Pioneer has announced four new AV receivers: the VSX-519V, VSX-819H, VSX-919AH and VSX-1019AH (pictured), all set to retail at £700 or less.
Three of the models are some of the first to be certified for iPhone and iPod compatibility, with the amplifiers also promising to enhance the sound quality of compressed MP3 files while they're at it.
The top three models – the '819, '919 and '1019 – can decode all the HD audio codecs, while the '919 and '1019 allow upconversion to HDMI. The top of the range '1019 also provides upscaling of all video signals to 1080p.
Focusing again on the top three models, you'll find a 'multi-format USB port' for connecting MP3 players. Direct digital signal transfer from the iPod to the receiver 'guarantees' the purest sound possible, we're told.
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Pioneer's new receivers also incorporate multizone sound, and some come with the company's own calibration system. See the spec table below for more details.
VSX-1019 VSX-919 VSX-819 VSX-519Power (6 Ohm, 1K, 1% THD) 140W 140W 130W 130WChannels 7 7 5 5HD Audio yes yes yes noMCACC Advanced Advanced yes noAdvanced Sound Retriever Multi Multi 2ch 2chHDMI Terminal (in/out) 4/1 3/1 3/1 2/1Deep Colour yes yes yes yesx.v.Colour yes yes yes yesKURO Link yes yes no noAnalogue-to-HDMI conversion yes yes no noScaler (up to 1080p) yes no no noiPod Digital yes yes yes noJacket pictures from iPod yes yes no no Works with iPhone yes yes yes noNew GUI yes yes no noMulti-zone Zone2 Zone2 Zone2 Zone2
The VSX-519V and the VSX-819H will be available from May, while the VSX-919AH and VSX-1019AH will follow in June.
We're waiting on a price for the VSX-519, but the '819 is set to retail at around £400, the '919 at around £500 and '1019 at around £700, and all are available in black or silver.