Pioneer Lineup Brings Android Auto To The Vehicle You Already Own And More

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announced it will be among the first to offer Android Auto compatible aftermarket products. Three of Pioneer’s second generation Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) in-dash multimedia receivers, the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX, will feature Android Auto integration, allowing consumers to quickly connect their compatible smartphones and extend the Android platform in a way that’s purpose-built for the car. Designed with safety in mind, Android Auto utilizes a simple and intuitive interface and powerful new voice actions for minimized distraction, so users can stay focused on the road.

“Integrating Android Auto into our second generation NEX receivers provides compatible Android smartphone owners the ability to utilize the power and connectivity of their devices for navigation, communications, music and more,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Android Auto delivers a familiar and consistent user experience that is optimized specifically for the automotive environment with advanced speech technology for quick and easy voice control and a unique visual display of useful and relevant contextual information.”

Pioneer’s Android Auto compatible units feature high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen displays (capacitive on the AVIC-8100NEX and clear resistive on the AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX), an included external microphone for high quality hands free calling and voice control, and a wired remote input used for optional integration with factory installed steering wheel audio controls.

Additional Built-in Features on Compatible NEX models:

  • HDMI Connectivity
  • Wideband Speech & A2DP AAC Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Android Auto Compatibility
  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility
  • MirrorLink Connectivity
  • HD Radio Technology
  • iDataLink Maestro Technology
  • Dual Zone Audio/Video Playback

The Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX ($1,400 SRP), AVIC-7100NEX ($1,200 SRP), and AVH-4100NEX ($700 SRP) will be available in March 2015.

Android Auto compatibility will be available in the 1st quarter of 2015 in the U.S., UK and Australia. For more information about Android Auto, visitwww.android.com/auto/.

For more information regarding Android Auto compatible product availability by region, visit www.pioneer-carglobal.com/AndroidAuto.

Pioneer’s Second Generation NEX Receivers Expand Smartphone Connectivity

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced the second generation Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) in-dash receivers for 2015. Consisting of the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, AVIC-6100NEX, AVIC-5100NEX and AVH-4100NEX, the latest NEX models feature expanded smartphone connectivity and enhanced audio/video capabilities. These new models are some of the most feature packed in-dash receivers ever offered by Pioneer. All models include Apple CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car. Three compatible models include Android Auto, which extends the Android platform in a way that is purpose-built for driving. The NEX models also include Pioneer’s AppRadio Mode, advanced Bluetooth capabilities, MirrorLink compatibility, Pandora internet radio, SiriusXM-Ready, iDatalink Maestro support, and FLAC file playback.

“The smartphone has become a ubiquitous, mainstream communication device for the majority of our consumers. The leading mobile providers have developed automotive-specific user interfaces that expand the consumer’s smartphone capabilities into the car environment,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “We are proud to be one of the first manufacturers to implement these new smartphone integrations into our line of aftermarket in-dash receivers, providing many consumers the opportunity to update their existing vehicles with the latest smartphone connectivity service of their choice.”

Pioneer’s second generation NEX receivers offer an unprecedented level of connectivity, convenience and audio/video features including:

  • Android Auto (AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, and AVH-4100NEX)
    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.
  • Apple CarPlay (all models)
    Pioneer’s 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 later, 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, iTunes Radio.
  • Touch Panel Displays Optimized for Smartphone Integration (all models)
    The flagship AVIC-8100NEX offers a capacitive WVGA touchscreen display, and the remaining models feature a new clear resistive WVGA touch panel that provides brighter, more vibrant colors and increased touch sensitivity, making it more responsive than traditional resistive touch panels. The NEX line-up features both 7-inch (AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX) and 6.2-inch (AVIC-6100NEX and AVIC-5100NEX) display sizes.
  • SiriusXM-Ready (all models)
    For audio-entertainment enjoyment anytime, anywhere, allNEX receivers areSiriusXM-Ready forSiriusXM’s commercial-free music, plus premier sports and live events, comedy, news, exclusive talk and entertainment.SiriusXM programming is received through the newSiriusXMSXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required) which featuresTuneMix, SportsFlash™ and Traffic & Weather Now.

    • TuneMix: TuneMix plays a unique blend of songs from the user’s favorite music channels from their current SiriusXM Preset Band.
    • Traffic & Weather Now: Keeps users moving with the most current traffic and weather updates. A push of the Traffic & Weather Now button toggles between the latest report and the current channel.
    • SportsFlash: Allows listeners to keep up with the big plays of their favorite teams.
  • Advanced Bluetooth Capability (all models)
    To maximize the connectivity options and call quality for hands-free communication and wireless audio streaming available in today’s most popular smartphones, each NEX receiver features Bluetooth AVRCP 1.4 to provide browsing capability of a user’s media library and HFP 1.6 with wideband audio for clearer overall sound quality, making it easier to recognize and understand voices during calls.
  • HD Radio™ Technology (all models except AVIC-5100NEX)
    For high quality audio broadcasts, built-in HD Radio Technology provides clear digital reception of HD Radio broadcasts from radio stations around the country. In addition to great audio quality, with the HD Radio Artist Experience, additional information such as the artist, song title, album art, station logos and other broadcast related graphics can be viewed on each compatible model’s touchscreen display (when available).
  • FLAC playback capability (all models)
    The consumer’s love of high-res audio does not need to stop at the front door. The NEX models enable them to enjoy FLAC files in the vehicle without the need for conversion. Pioneer’s NEX in-dash receivers are the first in the industry to offer playback of files encoded as high-res FLAC up to 192kHz/24 bit and provide playback output at CD quality.

The AVIC-8100NEX ($1,400 SRP), AVIC-7100NEX ($1,200 SRP), AVIC-6100NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-5100NEX ($750 SRP) and AVH-4100NEX ($700 SRP) will be available in March 2015.

Pioneer Debuts Revolutionary Horizontal-Vertical Transforming Technology for the Car

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced the TS-WH500A amplified subwoofer system, featuring Pioneer’s patented Horizontal-Vertical Transforming (HVT) Technology. A truly groundbreaking approach in loudspeaker design, HVT technology uses a unique linkage mechanism, which allows the magnet and voice coil of the dual motor structure to be positioned horizontally to the left and the right side of vertically moving dual speaker diaphragms. Combined, the two diaphragms have an effective surface area equal to a conventional 8-inch subwoofer and fire in a bipolar arrangement, increasing output while also cancelling destructive vibrations within the enclosure. The result of this innovative technology is a subwoofer system with significantly reduced physical depth, while maintaining greater excursion and linearity for superior bass reproduction, natural sound quality and higher output.

“Pioneer’s founder, Nozomu Matsumoto, began manufacturing loudspeakers for high fidelity music playback in 1938. In the 76 years since Pioneer’s inception, we have continued to develop new and innovative loudspeaker technology with a single purpose: to reproduce the passion and energy of the musical performance regardless of listening location,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Pioneer’s Horizontal-Vertical Transforming Technology is a completely different design that results in a smaller loudspeaker that easily fits in a wide range of vehicle applications without sacrificing performance or sound quality.”

Measuring only 13-7/16 inches x 9-7/8 inches x 2-3/8 inches, the extremely compact TS-WH500A can be installed in many small, tight areas where conventional subwoofers cannot, such as under or behind a seat. Housed in a sealed enclosure made of high-grade resin, the TS-WH500A is a fully amplified design with a wideband, high-current 50 watt RMS amplifier (150 watt maximum) and can easily be connected to aftermarket car stereos or integrated into factory installed systems.

Additional information:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 200Hz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Wired remote control for adjusting volume, low-pass crossover frequency and phase

The Pioneer TS-WH500A subwoofer will be available in March with a suggested price of $300.

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets.

PIONEER is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation.

Pioneer’s New Generation of TS-D Automotive Component Speakers: Reimagined and Redesigned

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“Pioneer is a company of enthusiasts; we love listening to music, playing music and creating products that reproduce music with all of the passion and emotion that the artist originally intended,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Our latest TS-D speakers continue our history of offering outstanding performance and value with an added benefit of more installation options to fit the majority of cars, trucks and SUVs on the road today.”

Twaron Aramid Fiber Cone and Elastic Polymer Surround

The new cone and surround on the Pioneer TS-D components offer a variety of improvements ideal for optimal performance. The aramid fiber cone is constructed from Twaron woven cloth that is hardened and shaped to produce a rigid, yet low mass cone with excellent dampening characteristics. Adding an elastic polymer surround and bullet shaped phase plug, the TS-D woofers demonstrate quicker response with superior midrange extension and a very natural sound.

Small Size, Big Sound

The new 0.9 inch tweeters on the TS-D components maintain an exceptionally open and smooth sound quality with silky reproduction of higher frequencies. The design of the TS-D tweeters include a soft dome diaphragm and surround constructed out of lightweight polyester woven fibers, for increased sensitivity and improved response. In addition, the tweeter is designed with a larger rear chamber and rounded over flange, for extended frequency range and wider dispersion. To fit in the various tweeter locations found in vehicle doors and dashboards, the tweeters have a compact 1-1/2 inch outside mounting diameter and a mounting depth of only 7/8ths of an inch.

Installation Friendly Crossover

The crossover network on the TS-D components has been redesigned to reduce the chassis size significantly while maintaining the use of high quality capacitors, inductors and resistors. The compact size improves installation flexibility, allowing the crossover to fit easily and inconspicuously inside a door, under the dash or behind a panel. A selectable tweeter level switch (-3dB, 0dB, +3dB) allows the output of the tweeter and woofer to be closely matched.

Installation Flexibility

The component package offers multiple tweeter mounts and woofer/tweeter installation adapters to fit in many of the most popular and top selling vehicles on the road today. The TS-D1730C includes a pair of 6″ x 9″ and 6-3/4″ woofer/tweeter installation plates designed to mount the woofer and tweeter into factory door locations. The plates are pre-scored with vehicle specific cutouts to match the speaker locations in many Toyota, Scion, and Honda vehicles. The TS-D1330C includes a pair of 6″ x 8″ woofer/tweeter installation plates designed to mount the woofer and tweeter into many Ford and Mazda applications. Both packages include tweeter spacers to accommodate flush or angle mounting.

The Pioneer TS-D1730C (6-3/4″ woofer) and TS-D1330C (5-1/4″ woofer) will be available in March with suggested prices of $200 and $180 respectively.

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets.

PIONEER is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation.
TWARON is a registered trademark of Teijin Aramid BV.
TOYOTA and SCION are registered trademarks of Toyota Motor Corporation.
HONDA is a registered trademark of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
FORD is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company.
MAZDA is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation.

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