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Pioneer First line of Audio/Video Docks for iPhone®
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April 30, 2010
Pioneer announces four stereo docking solutions for Apple’s iPhone and iPods. The new docks build on
the company’s certified Works with iPhone line of audio-video gear. Earlier this year the company
announced a line of AV receivers with iPhone and iPod Touch features.
Pioneer's lineup starts with the XW-NAS3/-K, which is a 2.1 channel speaker system that is Bluetooth
A2DP-ready. With the $99 AS-BT100 adapter, iPhone and iPod Touch users can add Bluetooth support,
allowing wireless stereo music playback. The more conventional dock connector offers battery
charging in addition to access to the iPod library. The XW-NAS3/-K is equipped with component and
composite video output for video playback on your TV. The XW-NAS3/-K is expected to ship later this
month in black or white styles and have an MSRP of $449.
The next two stereo docks feature actually two docking stations. The XW-NAC1-K and XW-NAC3-K
can house two iPhones or iPods at the same time. The dual docking solution allows users to select
between two different music collections in addition to device charging. The products have a Double
Shuffle feature, which plays shuffled music from both devices. Both models also offer built-in
Bluetooth support for wireless playback. The XW-NAC3-K add support for DLNA 1.5 audio streaming
from local NAS or computers, and also Internet radio streaming via vTuner feature. The XW-NAC3-K
also offers a USB port for adding a local storage for yet more listening fun. Both devices offer an
auxiliary input. The XW-NAC1-K is expected to be available in May for $349 and XW-NAC3-K is
expected for June for $449.
The fourth product announced is the XW-NAV1K-K, which serves as an all-in-one home stereo. The
device is equipped with a DVD/CD player, FM Tuner, clock/alarm, aux input, and USB storage input.
The device also has CD ripping capability for storage on USB media. The XW-NAV1K-K is equipped
with a HDMI port that offers 1080p scaling of DVD movies and also a composite video output.
The XW-NAV1K-K is expected to be available in June in black or white for $299.
“Pioneer has translated its expertise in home theater to personal use with a new line of iPhone-
compatible audio/video docks that are equipped to bring high quality audio to a new generation and
meet their wide ranging lifestyle needs,” said Chris Walker, director of home entertainment business
solutions group at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “For our first entry into the dock category, we took a
different approach and created each one with build and sound quality as a priority. The entire line was
personally sound tuned or evaluated by our renowned TAD speaker engineer, Andrew Jones, who also
created our exclusive, high-end EX line of home speakers.”
Here are some specs from Pioneer's latest press release:.....
Hear the Difference with Audition
Designed for the music connoisseur, the new Audition Series system, XW-NAS3/-K delivers
unparalleled reproduction of compressed audio files in order to provide excellent audio and video
quality that Pioneer is known for.
Music is fuller and more impactful because the system is constructed using a double isolated
frame that improves overall bass response while significantly decreasing cabinet resonance.
The Audition Series delivers sound reminiscent of a large, high quality audio system. From
the clarity of high hats to the chest kicking bass of the drums, the entire audio frequency
spectrum is reproduced by the system’s 2.1-channel dynamic digital amplifier. Users can
turn up the music and expect a dynamic musical experience from its digital amplifiers that
powers a pair of full range speakers and a dedicated amplifier to power a built-in subwoofer.
Users can also expect video content to look its best when the Audition Series system is
connected to a television monitor or display. A set of component and composite video
outputs are built-in for streaming YouTube videos and watching other video content stored
on an iPod, iPod touch or iPhone.
Conveniently, the system plays back music content without the need to physically dock the
iPhone or iPod touch, allowing users to keep their iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch
(2nd generation or later) close to them. With a source device that supports Bluetooth3 A2DP,
including an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd generation or later), personal computer
or any other Bluetooth compatible device, the Studio Series enables wireless audio
streaming using Pioneer’s AS-BT100Bluetooth adapter (sold separately, $99).
The Audition Series system, XW-NAS3/-K will be available April in black or white for a suggested
retail price of $449.
It’s Twice as Good
Many gadget and music fans agree that one portable device is never enough. With dual top-mounted
iPod connectors, Pioneer’s Duo Series systems, XW-NAC1-K and XW-NAC3-K, are perfect
accessories for the casual music fan who desires freedom and flexibility in their entertainment
Listening to music on either Duo system doesn’t mean the source device must be docked. For
users who require a convenient way to enjoy music while keeping their devices close to them,
both systems feature built-in Bluetooth to wirelessly stream audio from an iPhone 3G,
iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd generation or later), personal computer or any other Bluetooth
With dual docking ports on top of the Duo Series systems, two different iPods, iPod touch or
iPhones can be mounted at the same time, allowing users to select between two music
collections while simultaneously charging both batteries.
The Double Shuffle feature allows users to enjoy content from one or both of the docked
iPhone, iPod touch or iPod devices. While in shuffle mode, Double Shuffle acts as a virtual
DJ providing continuous playback of music between the two docked players and fading the
music in and out between songs.
To quickly select and navigate through tracks, users can preview music on devices that are
docked on the Duo Series systems. The first ten seconds of each song is played with fade in
and out effects using the Hi-Lite Scan function. Once a desired song is located, a push of a
button plays the song in its entirety.
With Pioneer’s XW-NAC3 Duo system, users can conveniently playback music files from
any personal computer in the house through DLNA 1.5. The XW-NAC3 becomes part of an
entire home network system with the ability to connect to a DLNA media server, personal
computer or other networked devices.
Internet radio provides endless audio entertainment with thousands of worldwide stations.
The XW-NAC3 allows playback of Internet radio utilizing its vTuner feature. With a push of
the Internet Radio button on the included remote, users can access virtually any type of music
content around the world.
Both Duo Series models offer an auxiliary input for connecting audio devices with a mini
jack (headphone) output. For added convenience, the XW-NAC3 features a USB4 connection
located on the top of the dock. Linked USB devices such as hard drives, thumb and flash
drives with MP3, WMA, AAC and FLAC files can all be accessed using the dock’s controls.
Compressed audio files are often significantly reduced in size for storage convenience, and
due to the compression process, the sound quality of the music can be sacrificed. Pioneer
developed Sound Retriever AIR to enhance the audio quality and musical detail of
compressed music files sent via Bluetooth to create a fuller, more rich and enjoyable listening
The contemporary cosmetic design of the Duo Series models blends nicely into any home
décor. The cosmetic finish and sleek design makes them ideal for small areas, and the
controls on the top of the dock give them a simple, clean look. Found on the XW-NAC3, the
blue backlit LCD screen displays a clock with wake up and sleep timer, volume and
additional music information.
The Duo Series systems, XW-NAC1-K will be available in May and the XW-NAC3-K will be
available in June for a suggested retail price of $349 and $449, respectively.
Find It on a HTD
The Pioneer HTD system, XW-NAV1K-K is designed for consumers in search of an all-in-one solution
for their home theater needs. Contained within its compact design is an entire multimedia system that
includes a “Works with iPhone” certified dock, DVD/CD player, FM tuner and USB connectivity as
well as CD to MP3 ripping capability.
Users can expect high quality video when a HTD system is used to play DVD movies. The
player provides progressive video output from the built-in HDMI port including the scaling
of DVD video to 1080p near-HD resolution. For playback of movies and photo slideshows,
the dock can be connected via its composite output.
The HTD Series dock enables users to quickly rip music from a CD to a MP3 file. Music
CDs played on the unit can be converted to MP3 format and stored on a USB flash memory
drive and/or hard drive with a touch of button on its remote control. The USB connection is
located on the top of the dock, allowing the user to quickly connect external storage devices.
Ideal for consumers who want to outfit a room with different sources of entertainment with
great audio performance, the HTD system produces big sound by using a digital amplifier to
power a pair of Full-Range speakers. The low frequency bass in music and rumbling sound
effects in movies are delivered to listeners with the use of 2.75-inch passive radiators.
DVD and CD writable discs with DivX, WMA, MP3 and JPEG files can all be played back
on the system’s multi-purpose DVD/CD Drive.
Consumers will also appreciate HTD’s additional features that include an auxiliary input, FM
tuner, clock and alarm.
The all-in-one HTD Series system, XW-NAV1K-K will be available in June with a black or white
frame for a suggested retail price of $299.
Additional information available at www.pioneerelectronics.com and www.amazon.com.