Pioneer Provides Luxury of Home Entertainment on the Road
Today’s generation of drivers are continually looking for different ways to bring their home entertainment experience into the car, and Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. succeeds in delivering two new car A/V receivers that transform the dashboard into an entertainment haven on wheels. Pioneer’s AVH-P3100DVD and AVH-P4100DVD double DIN multi-media systems are a hub for music, video and connectivity in the car, offering large 5.8″ or 7″ touch screens for exceptional viewing of DVD videos, DivX and jpeg images; enhanced iPod* and iPhone integration for expanded control of these devices; and Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR), which restores sound lost during the process of compressing a recording into MP3, WMA or AAC file formats.
“Pioneer recognized the need to incorporate advanced iPod functionality into its new in-car offerings so users can quickly and easily access their media library while on the road,” said Larry Rougas, vice president of marketing and product planning for the mobile business group of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “In addition, we’re providing more ways for drivers to be entertained with the ability to add HD radio and Satellite car radio as well as enabling hands-free phone conversation using Bluetooth*** so they can safely stay connected to their on-the-go lifestyles.”
Advanced iPod and iPhone Integration
The new AVH offerings expand on the way consumers use iPod devices by offering more capabilities that accelerate access to their favorite music collections including:
- Album Art is displayed in the iPod control screen, creating a more thorough and immersive experience with music.
- Alphabetical Speed Search allows the user to quickly scroll through long lists of artists, albums and songs by accessing the first letter in the name.
- Passenger Control for iPod gives passengers the option to browse and select music directly through the iPod player itself.
- Link Play lets users view all iPod content by the artist currently playing (similar to the artist folder function on an iPod). Three-Way Link Play allows the user to view by Album, Artist or Genre, opening up new ways to explore & discover your music.
Both units feature an intuitive Touch Slide control for quicker navigation through modern media — especially the Artist, Album, and Genre lists on iPod, as well as massive music file and folder lists. It even enables users to fast forward and rewind** through DVD/CD discs and USB# connected devices containing DivX, MP3, WMA and AAC by simply touching and dragging a bar on the bottom of the display.
Each model offers extensive options for users to customize the button illumination colors as well as create their own background display to add a personal touch to their dashboard.
- The user can choose from 112 different illumination colors to match their dashboard lighting, for a seamless fit with their vehicle providing that OEM look.
- The customizable backgrounds feature provide the user the choice of four preloaded wallpapers and three background visual (BGV), or the ability to import a JPEG image from a CD or USB to use as a wallpaper.
Both systems offer unprecedented playback of iPod video, DVD discs or downloaded DivX video content. The addition of a picture viewer feature allows users to view images stored on various mediums. Similar to a digital picture frame, images loaded on CD-R/CD-RW discs are displayed on the screen playing automatically in alphabetical order.
In addition to MOSFET50 50 Watts X 4 amplification, high volt pre-amp outputs and two-way crossovers, both AV players offer Pioneer’s patented ASR. The ASR feature restores the musical detail lost in the creation of compressed music files to create a fuller, richer and more enjoyable listening experience during playback.
The AVH-3100DVD and AVH-4100DVD provides connection to other sources such as an optional XM or SIRIUS satellite radio tuner (activation required), HD Radio tuner and Bluetooth*** wireless adapter for hands-free calling. Music devices with USB or mini jack outputs can also be connected via USB# port located either in front (AVH-P3100DVD) or rear (AVH-P4100DVD) of the players or auxiliary mini jack input. Connection through USB# controls basic functions of the portable devices directly on the face of the Pioneer players.
Pricing and Availability
The AVH-3100DVD and AVH-P4100DVD will be available in February and March with a suggested price of $450 and $580, respectively.
*Compatible with most iPods 3rd generation or later. See more details about compatibility on the pioneerelectronics.com website.
**Fast Forward and Rewind functional only on CDs and DVDs.
***Bluetooth functionality requires a Bluetooth-enabled Pioneer system and a compatible Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. Some Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones may not be fully compatible with (and have full functionality with) a Bluetooth-enabled Pioneer system. See more details about compatibility on the pioneerelectronics.com website.
#Not all USB storage devices or contents are compatible with a USB-enabled Pioneer system, such as DRM content and MTP connection devices. See more details about compatibility on the pioneerelectronics.com website.