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Pioneer Expands Connectivity Options

8 Jan, 2013 By: John Latchem

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Pioneer Electronics demonstrated its latest attempts to broaden connectivity options in home theater products and mobile devices.

Pioneer Jan. 8 announced it has joined the HDBaseT Alliance, a cross-industry consortium that promotes and provides a technical standard for HDBaseT technology for the distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content.  Pioneer plans to incorporate HDBaseT technology into its home consumer audio and video products, enabling the delivery of uncompressed high-definition video, audio, Internet, controls and power over a single cat5e/6 cable.

“HDBaseT represents the next significant step in the evolution of the home theater system. Integrating the technology into our products will make setup and control of even the most complex home theater systems faster and easier,” said Chris Walker, director of AV product planning and marketing for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Founded by LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens Semiconductor, the HDBaseT Alliance and its member companies work to create a global standard for advanced digital media distribution. In a home theater, HDBaseT can connect all entertainment devices in a setting through its 5Play feature set, converging uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, up to 100W of power and various control signals through a single 100m/328ft  CAT5e/6 cable with RJ45 connectors.

Consumers can see the features and benefits of HDBaseT-integrated home theater systems in-person at Magnolia Design Centers inside Best Buy stores.

Pioneer also touted its continued embrace of the consumer’s smartphone-connected lifestyle with an array of car, home and DJ electronic products that offer multiple wired and wireless options with the latest iPhone and Android devices.

Among the devices is Pioneer’s 2013 line of in-dash multimedia DVD receivers for the car, with three models featuring enhanced integration of smartphone connectivity, including the iPhone 5.

When used with a compatible connectivity kit, an appropriate Apple Lightning adapter accessory and a firmware update (available this spring), users can access and control select iPhone 5 apps via the in-dash touchscreen display; play and control music and videos stored on the iPhone 5; and play and control the Pandora Internet radio app running on their iPhone 5 via Pioneer’s AppRadio Mode interface.

The receivers are integrated with USB support for playback of audio/video media stored on a flash drive, hard drive, media player or smartphone.

For home electronics products, Pioneer integrated the latest wireless technology options for sharing smartphone content in the home through AirPlay, DLNA1.5, Wireless Direct, HTC Connect and Bluetooth, as well as exclusive apps such as ControlApp and iControlAV2012. Pioneer also enters the wireless speaker category with its line of SMA series of Wi-Fi speakers.

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