Pioneer AV Receivers Bring 3D, 7.1 Audio, and iPhone Control

Pioneer has taken the wraps off three new AV receivers that feature 7.1 channel audio support, are 3D-ready, and can be controlled via iPhone or iPod touch (and, presumably, iPad) via Pioneer’s new iControlAV application. The receivers also support Bluetooth audio streaming and, of course, the receivers are all “Works with iPhone” certified to tap into music, photo, and video content stored on Apple’s iconic little gizmos.

pioneer av receivers bring 3d 7 1 audio and iphone control vsx 1120 k

“Last year, the Pioneer line of A/V receivers set record growth in the under $500 price point. We know that the dramatic growth was a direct result of our enhancements to convenience and connectivity options expected from Apple users,” said Pioneer Electronics marketing manager David Bales, in a statement. “This year, with the addition of our new app and Bluetooth audio streaming, we expect to hold the leadership position in this category.”

The three new receivers—the VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K, and flagship VSX-1120-K—appl sport HDMI 1.4 to handle 3D content from Blu-ray devices and other high-definition video sources. The receivers also support Dolby ProLogic IIz height channel, which can create a more immersive experience by putting non-directional sounds in front facing “height” speakers, adding more depth to the surround sound mix.

pioneer av receivers bring 3d 7 1 audio and iphone control vsx 1020 k

The VSX-920-K sports 4 HDMI inputs and 110 watts per channel, while the VSX-1020-K steps up to 6 HDMI inputs (including one up front) and adds the ability to display on-screen album art and set up two-AV zones. At the top of the heap, the VSX-1120-K steps up to 120 watts per channel and Marvell 1080p processing, offers an RS-232 port and PC control.

The VSK-920-K and VSX-1020-K will be available in May for suggested prices of $399 and $549, respectively; the VSX-1120-K will follow in June for a suggested price of $749.

pioneer av receivers bring 3d 7 1 audio and iphone control vsx 920 k
Features

Netflix’s latest price increase heralds the end of streaming’s golden age

Netflix’s recent price rise is just the latest in a string of signs that streaming’s golden age is nearly over. As more services enter the fray, content will be further partitioned, signaling the end of streaming’s good old days.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

What are HDMI ARC and eARC? Here’s how they can simplify your home theater

HDMI ARC is one of the coolest TV features at your disposal. But if you're like most folks, you have no idea how it works, if you even know what it is at all. Here's our primer on HDMI ARC, as well as the next generation technology, eARC.
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2018, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR, and much more.
Home Theater

Still listening on tinny TV speakers? Try one of our favorite soundbars

You no longer have to sacrifice sound for size when selecting home audio equipment. Check out our picks for the best soundbars, whether you're looking for budget options, pure power, smarts, or tons of features.
Home Theater

Looking to cut cable? Here’s everything you need to know about Pluto TV

Pluto TV offers plenty of entertainment in a fashion similar to live internet TV services, only at no cost — you don’t even need to register. Too good to be true? Here’s everything you need to know.
Home Theater

Yamaha’s MusicCast Vinyl 500 turntable spreads analog joy throughout your home

It can be tough to listen to your favorite analog tunes anywhere besides the room where your turntable is located. With its MusicCast Vinyl 500 turntable, Yamaha allows you to stream your tunes throughout your home.
Home Theater

Want to mirror your smartphone or tablet onto your TV? Here's how

A vast arsenal of devices exists to allow sending anything on your mobile device to your TV. Our in-depth guide shows you how to mirror content from your smartphone or tablet to the big screen from virtually any device available.
Deals

Need a smart speaker? Amazon knocks $50 off Sonos Beam soundbar with Alexa

If you're looking to add some oomph to your home audio setup, then through February 3, the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam is on sale for $50 off, bringing this excellent smart sound bar down to just $349 on Amazon.
Home Theater

Walmart abandons its plans for a streaming Netflix killer

Rumored plans for a Walmart owned, Vudu-labeled Netflix streaming killer have been shelved according to a new report from CNBC. The billions it would have needed to invest in order to compete apparently gave the mega retailer cold feet.
Home Theater

Dolby’s secret recording studio app may soon exit stealth mode

In secret testing since June, Dolby's stealth recording and social network app may soon be ready to make an appearance. Dolby 234 blends unique noise-canceling tech with Instagram-like audio filters.
Home Theater

Plex is the latest player to contemplate the subscription streaming game

With massive reach thanks to its client app being supported virtually every media device on the planet, Plex is now looking at the future of its media curation platform. A future that may include free and subscription services.
Home Theater

Here are some common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.
Deals

Here’s a look at the hottest 4K TV deals for January 2019

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.