Pioneer 2012 AV receivers double down on AirPlay
The company's latest AV line emphasizes streaming audio capabilities.
Pioneer delivered a great line-up of AV receivers in 2011, highlighted by the
A new product year hits the reset button, and Pioneer is back with a quartet of receivers for 2012. In addition to bristling with plenty of HDMI inputs, some of the new receivers offer a variety of ways to stream audio content, including AirPlay, DLNA, and Bluetooth options. Prices range from $249 to $599. Expect the receivers to be available for purchase before the end of March.
Here's a quick breakdown of the new models and an overview of the most important features:
Key step-up features:
- 7.2-channel AV receiver
- Six HDMI inputs
- Four digital inputs (two optical, two coaxial)
- Second-zone functionality
- Optional Wi-Fi adapter
- "AV Navigator" interactive setup assistant for PC or iPad
- $599 list price; available in April
Feature sets look decent to good at first glance, although they don't have the onslaught of HDMI inputs found on. Pioneer is again putting the focus on its compatibility with Apple devices, especially with AirPlay support, which is available in the affordable Pioneer VSX-822-K. The VSX-822-K looks to be the of the lineup; the feature upgrades on the VSX-1022-K and VSX-1122-K don't seem that compelling, although they may sound better.
We'll be reviewing the Pioneer line as soon as we can get our hands on one. Stay tuned.