Special Edition Digital Turntable and Mixer From Pioneer Appropriately Dressed in Black

Special Edition Digital Turntable and Mixer From Pioneer Appropriately Dressed in Black
Pioneer CDJ-400-K and DJM-400-K Available in “Limited” Black Color Versions

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Professional Sound and Visual Division, is now offering two of Pioneer’s most popular DJ products, the CDJ-400-K and DJM-400-K, in a limited edition black version. The badged “Limited” edition CDJ-400-K digital turntable and matching DJM-400-K 2-channel mixer provide a sleeker, more lustrous appearance – an expression of Pioneer’s high-end designs found in many of its DJ, home and mobile entertainment products.

“These black on black color versions of the CDJ-400 and DJM-400 look very stylish and appealing, creating a special collector’s edition for a select few,” said Matt Dever, vice president of Pioneer’s Professional Sound and Visual Division. “Both models are badged ‘Limited’ to exemplify their uniqueness from the original versions.”

In addition to the overall black color of both units, Pioneer added a distinctive touch to the new appearance of the CDJ-400-K digital turntable and DJM-400-K digital mixer by changing the original red illumination to a cool blue, completing the limited edition’s theme.

Keeping True to the Originals
Both models maintain the same professional internals of the original versions. The CDJ-400-K offers excellent performance and features, with USB integration and MP3 playback, MIDI support, scratching capability, scratch jog effect and a variety of looping functions. The DJM-400-K offers DJ’s considerable performance capabilities, achieving high quality sound reproduction with 96Khz/24-bit sampling, a variety of beat effects that can be easily synchronized, and audio adjustability for each of its channels through the use of a 3-band equalizer.

Both models will be available exclusively from Pioneer at www.shoppioneer.com beginning in December 2009.

The CDJ-400-K has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $910.00.
The DJM-400-K has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $805.00.

Pioneer offers a complete line of professional DJ Equipment through its Professional Sound & Visual Division. Its DJM series of mixers has become an industry standard at clubs, studios, mobile rigs and homes around the world, known for its high quality sound and reliability. For more information, visit www.pioneerdj.com

Pioneer Demonstrates Entertainment TAP Networking Project

Downloading, Streaming and Storage of Personal Media Emphasizes Home Theater Approach to Delivering Networked Media in Living Room
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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. exhibits the future of home theater innovation – a network entertainment concept player, code named “Project ET,” that encompasses high quality audio and video playback, Internet access and home theater control capabilities all within a single set-top device. Pioneer® differentiates its technology concept from existing players in the market by letting consumers combine their personal music, movies and photo collections with access to a choice of online content services, social networking applications and online purchasing sites. Pioneer’s concept incorporates the convenience of a unified remote control which users can also use to easily add and remove services based on their entertainment needs and preferences.

“For years Pioneer has developed products with its exclusive Home Media Gallery function that networks DLNA-compliant products within the home theater. Now that broadband speeds have increased to a level that lets users access high definition quality content from the Internet, we are able to consider a network platform like Project ET, which is based on a unique home theater approach to delivering networked content and services into the living room,” said Russ Johnston, executive vice president for home entertainment business solutions group at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Emerging Internet Content at Your Fingertips
Pioneer’s concept lets consumers download and stream music, video and photos directly from a networked PC to a home theater for viewing on a large screen television. With the opportunity to directly access new, unique content from multiple free and paid online content providers, including YouTube, Netflix and Picasa among many others, Project ET provides a new means for users to seek and enjoy new entertainment.

While retailers may be able to configure a Project ET device for out-of-the box access to specific applications and services, consumers could further customize the device with preferred applications for music and movie streaming, photo storage and playback, as well as additional control capabilities. Pioneer has developed a dedicated web portal for Project ET owners to easily add and remove content services with a simple click of a button. Project ET incorporates its proprietary video processing technologies that ensure superior playback of high definition as well as lower resolution content.

Pioneer is demonstrating the network concept with one terabyte of hard disk drive storage space for uncompressed and compressed audio file storage and playback. The device is Ethernet-equipped and has built-in WiFi to maximize connectivity. At CEDIA, the Project ET device will include a built-in internal Blu-ray Disc®/DVD/CD player.

Living Room Control Capabilities Enhance User Experiences
Primarily envisioned as an entertainment network device, Project ET also provides a host of custom installation tools with built-in Control4 IQ technology. A Zigbee 2-Way remote control and high definition graphic user interface allows end users to intuitively navigate their stored digital content or online media while simultaneously controlling home theater room lighting, temperature and other connected home automated products.

Project ET New Media Highlights
At Pioneer’s CEDIA Booth #3009 attendees can view the Project ET network concept demonstration features:

■Twitter Updates: With real-time updates to one’s Twitter messaging service, Project ET can “tweet” whatever entertainment content you are enjoying to followers with a hot-link to the movie title or music album
■Buy It Now Button: Allows Twitter followers as well as Project ET users to directly purchase physical or digital copies of content based on the current media being played
■Mobile Device Streaming: Provides users with remote access to local content from the home theater system and stream it to WiFi-connected portable devices or PC, anywhere and anytime. The technology also place-shifts content, and it centralizes control of home theater components and home systems within a home theater room
■iPhone Compatibility: Utilizing Wi-Fi, Project ET users can navigate, control and playback digital media as well as home all home theater operations with an iPhone/iPod
Pioneer has not committed to a product release date and is considering various options for products based on this platform.

It all began with a passion for music that Pioneer founder Nozomu Matsumoto hoped to share with the world. He started Pioneer in 1938 as a specialty speaker company, building products out of his garage. Today, Pioneer’s Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group continues Matsumoto’s enthusiasm, developing award-winning audio and video home theater products including A/V receivers, Blu-ray Disc® and DVD players, and speakers. Long-standing partnerships and collaborations with the creative community have provided Pioneer unique insight in its quest to capture the purity of a movie or musical artist’s original vision into its broad range of home entertainment products. The company’s brands include Pioneer® and Elite®. More details can be found at www.pioneerelectronics.com.

Pioneer Diversifies Its Audio Portfolio with Three New Accessories for Secondary Room Sound Quality

Building on its heritage as an audio video specialist, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today showcases new audio offerings that elevate the listening experience in other rooms of the house beyond the home theater. Pioneer’s two new iPhone®–certified tabletop sound systems and new Sound Bar with wireless subwoofer are engineered for critical listeners who seek the best sound performance, even from today’s new media devices and compressed music files. CEDIA Expo attendees can engage with Pioneer’s new audio products at Booth #3009.

Pioneer’s First Works with iPhone™ Certified Sound System
Combining stellar sound performance and exceptional build quality, Pioneer’s first iPhone and iPod® certified tabletop sound systems, the XW-NAS3 and XW-NAS5, have been finely tuned and calibrated for optimum sound. Pioneer’s EX speaker designers spent extensive time sound-tuning the systems to appeal specifically to North American preferences for high fidelity with rich bass, wide frequency response and dynamic musical sound-field. Most recently, Pioneer has been recognized for the design and development of the award-winning TAD professional and Elite® EX speaker lines as well as the Company’s latest architectural in-wall and in-ceiling speakers.

The new 2.1-channel full-range speaker systems feature a dynamic digital amplifier and integrated subwoofer for faithful reproduction of bass and lower frequencies. Both units are Bluetooth®-ready for wireless control and streaming capabilities of music files from the new iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 2G and other Bluetooth enabled models via an optional accessory (BT-100).

Pioneer’s new sound systems employ component and composite video output for playback of stored movies, TV shows and other video files from the docked digital device. For the finely tuned ear, the XW-NAS5 also features Pioneer’s proprietary sound enhancement features, including Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) and Auto Level Control (ALC), developed specifically to improve the listening experience of portable audio devices in the home.

Pioneer’s First Sound Bar
Pioneer’s continued commitment to develop and introduce innovative products that advance the home theater experience has led to the launch of its HTP-SB300, Sound Bar speaker solution. The powerful 3.1-channel system integrates 250 watts of power, dual center channel speakers, a wireless subwoofer and dual HDMI inputs for simple connection, high-resolution audio and video output. With aesthetics and sound quality in mind, the Sound Bar produces robust virtual surround sound in an elegant two piece, wire-free design. Staying true to Pioneer’s audio expertise and the industry’s audio trends, the system decodes the latest HD audio formats: DTS®, Dolby Digital® PLUS and Dolby® TrueHD. Intended for on-wall installation to accompany 32” – 37” displays, the Sound Bar is ideal for second room audio or for a small living room.

Pioneer’s Works with iPhone-certified sound systems and Sound Bar will be available in Winter 2009, pricing to be announced.

It all began with a passion for music that Pioneer founder Nozomu Matsumoto hoped to share with the world. He started Pioneer in 1938 as a specialty speaker company, building products out of his garage. Today, Pioneer’s Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group continues Matsumoto’s enthusiasm, developing award-winning audio and video home theater products including A/V receivers, Blu-ray Disc® and DVD players, and speakers. Long-standing partnerships and collaborations with the creative community have provided Pioneer unique insight in its quest to capture the purity of a movie or musical artist’s original vision into its broad range of home entertainment products. The company’s brands include Pioneer® and Elite®. More details can be found at www.pioneerelectronics.com.

Pioneer Unleashes the Power of Its In-Dash Navigation Systems With New Free Apple App

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. releases its first iPhone® application created for use with Pioneer’s new AVIC-U310BT and AVIC-Z110BT in-dash navigation systems. Pioneer’s AVIC FEEDS App establishes a link between the Apple® and Pioneer products, letting iPhone owners find points of interest or search for destinations ahead of time on their phone and easily access them via Bluetooth® from their Pioneer navigation systems. This eliminates the need to jot down or manually enter address information into the Pioneer unit and allows drivers to receive convenient turn-by-turn voice guidance while still being able to use their iPhone for other purposes.

Through independent research, Pioneer discovered that a significant percentage – more than 22 percent – of registered Pioneer navigation system owners also own and use an Apple iPhone.

“We are continually looking for ways to enhance a driver’s experience by providing high quality navigation and entertainment products that incorporate convenience and safety features,” said Ted Cardenas, director of marketing for the mobile business group of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “After researching what technologies and consumer electronics products our registered owners embrace, we identified a natural opportunity to integrate the features and functions of our navigation systems with Apple’s iPhone.”

Ways to Navigate:

■POI Search – Points of interest (POI) searched through Pioneer’s AVIC FEEDS App can be selected by simply choosing the pin drop of the desired location
■Take a Photo – Photos taken on an iPhone that are geotagged with geographical metadata such as location coordinates can be saved for future use as a POI
■Saved Photos – Geotagged photos sent to users or photos from the internet can be used as a POIs
Destinations created from a POI search or geotagged photos are converted as a phone contact to the navigation system via Bluetooth. Once the phone book is synchronized, the routable contacts are identified by a unique icon that appears next to the contact in the navigation system. By selecting that contact, Pioneer’s navigation system will calculate a route and provide turn-by-turn guidance to that location.

Value of Convenience:
AVIC-U310BT and AVIC-Z110BT owners who want to take immediate advantage of these convenient features can download the Pioneer AVIC FEEDS App for free from their iPhone at pioneerelectronics.com or the iTunes store.

Consumers who have not yet invested in a navigation system or an iPhone can purchase these products for under $700 – the AVIC-U310BT ($599) and iPhone ($99), plus subscription and other fees associated with the Apple device. Pioneer’s AVIC-U310BT is the best value in in-dash navigation, offering robust, full-featured route guidance, CD playback and the convenience of built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and iPod/ iPhone control.

The AVIC FEEDS App is also fully compatible with the AVIC-Z110BT ($1,599), Pioneer’s flagship in-dash navigation AV receiver featuring DVD playback, built-in Bluetooth, voice recognition, text-to-speech guidance, an advanced touch screen interface and more.

Pioneer Launches First 12x Blu-ray Disc Writer

High-Speed 12x Write Capability Lets Professional Users and Enthusiasts Quickly Test,

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. announces its new BDR-205 Blu-ray Disc® Computer Writer, the industry’s first and fastest model to feature up to 12x write speed for single and dual-layer Blu-ray Disc (BD) media*. Ideal for authoring providers and system builders, the Pioneer® BD/DVD/CD Writer provides accurate, rapid performance for demanding professional applications.

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“The BDR-205 drive represents our ongoing efforts to combine Pioneer’s engineering expertise with advanced technologies, and our next generation Blu-ray Disc writer is a great example of our no-compromise approach to optical disc product development,” said Steve Cohn, director of optical disc sales for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “We are bringing to market the fastest Blu-ray Disc writer to date, and it is just one of the many ’firsts’ that have come to define Pioneer’s 30-year heritage in optical disc innovation and leadership.”

Dynamic Performance for an Array of Professional Users
When utilized with a properly configured PC, the drive’s Low Vibration Mechanism Design improves overall writing accuracy, especially for those preserving copious amounts of critical data. Designed for maximum flexibility, Pioneer’s writer provides significant solutions for multiple user groups, including:

■System builders can confidently recommend the sophisticated BDR-205 to their clients, noting the drive’s unique design, robust build quality and high grade parts
■With 50Gbytes** of storage space on a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc, professional users can utilize the BDR-205 to rapidly test high definition feature films during the authoring process, as well as to back up large volumes of data with ease
■Besides up to 12x write speeds for Blu-ray Disc media, Pioneer’s new computer drive also provides read and write speed performance up to 16x for DVD and 40x for CD media
The new BDR-205 Blu-ray Disc computer writer begins shipping October 2009. The retail version of this product, the BDR-2205, will be available Q1 2010 for $249 MSRP.

Pioneer has been an innovator of optical disc technology since it shipped its first LaserDisc products, the precursor to DVD, to the consumer market in 1980. Pioneer went on to introduce the first DVD writer for video authoring use in 1997, the first DVD recorder as a VCR replacement in 1999, the first DVD/CD writer for home computer users in 2001 and the first Blu-ray Disc writer in 2006. Pioneer Corporation is one of the original Blu-ray Disc Founders. More details can be located at www.pioneerelectronics.com.

Pioneer to cut 10,000 jobs globally

Japanese electronics company Pioneer Corp. will cut 10,000 jobs globally to cope with sinking sales of car audio equipment and flat-screen TVs. It will also withdraw from its money-losing plasma display business.

The massive job cuts, announced Thursday, are the latest in a slew of layoffs by Japanese corporate giants, who are slashing their payrolls worldwide, reducing production and forecasting annual losses amid a global economic slump. Sony Corp. is shedding 8,000 workers while Nissan Motor Co. and NEC Corp. are each cutting 20,000.

Hit by the collapse in demand for car audio equipment and plasma TVs, Pioneer said its net loss in the current fiscal year to March will swell to 130 billion yen ($1.4 billion) from its previous estimate of a 78 billion yen net loss. It will be the fifth straight annual loss for Pioneer.

The company reported a net loss of 26.15 billion yen ($290.52 million) for the latest quarter covering October-December, nose-diving from a profit of 1.69 billion ($18.76 million) the previous year. Operating revenue declined 37.8 percent to 131.23 billion yen ($1.46 billion).

“Since the U.S. financial crisis and ensuing global downturn, our sales of car electronics products and flat-screen TVs plunged worldwide. We were severely hit by battered consumer sentiment,” said Pioneer spokeswoman Michiko Kadoi.

A company statement said Pioneer would continue facing a tough business environment amid “intensifying competition involving our core products, as well as the impact of the worsening global economic downturn and the Japanese yen’s rapid appreciation.”

The Tokyo-based company said it will slash 6,000 full-time salaried workers at home and abroad, accounting for 16 percent of the company’s global work force of 36,900. It will also cut 4,000 contract workers at its Japanese and foreign plants.

The company did not give a regional breakdown.

Pioneer also said that it has decided to close down two overseas plasma display assembly plants — one in Pomona, California, and the other in Castleford, Britain — by April.

Pioneer Introduces Flagship Blu-Ray Disc Player with Reference Class Picture and Sound Performance

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduces its Elite® BDP-09FD flagship Blu-ray Disc™ player featuring BD-Live™. With the industry’s most advanced internal components including a Pioneer®/Renesas® jointly developed core processor chipset and complex internal and external composition, the new flagship model illuminates Pioneer’s uncompromised design and engineering philosophies to deliver the truest picture and sound performance.

“For more than 30 years, we’ve led optical disc innovation with product introductions that featured numerous industry firsts, ranging from the highest grade internal components to improved build constructions, all in the pursuit of developing first class products for consumers. It’s with this mindset that our engineers were given the freedom to hand select every piece of hardware and wiring for the BDP-09FD to develop a true, reference-quality player,” said Chris Walker, senior manager of marketing and product planning for Blu-ray Disc at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The result is a flagship BD player that provides unparalleled picture and sound performance not just for Blu-ray Discs, but also for CD and DVD content.”

Video Standards Raise the Bar
Breaking away from the industry, Pioneer’s flagship Blu-ray Disc player incorporates a newly-engineered 16-bit video engine to provide best-in-class video decoding, I/P conversion, video scaling and video adjustments of HD and SD content for uncompromised viewing of both Blu-ray Disc and DVD collections. Working in concert, this unique video engine includes a newly developed 16-bit Pioneer video processor, the Marvell® award-winning QDEO™ processor along with a jointly developed video decoder by Renesas Technology. Also, for the first time from Pioneer, DVDs can be enjoyed in 1080p 24 when connected to compatible displays providing a more cinematic experience of traditional film based DVDs. The inclusion of these sophisticated technologies creates a smooth picture free of the artificial noise that often plagues lower-quality players.

The Elite Blu-ray Disc player also features Pioneer’s proprietary Adaptive Bit Length Expansion technology, which allows the purest color representation of a movie’s original studio master. Through a dedicated chip, the player restores Blu-ray Disc movies, produced in 8-bit color back to the vivid 16-bit deep color gamut resulting in an HD picture filled with hues and tones that replicates the cinematic intentions of the films’ creators.

Quality Audio Roots
Pioneer’s BDP-09FD uses professional-level audio technologies to improve sound quality for both Blu-ray Disc and CD content. The BDP-09FD supports full decoding and bit-stream output for emerging high-resolution audio formats including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio to deliver rich audio that completely immerses the listening audience.

Audiophiles will delight in the sophisticated internal engineering featured in the new player, including a devoted power supply for the analog audio board, eight Wolfson® WM8740 Audio DACs, one for each audio channel, and custom-made capacitors. Unlike any player preceding it, the new BDP-09FD further enhances superior performance capabilities not possible with today’s current Blu-ray Disc players.

The player also features Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS) with which the player instinctively synchronizes audio data between the Blu-ray Disc player and select Pioneer Elite A/V receivers offering jitter-free audio playback from CD content to provide listeners with the ultimate precision in product performance.

BD-Live Compatibility
The BDP-09FD is outfitted with BD-Live interactivity that goes beyond the advanced audio and video playback capabilities offered with BONUSVIEW™ players to give consumers an array of interactive options when viewing BD-Live compatible titles. With an Internet connection, viewers can download bonus trailers and features, synchronize viewing with other BD-Live players and participate in online gaming, live chat and video messaging. Additionally, when updates become available, users will be able to upgrade their player via the BD-Live connection.

Built for Discerning Entertainment Connoisseurs
Exceeding the capabilities of current players in the market, the BDP-09FD raises the bar with a completely redesigned internal construction for ultimate efficiency and performance quality. The BDP-09FD is outfitted with:

  • Center loading disc tray, solid steel bottom plate, aluminum chassis, and rugged TAOC insulators which help dampen external vibrations and lend to uncompromised picture quality
  • Dual HDMI™ 1.3a outputs allow for a variety of connection options that can be configured for specific audio or video entertainment needs
  • Gold plated connectors provide maximum signal flow for stellar audio and video quality
  • RS-232C port allows for control from third-party automation systems or custom installers

Product Synergy
For the complete home theater package, Pioneer has purposefully created a synergy between its line of Blu-ray Disc players, A/V receivers and KURO plasmas. The newly named project, KURO Link System, syncs the Blu-ray Disc player with the connected KURO plasma to allow for unified remote operation between products.

Pioneer’s BPP-09FD joins Pioneer’s BONUSVIEW Blu-ray Disc players, the Elite BDP-05FD and Pioneer BDP-51FD. The Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD flagship Blu-ray Disc player will begin shipping in 2008 for a suggested price of $2,199.

Pioneer Electronics unveils its new line of dynamic architectural loud speakers

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveils its new line of dynamic architectural loudspeakers featuring engineering advancements and an array of custom installation-friendly offerings to deliver a new class of sonic performance for home theater environments. Developed for multiple room environments and applications, the line includes 16 new speaker models with four floor-standing subwoofers, providing integrators with a wide range of solutions for their clients’ home entertainment needs. When matched with the Company’s leading KURO™ displays, Blu-ray Disc® players and A/V receivers, the new line of speakers provide the final piece to complete the ultimate home entertainment experience.

Led by renowned speaker designer, Andrew Jones and his team of engineers, these new audio offerings build upon Pioneer’s 70-year legacy in speaker manufacturing with the latest technological innovations for high fidelity sound that replicate the essence of a motion picture soundtrack or live concert disc entertainment. Crafted utilizing the newest materials along with meticulous engineering and an exclusive driver design, the new architectural speakers come in three different performance levels – Elite® EX Series, Pioneer CST and Pioneer – all of which meet the sonic reproduction standards demanded by discerning enthusiasts.

“Pioneer was founded on the passion for sound and this philosophy remains at our core and is seen through our continued development of superior audio products that have become benchmarks within the industry,” said Andrew Jones, chief speaker designer for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The introduction of a diverse speaker line offers a level of sound quality for integrators and end consumers that is testament to our unwavering drive to deliver on the promise of the ultimate home entertainment experience.”

Elite EX Series: Redefining the Architectural Speaker Category
Taking a cue from its world-renowned EX and Technical Audio Devices (TAD™) platforms, Pioneer’s top-of-the-line Elite EX Series is a comprehensive reference-class system set to redefine the category and further exemplify how Pioneer is advancing the science of the speaker. This comprehensive line includes two in-wall, two angled in-ceiling, and a left/center/right speaker option that join the current S-W1EX subwoofer.

Bringing home entertainment to the ultimate echelon of performance, Pioneer’s Elite EX Series models incorporate its exclusive Coherent Source Transducer (CST) driver technology which builds upon Pioneer’s endless pursuit to bring that professional-level audio experience to the home arena. Listeners gain a noticeable improvement in off-axis performance with a smooth, accurate response which turns nearly every seat into the best seat in the house. By expanding the “sweet spot,” home cinema and two-channel audiences are enveloped in uniform, robust sound from their movies and music.

These three-way reference class speakers are outfitted with an uncompromising build quality constructed from custom developed, audiophile-grade materials including a ceramic graphite tweeter, magnesium midrange, woven aramid fiber woofer and a laminated medium-density fiberboard (MDF) baffle. Utilizing among the most advanced components found in architectural speakers, these models offer integrators and end users uncompromised performance and faithful reproduction of the most demanding audio sources available today.

The breadth of revolutionary improvements found in the Elite EX Series speakers include enhanced listening customization via treble contour controls. Installation professionals are given the option to adjust overall tonal balance and high frequency output based on their client’s preferences or room environment.

Designed to be used in combination with floor-standing EX models, this line features among the most flexible installation options at this performance level.

Pioneer CST: Performance Beyond the Pivoting Tweeter
Pioneer also brings to market two lines that provide additional versatility and performance benefits for custom professionals over a wide variety of installation types and budgets.

For home theater or multi-room audio applications that demand an increasing level of performance beyond that offered by pivoting driver designs, Pioneer’s Coherent Sound Transducer (CST) line offers seamless integration features along with demonstrable sound performance benefits previously only found in our professional and EX products. Consisting of three in-wall models, including a 3-way left/center/right option, two in-ceiling speakers, and three matching subwoofer options, this series provides dynamic entertainment for those who seek high-end performance at an attractive value.

Fitted to match its other premium home theater products, Pioneer developed the CST speaker line to bring consumers closer to the ultimate home entertainment experience. These models incorporate the game-changing off-axis benefits of the CST driver technology coupled with high-grade material construction to ensure uniform sound coverage throughout a home theater as well as background listening applications. This combination of design and performance also makes for a more realistic experience of next-generation lossless audio formats with an incredibly wide frequency response that ensures the original expression of the recording is maintained.

Pioneer Architectural Loudspeakers: Engineering Prowess in its Purest Form
Ideal for home audiences who want to expand the Pioneer entertainment experience throughout the home, the new architectural line-up also encompasses an overachieving entry-level line. The three in-wall models and four in-ceiling options, including two single-point stereo models, are available in various driver sizes and incorporate proven engineering and design efforts previously only found in their top-tier speaker lines. This line is also complimented by three matching subwoofer options to meet the dynamic response requirements for home theater enjoyment.

Developed from the ground up, Andrew Jones and his team challenge industry convention with benchmark entry-level performance and build quality that redefines the capabilities of a no-frills speaker. Working in concert with its category-leading lines of audio and video products, Pioneer demonstrates a breadth of technological leadership currently unmatched by any single manufacturer in the market today.

Car Navigation System introduce by pioneer with Communications Module Support facility in Japan

May 9, 2008, Tokyo, Japan – Pioneer Corporation announced today the Air Navi AVIC-T10, a portable car navigation system that supports communications modules and provides drivers with new communications services for the Japanese market.

As well as its unparalleled performance as a portable car navigation device, the AVIC-T10 is a handy information terminal that can connect to dedicated communications modules to take advantage of comprehensive communications services:
Pioneer’s proprietary real-time content, such as “Smart Loop traffic congestion information” that has been popular among users of Cyber Navi and HDD Raku Navi car navigation systems.
Dedicated “Naviportal Services” (provided by Naviportal Corporation*1), allowing users access to a variety of driving information via PCs, mobile phones, and car navigation systems.
Destinations and routes can be preset on the PC or mobile phone site. In addition, the Car Navi Site, the world’s first*2 website dedicated to car navigation, helps users find information about local events, weather, etc. both prior to and during their drive.

The release of the new Air Navi AVIC-T10, which is clearly distinguished from conventional PNDs (Personal Navigation Devices), will boost potential demand for car navigation systems through more affordable communications fees and a wealth of content provided by communications services, as well as promising to further expand the telematics market.

Pioneer plans to launch the new Air Navi AVIC-T10 in early June, 2008 with no retail price suggested.

Main features:

§ Communications-module support capable of obtaining a variety of information anywhere, anytime

The following services are available when a dedicated communications module is used with the AVIC-T10*3:

a ) Real-time content provided by Pioneer

“Smart Loop Traffic Congestion Information”: Traffic congestion information that is highly regarded by Cyber Navi and Raku Navi users.
“Parking Space Availability Information”: Enables users to check nearby parking space availability on a map. When a route is set, information on parking space availability 5 minutes prior to arrival is also provided automatically.
“Gasoline Price Information”: Displays information on the latest gasoline prices at nearby gas stations.
“Pinpoint Weather Report”: Weather information at destination is automatically provided once a route is set. Weather conditions are indicated by map icons and by voice guidance that gives weather conditions around the time of arrival at destination.

b ) “Naviportal Services” provided by Naviportal Corporation*1

  1. Destination and Route saved in dedicated server “Navi Folder”
    Naviportal’s PC and mobile phone sites provide a search function for destinations and routes. Once a destination or route is saved as a “Saved Spot” or “Saved Route” in the “Navi Folder” on a dedicated server, it can be accessed at any time from the AVIC-T10. The “Saved Spot” or “Saved Route” can also be downloaded automatically as soon as the car navigation system is activated, enabling users to set destinations in advance from a PC or mobile phone.
  2. Vicinity recommended information
    Information on new stores, etc. that is not available on conventional car navigation systems is automatically distributed to users according to their individual tastes based on activity history and other data. Such information can be displayed as map icons.
  3. “Car Navi site,” the world’s first website*2 dedicated to car navigation
    “Local Event Information”: Searches for information on local events in Japan.
    “TV Spotlights!”: Searches for places introduced on TV programs.
    “Topics”: Displays the latest news as well as information from the Naviportal.
    “Weather Report”: Displays weather forecasts including precipitation data, and local temperatures
  4. “Rendezvous Service”
    An e-mail request from the persons who are planning to meet can be saved as “Rendezvous Spot” data in the “Navi Folder,” and the driver can download that data to the AVIC-T10 and set the meeting point as the destination.

§§ Basic car navigation functions in a simple, stylish body

  • 5.8-inch WVGA monitor and a wealth of audiovisual functions including one-segment terrestrial digital TV tuner.
  • 4GB Flash Memory
  • Built-in GPS receiver, GPS antenna, gyro sensor, and G sensor capable of high-precision car location display
  • Built-in Bluetooth® module for cell phone hands-free operation
  • In-car cigarette lighter socket for power source and detachable function for easy portability

Notes

*1: Naviportal Corporation is a joint venture of Softbank Telecom Corporation, Pioneer Corporation, and Increment P Corporation for R&D and providing the telematics services.
*2: According to Pioneer survey, as of May 9, 2008.
*3: Requires communications service contract with Pioneer Mobile Networks Corporation following purchase of the AVIC-T10.
* The Bluetooth word mark and logo are registered trademarks and are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

Pioneer Broadens 2008 Elite KURO Line of Displays with New Signature Series of Monitors

New York 5/7/2008

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announces the new Signature Series of Elite® KURO monitors tailored specifically for custom installers with a unique set of features for seamless high-end installations. The new Elite KURO monitors join Pioneer’s 2008 line of high-definition televisions and accomplish yet another milestone in Pioneer’s Project KURO initiatives. The end result is an even greater improvement to industry leading black levels accountable for added contrast, deeper colors and the supreme picture quality the KURO name has become synonymous with.

“KURO has set the standard in the industry for best-in-class and we are raising the bar again with the introduction of our new Signature Series of Elite KURO monitors,” said Russ Johnston, executive vice president of marketing and product planning, home entertainment business solutions group, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “We identified a core need in the custom installation market to deliver unmatched KURO performance to a unique subset of discerning entertainment purists with a passion for entertainment. Our Elite monitors are hand-selected to ensure the most pristine picture and premium performance associated with the KURO name and our Pioneer brand.”

Signature Series of Elite KURO Monitors

According to a recent Parks Associates study, the custom installation market is expected to grow to 226,000 installations by 2012 – an increase of 60% within five years – with more than $23,000 spent on average per installation. Pioneer is answering a need in the custom-installation market and has designed the monitors to be adaptable and highly flexible in the ability to control, calibrate and configure each display to the exclusive tastes and specific home environment of each discerning client

While Pioneer has long boasted some of the most rigorous inspection standards for reliability and performance in the industry, Pioneer’s Signature Series of Elite KURO plasma monitors exceed an even stricter examination process. Many parts of the Elite monitors are hand selected and hand assembled, making the monitor even more unique and distinct in its own right. This meticulous attention to detail is further reinforced by an accompanying certificate confirming the superior level of panel performance and near flawless aesthetics for every serial number created in this exclusive line of monitors.

Pioneer’s Elite KURO Televisions

In addition to the Signature Series of Elite KURO monitors, Pioneer is introducing two Elite KURO high-definition flat panel televisions that upgrade current and new home theaters with industry-leading picture customization features that ensure pristine picture performance of films, sports and primetime shows. Employing an enhanced “Optimum mode” feature, the new displays will seamlessly examine the sound, picture and room light conditions at the same time and adjust the audio and video settings by the slightest variation to deliver a near flawless viewing experience based each type of programming.

Designed for entertainment connoisseurs, the new televisions offer industry-leading calibration features as well as allow users to switch between six picture and sound pre-set modes. The new televisions complete the high end entertainment with Pioneer’s exclusive Home Media Gallery home networking functionality that allows users to view digital music, images and even directly stream Internet videos from a home PC. to read more