Pioneer Electronics Asia Centre has announced its 2017 in-car receivers based on new hardware platforms to enable more advanced features and enhanced audio reproduction. 11 models are available – the 1-DIN DEH-X1950UB, DEH-X1952UB, DEH-X1953UB, DEH-X2950UI, DEH-X3950BT, DEH-X4950BT, and DEH-X7850BT CD receivers and their MVH-X195UI, MVH-X395BT, MVH-X585BT digital media version, as well as the 2-DIN FH-X785BT CD receiver.
A 13-band equaliser (EQ), touting twice the number of adjustable frequencies than most car EQs, provides more precise sound tweaking. Meanwhile, a newly incorporated 3-way network mode can significantly enhance treble, vocal and bass separation for greater finesse, by seamlessly integrating a tweeter, mid-range driver and woofer.
ARC Version 2.2.0
Pioneer ARC, has also been updated to take full advantage of the 13-band EQ and 3-way network mode. Version 2.2.0 now supports new EQ and advanced settings, like crossover and speaker levels, which can be easily customised via an intuitive “touch-and-slide” interface with zoom capability. A newly introduced fader/balance setting lets users tune both parameters effortlessly and concurrently. ARC also now supports third-party apps, such as Google Maps, Waze, Spotify, and YouTube, allowing users to access more content.
50% to 60% smaller than uncompressed WAV files, but without sacrificing the original sound quality, FLAC is the most popular lossless audio format favoured by audiophiles. With 24-bit/96KHz FLAC support, drivers and their passengers can enjoy unadulterated tunes, touting the full dynamism and nuances of studio recordings.
Spotify, currently available in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines with more Southeast Asian countries in the pipeline, maintains a massive library of over 30 million titles. Playback can also be conveniently controlled directly from the dashboard or a connected smartphone, leveraging USB (iOS) or Bluetooth (Android) connection.
The enhanced wide-view display is not only physically wider, but also provides increased clarity and situational awareness. The latter includes new artist, album and song icons, animated music EQ graphic and a Smartphone Link status icon.
DEH-X1953UB, DEH-X2950UI, DEH-X3950BT and DEH-X4950BT are equipped with a USB port that outputs up to 1.5 amperes, significantly reducing the time required to recharge the latest Android smartphones compared to most CD receivers.
An exclusive feature for the DEH-X2950UI and DEH-X4950BT, users can select their choice of colour to illuminate this dial to enhance the mood inside the car cabin, while its unique styling gives the head unit a premium look and feel.
The new 2017 Pioneer CD and Digital Media Receivers are now available at all Pioneer authorised dealers