Pioneer launches the Elite VSX-42 and Elite VSX-60 AV receivers for users who wants not just audio quality but control and connectivity. The 7.1-channel VSX-42 offers 80-watt x 7 power output while the VSX-60 delivers 90-watt x 7 power. In addition to wired Ethernet connectivity for access to network content (vTuner, Pandora), they also support AirPlay and DLNA 1.5. Users can also add WiFi support to the latter using the optional AS-WL300 network adapter. They allow users to control their home entertainment system using portable devices using the ControlApp and iControlAV2012 applications.
To deliver enhance video processing power and upscaling, the VSX-42 is equipped with Anchor Bay video processor while the VSX-60 sports Marvell’s award-winning Qdeo technology. The latter adds Pioneer’s Stream Smoother technology to automatically improveimages downloaded from the Internet; and the Advanced Video Adjust technology that automatically optimizes video signals by the type of display (selected manually) connected to the receiver, such as Plasma, LCD and Front Projector. As for audio enhancement, both receivers feature 192kHz/24-Bit DACs, MCACC room calibration and Advanced Sound Retriever. The VSX-60 takes it further with Advanced MCACC, Phase Control Plus, PQLS Bit Stream and Virtual Depth.
These Elite receivers support 2-zone analog audio for users to enjoy audio in other rooms in the big house. With DLNA and AirPlay, users can wirelessly stream media content from their Mac/PC or portable devices such as smartphone, tablet. The AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter can be added for wireless Bluetooth music streaming. The VSX-42 and VSX-60 are priced at $450 and $650 respectively.