Pioneer releases its home audio receivers for 2011

AirPlay, iPad charging, app control are main focus areas

The $3499 Pioneer SC-LX85 home audio receiver.

The $3499 Pioneer SC-LX85 home audio receiver.

Pioneer has announced the Australian availability of its new home audio receivers for 2011. Key features of the new products include Apple Airplay at an accessible price point, and further iPad and iPhone support in apps and connectivity. These new products form part of Pioneer's newfound close partnership with Apple.

From July onwards, the new Pioneer VSX-521 will be introduced as the cheapest model in Pioneer's line-up at $499. Like all other new Pioneer receivers, the VSX-521 has HDMI 1.4 support for passthrough of 3D video from 3D-capable Blu-ray players and video devices, like the Pioneer BDP-LX54 and other brands' models. A slimline model is available in the step-up $549 Pioneer VSX-S300, also available in July. It eschews most of the analog inputs found on a traditional AV receiver, focusing on digital video and audio inputs.

Apple Airplay is available in Pioneer's receiver models from the $1099 Pioneer VSX-921 and above. When a TV is connected to the AV receiver, album art and song information can be viewed on-screen when music is playing. The VSX-921 and all higher models are also able to charge an iPhone or iPad while it is connected and playing music or video — Pioneer claims its AV receivers are the first on the market to supply the necessary electrical current to charge an iPad. All Pioneer receiver models above the $799 VSX-826 have a USB iPad/iPhone cable bundled.

Most of Pioneer's home A/V receivers will be available from July onwards. Higher-end receivers with the highest quality components and every conceivable feature will be coming out in October — the $2499 and $3499 Pioneer SC-LX75 and SC-LX85 receivers have Class D amplifiers (more efficient than traditional Class A/B), high quality audio decoding and processing, fashionable designs and all the features of lower-end models built in.

Pioneer is also focusing its attention on producing iPhone and iPad apps to control and interact with its AV receivers and home entertainment products. The company's new free iControlAV2 app for iPhone and iPad, which works on the $1099 VSX-921 and above, lets users alter basic and complex settings — from volume and muting, to zone control and audio adjustments like phase and equalisation. The iControlAV2 app also has a touchscreen-capable graphic equaliser.

Air Jam is another Pioneer iOS app supported by all Bluetooth-equipped receivers (the VSX-921 can be made to support Bluetooth through an optional $119 Bluetooth adapter; all higher models have Bluetooth built in) — the app lets up to four users pair with a receiver over Bluetooth and contribute songs from their iOS devices' libraries into a combined playlist. The Air Jam app also keeps a list of every song that's played on the receiver and lets all users see it, with links to the iTunes Store for purchases.

Pioneer 2011 home entertainment product line-up

SC-LX85 - RRP $3,499 (October)
SC-LX75 – RRP $2,499(October)
VSX-LX55 – RRP $1,999 (October)
VSX-2021 – RRP $1,799 (July)
VSX-1021 – RRP $1,299 (July)
VSX-921 – RRP $1,099 (July)
VSX-826 – RRP $799 (July)
VSX-521 – RRP $499 (July)
VSX-S300 - RRP $549 (July)

Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook

Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu

Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Pioneerhome audio

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Campbell Simpson

Campbell Simpson

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?