Boasting compatibility with major smartphone models running on the latest Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems, Pioneer has improved Bluetooth pairing and cable connectivity that builds on Pioneer’s expertise in the market for in-car entertainment, as well as aesthetic customisation options on the new 1-DIN receivers.
“At Pioneer, we strive to launch innovative, fun and exciting in-car entertainment products that will continue to delight our customers, and exceed their expectations with both quality and affordability. With Pioneer’s App Source, drivers can now enjoy full connectivity in the car with their latest iOS and Android-powered smartphones in the market today,” said Mr. Masayoshi Ishikubo, Senior General Manager of Sales & Marketing Group, Pioneer Electronics Asia Centre.
“To create the definitive connected car, these highly convenient connecting options also offer access to an extensive range of music options including MIXTRAX. That makes the new range of CD receivers the ideal, value-for-money in-car entertainment solutions for the modern, tech-savvy driver.”
Let’s break down the new features: Firstly, App Source. Previously known as App Mode, Pioneer has support for smartphones on the Android platform and the latest iPhone models and operating systems (including iPhone5 and iOS6). Users can control compatible third-party smartphone music applications right from the dashboard. Android smartphone users can now enjoy direct access to their smartphone’s library of music and compatible music-streaming applications through Bluetooth. While all four new CD receivers work with App Source for Android, iPhone users will limited to the DEH-X6650BT, DEH-X3650UI and DEH-X2650UI.
And for another that will get the Android camp cheering, Android USB Direct Control : The convenient plug-and-play feature Android phones installed with operating system 4.0 and later can now connect to the CD receivers via the USB terminal to play and control music while the phone charges.
MIXTRAX, Pioneer’s proprietary virtual DJ technology, is now incorporated into all 2014 CD receivers. Creating a unique nonstop listening experience by seamlessly transitioning between songs with DJ-inspired effects such as cross-fading, high-pass filter, and phaser. Advanced users can further customise their experience by selecting the types of transitions between songs, as well as the duration each song is played before transitioning to the next track.
Let us have a more detailed look at each of the new models:
With a 12 X 1 display, this affordable upgrade will play MP3, WMA and WAV files off CDs, memory drives connected through the front USB port, or through your choice of player though the AUX input. There is 1 preout, and Advanced Sound Retriever for enhanced audio quality. This receiver is also compatible with App Source for Android. Power: 50W x 4,
Like the DEH-1650UB, the DEH-X2650UI plays MP3, WMA and WAV, has CD, USB and AUX inputs, as well as Advanced Sound Retriever for crystal clear audio. The difference is, it has 2 preouts, and boasts support for App Source on iPhone and Android-powered smartphones. Power: 50W x 4
With a bigger display (13 x 1), the DEH-X3650UI adds 210,000 possible colours for each separate segment of the display. Different illumination effects on the display, changes when the unit is powered on, when a CD is loading or ejecting, or flashing with the beats on MixTrax. One can adjust the brightness setting of the display as well. Plays MP3, WMA, WAV from CDs, USB memory and AUX devices. Power: 50W x 4
Packed to the brim with same features as the DEH-X3650UI, this receiver adds the wireless Bluetooth experience with a new auto-pairing feature. It also features Guest Mode, which enables users to pair new devices to the unit easily. Plays MP3, WMA, WAV from CDs, USB memory and AUX devices. Power: 50W x 4
These CD receivers will be available from August 2013.