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Philips, Pioneer announce new AirPlay-friendly audio products

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2011
News Categories: iPod Accessories, iPad Accessories, iPhone Accessories

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Both Philips and Pioneer have announced new AirPlay-compatible audio products, helping to expand the range of options for consumers looking for equipment to use with the wireless media streaming protocol. Philips’ new Fidelio SoundSphere system features two separate speakers with a curved design, “free-floating” tweeters on top, an included, separate Dock, and built-in Wi-Fi with AirPlay support. The Fidelio SoundSphere system will be available in Europe from May 11 and will sell for €799, or roughly $1,100. Pioneer, meanwhile, has announced that the company’s VSX-1021 7.1-channel home theater receiver, which connects to networks via Ethernet or an optional AS-WL300 wireless LAN adapter, will support AirPlay streaming, as well as the company’s upcoming free Air Jam and iControlAV2 apps. Pioneer says the VSX-1021, which will retail for $549, is the first of eight AirPlay devices planned for 2011.

Finally, JBL has posted a dedicated page for its upcoming On Air Wireless speaker system. Outed by the FCC last December, the system features a full color display for displaying album art and song/artist information, physical playback controls, three JBL transducers with “360-degree HALO” acoustics, a clock with dual alarms, a digital FM radio with 10 presets, and a USB port for firmware updates. No price or release date has yet been announced.

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The best part of the Pioneer announcement is the iControlAV2 app which will make it much easier to control your home audio/video set up without all kinds of universal remote dongles or IR blasters.  Having Airplay baked into the receiver is nice but you can achieve the same thing with an AppleTV, but being able to control the receiver will be awesome.  Hope others follow suit in the “Apple LifeStyle” as Pioneer puts it.

Posted by TosaDeac on March 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM (PDT)

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