Pioneer introduces new-generation media centre systems that play audio and video from a variety of music sources
Pioneer Europe brings a new generation of surround sound to the homes of entertainment enthusiasts with the launch of six media centre systems that have the connections, sound quality and power to bring movies and music to life. The new home cinema systems combine 3D playback with a wide range of features including wireless capability, vTuner internet radio, external HDD playback and copying, and no less than four HDMI inputs to connect a multitude of sources. Pioneer’s new media centre systems are based around a main Blu-ray system unit, combined with various speaker configuration options.
Tim Goethals, Product Planner Home Electronics at Pioneer Europe comments: “Flexibility in connectivity options has become an increasingly important focus for Pioneer. Consumers demand entertainment systems that not only perform to the highest level, but connect to a variety of mobile devices and let them enjoy audio playback from their whole music library as well as online media. With these new introductions Pioneer continues to provide innovative technology that delivers high quality audio and video in a stylish and flexible package.”
All systems come with a front panel USB port for easy access to all music, videos and photos stored on an external hard drive. In addition, the front USB provides a direct digital connection to an iPod, iPhone or iPad. A USB input on the rear makes it easy to copy files from an external hard drive directly onto another USB device and via a built-in USB Rec function, the user can make high-quality MP3 files via CD ripping or recording from FM radio.
With 4 HDMI inputs, the media centre systems can connect with multiple digital components such as a set-top box, gaming console, camcorder and more. Each system is equipped with two microphone inputs for those who enjoy karaoke singing.
Wireless entertainment options
Connected to the internet, the new media centre systems open up a whole world of extra possibilities. With vTuner on board, users can enjoy access to thousands of internet radio stations from around the world.
For even more entertainment possibilities, Pioneer’s free ControlApp transforms a mobile device into the ultimate command centre. The app is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.apple.com/itunes/. A dedicated app is also available as a free download for Android users via Google Play at play.google.com
Wi-Fi Direct enables users to stream their music and videos from a mobile device to their system virtually anywhere and anytime, without a wireless router. YouTube videos and digital photos stored on Picasa can be streamed directly from the internet-connected home cinema system to an HDTV without any additional devices. Via the YouTube “send to TV” app, smartphone or tablet users can search for YouTube videos on their mobile device, stream them to the system and play them on a connected TV. Being DLNA certified, playback of audio, video and photo content stored on a compatible network, Mac, PC or media server is also possible.
To reinforce the impact of 3D movies, Pioneer developed Front Surround mode and Virtual 3D Sound, a technology which creates a virtual sound field from behind the screen.
With Front Surround mode there’s no need to position the speakers at different points in the room to create the striking realism of a 360° audio environment. The rear speakers can be placed in the front, alongside a TV, without losing the surround sound effect.
For those looking to add more bass, a Bass Boost mode offers an easy way to gain great sounding bass.
All models are capable of playing back Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, CDs and SACDs and offer compatibility with the most widespread video formats, including the smartphone specific 3gp file format, Flash video, DivX Plus HD and MKV. With audio, all key files are supported, from WMA to MP3, AAC and the lossless audio codec FLAC.
Pioneer’s new media centre systems offer various speaker formations to fit any home entertainment space. The main differentiating points between the systems are iPhone, iPod and iPad connectivity, Wi-Fi and a slim subwoofer: both features are found on the “advanced” line, while not on the “regular” models. All models deliver high power output, up to 1000 W in a 5.1 configuration and 510 W in a 2.1 set-up.
• MCS-838 - 5.1 channel with 4 tall speakers, a centre speaker and a slim subwoofer. Including four sophisticated tall speakers, this system is perfect for those wishing to make home cinema core to their living space. Combined performance is 170 W x 4 + centre 170 W + subwoofer 170 W.
• MCS-434 - 5.1 channel with 4 compact satellite speakers, a centre speaker and slim subwoofer. Combining performance and a stylish finish in a more compact design, this system is a great option for those who enjoy 5.1 channel surround sound, but prefer smaller speakers that blend into the environment. Combined performance is 170 W x 4 + centre 170 W + subwoofer 170 W.
• MCS-FS232 - 2.1 channel with 2 slim speakers and a slim subwoofer. This system’s powerful yet slim front speakers feature a metal punched grill and can be set either vertically or horizontally. Combined performance is 170 W x 2 + subwoofer 170 W.
• MCS-737 - 5.1 channel with 4 tall speakers, centre speaker and a large subwoofer. With four black tallboy speakers, this system makes an imposing statement in the living room. Combined performance is 170 W x 4 + centre 170 W + subwoofer 170 W.
• MCS-333 - 5.1 channel with 4 compact satellite speakers, centre speaker and a large subwoofer. This system’s compact satellite speakers are small enough to be mounted unobtrusively in the living room. Combined performance is 170 W x 4 + centre 170 W + subwoofer 170 W.
• MCS-FS232 - 2.1 channel with 2 slim speakers and a slim subwoofer. This system’s powerful yet slim front speakers feature a metal punched grill and can be set either vertically or horizontally. Combined performance is 170 W x 2 + subwoofer 170 W.• MCS-FS232 - 2.1 channel with 2 slim speakers and a slim subwoofer. This system’s powerful yet slim front speakers feature a metal punched grill and can be set either vertically or horizontally. Combined performance is 170 W x 2 + subwoofer 170 W.
The MCS-838, MCS-737, MCS-434, MCS-333, MCS-FS232 and MCS-FS131 media centre systems will be available from July 2013 onwards.
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