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Pioneer Adds iPhone and iPod Touch Control with AV Receivers

Pioneer introduced three new 7.1 channel receivers?-the VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K, and VSX-1120-K. They offer iPhone and iPod touch control and functionality, are 3D capable with the advanced version of HDMI, and feature wireless Bluetooth audio streaming for Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Pioneer recently introduced its latest line of AV receivers, which include iPhone and iPod touch integration. Three new 7.1-channel "Works with iPhone" certified receivers–the VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K, and VSX-1120-K–offer iPhone and iPod touch control and functionality, are 3D capable with the advanced version of HDMI, and feature wireless Bluetooth audio streaming for Bluetooth-enabled devices. Additionally, Pioneer announced the availability of its iControlAV App, which turns a compatible iPhone and iPod touch into a fully functioning remote control for the Pioneer receiver.

The 7.1-channel models deliver expanded iPhone functionality with the top two models featuring the company's first app for their home entertainment products and Bluetooth audio streaming for wireless devices. "Works with iPhone" certification means the receivers allow for playback of content on an iPhone and iPod touch, including on-screen display of track data, album art, photos, and video on a connected TV. With an included USB/video cable, users can listen to their music, view photos, and watch downloaded and stream audio and video while charging their Apple devices when connected to the receiver.

The new receivers also include Bluetooth audio streaming, which allows users to stream audio from any Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPod touch, Android phone, other smart phone, or personal computer with an optional Bluetooth adaptor. The VSX-920-K and VSX-1020-K both feature a front-panel button that transfers iPod navigation control and on-screen display from the AV receiver's remote control back to the connected iPhone or iPod touch so users can easily and navigate through their library of media files directly on the device.

All three receivers come with the latest version of HDMI, version 1.4, which allows for passage of the high data-transfer rate required by the Blu-ray 3D specification as well as a new 3D-specific command protocol. Additionally, the VSX-1120-K features an Audio Return Channel that allows a receiver to reproduce audio from a compatible TV's built-in tuner.

All new Pioneer receivers are also equipped to decode new HD audio formats, including Dolby True HD and DTS Master with the new Dolby ProLogic IIz height channel. Dolby ProLogic IIz identifies nondirectional audio cues that occur naturally in a surround sound mix, says the company. The appropriate elements of the signal are directed to front height loudspeakers, a configuration that is compatible with all 5.1 and stereo entertainment content and may also complement a 3D video experience, the company adds.

Pre-orders are currently available.



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