Pioneer’s Speaker Bar Built for Those Who Care about Sound

  Pioneer’s Speaker Bar Built for Those Who Care about Sound

 Andrew Jones Designed Speaker Bar Made for Sound Quality, Not Just Cosmetics

CE Week 2013

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- June 26, 2013

CEA LINE SHOW--Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveiled the Speaker Bar
system (SP-SB23W), uniquely designed by legendary speaker engineer Andrew
Jones to deliver excellent full-range sound from a small, simple solution
audio package. Made for consumers who care about audio quality, the Speaker
Bar features a composite wood curved cabinet, six individual speakers, six
amplifiers (independent for each speaker) and an eight channel active digital
crossover network. The combination of features offers a multitude of benefits
to listeners including exceptional sound quality reproduction, wider off-axis
response, higher power handling and increased dynamic headroom.

Pioneer Speaker Bar System (Photo: Business Wire)

Pioneer Speaker Bar System (Photo: Business Wire)

“Pioneer created a similar speaker bar in the late 90’s for conventional
television sets and now we’re building the best sounding speaker bar for
today’s flat panel televisions,” said Chris Walker, director of AV marketing
and product planning for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics
(USA) Inc. “Unlike most offerings, the new Speaker Bar is made of composite
wood, a far superior material that makes a significant difference when it
comes to sound quality.”

Designed for Sound

  *Composite Wood Cabinet – Unlike most speaker bars in the market that are
    made of plastic, Pioneer’s Speaker Bar uses a composite wood cabinet
    enclosure that offers far better control of the speakers because of its
    resistance to unwanted resonance. The unit uses a specially designed RF
    molded curved enclosure that can withstand the “flexing” that occurs when
    the speakers are in use, especially at high volume levels, resulting in
    highly improved audio reproduction.
  *Six Speaker Design – The Speaker Bar features six individual drivers, four
    custom 3-inch woofers, and two 1-inch soft dome tweeters. The arrangement
    of speakers produces a wide dispersion pattern, enabling open, more
    spacious stereo imaging even in larger sized rooms. The woofers feature a
    vented pole piece to achieve improved bass response to enhance both
    cinematic and audio listening. The 1-inch soft-dome tweeters are encased
    in a custom “wave guide” enclosure for increased output sensitivity and
    controlled dispersion of high-frequencies.
  *Individual Amplifiers for Each Driver – For optimal audio output,
    Pioneer’s Speaker Bar uses six individual amplifiers to power each
    independent driver. Each amplifier produces up to 28 Watts of power (1kHz
    1% THD @ 4 Ohm) to obtain increased dynamics and better overall “headroom”
    at any volume level.
  *Active Crossover Network – The integrated amplifiers in the Speaker Bar
    are complemented by a matching active crossover network for increased
    sound quality. Utilizing an active crossover enabled Andrew Jones to use
    higher order filter points (speakers’ cutoff frequencies and steeper
    roll-off slopes [a.k.a. attenuation]) to achieve improved audio
    transitions between the woofers and the tweeters, resulting in improved
    speaker response, vocals and off-axis listening.
  *6.5-inch Subwoofer – The Speaker Bar includes a matching wireless
    subwoofer featuring a 6.5-inch driver tuned to 42 Hz (-10 dB) to provide
    low bass frequencies. The subwoofer is powered by a built-in 50 Watt
    amplifier (50Hz 1% THD @ 6 Ohms) and the output level can be adjusted from
    the convenience of the included Speaker Bar remote.
  *Additional Features – The Speaker Bar features Dolby Digital^® Decoding
    and three sound modes including music, movies and dialogue. Dialogue is a
    late night mode that optimizes dialogue conversations and significantly
    reduces “loud” passages, making it ideal for late night viewing. For added
    convenience, the unit also offers built-in Bluetooth^® connectivity to
    enable wireless music streaming from a smartphone device as well as a
    learning mode to respond to the user’s own remote control.

Pioneer’s Speaker Bar comes with an optical cable and wall mounts for
convenient set-up and will be available in the fall with a suggested retail
price of $399.

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 is registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
Dolby Digital is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
BLUETOOTH is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

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Contact:

for Pioneer Electronics
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