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Pioneer Gives Consumers Control of Their Home Theater Experience with New Control Apps for Smart Devices



  Pioneer Gives Consumers Control of Their Home Theater Experience with New
  Control Apps for Smart Devices

  New Apps Expand Management and Connectivity of Pioneer Home Entertainment
                                   Products

Business Wire

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- April 16, 2013

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. continues to embrace the power of today’s
smartphones and their abilities to be key sources for streaming audio and
video entertainment in the home by designing products with smart device
integration and developing custom applications that access their full range of
entertainment features. Compatible with the two most popular smartphone OS
platforms, two new Pioneer apps are now available for download for use with
compatible 2012 and 2013 audio video receivers, Blu-ray Disc^™ players and SMA
wireless speakers. The apps offer multiple functionalities including
simplifying the setup process, and advanced control of and access to content
stored on connected smart devices.

Pioneer iControlAV2013 App Home Screen (Photo: Business Wire)

Pioneer iControlAV2013 App Home Screen (Photo: Business Wire)

“With the popularity and wide range of apps available today, consumers are
quickly becoming accustomed to having complete control of their entertainment
at their fingertips,” said Chris Walker, director of AV product planning and
marketing for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
“Not only are we improving and expanding the functionalities of our existing
apps year-to-year, but we also continue to develop and launch new apps to take
advantage of newly developed hardware features integrated into the new
generation of Pioneer products.”

Pioneer Available Apps

  * ControlApp and iControlAV2013 – Pioneer’s apps expand control over the
    current line of receivers directly from the screen of the smart device,
    including management of home theater settings, inputs, audio adjustments,
    and the ability to browse and play content from USB memory or streaming
    services. Both apps offer PUSH PLAYER, a new feature that enables users to
    access the music libraries stored on their devices and create playlists
    that can be streamed wirelessly to compatible receivers, all from within
    the app. ControlApp-compatible receivers include the Pioneer VSX-823 and
    VSX-1023 and Elite VSX-43.

    The iControlAV2013 App, compatible with Pioneer’s VSX-1123 and Elite
    VSX-70 AV receivers as well as additional models to be announced later
    this year, has been completely redesigned from the previous version of the
    app, providing a new user interface and the added convenience of “finger
    flick” touch action for faster access to receiver features. A dedicated
    “ECO MANAGER” page is also accessible to monitor and modify energy
    settings of the receivers to increase power efficiency and reduce costs.
    With the app, users also have access to the receiver’s advanced sound
    features such as Sound Explorer, which displays more than 18 of Pioneer’s
    unique sound adjustment functions on one screen, and Virtual Speakers,
    which lets users quickly create their ideal sound field even when real
    speakers are not part of the setup, as well as the ability to adjust sound
    equalization by simply drawing a custom EQ curve on the smartphone screen
    using the Finger EQ feature.

    Both iControlAV2013 App and ControlApp are also compatible with the latest
    Pioneer^® BDP-150 Blu-ray Disc Player and Elite^® BDP-62FD Blu-ray Disc
    Player, turning the user’s iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android^™ device
    into a remote control when the Blu-ray Disc player is connected to the
    user’s home network. Both apps control basic functions of the player
    including play/stop, pause, fast forward and rewind. ControlApp is also
    compatible with Pioneer’s line of SMA series Wi-Fi^® speaker systems, the
    XW-SMA1-K, XW-SMA3-K and XW-SMA4-K, giving users control over built-in
    Pandora^® Internet radio, vTuner^® Internet radio and Pioneer’s PUSH
    PLAYER, for access to a virtually endless playlist of music and more than
    10,000 Internet radio stations. ControlApp allows users to find and choose
    radio stations, control volume, and display song title, artist and album
    art.

  * AVNavigator – Available for the iPad, Mac and Windows^® PC, Pioneer’s
    AVNavigator is an interactive owner’s guide that walks customers through
    the entire setup of their AV receivers. It also provides a linked two-way
    interactive manual, giving users an easy and quick way to learn about the
    new and existing features of various AV receivers. The app is extremely
    useful for walking users through speaker setup, sound optimization and
    firmware updates. The AVNavigator app is compatible with the VSX-1123 and
    Elite VSX-70 receivers, and additional models to be announced later this
    year.
  * Air Jam – Air Jam is a proprietary Pioneer app promoting social
    entertainment and interaction between friends in the home setting. When
    used in conjunction with a networked Pioneer AV receiver (VSX-823,
    VSX-1023, VSX-1123, VSX-40 and VSX-70) Air Jam lets users connect up to
    four smart devices via Bluetooth (optional AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter
    required). Once connected, each user can cue songs from a smartphone to
    create a collective playlist for playback on their receiver. Each
    connected device will display the list of songs added by all users and the
    device each song will play from. The Air Jam App will also keep the list
    of songs from each session on each device for future purchase or to view
    on YouTube^®.

Pioneer’s apps are available for download free of charge from the App Store
(www.AppStore.com) or Google^® Play (www.GooglePlay.com).

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.

PIONEER, ELITE, the PIONEER logo and the ELITE logo are registered trademarks
of Pioneer Corporation.
Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Blu-ray Disc is a trademark owned by the Blu-ray Disc Association.
Google, Google Play, Android and YouTube are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Google Inc.
PANDORA is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.
vTuner is a registered trademark of Nothing Else Matters Software, Ltd.

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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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