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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.’s second generation Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) in-dash multimedia receivers introduced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show are now available at authorized Pioneer retailers across the country. The 2015 NEX line includes the AVIC-8100NEXAVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX, the first products to offer consumers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity to provide maximum smartphone connectivity flexibility. Two additional models, the AVIC-6100NEX and AVIC-5100NEX, offer only Apple CarPlay compatibility. The NEX line of products also feature advanced Bluetooth capabilities, AppRadio Mode, MirrorLink compatibility, iDatalink Maestro support and enhanced audio/video capabilities including Pandora internet radio, SiriusXM-Ready, and FLAC file playback.

Three of the five NEX models feature Android Auto integration, allowing consumers to quickly connect their compatible smartphones to extend the Android platform into the car in a way that’s purpose-built for driving. Designed with safety in mind, Android Auto utilizes a simple and intuitive interface to provide navigation, communications, music and more, combined with powerful new voice actions for minimized distraction, so users stay focused on the road. Smartphones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or newer operating system offer Android Auto and will work with the three Pioneer models. The first time a user connects a compatible smartphone to the receiver, the user will be prompted to download applications required for Android Auto. For more information about Android Auto functionality on Pioneer’s three NEX models, visit www.pioneer-carglobal.com/AndroidAuto.

  • Apple CarPlay (all models)
    Pioneer’s Apple CarPlay-compatible NEX in-dash receivers offer consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicles they already own to the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car. Consumers with the latest version of iOS on their iPhone 5 or newer, including iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6, can use Siri® voice control to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, access Apple Maps for navigation, and listen to their music, podcasts, or iTunes Radio.
  • AppRadio Mode (all models)
    Pioneer’s AppRadio Mode provides both iPhone and Android users the ability to access and control dozens of popular in-vehicle apps directly from the receiver’s large touchscreen display when connected to an iPhone 5 or newer, including iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6, or compatible Android smartphone using the corresponding interface cable2 (sold separately).

The Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX ($1,400 SRP), AVIC-7100NEX ($1,200 SRP), AVIC-6100NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-5100NEX ($750 SRP) and AVH-4100NEX ($700 SRP) are currently available at authorized Pioneer retailers across the U.S.

LONG BEACH, Calif. - (May 18, 2017) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today expands its popular NEX platform with five new NEX in-dash multimedia receivers for 2017. The double-DIN 7” LCD AVH-2330NEX and AVH-2300NEX and double-DIN 6.2”LCD AVH-1330NEX and AVH-1300NEX models are designed to complement the smartphone lifestyle of today’s consumer with continuous connectivity and access to a variety of entertainment options. The AVH-3300NEX expands the NEX line-up into the smaller, more universal single-DIN in-dash receiver size, providing for the first time, a smartphone connectivity solution that easily fits into many older and collectible cars coveted by automotive enthusiasts. 

The units feature a redesigned, simple-to-use interface and compatibility with popular automotive specific smartphone interfaces and apps such as Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™1 and Waze®, plus entertainment options such as Bluetooth® music streaming and hands-free calling, Spotify® and Pandora®. For 2017, the new NEX models have been engineered with an optimized PCB layout for audio signal integrity and a number of audiophile-grade components to deliver a premium audio listening experience. 

“With Pioneer’s new line of 2017 NEX receivers, we’re making in-vehicle connectivity and great entertainment even more accessible by continuing to offer popular smartphone and music services, but at a more consumer-friendly price point,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Plus, the introduction of the AVH-3300NEX single-DIN option significantly increases the number of compatible vehicles, specifically meeting the demand for the latest smartphone connectivity in a form factor that can be installed into many of the unique, exotic, or simply older vehicles that car lovers drive.”

EASY SMARTPHONE CONNECTIVITY AND CONVENIENCE 

  • Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity – All models feature built-in Bluetooth2 wireless connectivity for convenient hands-free calling and music streaming with compatible Bluetooth enabled devices. Users are able to pre-register up to five smartphones with the receivers, enabling hands-free calling and/or music to be streamed from any of the five previously paired phones, eliminating the need to pair and unpair devices.  Additionally, the response time between switching pre-registered devices is faster, as is access to music and contacts stored on the connected device.
    • To maximize the connectivity options and call quality for hands-free communication and wireless audio streaming, each NEX receiver features Bluetooth AVRCP 1.6 to provide browsing capability of a user’s media library, and HFP 1.6 with wideband speech for clearer overall sound quality, making it easier to recognize and understand voices during calls.
  • Android Auto (AVH-3300NEX, AVH-2330NEX, AVH-2300NEX)

Three of the five models feature Android Auto integration, allowing consumers to quickly connect their compatible smartphones to extend the Android platform into the car in a way that is purpose-built for driving.  Designed with safety in mind, Android Auto utilizes a simple and intuitive interface to provide navigation, communication, music and more, combined with powerful new voice actions for minimized distraction, so users stay focused on the road. Smartphones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or newer operating systems offer Android Auto and will work with the three Pioneer models.

  • Apple CarPlay (all models)

Pioneer’s CarPlay-compatible NEX in-dash receivers offer consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicles they already own with the latest iPhone® technology specifically designed for the car. Consumers with the latest version of iOS on their iPhone 5 or newer, including iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6s, can use Siri® voice control to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, access Apple Maps for navigation, and listen to their music, podcasts, or iTunes® Radio.

EXPANDED ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS (All Models)

  • Spotify – Control content from the Spotify app for iPhone and Android devices as a dedicated source on the receivers.  Listeners can now play, pause and skip tracks using the Pioneer controls, and with a few taps, it is just as easy to browse playlists, albums and radio stations on the go. Premium3 users enjoy ad-free, high quality music and can download music and listen offline with no internet connection. 
    • Pandora Station Creation and Station Presets – The Pandora station creation4 feature enables users to create new Pandora stations while the app is in use with an iPhone device or compatible Android smartphone. Users can simply press and hold a button on the new receivers to create a new Pandora station dynamically from the currently playing song or artist. Pandora enables listeners to store their personalized stations on six presets for easy access on the receiver.
  • USB Connectivity – When connected to an iPhone, iPod, portable USB drive or compatible Android device via the USB port, users can use basic controls (Play/Pause/FF/Rev/Random/Repeat) and display track, artist and album information. Android devices must run OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or newer with Android Media Transfer Protocol.
    • SiriusXM Radio Connectivity – The 2017 NEX models are SiriusXM® compatible with the addition of a SXV300 SiriusXM Vehicle Connect Tuner (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required).  The receivers are also compatible with the Tune Start™, Tune Scan™, Tune Mix and Sports Flash features of SiriusXM.
    • HD Radio® Technology – For high quality audio broadcasts, the AVH-2330NEX and AVH-1330NEX feature a built-in HD Radio tuner, providing clear digital reception of HD Radio and additional multi-casting programming on HD1, HD2 and HD3 broadcasts from participating radio stations across the country. 

ENHANCED LOOK AND FUNCTIONALITY (all models)

  • Sleek Visual User Interface – Each display in the NEX receiver lineup is built with a clear resistive touchscreen and 24-bit true color LCD panel, making it more responsive than traditional resistive touchscreens, with increased color depth for brighter colors and more vibrant images. The five models also feature a redesigned UI with large source and system settings icons for easy accessibility and operation.  
  • Simple Smartphone Connection – When a driver plugs in his or her smartphone to the receiver, the unit is able to detect whether the connected phone is an iPhone or Android device, and automatically brings up the corresponding service on the screen, CarPlay or Android Auto respectively.5
  • Waze Accessibility – Waze is the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation application. The new NEX units bring the highly popular Waze functionality into the dash of the vehicle on a larger touchscreen display, making it easier to view maps and directions.6 To use the Waze app on one of the five new NEX models, the driver connects a smartphone to the receiver via the smartphone’s corresponding interface cable (sold separately) and opens the application using Pioneer’s AppRadio Mode+, a feature that gives users access and control of popular in-vehicle apps directly from the receiver’s screen.7

SUPERIOR AUDIO PERFORMANCE (all models)

  • Optimized PCB layout for superior audio signal integrity and audiophile-grade capacitors and other components tuned to produce truly premium audio
  • 13 band Graphic Equalizer with touch panel swipe setting and built-in high/low pass crossover with expanded adjustable crossover points and slopes
  • Built-in Auto EQ and Auto Time Alignment provide customized audio adjustments for the driver8
  • Advanced Sound Retriever®
  • Ability for users to play back full HD videos stored on a USB and NTFS files stored on a compatible external HDD9
  • Receivers offer playback of files encoded as high-res FLAC up to 192kHz/24 bit and provide playback output at CD-quality (44kHz/16bit)

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • The AVH-3300NEX single-DIN model features a motorized 7-inch touchscreen display and detachable face for security
  • All models are backup camera ready – compatible with many original equipment (OE) and most universal rear-view cameras, including Pioneer’s ND-BC8 rear-view camera (sold separately)

o   Width and distance parking reference lines are displayed on the NEX touchscreen to further assist the driver

  • The AVH-3300NEX, AVH-2330NEX and AVH-1330NEX also come with:

o   A remote control to conveniently adjust volume, audio source and more

o   Dual camera inputs to help consumers enhance the rear visibility of their existing vehicles, beyond what can be seen in the rearview mirror 

  • iDatalink® Maestro™ support available on the AVH-2330NEX, AVH-2300NEX, AVH-1330NEX and AVH-1300NEX
  • Compatibility with Pioneer’s AVIC-U280 outboard navigation system (sold separately)
  • USB Quick Charge (all models) – charges 1.5 amp Android devices
    • High power MOSFET 50W x 4

For more information on the new line, visit http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/NEX.

Pioneer’s NEX receivers will be available in July with suggested retail prices of:  $600 (AVH-3300NEX), $500 (AVH-2330NEX and AVH-2300NEX), and $400 (AVH-1330NEX and AVH-1300NEX).  

Pioneer announced one of the first aftermarket in-dash car multimedia systems to provide Apple CarPlay, allowing consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own. CarPlay compatibility will be available early this summer via a firmware update to the five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.

Utilizing large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, CarPlay featuring Siri voice control, gives iPhone users the features while allowing them to stay focused on the road. With CarPlay, consumers with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music, podcasts and iTunes Radio.

For more information about CarPlay, visit www.apple.com/ios/carplay.

“Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer CarPlay to drivers,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles.”

In addition to a host of on-board navigation and embedded entertainment options, Pioneer touts its 2014 in-dash multimedia systems as a more advanced and responsive user interface than previous Pioneer in-dash receivers as well as many sound quality, convenience and safety enhancements.

For more information regarding CarPlay compatible product, visit www.pioneer-carglobal.com/CarPlay.

Pricing and Availability
The AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP), AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP), AVIC-6000NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP) and AVH-4000NEX ($700 SRP) are currently available at authorized Pioneer Car Electronics dealers nationwide, including Best Buy, Crutchfield and Car Toys. To find the nearest Pioneer retailer, visit the Dealer Locator.

Eight Speakers and Six Subwoofers Designed to Reproduce Music as the Artist Intended

TORRANCE, Calif. – (September 20, 2017) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. introduced new high performance automotive loudspeakers, the new Z series of speakers and subwoofers and the next generation D series speakers and subwoofers. The new loudspeakers are engineered to reproduce music in its purest form and allow the listener to experience the music as the artist intended through an uncompromising pursuit of premium sound quality, and by taking full advantage of unique concepts and proprietary advanced technology.  

“Although what the automobile of the future looks like is undefined, one thing remains clear – the car will always be one of the most enjoyable environments to listen to music. Pioneer never stops thinking about new ways to apply our acoustical and mechanical engineering expertise, advanced materials research, and manufacturing resources to deliver sound to create exceptional automotive speakers. During Pioneer’s remarkable 80-year history, our loudspeaker technology has advanced the limits of quality sound reproduction, transforming the musical recording into reality and offering an experience that only we can provide,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Sound is much more than just data; music inspires every one of us and is indeed something most of us cannot live without. Pioneer is passionate about music and sound, and this passion is exhibited in each product we create. We don’t just want you to listen to your music, we want you to hear more.”

Z HIGH PERFORMANCE AUTOMOTIVE LOUDSPEAKERS

 

Z Speakers – No Compromises

The Z is based on highly advanced technology developed by Pioneer, employing carefully selected materials and parts, benefiting from decades of automotive loudspeaker design theory and testing ability. Following Pioneer’s OPEN & SMOOTH™ sound concept, the Z series of automotive loudspeakers features smooth off-axial frequency response, superior directivity and extended frequency range engineered specifically to produce dynamic, accurate sound quality for the car. The result is a purity of sound that achieves unprecedented audio artistry.

 

  • Designed for Hi-Res Audio

The quality of music recordings available to listeners has evolved. Hi-Res Audio recordings contain significantly more data compared to a standard CD recording and require a loudspeaker that is capable of smoothly reproducing frequencies of 40kHz or higher. The Z speakers are designed to deliver sound that is clearer, sharper and more complex - reproducing music that is closer to the original performance.

  • 29mm Aluminum Alloy Balanced Dome Tweeter

The Z tweeter’s aluminum alloy diaphragm allows the tweeter to remain pistonic and linear at ultrasonic frequencies. The unique diaphragm shape, developed using HSDOM (Harmonized Synthetic Diaphragm Optimum Method) computer analysis, accurately controls differential vibration produced by the diaphragm and improves high frequency dispersion. Pioneer’s Vertex Drive System improves the mechanical coupling of the voice coil and the tweeter diaphragm, reducing distortion and coloration caused by low damping and increasing power handling.

  • Dual Layer Cone Construction

Twaron® is a synthetic aramid fiber that is very strong, heat resistant and rigid when woven into a cloth material.

Strength and rigidity are important to keep cone shape at higher powers and maintain responsiveness. Both the TS-Z65C and TS-Z65F are built with Twaron. The TS-Z65CH features a dual layer cone constructed with both a Twaron and a cellulose layer, combining the strengths of both materials. Cellulose fibers are naturally self-damping and reduce unwanted resonance. The result is fast response and clear bass, with low coloration and distortion.

  • Compact Swivel Tweeter with Tri-Position Mounting Kit

More than any other speaker, the positioning and mounting location of the tweeter is crucial to the stereo imaging of the system and the overall listening experience. To ensure installation flexibility, the Z component system tweeters are extremely compact and feature a unique swivel mount that allows precise aiming of high frequencies. Pioneer’s tri-position mounting kit (included) provides the flexibility to mount the tweeter using a variety of methods: flush mount, surface mount or bracket mount, especially important for concealing the tweeter behind an original equipment tweeter grille in the vehicle dash or door.

Z speakers (available in October; all are Suggested Retail Prices):

  • TS-Z65CH 6.5” 2-Way Component System ($400.00)
  • Built with oversized magnet and powerful motor assembly for accurate bass
    • TS-Z65C 6.5” 2-Way Component System ($350.00)
    • TS-Z65F 6.5” 2-Way Coaxial System ($300.00)

Z Subwoofers – The Pursuit of Perfect Bass

The Z subwoofer uses much of the same highly advanced technology as the Z full range loudspeakers to create seamlessly integrated musical perfection – fast, detailed and extended bass with tremendous impact and clarity. Combining high fidelity and high output in a compact, shallow design, the Z subwoofer offers both unparalleled performance and near limitless installation flexibility. As a result, the placement of the Z subwoofer can be optimized for sound quality and bass reinforcement, unlike conventional subwoofers that must be installed where they physically fit. Balance, speed, power and bass extension unite to create the ultimate low-frequency experience.

 

  • Hi-Res Audio Ready

Even in the sub-bass region, Hi-Res Audio recordings require a subwoofer that is capable of extremely high dynamic range and low distortion that integrates smoothly with the mid- and high-frequency speakers. The Z subwoofers are designed to take full advantage of Hi-Res Audio recordings, with wide dynamics, extended frequency response and extraordinarily accurate and detailed bass.

  • Twaron Subwoofer Cone Construction

Subwoofer cones created with Twaron are rigid and low mass with excellent damping characteristics. Strength and rigidity are important to maintain cone shape during challenging bass notes, while damping is critical to improving the responsiveness and signal accuracy. The low mass of an aramid fiber cone improves both sensitivity and the speed of the Z subwoofer, increasing output and power handling.

  • Shallow Basket with Oversized Cone and Magnet

Subwoofers require an extremely strong basket that holds the cone, suspension and motor structure together in perfect alignment even during high excursions at low frequencies. Traditional subwoofers require large enclosures that can be challenging to install seamlessly. The Z subwoofer features a shallow basket for installation flexibility, a low Q design for high performance in small enclosures, an oversized cone (15% larger when compared to a conventional 10" subwoofer) and a motor structure with a powerful 67.7 oz. magnet that combine to produce fast, detailed and extended bass with tremendous impact and clarity.

Z subwoofers (available in December; all prices SRP):

  • TS-Z10LS4 10" Single 4 ohm voice coil ($350.00)
  • TS-Z10LS2 10" Single 2 ohm voice coil ($350.00)

D HIGH PERFORMANCE AUTOMOTIVE LOUDSPEAKERS

D Speakers – Music for All

The D is a result of Pioneer’s automotive loudspeaker engineering experience and expertise, combining advanced design techniques with highly developed manufacturing capabilities. Following Pioneer’s OPEN & SMOOTH sound concept, the D series of automotive loud speakers provides broad and balanced frequency response with a wide sound stage, ambience and amazing fidelity for the listener.

 

  • 26mm Polyester Soft Dome Tweeter

Contoured from lightweight, resin-impregnated fibers of coated polyester fabric, the D tweeter delivers extended high frequency performance. The 26mm diaphragm is extremely resistant to the harsh environmental conditions of the automotive interior (temperature, humidity, vibration, etc.), while maintaining its uniform hemispherical shape to reduce dome breakup due to excessive vibration at ultrasonic frequencies. The result is exceptionally low distortion levels and a smooth, natural sound.

  • Aramid Fiber Interlaced Injection Molded Polypropylene (IMPP)

Polypropylene (PP) is a tough thermoplastic resin, ideal material for a speaker cone. The low mass and high damping of a PP cone generate good sensitivity and low distortion. However, polypropylene cones lack the rigidity and strength required for high output and extreme low bass. To resolve this, Pioneer engineers used advanced Computer-Aided Manufacturing to develop a process to blend aramid fibers into the polypropylene resin during the injection molding process. The resulting aramid fiber interlaced IMPP cone is ultra-thin and low mass with high rigidity and superior strength, built to produce natural, detailed sound with deep and powerful bass.

  • Compact Swivel Tweeter with Tri-Position Mounting Kit

The D component speakers utilize the same unique swivel mount as the Z component speakers to ensure optimal tweeter placement and a superior listening experience.

The D full range speakers are designed with a universal woofer basket to expand installation flexibility for maximum bass and sound quality.

D speakers (available in October; all prices SRP):

  • TS-D69C 6 x 9" 2-Way Component System ($250.00)
  • TS-D65C 6.5" 2-Way Component System ($240.00)
  • TS-D69F 6 x 9" 2-Way Coaxial System ($230.00)
  • TS-D65F 6.5" 2-Way Coaxial System ($200.00)
  • TS-D68F 6 x 8" 2-Way Coaxial System ($210.00)

D Subwoofers – Forceful, Deep, Defined

The D subwoofer is a culmination of Pioneer technologies. Combining bass quality and bass quantity with high power handling and installation flexibility to produce deep, powerful and accurate bass.  It delivers excellent performance in both acoustic suspension (sealed), and bass reflex (ported) enclosures. With the D subwoofer, the driver and passengers feel the music rather than just listen to it.

  • Aramid Fiber Interlaced IMPP

The same aramid fiber interlaced IMPP developed by Pioneer for the D speaker cones is also an ideal material for subwoofer cones. Its use in the D subwoofers results in cones that are incredibly strong with low mass, high rigidity and superior strength to produce deep, powerful and undistorted bass.

  • Butyl Rubber Surround

Made of a specially blended, highly durable and moisture resistant compound, butyl rubber keeps the cone moving in a linear direction, seals the cone to the basket and quickly dampens cone vibration once the signal has changed or stopped. This results in less distortion and superior frequency response.

  • Large Diameter Voice Coil and Double Stacked Magnets

A subwoofer motor structure consists of the voice coil and magnet assembly. Increasing the diameter and length of the voice coil provides greater control of the woofer cone and higher power handling; however, to take full advantage, the magnet must also be increased both in magnetic power and physical size. The D subwoofer uses an oversized 4-layer voice coil and high energy double stacked magnets (TS-D12D4/TS-D12D2 use oversized 74.1 oz. double stacked magnets, TS-D10D4/TS-D10D2 use 56.4 oversized double stacked magnets) to increase the overall power handling and SPL output with no sacrifice in sound quality.

D subwoofers (available in October; all prices SRP):

  • TS-D12D4 12" Dual 4 ohm voice coil ($260.00)
  • TS-D12D2 12" Dual 2 ohm voice coil ($260.00)
  • TS-D10D4 10" Dual 4 ohm voice coil ($240.00)
  • TS-D10D2 10" Dual 2 ohm voice coil ($240.00)

For more information on Pioneer’s entire line of Z and D automotive loudspeakers visit- www.pioneerelectronics.com/hearmore

Every  year,  to kick off the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the  Car  Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. honors its top  three distributors in the United States, rewarding them for their past year’s  accomplishments.

Distributors  that made the “2014 Distributor of the Year” honor roll include R & D Distributing, Mid-State Distributing and Audio  America  for  their  outstanding  service  and dedication in helping Pioneer  achieve  its  business goals.  Among the three acknowledged, Audio America was given the prestigious Distributor of the Year Award. Pioneer  assesses  distributors  for  their  achievements in overall sales, accurate monthly sales and inventory (S&I), execution of dealer agreements, assistance  with  dealer  programs,  speedy  distribution of information to dealers, management and trainings, and commitment to customer service.  The three  distributors  recognized  consistently  excel  and  deliver  in each category. 

“Our distributor network is like family and we’re honored to work with each one. They  all  deserve recognition for helping Pioneer succeed, but it’s important  to  bring  attention  to the top performers in the field and pay tribute to their commitment to our business.  Thank you and congratulations to  R&D,  Mid-State  and  Audio America,” said Kevan Morris, executive vice president  of sales for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. 

In  addition,  Pioneer  also honored internal employees for their hard work and  dedication to the company.  Tim Dingman, technical support manager for the  Car  Electronics Division, received the Corporate Leader Award for his work,  serving  Pioneer’s  dealer  and distributor network for more than 17 years. 

Rex Ragland, district sales manager (DSM) for the Car Electronics Division, was  presented with the DSM of the Year Award. Ragland covers the states of Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, providing the best possible  service  to  every  account  in  his territory.  Ragland has been rewarded  with  this prestigious title eight times within the past 28 years with the company.

 

Every year the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. kicks off the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas by honoring its top three distributors in the United States, rewarding them for the past year’s accomplishments.  “2015 Distributor of the Year” went to Audio America, Audio Electronics Distributing, and S.O.S. Associates for their outstanding service and dedication in helping Pioneer achieve its business goals.  Among the three awarded, S.O.S. Associates was also honored with the prestigious “Overall Distributor of the Year Award.”

Pioneer evaluates distributors on overall sales, accurate monthly sales and inventory (S&I), execution of dealer agreements, assistance with dealer programs, speedy distribution of information to dealers, management and trainings, and commitment to customer service.  The three distributors recognized consistently excel and deliver in these categories.

“We work with a great bunch of people and we’re excited to be able to recognize their hard work.  Our distributors deserve recognition for helping Pioneer succeed and we want to focus attention on the top performers in the field and say thank you for their commitment to our business.  Congratulations to Audio America, Audio Electronics Distributing, and S.O.S. Associates,” said Kevan Morris, executive vice president of sales for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Pioneer also honored internal employees for their hard work and dedication to the company.  Harry Kroll, senior national training manager for the Car Electronics Division, received the “Corporate Leader of the Year” award for his work, having trained Pioneer employees, dealers and distributor network for more than 26 years.    

Nick Czupek, district sales manager (DSM) for the Car Electronics Division, was presented with the “DSM of the Year Award.” Czupek covers the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, providing excellent service to the accounts in his territory.  Czupek won this prestigious title once before in the nine years he has been with the company.

For 2015, Pioneer created a new award for internal “Sales Leader of the Year” to acknowledge outstanding sales performance during the year that has helped the company achieve its sales goals. The first employee to win the award is Nina Contreras, who has been with the company for 24 years and was selected as the winner for the strong relationships she has built with Pioneer’s customers, as well as her daily work helping the DSMs with orders and facilitating communication between the DSMs and corporate management. 

Designed to utilize the touchscreen, processing power and network connectivity of the smartphone while physically providing an in-dash smartphone mounting solution, the SPH-10BT is a unique and innovative solution to create a smarter driving experience

LAS VEGAS--()--CES – Booth #3902 – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced the SPH-10BT, a single-DIN in-dash digital media receiver designed for seamless connectivity and in-vehicle entertainment. With direct access buttons to initiate specific functions or commands, synchronized illumination and compatibility with Pioneer Smart Sync, the SPH-10BT represents Pioneer’s continued efforts to integrate the power and features of the smartphone into automotive aftermarket products.

The SPH-10BT also includes a built-in, rotatable smartphone cradle, a first for Pioneer, designed to provide a secure mounting solution1 and fully integrate the smartphone with the in-dash receiver. Once placed in this cradle, the user’s smartphone becomes visually combined with the SPH-10BT, revolutionizing the user experience.

Pioneer Smart Sync transforms compatible iPhone® or Android® smartphones into a high-resolution LCD in-dash display for Pioneer Smart Sync driving functions when paired with select Bluetooth®-enabled Pioneer audio and digital media receivers, including the SPH-10BT. This powerful combination provides both a larger display for the user interface and touch control for simpler and more intuitive control of the in-dash receiver.

“The single-DIN chassis size is almost universal, with the ability to be installed in both older and newer vehicles. However, given its compact size, a single-DIN receiver often lacks a large touchscreen or the ability to integrate well with the smartphone,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The SPH-10BT offers a very unique solution by integrating the smartphone both electronically and physically.”

The SPH-10BT is also compatible with Pioneer’s ND-PS1 rear parking sensors. When connected with the sensors installed in the rear vehicle bumper2, the SPH-10BT provides audible object warnings and visual indicators on both the in-dash receiver and the Pioneer Smart Sync app.

KEY FEATURES

Hardware:

  • Integrated smartphone cradle
  • Anti-theft detachable panel
  • Six hard-key buttons providing access to favorite functions:
    • Source Change – to switch between music sources
    • Voice Control – for quick and easy commands while driving
    • Navigation – for direct access to your favorite navigation apps
    • Messages – one-touch access to read out incoming messages
    • Phone Book – to make and receive calls via Bluetooth
    • Pioneer Smart Sync – launch and navigate back to the app
  • Customizable UI – Personalize the look and feel of the receiver to match your mood
  • MIXTRAX – Keep the party going with a non-stop mix of your music library complete with DJ-inspired effects and club-style illumination

Connectivity:

  • Bluetooth Compatibility – Built-in Bluetooth wireless connectivity for convenient hands-free calling and music streaming with compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.
    • HFP 1.6 with Wideband Speech – Hands Free Profile (HFP) 1.6 produces significantly better sound quality for wireless conversations by increasing the frequency bandwidth dedicated to voice calling (now 50Hz - 7kHz) and doubling the sampling frequency (now 16kHz). The result is clearer and more distinct sound for both the user and the call recipient.
    • Music Library Browsing over Bluetooth (AVRCP 1.5) – Users can search album content over the Bluetooth wireless connection. iPhone owners can search through their playlists, artists, songs, and genres over Bluetooth. For Android smartphones enabled with Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), users can browse through folders containing media through folder type and browse in media content folders. The smartphone device must be compatible with AVRCP 1.4 profile or newer to access Bluetooth Audio Browsing.
  • USB Connectivity
    • Quick charge for Android
  • Rear-parking sensor input – For use with Pioneer’s optional ND-PS1 rear parking sensors

Audio:

  • FLAC - Enjoy lossless digital audio files in your vehicle with playback output at CD quality, without the need to convert.
  • 31-Band EQ when used with the Pioneer Smart Sync app, 13-Band EQ when used without a smartphone.

The SPH-10BT will be available in February with a suggested price of $150.

1 Before driving, ensure that the smartphone is mounted securely so it does not separate from the mounting device during a sudden stop. Do not use the built-in holder if it is difficult to securely attach your smartphone or if bad road conditions could cause the smartphone to separate or fall.
2 For professional installation in vehicles with non-metal bumpers.

Warning: Read the operation manual as well as all instructions and cautions before use. Pay attention to the road, limit glances to the device, and do not use any feature if it cannot be operated both safely and legally in your location and environment. Distracted driving may result in serious injury, including death.

For more product information, visit- pioneerelectronics.com/car.

 

Pioneer’s  Car Electronics Division is reaching consumers by showcasing its 2015  line  including  the  Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto compatible NEX in-dash  receivers,  AppRadio®  4,  speakers,  and  subwoofers  at  various technology  and  automotive events.  Consumers are encouraged to attend and learn more about the coolest in-car tech.
                         C3 Connected Car Pavilion
                               Austin, Texas
                            Saturday, March 14
                               11 AM – 6 PM
 
Pioneer will bring the latest aftermarket technologies to the C3 Connected Car Pavilion on Saturday, March 14, in Austin, Texas.  Pioneer is one of the first car audio aftermarket manufacturers to offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible products in its 2015 NEX line and will showcase both technologies on the same aftermarket in-dash navigation unit, showing that you can connect with a range of the popular devices in the vehicle you already own.
 
               Pomona Street Machine and Muscle Car Nations
                               The Fairplex
                            Pomona, California
                      Saturday, March 14, 9 AM – 5 PM
                       Sunday, March 15, 9 AM – 4 PM
                          $20 Adults, $5 Children
 
Pioneer  is  proud  to sponsor the Pioneer Car Audio Pro Builders Pavilion. Over  20 professional car builders and shops with over 80 incredibly rare & unique,  custom  car builds will be on display in the Pioneer Car Audio Pro Builder  Pavilion.  Participating builders, shops and TV shows include Chip Foose's  Overhaulin',  So-Cal  Speed Shop, Barry's Speed Shop, American Hot Rods,  Palmer's Customs, Back Alley Restorations, RRC Fab & Speed and more. For more information, visit www.StreetMachineNationals.net. Sign up for the 100.3FM The Sound Sweepstakes Contest (thesoundla.com/nex/). The station is giving away a Pioneer AVIC-7100NEX receiver.
 
                           Super Street Tech Day
                            Irvine, California
                            Saturday, March 28
                               10 AM – 4 PM
                              Free Admission
 
Formula D Tech Day presented by Pioneer is where the Formula D cars arrive for a required tech inspection prior to the 2015 season.  Super Street Magazine’s large parking lot is converted to a car meet centered around the garage where the tech inspections will take place. Attendees can enjoy import model signings, driver signings, vendors, food trucks, and giveaways.

Pioneer Electronics introduced nine new CD receivers and one digital media receiver for 2015 that are designed for smartphone-centric consumers. The FH-X720BT, FH-X520UI, DEH-X6700BS, DEH-X6700BT, DEH-X5700HD, DEH-X4700BT, DEH-X3700S, DEH-X3700UI, and DEH-X2700UI CD receivers and the MVH-X370BT CD-free digital media receiver offer new cosmetics and expanded smartphone integration to match today’s consumer lifestyle.

The new lineup is integrated with an assortment of convenient features and technologies including Bluetooth Dual Device Connection, Bluetooth pairing via USB, Wideband Speech Hands free Profile 1.6, Bluetooth Music Library Browsing (AVRCP 1.5). Siri Eyes Free functionality, simple Pandora station creation, and Android Media Transfer Protocol (MTP).

“As more consumers consider the smartphone their primary source for entertainment and information in the car, Pioneer continues to refine our in-dash product offerings for seamless integration with these devices,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The new Pioneer receivers are designed to take advantage of the smartphone’s entertainment and communication capabilities and are easy and simple to use.”

The receiver lineup integrates compatibility with many of today’s most popular smartphones* to meet consumer demand for connectivity.

  • BLUETOOTH WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY – The DEH-X6700BS, DEH-X6700BT, DEH-X4700BT, MVH-X370BT and FH-X720BT feature built-in Bluetooth1 wireless connectivity for convenient hands-free calling as well as music streaming with compatible Bluetooth enabled devices. All five Bluetooth models now feature Bluetooth Dual Device Connection for full time connection of two smartphone devices at the same time. The feature enables a call to be picked up by one of the paired phones and have the conversation using the included microphone and the speakers in the car, eliminating the need to pair and unpair devices.
    • To simplify the Bluetooth pairing process with iPhone devices, compatible models are enabled for Auto Pairing when utilizing a physical USB connection. Users simply connect an iPhone to the Pioneer receiver using an iPhone-to-USB cable, and the receiver automatically prompts the user to confirm pairing, eliminating the need to go through the wireless “searching for devices” process.
    • HFP 1.6 with Wideband Speech – Bluetooth models feature Hands Free Profile (HFP) 1.6, producing significantly better sound quality for wireless conversations by increasing the frequency bandwidth dedicated to voice calling (now 50Hz - 7kHz) and doubling the sampling frequency (now 16kHz). The result is clearer and more distinct sound for both the user and the call recipient.
    • Music Library Browsing over Bluetooth (AVRCP 1.5) – Bluetooth-enabled models can now have album content searched over a wireless connection. iPhone users can search through their playlists, artists, songs, and genres over Bluetooth. For Android smartphones enabled with Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) users can browse through folders containing media through folder type and browse in media content folders. Not all devices allow for Bluetooth Audio Browsing, smartphone device must be compatible with AVRCP 1.4 profile.
  • USB CONNECTIVITY – When connected to an iPhone, iPod, portable USB drives, or Android devices via the USB port, users can use basic controls (Play/Pause/FF/Rev/Random/Repeat) and display of track, artist and album information. Android devices must run on OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and newer with Android Media Transfer Protocol2.
  • SIRI EYES FREE – Pioneer receiver models with Bluetooth enable users of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s to access Siri Eyes Free3with the simple press of a key. Siri Eyes Free allows users to make calls, select and play music, hear and compose text messages, get mapping information, listen to notifications, listen to calendar information and add reminders with their voice.
  • EXPANDED MEDIA ACCESS

    • PANDORA STATION CREATION (all models) – The Pandora station creation4 feature enables users to create new Pandora stations while the app is in use with an iPhone device (physical connection required) or compatible Android™ smartphone. Users can simply press and hold a button on the new receivers to create a new Pandora station dynamically from the currently playing song or artist.
    • MIXTRAX® (all models) – Pioneer continues to include its revolutionary MIXTRAX virtual DJ technology into each receiver model, transforming a music library into a nonstop playlist that delivers a unique DJ-infused listening experience. The MIXTRAX virtual DJ inserts transitions and effects to music played from an iPhone, iPod or USB storage device. For an additional club-like effect, the illumination and display of receivers can be set to pulsate and change color with the tempo and intensity of the music.
    • SIRIUSXM RADIO CONNECTIVITY – The DEH-X6700BS and DEH-X3700S models are SiriusXM® compatible with the SXV200 SiriusXM Vehicle Connect Tuner (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required). The SiriusXM Vehicle Connect Tuner offers a simple, cost-effective solution for adding satellite radio, and Pioneer's receivers include the Tune Start™ and Tune Scan™ features. Tune Start begins playback of the current song from the beginning with each channel change, and Tune Scan allows the user to scan and listen to 6-second samples of songs currently playing on their favorite music channels.
    • HD RADIO TECHNOLOGY – The DEX-X5700HD feature built-in HD Radio®, providing clear digital reception of HD Radio and additional programming on HD1, HD2 and HD3 broadcasts from participating radio stations across the country.

    COSMETIC DESIGN AND FUNCTIONALITY (all models)

    The cosmetics of the new receivers were revamped to offer a sleeker, more modern look with refinements on brightness and custom illumination. Pioneer increased the brightness control providing 10-step intensity levels for easier visualization and operation. All models (except DEH-X4700BT, DEH-X2700UI and MVH-X370BT) offer Dual Zone Color Illumination and are customizable with more than 210,000 color variations to match the vehicle’s interior lighting. The receivers also include an illumination timer which can be set to automatically change dimmer settings at specified times, ideal for vehicles without a dedicated illumination output wire. For better sound quality and system flexibility the models are built with MOSFET 50W x 4 speaker outputs and up to three sets of RCA pre-outs.

For more information on the new line visit, www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/CD-Receivers.

Pioneer receivers are available now with suggested retail prices of: $150 (FH-X720BT), $120 (FH-X520UI), $130 (DEH-X6700BS), $120 (DEH-X6700BT), $110 (DEH-X5700HD), $110 (DEH-X4700BT), $110 (DEH-X3700S), $100 (DEH-X3700UI), $90 (DEH-X2700UI), and $100 (MVH-X370BT).

For more information:

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Pioneer Electronics launched AppRadioLIVE, a new app for users of its AppRadio and AppRadio Mode in-dash receivers. This app aggregates content from popular music, events, traffic, weather and news sources through a new interactive user interface to provide seamless access to personalized information while in the vehicle.

The AppRadioLIVE app is available for the latest iPhone devices and is compatible with all current and past Pioneer AppRadio products as well as 2013 and 2014 audio video and navigation receiver models featuring AppRadio Mode.

“The AppRadioLIVE app, developed with direct feedback from existing AppRadio customers, delivers some of the best content and services that drivers are already using today, but aggregated into a single, intuitive new user interface,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Developing an app like this gives us the ability to service and reach loyal customers by simply refreshing their existing products. Best of all, users get a seamless experience between the built-in aggregated content for a safer, more fun user experience.”

With the app running on a compatible iPhone connected to an AppRadio or AppRadio Mode in-dash receiver, users have access to various third party services directly on the Pioneer touchscreen. By combining these services into a single app, AppRadioLIVE eliminates the need to open different apps individually to access content from partners such as INRIX, Stitcher, Yelp and more, greatly simplifying the user’s experience. The home screen of AppRadioLIVE provides an interactive interface divided into quadrants consisting of maps, music, news information, and calendar events. By selecting one of the quadrants, the driver can bring the necessary information into focus with a full screen view.

Mapping
AppRadioLIVE’s map feature provides access to a map with INRIX live traffic data including traffic flow and incidents information. AppRadioLIVE estimates time of arrival (ETA) to various destinations such as home, work or a specified destination. Within the same interface, users can quickly find popular points of interest with reviews delivered from Yelp and receive information about concerts and other nearby events delivered by Eventseeker. The AppRadioLIVE map feature also allows destinations to be exported directly into any of the user’s favorite AppRadio compatible navigations apps, such as iGo Primo, MotionX GPS Drive, Navfree or Waze to obtain route and voice guidance.

Media
AppRadioLIVE provides access to a variety of audio content from music to podcasts, and even Internet radio. Users have quick access and control over the music stored on their iPhone devices and also have access to streamed content through services like Stitcher, offering more than 25,000 on demand radio shows and podcasts, Rdio, one of the largest music streaming services in the world with over 25 million songs available, and Pioneer aggregated Internet Radio with access to several hundred pure play stations, sorted by genre.

News Information
With Feedly, AppRadioLIVE consumers can stay up-to-date on the latest news topics that matter most to them. The service enables customizable RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news feeds to be read back using a text-to-speech engine. Open Weather Map is also built-in giving users access to up-to-date 5-day weather forecasts for locations including their home, work, and destination when a route is set.

Calendar Events
AppRadioLIVE keeps consumers organized and informed by accessing the user’s iPhone calendar and Facebook events and delivering this information through a single, simple interface. Eventseeker can also update the user’s calendar view with information about nearby activities such as concerts, sporting events and more. AppRadioLIVE provide users the ability to view all of their activities in chronological order or in a quick snapshot with a timeline view.

Visit Pioneer at www.pioneerelectronics.com

Blogs.GSMArena -- Pioneer has launched the first Apple CarPlay enabled car audio system in the Indian market. The AVIC – F970BT has a 6.2-inch multi-touch display and can pair with your iPhone 5 and above to access functions such as Siri, voice navigation, music playback, calls, and messaging on your phone through the audio system display.

In case you are not aware, CarPlay is a new standard from Apple for car audio systems that allows them to seamlessly integrate with your iPhone and access the aforementioned functionality through your audio system’s display. All you have to do is plug in your iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 7.1 and above into the system and you’re good to go. You can either use the display on the system or your voice to control the features hands-free while driving.

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All five models of Pioneer’s networked connected in-dash receivers known as NEX, introduced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, are now shipping to authorized Pioneer Car Electronics retailers across the country. Consumers can contact their local authorized Pioneer dealer for inquiries on the availability of NEX models.

The AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP), available at Best Buy, and AVH-4000NEX ($700 SRP), AVIC-6000NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP), and AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP), offered at Pioneer installation specialist retailers, Crutchfield and other major retailers, feature an innovative new user interface to keep smartphone-driven consumers connected and entertained while in the car.

To see NEX in action, click here for a video demonstration.***

Key features in the Pioneer NEX receivers include:

  • Robust Built-in Navigation – In addition to the latest mapping and turn-by-turn directions to 7.9 million Points-of-Interest, such as restaurants, gas stations and ATMs, the AVIC NEX models that feature built-in navigation can obtain over-the-air traffic information for further assistance and convenience in getting consumers to their destinations.
  • AVICSYNC Networked Navigation (Available in Spring on AVIC models) – With a connected smartphone, users can access connected services that include traffic, local search, weather, gas prices and more, with key information/icons overlaid on the existing map screen (subscription required).
  • iDatalink Maestro – Enables convenient and unobtrusive integration of NEX receivers with OEM (original equipment) systems to retain many of the original features found or tied with the stock radio, including Bluetooth connectivity and key services such as OnStar, Sync, uConnect, SiriusXM, and more.
  • MirrorLink – Consumers can connect compatible smartphones using Pioneer’s optional CD-MU200 USB cable ($35 SRP) for access to certain music and map applications. 
  • Expanded Bluetooth Capability – Offering Bluetooth AVRCP 1.4 to enable browsing a user’s media library and HFP 1.6 with wideband audio for clearer overall sound quality. 
  • Siri Eyes Free – Users of an iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s device can take advantage of Siri Eyes Free for accessing many iPhone functions such as music selection, listening to and composing text messages, Maps, Calendar information, Reminders, and more.
    • Pandora Station Creation –Users can quickly create new Pandora stations based on the currently playing track, artist, or genre from a connected iPhone or compatible Android smartphone. 
    • SiriusXM-Ready – Ready for use with optional SXV200 Connect Vehicle Tuner (sold separately, subscription required) for access to SiriusXM’s commercial-free music, premier sports and live events, comedy, news, exclusive talk and entertainment channels. The NEX receivers will also be the first SiriusXM-Ready in-vehicle receivers to display album art delivered via satellite.
    • HDMI Connection (except AVIC-5000NEX) – The integrated HDMI port on back of the receivers can be used for smartphone connectivity. 
    • Aha Radio – Aha seamlessly organizes and integrates the user’s favorite content (over 40,000 stations available) from the web, like news, entertainment, weather, audiobooks. The feature also provides audio updates from Facebook and Twitter® when the receiver is connected to a compatible smartphone, allowing easy access and audio playback. 
  • FLAC file support – First in the industry to support internal decoding and playback of FLAC “lossless” digital audio files.
  • Touchscreen Display – Large WVGA touchscreen displays, in either 6.1- or 7-inch size, provide quick access to sources and convenient features.  In addition, the flagship AVIC-8000NEX is the Industry’s first navigation system to offer a 7-inch capacitive touch panel display.
  • Dual Camera Inputs – Enable users to add a reverse (rear facing) camera and additional front facing or other view applications camera. 
  • Built-in Auto EQ and Time Alignment – Provides tailored audio adjustments specifically for the car and user preference.
  • 13-Band Graphic Equalizer – Touch panel swipe setting and built-in high/low pass crossover with adjustable points and slopes
  • Dual USB Inputs

For a limited time, Pioneer is offering up to $100 Visa prepaid card rebate for the purchase of a NEX or AppRadio® 4 receivers. Customers can take advantage of this opportunity at participating retailers.

For details on the Connect Smart rebate offer or to submit a rebate claim, customers can visit pioneerelectronics.com/rebate.                         

The Connect Smart Rebate promotion will run from June 1- August 31, 2015.                                         

Rebate Offer:                                                                      

     $100 Visa Prepaid Gift Card                                                  

       AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120)                                                      

       AVIC-8100NEX                                                                  

       AVIC-7100NEX                              

       $75 Visa Prepaid Gift Card                                                  

       AVIC-6100NEX                                                                

       AVIC-5100NEX                                                                  

       AVH-4100NEX                                                                  

                                                                                    

Purchase must be from Authorized Pioneer Dealers or Authorized Online Dealers.    

Rebate claim must be postmarked by September 30, 2015.

4-3-2017 -- Pioneer Electronics has partnered with Specialty Marketing for distribution services on the East Coast. 

Pioneer has awarded Specialty the authorized territory of Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Upstate New York, Metro New York and Long Island. 

Pioneer Electronics introduced the TS-W3002S4 12-inch, TS-SW2502S4 10-inch, and TS-SW2002D2 8-inch ib-Flat shallow subwoofers, designed for small enclosures and limited depth applications. Pioneer’s fourth generation shallow subwoofers are completely re-engineered to provide increased output, higher power handling, higher sensitivity, more installation flexibility and improved cosmetics.

ib-Flat Shallow Subwoofers
Designed especially for consumers who want to add more of the critical bass frequencies in the bottom three octaves (20Hz-160Hz) but do not have the room or desire to install a traditional large subwoofer enclosure in their vehicles, Pioneer’s next generation ib-Flat shallow subwoofers have a mounting depth of less than 3.25-inches and require only a small enclosure to reach their optimum performance. The line of subwoofers feature:

  • Convex Oversized Mica Reinforced IMPP Cone – The ib-Flat woofers use a highly rigid, convex shaped cone structure made with mica reinforced injection-molded
    • polypropylene (IMPP) resin to create an extremely stiff and durable cone while reducing the moving mass.
  • Dual Spider Suspension – The fourth generation ib-Flat models use a dual spider suspension design to control the linearity of the voice coil structure. Dual spiders
    • provide symmetrical and better controlled movement of the voice coil/cone, significantly increasing sound quality, power handling, and reliability.
  • 4-Layer Voice Coil – A 4-layer, heat resistant polyester resin voice coil helps dissipate heat quickly resulting in higher power handling.
  • Original Equipment (OEM) Applications – The 8-inch sized TS-SW2002D2 is outfitted with an outer basket stamped with a variety of mounting holes designed for
    • drop-in replacement of the original equipment subwoofer in select domestic and foreign vehicles.

The Pioneer ib-Flat subwoofers are now available with MSRP of $180 (TS-W3002S4), $160 (TS-SW2502S4) and $140 (TS-SW2002D2).

Subwoofer Enclosures
Pioneer also offers four unloaded sealed enclosures designed specifically for the ib-Flat subwoofers in both traditional and truck style designs, plus a single preloaded enclosure. The enclosure line includes the UD-SW300D (12-inch unloaded), UD-SW250D (10-inch unloaded), UD-SW200D (8-inch unloaded), UD-SW250T(10-inch unloaded truck style), and the TS-SWX2502 (10-inch preloaded with a TS-SW2502S4 ib-Flat woofer). The enclosures range in internal air volume from .15- to .5-cubic feet, factory designed to provide the maximum performance with each subwoofer.

The Pioneer ib-Flat subwoofer enclosures are now available for MSRP of $100 (UD-SW300D), $80 (UD-SW250D), $60 (UD-SW200D), $80 (UD-SW250T) and $200 (TS-SWX2502).

For more information, please visit www.pioneerelectronics.com.

Pioneer’s advanced in-vehicle audio systems can be seen in multiple demo vehicles at the 2014 SEMA show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center starting November 4.  Several of the top car builders in the country integrated Pioneer’s advanced NEX line of in-dash receivers along with a variety of speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers into their vehicles. Highlighting the audio system was a key component of the sponsored builds.  SEMA attendees are invited to check out the highly customized systems and receive the full Pioneer experience. 

Pioneer is the Official Car Audio Sponsor of the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge taking place at SEMA.  All participating tuners received a brand-new Scion FR-S* and had less than 90 days to build their ultimate FR-S.  All Pioneer-sponsored Scion FRS vehicles will be on display at the Scion Booth #20313.

Pioneer-sponsored vehicles attending SEMA 2014 include:

  • Scion Slayer tC built by MV Designz features the AVH-4000NEX, Pro series speakers and subwoofers, and PRS and GM-D series amplifiers (Scion Booth #20313)
  • Rocket Bunny Benz built by Project US features the AVIC-8000NEX, TS-D components speakers, shallow subwoofers, and GM-D series amplifiers (Toyo Tire #40041)
  • Toyota Tacoma built by Steelcraft Automotive features the AVH-4000NEX, TS-A component speakers, shallow subwoofer and GM-D series amplifiers (Toyota #24700)
  • Chevy Silverado built by Steelcraft Automotive features the AVH-4000NEX, TS-A component speakers, TS-W subwoofer and GM-D series amplifiers (General Motors #23743)
  • *Scion FRS built by Super Street Magazine features the AVIC-8000NEX, TS-D component speakers, shallow subwoofer, and GM-D series amplifiers (Scion Booth #20313)
  • *Scion FRS built by GT Channel features AppRadio 4, TS-G speakers, and GM-D series amplifiers (Scion Booth #20313)

Pioneer NEX, the Networked Entertainment eXperience, is an innovative and powerful new user interface controlling a combination of on-board features with connected services.  The five NEX models, four navigation and one audio video receiver, are designed for today’s smartphone-driven lifestyle. Along with NEX connectivity and the enhanced UI, the new models feature large touch panel displays, with the flagship AVIC-8000NEX boasting the industry’s first 7-inch capacitive screen on a navigation system.  Benefits and features in the lineup include the industry’s first and only Apple CarPlay compatible units, AppRadio Mode, iDatalink Maestro support, MirrorLink compatibility, Siri Eyes Free mode, expanded Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora Radio, SiriusXM-Ready, HD Radio Technology, FLAC file playback, dual camera inputs and more.

Reuters -- Pioneer Electronics is planning to sell its disc-jockeying audio equipment unit to private equity firm KKR & Co LP for around $550 million to help grow its automotive electronics business.

Last week the company said it was also selling its home audio-visual business to audio equipment maker Onkyo Corp (6628.T).

Under the latest deal Pioneer said it would spin off its DJ unit, which makes equipment such as speakers, mixers and turntables, into a separate company called Pioneer DJ that it will then sell to KKR by the end of March next year, leaving it with a 14.95 percent voting stake in the new company.

KKR has already been making inroads into Japan as more companies seek to sell non-core businesses to strengthen their finances and bought Panasonic Corp's (6752.T) healthcare business last year.

Best known outside of Japan for its audio-visual equipment, Pioneer is now concentrating on its automotive electronics business as its best bet for growth, seeing potential for expansion in emerging markets and the trend toward increasingly connected cars.

"We're trying to transform our auto-related business and are investing a lot into that and realized we had to concentrate our resources," said Chief Executive and President Susumu Kotani at a media briefing held in a Tokyo hotel on Tuesday.

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) has unveiled its new 2016 line of in-dash multimedia DVD receivers designed for today’s music and technology-loving consumers. The nine new models, AVH-180DVD, AVH-280BT, AVH-X1800S, AVH-X2800BS, AVH-X3800BHS, AVH-X4800BS, and AVH-X5800BHS double-DIN receivers, and AVH-X6800DVD and AVH-X7800BT single-DIN receivers, offer a range of entertainment and connectivity options including a new clear resistive touchscreen, advanced Bluetooth® connectivity with enhanced features like Dual Device Connection and Music Library Browsing over Bluetooth, Siri® Eyes Free, Spotify® as a dedicated A/V source, Pandora® with station presets and station creation, and FLAC file playback1.

“Today’s consumers want access to their favorite music in the car combined with the latest connectivity and communications features,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “With the addition of the extremely popular digital music service Spotify and FLAC file playback compatibility on our new line of multimedia DVD receivers, Pioneer continues to expand the music-listening options available to drivers.”

  • BLUETOOTH WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY – The AVH-X2800BS, AVH-X3800BHS, AVH-X4800BS, AVH-X5800BHS and AVH-X7800BT feature built-in Bluetooth2 wireless capability for convenient hands-free calling as well as music streaming with compatible Bluetooth enabled devices. The Bluetooth models also feature Bluetooth Dual Device Connection for full-time connection of two smartphone devices at the same time. The feature enables a call to be picked up by either of the paired phones, eliminating the need to pair and unpair devices.
    • HFP 1.6 Wideband Speech – Hands Free Profile (HFP) 1.6 significantly increases the frequency bandwidth dedicated to voice calling (now 50Hz - 7kHz) and doubles the sampling frequency (now 16kHz) to produce significantly better sound quality for wireless conversations. Both the caller and call recipient experience clearer and more distinct sound.
    • Music Library Browsing over Bluetooth (AVRCP 1.5) – Users can now search album content over a wireless connection. iPhone devices can use Bluetooth to search through playlists, artists, songs, and genres. For Android® smartphones enabled with Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), users can browse through media folders via folder type. The smartphone device must be compatible with AVRCP 1.4 profile or newer to access Bluetooth Audio Browsing.
  • SIRI EYES FREE – Pioneer DVD models with Bluetooth enable users of iPhone 4s and above to access Siri Eyes Free3 with the simple press of a key. Siri Eyes Free allows users to make calls, select and play music, hear and compose text messages, get mapping information, listen to notifications, listen to calendar information and add reminders by voice.

EXPANDED ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS

  • SPOTIFY (All models except AVH-180DVD and AVH-280BT) – New for 2016 is the ability to control content from the Spotify app on iPhone and Android devices as a dedicated source on the receivers. Listeners can now play, pause and skip tracks using the Pioneer controls, and with a few taps, it is just as easy to browse playlists, albums and radio stations on the go. Premium4 users enjoy ad-free, high quality music that always keeps playing, even when there is no connection. Spotify on the new receivers works over Bluetooth for Android devices and Bluetooth or USB cable for the iPhone.
  • USB CONNECTIVITY – When connected to an iPhone, iPod, portable USB drive or compatible Android device via the USB port, users can use basic controls (Play/Pause/FF/Rev/Random/Repeat) and display track, artist and album information. Android devices must run OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or newer with Android Media Transfer Protocol.
  • PANDORA STATION CREATION and STATION PRESETS (AVH-1800S, AVH-X2800BS, AVH-X3800BHS, AVH-X4800BS, AVH-X5800BHS) – With station creation on Pandora, listeners can effortlessly explore and discover new music using an iPhone (physical USB connection required) or Android smartphone. While listening to Pandora on the receiver, listeners can create a station based on the currently playing artist or track by simply touching a dedicated button on the screen. New for the 2016 DVD models, Pandora enables listeners to store their personalized stations on six presets for easy access on the receiver. Pioneer is the first car aftermarket manufacturer to offer this feature.
  • SIRIUSXM® RADIO CONNECTIVITY (AVH-1800S, AVH-X2800BS, AVH-X3800BHS, AVH-X4800BS AVH-X5800BHS) – Five double DIN models are SiriusXM compatible with the SXV300 SiriusXM Vehicle Connect Tuner (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required). The SiriusXM Vehicle Connect Tuner offers a simple, cost-effective solution for adding satellite radio, and Pioneer's receivers include the Tune Start™, Tune Scan™, Tune Mix and Sports Flash features.
  • HD RADIO® TECHNOLOGY – For high quality audio broadcasts, the AVH-X5800BHS and AVH-X3800BHS feature a built-in HD Radio tuner, providing clear digital reception of HD Radio and additional multi-casting programming on HD1, HD2 and HD3 broadcasts from participating radio stations across the country.

ENHANCED LOOK AND FUNCTIONALITY
First introduced on Pioneer’s popular line of Networked Entertainment eXperience in-dash receivers, the entire line of 2016 DVD receivers features a new clear resistive touchscreen that provides brighter, more vibrant colors and increased touch sensitivity, making it more responsive than traditional resistive touch panels. All models (expect for the AVH-180DVD and AVH-280BT) also offer FLAC file playback capability at up to 48kHz/24bit high resolution CD-quality audio playback.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES 

  • High power MOSFET 50W x 4
  • All models except AVH-180DVD and AVH-280BT
    • Compatibility with Pioneer’s AVIC-U260 outboard navigation system (sold separately)
    • 13 band Graphic Equalizer with touch panel swipe setting and built-in high/low pass crossover with adjustable points and slopes
    • Built in Auto EQ and Time Alignment provides customized audio adjustments for the driver
      Advanced Sound Retriever®
  • The AVH-X3800BHS and AVH-X5800BHS offer two camera inputs for increased safety and convenience. The first input is dedicated for a backup camera (sold separately) and the second input can be used for additional assistance for driving, towing, or parking.
  • AVH-X6800DVD and AVH-X7800BT and single-DIN models feature motorized 7-inch touchscreen displays and detachable face security

For more information on the new line visit http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/ch.DVD-Receivers.Compare.

Pioneer’s multimedia DVD receivers will be available in November with suggested retail prices of: $230 (AVH-180DVD), $280 (AVH-280BT), $280 (AVH-X1800S), $330 (AVH-X2800BS), $380 (AVH-X3800BHS), $430 (AVH-X4800BS), $480 (AVH-X5800BHS), $450 (AVH-X6800DVD) and $500 (AVH-X7800BT).

Pioneer Electronics has unveiled its new 2015 line of in-dash multimedia DVD receivers. The lineup consisting of AVH-X1700S, AVH-X2700BS, AVH-X3700BHS, AVH-X4700BS, and AVH-X5700BHS double-DIN receivers and AVH-X6700DVD and AVH-X7700BT single-DIN receivers boasts a multitude of entertainment and connectivity options including a new touchscreen user interface, DVD/CD media playback, advanced audio enhancements, MirrorLink, MIXTRAX virtual DJ technology, Pandora station creation, and USB connectivity. For added convenience and smartphone connectivity, five of the all new DVD receivers feature Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming with enhanced features like Wideband Speech (HFP 1.6), Music Library Browsing over Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free functionality.

“Today’s consumer is very conscious of the high level of technology available in practically every product they own. The majority of drivers expect more from their in-dash receiver than simply FM/AM and CD playback. Touchscreen controls, satellite or Internet streamed music and smartphone integration have become standard issue,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Pioneer’s latest DVD receivers offer the most advanced entertainment and connectivity options to provide one of the best in-car experiences available today.”

BUILT-IN FEATURES
Pioneer’s multimedia DVD receivers output component video for better picture quality. Each model also features a new user interface with larger characters for easy viewing and control of sources and features. The new models inherit the same interface for graphic EQ, crossover setting, and phone menu found in Pioneer’s powerful NEX receivers. The double-DIN models offer a stylish and futuristic design that can refresh the look of any dashboard with a 6.2 or 7-inch WVGA touchscreen display.

Each model offers three preamp outputs, DivX®/MP3/WMA/AAC playback, aux input (rear), high power MOSFET 50W x 4, Advanced Sound Retriever®, high volt (4V) RCA outputs for increased sound quality connection when used with external amplifiers, backup memory to retain settings if main power is lost, and compatible with Pioneer’s AVIC-U260 outboard navigation system (sold separately). In addition, the AVH-X6700DVD and AVH-X7700BT single-DIN models feature motorized 7-inch touchscreen displays and detachable face security.

Pioneer’s multimedia DVD receivers are now available with suggested prices of $280 (AVH-X1700S), $330 (AVH-X2700BS), $380 (AVH-X3700BHS), $430 (AVH-X4700BS), $480 (AVH-X5700BHS), $450 (AVH-X6700DVD) and $500 (AVH-X7700BT).

1-10-2018 -- Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today debuts two prototype in-dash multimedia receivers, future additions to its popular NEX lineup, the double-DIN 7” LCD AVIC-W8400NEX and AVH-W4400NEX. Designed to showcase the future of wireless connectivity and smart home integration, Pioneer and a Google Brand Ambassador are teaming up to demonstrate Android Auto Wireless and Google Assistant, now available on Android Auto™ at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018. 

“Our future NEX multimedia receivers represent our next major implementation of smartphone connectivity,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Android Auto Wireless provides all the features and functionality of Android Auto with the added convenience and simplicity of a wireless connection.  Google Assistant, now on Android Auto, lets drivers keep their hands on the wheel and use voice actions to manage tasks while staying focused on the road.”

Android Auto is a simpler way to use the Android® platform in the car. With larger touch targets, a simplified interface, and easy-to-use voice actions, it's designed to minimize distraction with driver safety in mind.1 Android Auto Wireless eliminates the need for users to consciously plug in and connect, providing the additional convenience of simply leaving their phone in their pocket, bag or wherever they carry their Android device.

Google Assistant lets the user have a conversation with Google to get things done in his or her world. Google Assistant works with more than 1,000 smart devices from more than 150 popular brands, making it easy to control things around the user’s house just by voice. Google Assistant meets users where they are, on the phone, at home and now in the car.

In 2015, Pioneer was the first aftermarket manufacturer to integrate Android Auto capability in its in-dash receivers. Pioneer’s integration of Android Auto in both the currently available line-up and future products enhance the feature’s functionality and improves the overall user experience:

·         For greater sound quality, each unit comes with a microphone that makes it easier to pick up the commands of the driver or passenger and all answers are pumped out of the car speakers.

·         In addition to saying “Hey Google” out loud, users also have the option to access Hey Google three more ways, hitting the hard home key of the unit, tapping on the microphone of the Android Auto user interface, or tapping on the voice assistance via the steering wheel controls.

·         Advanced sound reproduction options to enhance listening experience:

o    Built-in Auto EQ and Auto Time Alignment provide customized audio adjustments for the driver2

Multi-band Graphic Equalizer with touch panel swipe setting and built-in high/low pass crossover with expanded adjustable crossover points and slopes

o    Advanced Sound Retriever®

·         7-inch LCD touchscreens makes accessing and controlling Android Auto icons simpler, and maps and navigation is easier to view 

For more information on Pioneer’s current line of Android Auto capable models please visit- http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/NEX

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