Pioneer Introduces New Wireless Music Systems
New SMA Series Wireless Speakers Equipped to Deliver Big Sound in Any Room
Providing the broadest connectivity options of any Wi-Fi® speakers available, three new wireless music speaker systems from Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., the XW-SMA1, XW-SMA3 and XW-SMA4, are equipped with the latest wireless technologies including Apple’s AirPlay®, DLNA® 1.5 and Wireless Direct. All three models were specially tuned by renowned Pioneer sound engineer Andrew Jones to provide high volume output with excellent sound quality.
“We know consumers have different choices in the wireless speaker category. What sets our new SMA speakers apart is their direct WiFi connectivity, portability and audio reproduction,” said Chris Walker, director of AV marketing and product planning for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Because the speakers use Wi-Fi, there’s no additional compression, so they provide excellent sound quality that we think is better than anything you’ll find at this price range in the market.”
The SMA speaker systems offer consumers a choice of connections via Wi-Fi based on the type of device, laptop or home network. Users of iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch and computers running iTunes can connect via AirPlay for playback of music in a single room or multi speakers/multi-room setup. The speakers also offer DLNA 1.5 connectivity, enabling users to listen to music content pushed from their compatible networked devices, including a Mac® computer, PC or handheld smart device via their existing home network.
A first in the industry, all three speaker models offer Pioneer’s Wireless Direct technology, which allows the speaker to act as its own Wi-Fi wireless access point. Through Wireless Direct, no home network is required, giving users the freedom to use the speakers in rooms where a Wi-Fi network might not be available. Additionally, with the XW-SMA3 model, the included rechargeable battery provides added convenience and portability allowing users to enjoy music from the speakers anywhere inside or even outside the home.
Pioneer’s Chief Speaker Engineer Andrew Jones was deeply involved with the design and engineering of each XW-SMA speaker model, with the goal of outperforming the sound quality of similar products in the industry. Key components used in the speakers were carefully selected by Jones, including the drivers and crossovers, to achieve optimum sound. And, because the wireless audio transmission uses the high bandwidth of Wi-Fi, users hear the highest sound quality without the need for any additional compression.
- XW-SMA1 – Features dual 3-inch speakers and a ¾-inch soft dome tweeter, and uses a tuned bass reflex port to enhance bass response.
- XW-SMA3 – Using identical audio components as the XW-SMA1-K, the XW-SMA3-K model adds a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery and a tough exterior for added convenience and portability. When battery power is used, music playback lasts up to 4 hours at maximum volume and up to 6 hours at 50 percent volume.
- XW-SMA4 – Features five speakers, including dual 3-inch speakers, a dedicated 4-inch subwoofer and dual ¾-inch soft dome tweeters.
The Pioneer SMA Wireless Speakers will be available in August with suggested retail prices of $299 (XW-SMA1), $399 (XW-SMA3) and $399 (XW-SMA4).
Pioneer’s Home Electronics Division develops award-winning audio and video home theater products including A/V receivers, Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD players, and speakers. The company’s brands include Pioneer® and Elite®. More details can be found at www.pioneerelectronics.com.
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