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Pioneer debuts two new receivers

With multi-channel music and movies driving sales of DVD players, consumers are adding five, six, and seven speaker configurations to their home theater systems. As a result, Pioneer continues to develop new audio/video receivers with features to enhance the home theater environment. Four of these receivers now offer multi-channel acoustic calibration (MCACC), allowing consumers the ability to easily and accurately set-up their speakers with optimal performance based on the room environment.

“Our new line of audio/video receivers takes multi-channel music and movies to the next level by providing consumers an easy way to get the most accurate surround sound experience available,” said Russ Johnston, senior vice president of marketing for home entertainment at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The acoustic calibration feature has been a phenomenal success in our Elite reference receivers, and now we’re offering this new technology in our Pioneer line.”

A home theater is like a musical instrument; it needs to be tuned for optimum performance. Consumers who don’t have a keen ear often find it challenging to calibrate all the speakers in a surround sound system. With manual acoustic calibration users now have a reference point for their ears, ensuring each speaker delivers sound to the listener at precisely the same time and at the same level. Acoustic calibration utilizes the left front speaker as a reference point to begin the tuning process. The receiver coaches the user through a few simple steps until the sound being reproduced by each speaker is aligned to the front left reference channel. Auto calibration in the VSX-2012 and VSX-D912-K uses a microphone to automatically set speaker distance and levels without requiring the consumer to rely on their own listening skills.

The VSX-2012, VSX-D912-K, VSX-D812-K and VSX-D712-K include Dolby Digital EX(tm) and DTS-ES(tm) decoding, which adds sound to the rear center channel, while left and right surround information is reproduced by the side speakers. The addition of a new surround channel and use of one or two additional speakers allows true “fly-over” and “fly-around” effects that are more accurately placed, either directly behind or directly beside the listener. The VSX-2012 also offers THX – Select surround processing.

All models feature Pioneer’s 5-channels of equal, high-power amplification (VSX-2012 contains seven channels of amplification, the VSX-D912-K and VSX-D812-K contain six channels of amplification) which provides 100-watts of amplifier power to each channel, eliminating the possibility of one channel dominating a particular sound field. All five amplifiers are of discrete configuration and utilize Pioneer’s hybrid amplification system to ensure that the correct amount of bias signal is applied to each transistor for very low distortion (The VSX-2012 offers seven discrete amplifiers and utilizes a Mosfet amplification system). Pioneer’s amplifiers are designed to handle the full bandwidth of Dolby Digital, DTS, DVD-Audio, and SACD encoded software.

Component and S-video switching are provided in the VSX-D712-K, VSX-D812-K, VSX-D912-K and VSX-2012 allowing both progressive and interlaced NTSC and HDTV signals to be passed to the television or monitor. To maintain future compatibility, all of the receivers have multiple, assignable digital inputs (both coaxial and optical). Finally, all new models come with either a standard remote or a preset/learning remote and Quick Setup feature for easy room setup. The Quick Setup feature walks the consumer through the process of choosing the number of speakers connected and selecting the room size for very easy and accurate surround sound performance when utilizing the MCACC function is not desired.

The VSX-2012 will be available in August and VSX-C301 will be available in June at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,200 and $300 respectively.

The rest of the 2003 receivers are currently available at a suggested retail price of $275 for the VSX-D412-K; $300 for the VSX-D712-K; $365 for the VSX-D812-K; and $475 for the VSX-D912-K.

Pioneer’s Home Entertainment Division is the leading manufacturer of plasma and projection televisions, DVD players and DVD recorders, A/V receivers, CD players and CD recorders, speakers and other audio and video accessories. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including Digital Network Entertainment. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Pioneer Elite brand names. When purchased from an authorized dealer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years with Pioneer Elite products.

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 leader in optical disc technology and a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video, computer and cable equipment for the home, car and business markets. The company focuses on four core business domains including DVD, display technologies, Digital Network Entertainment and components. Founded in 1938 in Tokyo, Pioneer Corporation employs more than 34,000 people worldwide. Its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:PIO).

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced two new digital audio/video receivers, the VSX-2012 and VSX-C301, designed to give consumers the ultimate control of their home theater experience. These two new products complement the current line of receivers including the VSX-D912-K, VSX-D812-K, VSX-D712-K and VSX-D412-K.

With multi-channel music and movies driving sales of DVD players, consumers are adding five, six, and seven speaker configurations to their home theater systems. As a result, Pioneer continues to develop new audio/video receivers with features to enhance the home theater environment. Four of these receivers now offer multi-channel acoustic calibration (MCACC), allowing consumers the ability to easily and accurately set-up their speakers with optimal performance based on the room environment.

“Our new line of audio/video receivers takes multi-channel music and movies to the next level by providing consumers an easy way to get the most accurate surround sound experience available,” said Russ Johnston, senior vice president of marketing for home entertainment at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The acoustic calibration feature has been a phenomenal success in our Elite reference receivers, and now we’re offering this new technology in our Pioneer line.”

A home theater is like a musical instrument; it needs to be tuned for optimum performance. Consumers who don’t have a keen ear often find it challenging to calibrate all the speakers in a surround sound system. With manual acoustic calibration users now have a reference point for their ears, ensuring each speaker delivers sound to the listener at precisely the same time and at the same level. Acoustic calibration utilizes the left front speaker as a reference point to begin the tuning process. The receiver coaches the user through a few simple steps until the sound being reproduced by each speaker is aligned to the front left reference channel. Auto calibration in the VSX-2012 and VSX-D912-K uses a microphone to automatically set speaker distance and levels without requiring the consumer to rely on their own listening skills.

The VSX-2012, VSX-D912-K, VSX-D812-K and VSX-D712-K include Dolby Digital EX