Pioneer today announced the launch of three new in-vehicle multimedia AV receivers designed to deliver exceptional audio and video entertainment, portable device connectivity and enhanced communication capability to the automotive environment. The “AVH” series multimedia AV receivers consist of two double DIN units, the Pioneer AVH-P3250DVD, Pioneer AVH-P4250DVD, and an in-dash model, the Pioneer AVH-P5250DVD.
These models boast large touch screen displays from 5.8 to 7-inches and include a variety of features such as the enhanced touch slide user interface, iPod/iPhone control, USB connectivity, SD card playback, Bluetooth, and navigation4 upgradeability.
“Pioneer is transforming the automobile into a hub for entertainment, convenience, and communication,” said Toshiharu Momotari, Senior General Manager of Sales & Marketing Group, Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre. “The new AVH series multimedia AV receivers correspond to today’s on-the-go lifestyle, with technology that enables consumers to seamlessly integrate many of the most popular portable devices with their in-vehicle Pioneer system.”
With such a wide range of capabilities, Pioneer identified the need to create a simpler, more intuitive user interface for the AVH series multi-media receivers. Eliminating the need to have multiple layers of menus within the control architecture, the touch slide interface enables users to quickly navigate through the control menus by touching and dragging the text on the screen. Users can fast forward and rewind simply touching and sliding on the playback progress indicator displayed on the screen.
Advanced iPod and iPhone Integration
The AVH series receivers expand the way consumers use iPod / iPhone devices by providing direct access and iPod / iPhone specific features including display of album art, alphabetical speed search of music and the added ability of giving passengers the option to switch to direct control using the iPod / iPhone device interface.
Each unit features built-in connectivity to USB storage devices, Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, and devices with mini-jack A/V outputs for diverse media playback capabilities. All three AVH series receivers are Bluetooth hands-free communication capable with the addition of an optional Pioneer Bluetooth receiver.
Each model offers a spectrum of options for users to customise the button illumination colours and background, adding a personal touch to the AVH series receivers. Users can choose from 112 different button illumination colours to match their dashboard lighting, for a seamless fit with their vehicle and providing an OEM level of cosmetic integration. While a customisable background feature provides users with the choice of four pre-loaded wallpapers, three background visuals (BGV), or the ability to import their own JPEG image from a CD-ROM, USB storage device, or SD card to use as wallpaper.
The new systems offers playback of iPod video, DVD video discs and DivX video content. With Pioneer’s new Dual Decode5, users can also display JPEG images during music playback, similar to the slideshow feature commonly found on digital picture frames.
Audio output for each player is enhanced by Pioneer’s MOSFET50 50 Watts X 4 amplification, 4-Volt pre-amp outputs, High-Pass/Low-Pass crossovers for subwoofer integration, patented advanced sound retriever (ASR) to restore the musical detail lost in the creation of compressed music files, and auto equaliser for automatic tailoring of the sound to each vehicle (CD-MC20 microphone required). In addition, each AVH series receiver features Pioneer’s Sonic Centre Control, which creates a more focused sound stage with adjustments of frequency phase and acoustic characteristics by up to 15 steps.
The 2010 Audio/Video systems will be available from 3 March 2010 at the recommended retail prices of S$999 for the Pioneer AVH-P3250DVD, S$1,299 for the Pioneer AVH-P4250DVD and S$1,499 for the Pioneer AVH-P5250DVD.