43 and VSX-70 offer playback of WAV, MP3,
    WMA, AAC and FLAC files from a networked computer or plugged in drive via
    the front USB port. For 2013, Pioneer has built in playback of
    high-resolution AIFF and Apple Lossless files as well as Gapless playback
    for AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV and FLAC files. Offering a diversified
    listening experience, the receivers have access to today’s most popular
    Internet radio music services including PANDORA^® and vTuner^®. Both
    receivers are also Windows 8* certified and feature DLNA^® 1.5
    certification for 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 a wired Ethernet connection or optional
    wireless Wi-Fi^® adapter (AS-WL300; available for use with VSX-70).
  *4K Ultra HD Pass Through – Pioneer’s new receivers are designed for the
    next generation 4K Ultra HD resolution standard, with the ability to pass
    through 4K video signals to compatible displays, offering the highest
    quality video image available. Additionally, the VSX-70 can upscale analog
    and HDMI video signals for 4K Ultra HD resolution when used with the
    latest 4K displays.
  *Smartphone Content – Elite model receivers allow iPhone, iPad and iPod
    touch users to enjoy playback of audio content stored on their devices as
    well as the display of album art and metadata when connected to a
    television monitor. Users can take advantage of the convenience of Apple's
    AirPlay^3, allowing users to stream their iTunes music whether from Mac or
    PC, as well as music stored on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

    Further integrating the smartphone, Mobile High Definition Link (MHL)
    connectivity has been built into each receiver. The front HDMI input
    doubles as an MHL 2.0 input for connection of an MHL equipped Android^™
    smartphone or tablet to play back audio and video content (including
    high-definition 3D content) as well as faster phone charging. Android
    users with compatible HTC^® smartphones (including the new HTC One Phone)
    have the convenience of HTC Connect^4, which enables direct music
    streaming to the VSX-43 or VSX-70.

The Pioneer Elite VSX-43 and VSX-70 receivers are available at authorized
Pioneer retailers with suggested retail prices of $525 and $750 respectively.

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.

*To use Windows 8, consumers must first update firmware on the receiver. The
firmware update will be available soon on the Pioneer website.

^1iControlAV2013 is coming soon in Google Play.
^2This feature will be available in ControlApp for Android.
^3AirPlay works with iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.3 or later, Mac
with OS X Mountain Lion, and Mac and PC with iTunes 10.2.2 or later.
^4 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.

PIONEER, ELITE and the PIONEER and ELITE logos 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.
Control4 is a registered trademark of Control4 Corporation.
Crestron is a registered trademark of Crestron Electronics, Inc.
WINDOWS is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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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
Jaed.arzadon@pioneer-usa.com
or
Dana Block, 310-496-4460
Dana@allisonpr.com
 
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