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By David Richards | Sunday | 18/03/2012

Pioneer Australia is set to launch a new line-up of what they call AV receivers which to me is an old fashioned word which should be sent to the same grave yard that the communication industry send the words PDA.

What Pioneer is really launching is a new range of entertainment management devices that allow users to manage their attach devices, two channel sound and 5.1 channel sound to access content using Bluetooth and Wi Fi.

The four new AV receivers include the VSX-822, VSX-1022, and VSX-1022, all have support for AirPlay, DLNA, and vTuner Internet radio to grab media from iOS devices, iTunes, and some other hardware on the same local network. Ethernet is common across all of them, although the 1122 has the choice of a Wi-Fi adapter to reduce clutter.

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A TV is that a TV, but when it becomes the vehicle to watch Blu ray movies you need that attach sound and video technology that is capable of delivering the rich sound and vision built into the movies source code. You need to experience the Dolby sound of the great effects that can be delivered by the new generation of home entertainment management systems that are now being made available. 

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At the top end Pioneer have their VSX line with 3D and Bluetooth but at the budget and mid range end Pioneer is set to introduce several products. On option for the Australian market is the VSX-522 and VSX-822, both 5.1 surround audio, while the main difference between the two is the lack of Airplay and Bluetooth on the former.

At the top end is the VSX-1022 which will get you 7.1 sound, DLNA, as well as 1080p upscaling.

The Pioneer VSX-1122-K is the big flagship model in the company's 2012 receiver line-up.

In addition to packing in several HDMI inputs, Pioneer has concentrated on upgrading their ability to stream audio content, including Airplay, DLNA, and content from Bluetooth attached devices.

The 522 and 822 are both 5.1-channel receivers with up to 140W per channel and differences such as five versus six HDMI ports. Moving to the 1022 adds 7.1-channel sound and one more HDMI port while keeping the power output. An 1122 lifts the power per channel to 165W, adds a 7.2-channel option, and includes both phase control to better sync the subwoofer delay and an advanced video processor with more control and compensation for low-bitrate digital content.

The full line-up for Australia is set to be launched shortly.

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