First iPod Home A/V Docks from Pioneer

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By Amy Gilroy Pioneer Electronics entered the home iPod A/V speaker-dock category with four models, claiming it is drawing on its home theater experience to enter the category.
The new models begin shipping in April. They are Works with iPhone compatible with built in subwoofers. Some models have Bluetooth capability and some have HDMI and component video outputs so you can stream YouTube video from your iPhone to your TV.
The line includes the Audition XW-NAS3-K that focuses on sound quality with a 2.1 channel digital amplifier and component and composite video outputs for streaming content from the portable device to the TV. Also, with an optional $99 Pioneer AS-BT100 adapter, you don’t have to physically dock your iPod/iPhone but can stream to the device via stereo Bluetooth (if your portable offers that feature). The Audition will ship in April in black or white at $449 suggested retail price.
It is joined by two Duo models that each dock with two devices.
The Duo XW-NAC1-K and XW-NAC3-K have two top-load docking slots for two different iPod/iPhones and they add built-in Bluetooth without the need for an adaptor. There’s a Double Shuffle feature so users can shuffle music from both docked devices. The XW-NAC3-K system also lets you playback music from any computer in the house through DLNA 1.5. The Duo XW-DAC1-K will be available in May and the XW-NAC3-K will be available in June at $349 and $449 respectively.
The Pioneer HTD XW-NAV1K-K is an all-in-one home theater system with a “Works with iPhone” certified dock, DVD/CD player, FM tuner and USB connectivity as well as CD to MP3 ripping capability. The DVD player offers progressive video output from the built-in HDMI port. The device also has a composite output. It will ship in June in either black or white at $229.
Source: Pioneer Electronics
Photo: XW-NAC3-K

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