Entertainment, Hardware

Pioneer takes to the road


Pioneer?s new AVIC-X920BT in-dash navigation system has a 3D Interface, Pioneer?s proprietary Music Sphere and ECO Graph. Ted Cardenas, director of marketing for the mobile business group of Pioneer Electronics USA, spoke before the CES audience.

Pioneer?s latest is made up of 4GB of flash memory, a large 6.1-inch WVGA touch screen display, a 3D graphics accelerator, DVD playback, built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming, USB connectivity for iPod/iPhone connectivity, micro SD card slot, back-up camera input, and is SIRIUS XM satellite and HD Radio ready, and offers Pandora Link.

Pandora Link is technology that allows an accessory to speak with a portable device that has Pandora on it. The demo used an iPhone 3Gs hooked up to it.

Music Sphere, the animated 3D interface of Pioneer?s iTunes plug in is an easy way to access up to 40 specialized playlists after an iPod, iPhone or iPod Touch device has been synced it and the AVIC-X920BT. The sphere presents playlists categorized into musical attributes, such as rhythm patterns, beats per minute, or the year of the song. It analyzes the feeling of the music, such as energetic, gloomy (if you are in suicidal mood) or relaxing calm, which would be really beneficial after a day on the floor at CES.

Their second generation ECO Driving provides driving status reports and shows on-screen images of the driver?s impact on the environment.

Along with all the spiffy new additions, the AVIC-X910BT is actually a navigation system with maps from Tele Atlas for the continental US, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, and Canada.  

Pioneer puts out the following disclaimer for those customers without common sense: Do not use your Pioneer system if doing so will divert your attention in any way from the safe operation of your vehicle.  

The company emphasized its Stage Four line of products in a video that?s available on line . These products were created for ?those who don?t just listen to music, they experience it.? They were demonstrated on the floor in a Lexus IS-F. Sitting in the car with your eyes closed, you can imagine the singer sitting right next to you.

Stage 4 audio components consist of the new DEX-P99RS, a single CD tuner/digital media player, four new high-performance amplifiers, the new 2010 PRS series of component speaker systems and the PRS series subwoofer.

At $1,349, you?ll get a reference-quality CD tuner with digital DSP and USB port with digital direct signal transmission. There are dual L/R independent 31-band equalizers, and L/R independent 4-Way crossovers with slope setting. Auto EQ and auto time alignment round out the package. They were introducing a ?little speaker? a mid driver to balance the sounds between woofer and tweeter. The bass is delivered from the new PRS subwoofer

Pioneer claims their high end DEX-P99RS is the first to bring a direct digital bit pipe from the iPod/iPhone to the DSP and DAC so you won?t sacrifice quality when you use your iPod as source material.

Again Pioneer cautions: Driver must not operate iPod using Passenger Control mode while driving.

So go out, enjoy the new Pioneer in-vehicle products to the fullest extent, but don?t leave your driveway, if you can?t keep your wits about you.