Pioneer Canada recently announced it would be bringing five new Elite Home Theatre Receivers - models VSX-40, VSX-50, VSX-51, VSX-52 and VSX-53 - to Canada this summer.

Starting at $550 for the VSX-40, new features of the five receivers include: Marvell Qdeo video processors, network connectivity, Internet radio connectivity, and DLNA certification.

The following is an overview of some of the other new capabilities which are possible thanks to network and Apple iOS connectivity.
  • AirPlay – Lets Elite owners can access, control and playback their entire iTunes music library. Users can also have song information and album art displayed on a connected monitor or TV.
  • Air Jam – Pioneer’s free Air Jam App allows pairing of up to four devices via Bluetooth (optional AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter required). Once linked, each individual can cue songs from their own music libraries to create a shared playlist to play back on the AV Receiver. Each connected device also displays the list of songs added by all the users and which device a song plays from.
  • DLNA Certification - allows music content to be shared from a PC to the receiver via the consumers’ home network.
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming – With the optional Bluetooth adapter, users can transfer audio content from any A2DP Bluetooth wireless enabled mobile device or personal computer.
  • vTuner – listen to thousands of internet radio stations

In addition, the four out of five of the receivers can be controlled by an Apple iOS device thanks to Pioneers free iControlAV2 app. The iControlAV2 App controls volume, bass, balance and room settings as well as the ability for the user to choose Internet radio stations and music files from network-attached storage (NAS) on a home network. For iPad users, the iControlAV2 integrates all four app controls into an intuitive single screen. The app also includes control for Pioneer Blu-ray Disc players.

Additional features include sound adjustments that enable users to create their own equalizer settings by simply drawing their desired equalizer curve on the screen and for iPad consumers, detailed graphic representations of before and after Pioneer’s MCACC room calibration feature.

Discuss and learn more about the new Elite Receivers in Digital Home's A/V Receiver discussion forum .