TORRANCE, CA, August 9, 2017 — Pioneer today unveiled a new Pioneer network AV receiver: the 7.2-channel VSX-932, which supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based audio reproduction through 5.2.2 channels. It will be available in September for an MSRP of $579 USD / $819.99 CAD.
The network AV receiver incorporates Pioneer’s exclusive MCACC*1 automatic sound adjustment technology and convenient audio streaming via DTS Play-Fi®*2, Chromecast built-in, Spotify®, TIDAL, Deezer, and TuneIn over a stable dual-band Wi-Fi®*3 connection. FireConnect™*4 powered by Blackfire delivers wireless multi-room audio, allowing network and analog sources connected to the AV receiver to be played on optional speakers. Other highlights include 384 kHz/32-bit DAC, a refined GUI, and video pass-through of Dolby Vision™, HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), and BT.2020*5 via HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI®.
BUILT FOR POWERFUL SOUND
The VSX-932 outputs 80 W/Ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, THD 0.08%, 2 channels driven, FTC) for thrilling and immersive surround-sound performance. Pioneer’s acclaimed low-distortion amplification system has wideband frequency reproduction capability to produce a large and realistic soundstage with precise rendition of the subtlest details.
SUPPORTS DOLBY ATMOS AND DTS:X
The VSX-932 supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based audio reproduction through 5.2.2 channels. Object-based audio is the latest format that places sound where it would naturally appear in space, creating the most lifelike multi-dimensional audio experience ever. With the addition of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, movie lovers can experience a multi-dimensional sound-field without installing speakers in the ceiling. DTS:X technology allows for the flexible placement of home theater speakers to enable optimized playback on a multitude of speaker layouts.
MCACC WITH PHASE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System), developed with the expertise of professional recording studios, creates an ideal listening environment in media rooms and entertainment spaces. With the custom setup microphone, the system automatically compensates for differences in speaker size, level, and distance, and equalizes response. Additionally, Phase Control technology eliminates phase-lag caused by the low-pass filter between main channels and subwoofer, and reproduces clearer mid- and high-range sound while adding dynamic impact to LFEs. Both technologies allow the creation of a realistic soundstage with immersive presentation of film scores and music.
When using Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, high-directivity sound reflects off the ceiling, while low-directivity sound reaches the ears directly. This subtle difference causes a phase shift, making sound feel uncomfortable. Reflex Optimizer technology resolves this phase-lag and optimizes the performance of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers for clear sound imaging at the viewing position. Sound from Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers integrates seamlessly with that from the floor speakers for a clear and comfortable sound field.
HIGH-QUALITY 384 KHZ/32-BIT D/A CONVERSION
All HDMI terminals support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, 24-bit video pass-through, and the HDCP 2.2 digital copy-protection standard for playback of premium content. Video with HDR*6 (High Dynamic Range) in HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), or Dolby Vision formats is passed through to a compatible display, as is video supporting BT.2020 for vividly rich color performance. Super Resolution, which adopts ultra-high-resolution technology cultivated during the development of Pioneer’s flagship BDP-88FD Blu-ray Disc player, is on board. Super Resolution is a 4K video upscaling technology suited to HD sources.
SUPPORT FOR DTS PLAY-FI*2
The VSX-932 supports DTS Play-Fi technology, featuring an ecosystem of hundreds of compatible products, such as speakers, sound bars and more. Users can stream music from leading online services, media servers, or device libraries to any number of compatible products of any brand. Pioneer Music Control App*7 for iPad®, iPhone®, and Android™ phones and tablets, connects audio systems for synchronized music in every room, and supports streaming different sources to different speakers. With Play-Fi’s Apple Watch® and Android Wear support, music playback controls are also available from popular smartwaches. Users can easily structure a comprehensive ecosystem that satisfies virtually any need. Supported streaming music services include Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Juke!, KKBox, Napster, Pandora, Qobuz, QQMusic, SiriusXM, and Tidal. For more information on DTS Play-Fi visit www.play-fi.com.
CHROMECAST BUILT-IN MUSIC STREAMING PLATFORM2
The VSX-932 comes with Chromecast built-in. Stream your favorite music from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to your speakers. Control playback anywhere in the house using Chromecast-enabled apps on your iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Chromebook™, and the Chrome™ browser on Mac®, Windows®, and Linux PCs. Explore Chromecast-enabled apps at g.co/cast/audioapps. Furthermore, the receiver works with the Google Assistant™ featured on Google Assistant built-in speakers such as Google Home™, and plays music, podcasts, and internet radio on voice command—just say “OK Google” and request desired content.
READY FOR MULTI-ROOM AUDIO
The VSX-932 incorporates FireConnect™ technology to mirror network audio and external analog sources connected to the AV receiver —from streaming services to vinyl—on FireConnect™-compatible Pioneer MRX-3 wireless speaker. Music selection, speaker grouping, and control are built into Pioneer Remote App*7 for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch®, and Android™ phones and tablets.
INTERNET RADIO AND ONLINE MUSIC
A limitless flow of music, sports, talk, and news entertainment is ready to explore courtesy of onboard Internet radio and online music services including Pandora®*8, Spotify*8, TuneIn*8, TIDAL*8, and Deezer*8.
HEAR MUSIC IN HIGH RESOLUTION
All of the popular Hi-Res Audio formats are supported over the local network and USB. This includes 192 kHz/24-bit FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC along with DSD 2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz*9. The AV receivers also plays Dolby® TrueHD up to 192 kHz/24-bit via USB input.
5 GHZ/2.4 GHZ DUAL-BAND WI-FI
High-fidelity sound sources can be played wirelessly over a Wi-Fi connection offering 5 GHz (11a/n) and 2.4 GHz (11b/g/n) bands. In busy households with many devices contributing to congestion on the 2.4 GHz band, the 5 GHz channel offers smooth transmission of audio files without radio-wave interference.
BLUETOOTH® WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
Bluetooth wireless technology on board the VSX-932 is a convenient audio streaming solution for almost any content playing on mobiles, tablets, and laptops, from audiobooks and podcasts to music played from smartphone applications.
INTUITIVE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE WITH EASY INITIAL SETUP
Pioneer’s intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI) over HDMI makes using the receiver a pleasant, stress-free experience. The top page of the on-screen Graphical User Interface displays System Setup, MCACC, and Network/Bluetooth, with quick access to each menu assured. Simple graphical display detailing receiver functions improves everyday operability, while Setup Guidance makes initial network setup much faster and easier than with less refined products.
INTUITIVE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE WITH EASY INITIAL SETUP
- Compatible with Pioneer Remote App
- Includes AirPlay® wireless audio streaming platform
- Supports HDMI-based control functions
- Efficient ECO modes to save energy
*1 MCACC: Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System. MCACC is a proprietary acoustic compensation technology from Pioneer that can perform sound field adjustment at the same level as monitoring techniques employed in sound studios.
*2 Supported via a firmware update provided at a later date. Details on the firmware update will be communicated on the Pioneer website and via other media at a later date.
*3 Requires a wireless LAN network environment compatible with Wi-Fi standards and a Wi-Fi-based connection.
*4 Sharing audio from external analog inputs depends on the model and is enabled with a future firmware update. Sampling rates of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz are supported. FireConnect™ is a technology based on Blackfire provided by Blackfire Research Corp., USA.
*5 BT.2020 is a video format standard that covers a wide color space more than twice that of the BT.709 standard currently used for Blu-ray Disc and other formats.
*6 HDR is a technology that expands the maximum brightness of video. HDR technology is used in the Ultra HD Blu-ray™ standard to expand the maximum brightness from 100 nits to 10,000 nits.
*7 Available for free download. Please check device and OS requirements at App Store or Google Play™.
*8 Please confirm availability of advertised services before purchase. Some services may require a paid subscription.
*9 Not supported over wireless LAN. Sound is reproduced following conversion to PCM.
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