Pioneer Electronics Canada Inc. will begin shipping five new A/V receivers this summer, under its premium Elite sub-brand. All five models have many network-entertainment features, including built-in AirPlay support, for steaming music from an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or iTunes library on a PC or Mac. Ethernet connectivity is built-in, and an optional Wi-Fi adapter is available.
Four of the five receivers can also accept an optional Bluetooth adapter, and work with Air Jam, a free Pioneer app that lets iPhone/iPad and iPod users creative collaborative playlists on their devices and stream them to the receiver via Bluetooth.
Other network entertainment features include DLNA 1.5 support, which allows high-resolution (up to 192kHz/24-bit) digital audio files to be streamed over a home network from from DLNA-compliant devices; and vTuner Internet radio capability.
All five receivers work with Pioneer's second-generation iPhone/iPad app, iControl AV2.
The line starts with the Elite VSX-40, a 7.1-channel model with Anchor Bay scaling. It will retail in Canada for $550. Other models include the VSX-50, which adds Air Jam capability; the VSX-51, with multi-zone capability; the VSX-52, which adds Marvel video processing and THX Select2 Plus certification; and the VSX-53 (shown here) We have just posted the Canadian review of Sharp's Aquos LC-70LE732 LED-backlit LCD television. At 70 inches, it's the largest consumer LCD television available.. Pioneer Canada has not released pricing for the top four models, or detailed specs for any of the new receivers.