It looks as though Pioneer has decided that the iPod is important enough to provide all new sound enhancements to it’s latest line of receivers. In a press released sent out today, Pioneer stated that the VSX-819AH, VSX-919AH and VSX-1019AH A/V receivers each feature proprietary technologies designed to restore compressed audio data and recreate the dynamic listening experiences intended by the original musician.
"With our new line of A/V Receivers that seamlessly integrate with Apple’s iPhone and iPod, we now offer a complete solution for improved portable audio playback in the home theater realm," said David Bales, marketing manager of audio products for the home entertainment division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "With Pioneer’s rich heritage in A/V receiver design and innovation, we are thrilled to give our customers the ability to make iPhone and iPod part of their home theater system."
Pioneer A/V Receivers are part of the "Works with iPhone" and "Made for iPod" program and feature a seamless user experience for iPhone and iPod owners. The new line of receivers allows consumers to simply plug their iPhone or iPod to the A/V receiver and utilize a full-color graphic user interface (GUI) complete with album art, utilize a central remote control option to easily navigate through playlists. The A/V receivers will intuitively turn on the Auto Music-Mute function when a call is received on an iPhone, allowing home audiences to maintain an uninterrupted entertainment experience.
I’m just wondering when someone will allow the same thing to happen with other PMPs. While iPod is definitely popular, it’s not the only game in town. I’m sure other people would enjoy features like this.