Pioneer announced that it is the proud recipient of three esteemed awards by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA), Europe’s leading consumer technology awards association. Pioneer took top honours in the home AV category with its VSX-922 AV receiver which was named “European HT Receiver 2012-2013” and its N-50 Network Audio Player, awarded as “European Streaming Product 2012-2013”. Additionally, the AVIC-F40BT car navigation device was recognised as “European In-Car Navi-Media System 2012-2013”.
EISA is the largest editorial multimedia organisation in Europe, with a membership of 50 audio, mobile electronics, video and photo magazines drawn from 19 European countries. Every year a panel of judges comprising the editors-in-chief from all EISA member magazines selects outstanding products and technologies across a wide range of audiovisual product categories.
Pioneer has a reputation for providing best-in-class technology and it’s a great honour to be recognised for our commitment to quality and innovation with no less than three prestigious awards from the world’s largest and most prestigious multimedia magazines association,” said Yukitoshi Iimori, Executive Director Sales & Marketing Pioneer Europe.
European HT Receiver 2012-2013: Pioneer VSX-922
“Casual inspection reveals little change from Pioneer’s previous generation, but there are key improvements including six 3D-compatible HDMI inputs, 7.2 channel outputs and a host of new video processing options to improve picture quality. The VSX-922 supports both DLNA and AirPlay, has a digital connection for iPod, iPhone or iPad and plays WAV or FLAC music files up to 192kHz/24-bit via its wired network or USB connections. Functional and fun, interactive control is also offered in the form of Pioneer’s iControlAV2012 app for smartphones and tablets.”
European Streaming Product 2012-2013: Pioneer N-50
“Network-enabled hi-fi separates are evolving at a fiercesome pace but Pioneer’s N-50 is sufficiently ahead of the pack that it sets the standard in its class. Its 2.4in colour LCD screen squeezes in a lot of information, including a thumbnail of the album cover and details of the file type and sampling frequency. The N-50 is also a lot heavier than its slim profile suggests thanks to its multiple power supplies and reinforced chassis. But most important of all, its DLNA-compliant Ethernet connection will handle the highest resolution 24-bit/192kHz media with other connections to support legacy digital products, USB audio and external Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapters. Musically, it serves up a soundstage you can walk into – guitars sound slinky and cymbals positively sizzle as the N-50 weaves its digital magic.”
European In-Car Navi-Media System 2012-2013: Pioneer AVIC-F40BT
The EISA judging panel stated:
“With Pioneer’s AVIC-F40BT you already have it all! Fully functional as a standalone head unit, the Advanced App Mode brings limitless possibilities. Besides traditional features like CD and DVD playback, the Pioneer accepts speech commands to help you control navigation, calls and multimedia without lifting a finger, an ECO Drive feature helps to improve fuel economy, and the new ‘Aha Radio’ feature opens the door to internet radio, podcasts and audio books. Additionally, Advanced App Mode allows iPod/iPhone content and special automotive applications to be managed directly from your car dashboard. The new MIXTRAX app automatically creates a non-stop mix of your music. You’ll never be lost in the world if you have the Pioneer AVIC-F40BT!”