Long Beach, Calif. â€“ (JanuaryÂ 4, 2012) â€“Â Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today expanded its family of networking devices with the release of two new EliteÂ®Â branded networked audio players.Â Both theÂ N-30Â ($499) andÂ N-50Â ($699) are equipped with AirPlayÂ®Â and DLNAÂ®Â 1.5 wireless technologies, offering music lovers access to their music stored in a variety of different sources.Â With the growing popularity of high-resolution audio available for Internet download, Pioneerâ€™s networked audio players are designed to handle and expertly reproduce high-resolution digital music.Â In addition to AirPlay and DLNA 1.5, the networked audio players feature vTunerâ„¢Â Internet radio, iPhoneÂ®Â and Android control apps and a 2.5-inch full-color LCD display.
â€œUtilizing Pioneerâ€™s audio heritage, we wanted to create a networked audio player that can handle a wide range of music formats, including high-resolution audio that enthusiasts and music lovers are now asking for,â€ said Chris Walker, director of AV marketing and product planning for the home entertainment division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.Â â€œThese new networked players enhance any digital music so even audiophiles, who love listening to every detail of their music, will find these networked audio players a must-add to their existing high end system.Â Both models are the ideal complement to any existing home audio/video system thatâ€™s missing networked audio capabilities.â€
Built with a focus on quick and easy access to digital music files, the N-30 and N-50 systems share a number of todayâ€™s popular network-enabled music programs.Â Both players are AirPlay-compatible, enabling consumers to listen to music saved in theirÂ iTunes library as well as access to music available on AirPlay-enabled apps like PANDORAÂ®Â Internet radio, iHeartRadioÂ®Â and other music streaming services.Â The N-30 and N-50 are both â€œMade for iPad, iPhone and iPodâ€ for music playbackÂ¹ and charging.Â Their DLNA 1.5 Certification enables consumers to stream music from a computer or other DLNA 1.5 server via a home network.
To connect either system to a wireless network when a direct Ethernet connection is not available, Pioneer offers theÂ AS-WL300 optional wireless LAN converter (sold separately).Â The networked audio players also feature wireless BluetoothÂ®Â (optional Bluetooth adapter AS-BT200 required) transfer of audio content from any A2DP Bluetooth wireless enabled mobile device or personal computer.Â Â When users want an alternative from their own music library, both systems are equipped withÂ vTuner Internet radio to access the more than 16,000 Internet radio stations around the world.Â Users can choose from different genres, station locations or have the ability to simply search for specific stations.
These systems enable playback of standard compressed audio formats including MP3, WMA and AAC.Â Through DLNA 1.5, both units feature high-resolution audio playback which can support 192kHz/24-Bit FLAC and WAV files that are now available from a number of Internet sites.Â AirPlay functionality provides Appleâ€™s Lossless audio with no degradation in sound quality when listening to music encoded in its native high-resolution format.Â A full-color 2.5â€ LCD screen built into both systems provides a convenient way to display the album art and song information of currently playing music.Â For added convenience, consumers can control their music via ControlApp, a free app that is available for the iPod touchÂ®, iPhone and iPadÂ®Â as well as select Android devices.
In the upper model N-50, Pioneer included an armored chassis to resist noise and gold RCA jacks for better audio connections.Â The N-50 also comes with additional audio features including Advanced Sound Retriever and Sound Retriever AIRÂ that enhance the audio quality of compressed audio files, delivering near-CD qualityÂ from portable media players, Internet radio and Bluetooth audio transmissions.
For higher quality audio output, the N-50 features twin EL transformers to reduce interference and a Hi-Bit 32-Bit conversion processor for an elevated audio experience.Â Consumers with electronics devices with older or inefficient DACs can take advantage of the N-50â€™s DAC Only Mode.
The Elite audiophile networked audio players are now available.Â For more information, check outÂ www.pioneerelectronics.com.
It all began with a passion for music that Pioneer founder Nozomu Matsumoto hoped to share with the world.Â He started Pioneer in 1938 as a specialty speaker company, building products out of his garage.Â Today, Pioneerâ€™s Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group continues Matsumoto’s enthusiasm, developing award-winning audio and video home theater products including A/V receivers, Blu-ray Discâ„¢ and DVD players, and speakers.Â Long-standing partnerships and collaborations with the creative community have provided Pioneer unique insight in its quest to capture the purity of a movie or musical artistâ€™s original vision into its broad range of home entertainment products.Â The companyâ€™s brands include PioneerÂ® and EliteÂ®.Â More details can be found atÂ www.pioneerelectronics.com.
Â¹ USB cable not included with Elite Networked Audio Players.
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â€œMade for iPodâ€ and â€œMade for iPhoneâ€ mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod or iPhone, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards.Â Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards.Â Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod or iPhone may affect wireless performance.
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