Pioneer is debuting a trio of new audio products for CES 2016

As we head into 2016, it’s a year of brand names you may recognize, but under new ownership. The Sharp brand name is now used by Hisense in the U.S., for example, and while the Pioneer name appears on audio products, the company’s A/V division was sold to Onkyo in 2014. Now the Pioneer name seems reserved for higher-end audio products, like the trio being shown this week at CES.

Elite SX-N30 Network Stereo Receiver

Pioneer-SX-N30-Receiver-2

The first announcement is perhaps the most familiar to those who have been aware of the Pioneer brand for some time, the Elite SX-N30 Network Stereo Receiver. Retailing for $600, the unit features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple Airplay connectivity, and can play almost anything you throw at it. The receiver is DLNA capable and supports WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, MP3 and a wide variety of other formats. Streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are supported as well, in addition to built-in Internet radio.

The receiver’s amplifiers pump out 80 watts per channel, with the transformers and capacitors optimized for a high signal to noise ratio. The chassis is designed to reduce vibration, and features four digital inputs and six analog inputs — all gold-plated — including a dedicated phono jack for those who prefer turntables.

SE-Master1 reference-grade headphones

Up next is a pair of headphones for the audiophile set in the SE-Master1 reference-grade headphones. The headphones are hand-crafted and feature 50mm drivers and a Parker Ceramic Coating over the aluminum diaphragm that Pioneer says allows the headphones to product up to 85,000 Hz. By comparison, most high-res headphones top out at 40,000 Hz.

The SE-Master1 headphones use a floating structure to minimize distortion, with rubber inserted between the base, housing, and hanger to help prevent vibrations and create better separation between the left and right channels for improved soundstage. Pioneer describes the headphones as “ideal for discerning listeners and are more than suitable for recording, mixing and mastering in a professional studio environment.” The suggested retail price for the SE-Master1 is $2,500.

XDP-100R Digital Audio Player

Finally, confirming Pioneer’s commitment to high-res audio is its new XDP-100R Digital Audio Player. The Android-powered digital audio player features a 4.7-inch display and is the first on the market to support playback of the MQA lossless format. 32GB of storage is built in, while dual MicroSD slots allow for a total of 432GB of storage.

Last year the merger between Onkyo and Pioneer was completed that saw the latter’s home audio business folded into the former. The XDP-100R takes advantage of this, using OnkyoMusic to download songs directly to the player without needing to connect to a PC. The headphone jack supports high-res audio up to 24bit/192kHz, while Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a line-out jack are all supplied to connect to other equipment. The XDP-100R retails for $700.

Each of these products is now available in North America, according to Pioneer, and will all be on display this week at CES. For more information, visit the company’s website.

Home Theater

Bowers & Wilkins’ Formation Suite is a stylish, high-end Sonos competitor

With high-end audio specs, and gorgeous designs, B&W's Formation Suite is the company's first foray into wireless home audio. Starting at $700, B&W hopes to outclass Sonos, by offering high-res audio and "perfect" synchronization.
Home Theater

Wireless headphones are finally awesome, and these are our favorites

With sleek forms, prime audio quality, and the freedom of untethered listening, there has never been a better time to pick up a pair of wireless headphones. These are the best ones currently available.
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 2019, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR and much more.
Trash

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

These TVs might cost less than $1,000, but they certainly don’t perform like it

Check out our picks for the best TVs under $1,000 to enjoy top-shelf features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range, and gorgeous image processing. Park yourself here to find the absolute best values in TV land.
Home Theater

FiOS problems: The potholes in Verizon's fiber internet and how to fix them

Verizon FiOS offers no just fiber internet, but TV and home phone service as well. See what kind of problems, issues, and trouble other Verizon FiOS users have reported before you decide to sign up for the service.
Product Review

Microsoft’s $350 Surface Headphones are a good first try, but not good enough

Microsoft’s Surface Headphones are stylish, comfortable, and have great noise-canceling, but at $350 a pair, they’ll have a hard time matching the industry leaders like Sony and Bose.
Home Theater

Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones get a $93 price cut

Good head-fi is expensive, but a premium set of headphones is worth it. The excellent Bose Quietcomfort 35 Series II is on sale right now from Rakuten with a two-day coupon code that can save you more than 90 bucks.
Mobile

Weird Galaxy View 2 is a TV-style tablet to take your mind off the Galaxy Fold

Samsung may be about to resurrect a product line that last saw an entry three years ago. Renders of the Galaxy View 2 show it's sticking to the tablet-that-thinks-it's-a-TV formula.
Home Theater

Don't need sports or local channels? Philo can save you some cash

Philo is an affordable live TV streaming service, with an impressive channel list and feature set. With more hardware support, unlimited DVR, and greatly improved TV Everywhere features, the service is now even easier to recommend.
Mobile

The best Bluetooth headsets of 2019, from Sennheiser to Jabra

Quality headsets are rare. Here are our picks for the best Bluetooth headsets available, whether you need something modest, cheap, or loaded with features. We highlight the best Bluetooth headsets you can get for different situations.
Home Theater

From game consoles to 4K UHD spinners, these are the best Blu-ray players

Streaming may be popular, but the disc isn't dead yet. To get the very best picture and sound quality from your system, you need to be watching Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, and these are the best Blu-ray players you can buy.
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

The best MP3 players of 2019 cram tons of music into a small package

Want to go for a run, but your phone is weighing you down? Don't sweat it. Can't fit your whole music library on your smartphone? No worries. Check out our list of the best MP3 players, and find one that works for you.