Pioneer Announces New Wireless Speakers and HTC Connect Support

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Pioneer announced today that it’s jumping on the HTC Connect bandwagon in a big way. Similar to Apple’s AirPlay, HTC Connect is a wireless connectivity standard that allows HTC One smartphone owners to stream music with metadata to supported devices. And now, via a firmware update, all applicable 2012 Pioneer and Pioneer Elite AV receivers will support the standard.

That’s not all for Pioneer and HTC One, though; the company also announced today three new Wi-Fi Speakers that incorporate the technology. The XW-SMA1, XW-SMA3, and XW-SMA4 will not only allow HTC One users to easily beam high-quality audio through the home, but are also compatible with DLNA 1.5 and Pioneer’s own Wireless Direct technology. Each model can also act as a Wi-Fi wireless access point, so streaming won’t be a problem when a Wi-Fi network isn’t present or available.

Specs are as follows:

  • XW-SMA1 – Features dual 3-inch speakers and a ¾-inch soft dome tweeter, and uses a tuned bass reflex port to enhance bass response.
  • XW-SMA3 – Using identical audio components as the XW-SMA1, the XW-SMA3 model adds a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery and a tough exterior for added convenience and portability.  When battery power is used, music playback lasts up to 4 hours at maximum volume and up to 6 hours at 50 percent volume.
  • XW-SMA4 – Features five speakers, including dual 3-inch speakers, a dedicated 4-inch subwoofer and dual ¾-inch soft dome tweeters.

The XW-SMA1, XW-SMA3, and XW-SMA4 will be available in August for a suggested retail price of $299, $399, and $399, respectively.

As for the existence o a XW-SMA2, well… your guess is as good as mine.

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