Pioneer Electronics has launched a speaker bar system designed for home cinema lovers looking to boost their TV's sound without compromising on space.
Fitted with Bluetooth connectivity, the SBX-N700 system easily links up to any Bluetooth-enabled device, and adds video networking, featuring built-in Wi-Fi, to provide access to movies and music stored on DLNA Certified devices connected to a home network. It supports Miracast which uses Wi-Fi Direct technology to mirror the content of a mobile device on a TV screen through the HDMI output of the speaker bar. Support for the new YouTube “Send to TV” function integrated in the YouTube app lets the user pair his mobile device with the SBX-N700 to select videos and control playback on a television, through the speaker bar.
On top of being able to act as a Bluetooth transmitter and relay the audio being output by the bar (to an extra Bluetooth speaker or headphones for example), streamed audio gets enhanced by Pioneer’s Sound Retriever technology. Apart from incorporating Pioneer’s wide band full-range speaker driver technology, the exclusive Phase Control feature provides coherent sound reproduction through the use of phase matching for an optimal sound image at the user’s listening position.
All video content going through the SBX-N700 Network AV Speaker bar System is output to the TV through a digital quality HDMI connection, which also serves as input connection for sound coming from the TV with ARC (Audio Return Channel) featured TVs. Aside from two optical inputs and a stereo mini-jack, the model is also equipped with a USB connection for extra convenience.
Maximizing the potential of the networked advantage, the speaker bar system can be controlled via Pioneer ControlApp, which is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at appstore.com/pioneercontrolapp. A dedicated app is also available as a free download for Android users via Google Play.
Large speaker bars tend to block the TV's remote-control sensor, forcing the user to stand up and angle the remote to control his TV. Pioneer’s new system avoids this by providing IR repeater capability, so that remote command signals are passed through to the TV behind the speaker bar.
The SBX-N700 speaker bar system will be available from mid December 2013 onwards for S$499. You can purchase it from these retail stores: Audio House (Liang Court), Best Denki (IMM), Courts (Ang Mo Kio, Megastore), Mustafa Centre, Pioneer Gallery@Adelphi.