Pioneer Electronics has been releasing iPhone compatible home entertainment equipment since back when you actually had to plug them into things. But as Apple’s technology grows, so does Pioneer’s. The company now has two iOS apps available to help users access the full range of features available in their 2012-2013 Pioneer audio video receivers, Blu-ray Disc players and SMA wireless speakers.
Pioneer’s apps expand control over the current line of receivers directly from the screen of the smart device, including management of home theater settings, inputs, audio adjustments, and the ability to browse and play content from USB memory or streaming services. Both apps offer PUSH PLAYER, a new feature that enables users to access the music libraries stored on their devices and create playlists that can be streamed wirelessly to compatible receivers, all from within the app. ControlApp-compatible receivers include the Pioneer VSX-823 and VSX-1023 and Elite VSX-43.
The iControlAV2013 App, compatible with Pioneer’s VSX-1123 and Elite VSX-70 AV receivers as well as additional models to be announced later this year, has been completely redesigned from the previous version of the app, providing a new user interface and the added convenience of “finger flick” touch action for faster access to receiver features. A dedicated “ECO MANAGER” page is also accessible to monitor and modify energy settings of the receivers to increase power efficiency and reduce costs. With the app, users also have access to the receiver’s advanced sound features such as Sound Explorer, which displays more than 18 of Pioneer’s unique sound adjustment functions on one screen, and Virtual Speakers, which lets users quickly create their ideal sound field even when real speakers are not part of the setup, as well as the ability to adjust sound equalization by simply drawing a custom EQ curve on the smartphone screen using the Finger EQ feature.
Both iControlAV2013 App and ControlApp are also compatible with the latest Pioneer BDP-150 Blu-ray Disc Player and Elite BDP-62FD Blu-ray Disc Player. In addition, ControlApp is also compatible with Pioneer’s line of SMA series Wi-Fi speaker systems, the XW-SMA1-K, XW-SMA3-K and XW-SMA4-K, giving users control over built-in Pandora Internet radio, vTuner Internet radio and Pioneer’s PUSH PLAYER, for access to a virtually endless playlist of music and more than 10,000 Internet radio stations.
But it doesn’t end there. Pioneer has also made AVNavigator available for the iPad, Mac and Windows PC—an interactive owner’s guide that walks customers through the entire setup of their AV receivers. AVNavigator app is compatible with the VSX-1123 and Elite VSX-70 receivers, and additional models to be announced later this year.
And finally, there’s Pioneer Air Jam, which promotes social entertainment and interaction between friends in the home setting. Used in conjunction with a networked Pioneer AV receiver (VSX-823, VSX-1023, VSX-1123, VSX-40 and VSX-70), Air Jam lets users connect up to four smart devices via Bluetooth so they can cue songs from a smartphone to create a collective playlist for playback on their receiver.