Pioneer In-Vehicle Multi-Media Receivers Entertain, Connect and Communicate

Five New AVH series Receivers Provide a Complete Multi-Media Hub for the Automobile

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announced five new in-dash multi-media receivers designed to deliver exceptional audio and video entertainment, portable device connectivity and enhanced communication capability to the automotive environment. The “AVH” series multi-media receivers consist of three double DIN units, the AVH-P3200DVD, AVH-P3200BT and AVH-P4200DVD, and two single DIN models, AVH-P5200DVD and AVH-P5200BT. These models boast large touch screen displays from 5.8 to 7 inches and include a variety of features such as the enhanced touch slide user interface, Apple iPod®/iPhone®1 control, USB connectivity, SD card playback, Bluetooth®, and navigation upgradeability.

“Pioneer is transforming the automobile into a hub for entertainment, convenience, and communication,” said Ted Cardenas, director of marketing for the mobile business group of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The new AVH series multi-media receivers correspond to today’s on-the-go lifestyle, with technology that enables consumers to seamlessly integrate many of the most popular portable devices with their in-vehicle Pioneer system. This integration enhances the capabilities of the Pioneer unit while allowing the portable device to be controlled with the Pioneer user interface, which is specifically designed for in-vehicle use.”

With such a wide range of capabilities, Pioneer identified the need to create a simpler, more intuitive user interface for the AVH series multi-media receivers. This was accomplished by utilizing Pioneer’s advanced touch slide user interface, which has greatly eliminated the need to have multiple layers of menus within the control architecture. The touch slide interface enables users to quickly navigate through the control menus by touching and dragging the text on the screen. This also allows the user to easily navigate through large media lists and, when applicable, to search and sort by artist, album, song and genre. Users can fast forward and rewind through DivX®, MP3, WMA and AAC compressed audio files on DVD/CD discs2 and USB connected devices by simply touching and sliding on the playback progress indicator displayed on the screen.

Advanced iPod and iPhone Integration
The AVH series receivers expand the way consumers use iPod/iPhone devices by providing direct access and iPod/iPhone specific features including:

Connectivity
Each unit features built-in connectivity to USB storage devices3, Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, and devices with mini-jack A/V outputs for diverse media playback capabilities. All five AVH series receivers are Bluetooth4 hands-free communication capable (fully built-in on the AVH-P3200BT and AVH-P5200BT, and available on the AVH-P3200DVD, AVH-P4200DVD and AVH-P5200DVD with the addition of an optional Pioneer Bluetooth receiver). Optional tuners are available to add HD Radio® reception and XM® or SIRIUS® satellite radio services (activation/subscription required).

The 2010 AVH series multi-media receivers also allow users to expand their systems to include full in-dash navigation capability by utilizing Pioneer’s new add-on AVIC-U220 navigation system. The AVIC-U220 is a compact, detachable add-on unit that provides full turn-by-turn navigation and compatibility with Pioneer’s AVIC FEEDS software. The ultra flexible AVIC-U220 features a very small footprint that allows it to be installed in small spaces, and it can quickly be detached from its dock for in-home transfer of AVIC FEEDS data.

Customization
Each model offers a spectrum of options for users to customize the button illumination colors and background, adding a personal touch to the AVH series receivers.

Video
The new systems offers playback of iPod video, DVD video discs and DivX video content. With Pioneer’s new Dual Decode5, users can also display JPEG images during music playback, similar to the slideshow feature commonly found on digital picture frames.

Sound
Audio output for each player is enhanced by Pioneer’s MOSFET50 50 Watts X 4 amplification, 4-Volt pre-amp outputs, High-Pass/Low-Pass crossovers for subwoofer integration, patented advanced sound retriever (ASR) to restore the musical detail lost in the creation of compressed music files, and auto equalizer for automatic tailoring of the sound to each vehicle (CD-MC20 microphone required). In addition, each AVH series receiver features Pioneer’s sonic center control, which creates a more focused sound stage with adjustments of frequency phase and acoustic characteristics by up to 15 steps.

The 2010 Audio/Video systems will be available in March 2010 ranging in suggested retail prices from $450 to $700.

Pioneer’s Mobile Business Group is known for offering the kind of in-car products that make driving more enjoyable by offering high quality audio and video, seamless connectivity and ease-of-use. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including audio video, navigation and satellite radio, while maintaining its strong heritage in products for car audio enthusiasts and sound competitors.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a leader in optical disc technology and a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment
for the home, car and business markets. The company focuses on four core business domains including Blu-ray Disc and DVD, display technologies, navigation and Digital Network Entertainment™.

NOTE: Do not use your Pioneer system if doing so will divert your attention in any way from the safe operation of your vehicle. Always observe safe driving rules. In some states certain operations of devices while driving may be illegal. Where such regulations apply, they must be obeyed.
1Compatible with most iPhones/iPods 3rd generation or later. See more details about compatibility on the pioneerelectronics.com website.
2Fast Forward and Rewind functional only on CDs and DVDs.
3Not 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
4Bluetooth 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.
5While viewing a picture on USB Device or SD Memory Card, users can only play music on CD, DVD or Tuner.

PIONEER is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation.
IPOD and IPHONE are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
BLUETOOTH is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
DIVX is a registered trademark of DivX, Inc.
HD Radio is a registered trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation
IPOD is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
SIRIUS XM is a registered trademark of Sirius XM Satellite Radio Inc.

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Ted Cardenas Director of Marketing, Mobile Business Group