Items tagged with Pioneer

It looks like Pioneer will be the first company to release a line of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drives for PCs. Pioneer in Japan announced two models that are expected to go on sale later this month, both of which stick to the standard half-height 5.25-inch optical disc drive form factor. However, both also require Windows 10, at least 6GB of system memory, and a Kaby Lake processor. The two models are the BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X. They've very similar to one other, with the higher end BDR-S11J-X sporting a paint job that's better at dissipating heat, low resistance flat cable, anti-vibration components, and the ability to check and display the playback quality of an audio CD (CD-DA) in four different... Read more...
Google this week made its Android Auto platform now available for devices running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher, provided you own a compatible car stereo head unit. Pioneer gets first dibs on that front with a trio of compatible models -- AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, and AVH-4100NEX -- though Google says more partners will jump on board. "Starting today, you can get Android Auto in your car with your Android 5.0+ phone and compatible Pioneer head units," Google stated in a Google+ post. "Available in the US, UK, and AU. Stay tuned for more partners coming soon." This has been a long time coming. Google first unveiled Android Auto during its Google I/O event last year, saying that cars would... Read more...
Apple’s CarPlay looks to be one of the more innovative products that the company has created since the passing of Steve Jobs, and although it’s likely that we’ll see new cars on the lot with CarPlay technology built in yet this year, Pioneer is offering an aftermarket CarPlay product that you can pop into the car that you already own. The in-dash multimedia system will be available this summer on Pioneer’s NEX receivers via a firmware update and should offer all the features promised by any Apple CarPlay system. “Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first... Read more...
The integration of car and technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, and while we can't really understand why this didn't happen sooner, we're taking late over never given that we don't really have a choice. As SYNC and other in-car infotainment technologies continue to spread like wildfire, Pioneer isn't missing their chance to do something similar. The company has just revealed AppRadio, which is being called the first in-vehicle product designed to utilize the processing power, storage capacity, network connectivity and apps of the iPhone and iPod touch (4th generation) as the primary source for its information and entertainment capabilities. This is a brilliant move. Rather than splintering... Read more...
It wasn't long ago that Pioneer was selling a line of Elite plasma HDTVs. In 2009, Pioneer abandoned the TV business to focus on other efforts. Now, it appears the Elite brand will be available on TVs once again. Sharp will license Pioneer's Elite brand for a line of high-end flat-panel displays the company plans to introduce in the US and Canada this year. Pioneer currently uses the Elite brand with lines of high-end audio/video receivers, Blu-ray Disc players and speakers. "As a leader in large-screen LCD TV, we are excited to collaborate with Pioneer to bring a high-end LCD TV to the Elite consumer," stated John Herrington, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America president. "The Elite... Read more...
Blu-ray, and 3D. Like peas in a pod, they go together. If you've invested in a 3D HDTV and now just need to make the leap to Blu-ray, Pioneer has a new Blu-ray player line that bring your home theater system to completion. The company has announced this week that they're shipping their first line of Blu-ray 3D players in the U.S. These were initially revealed at CEDIA 2010 in Atlanta, with the line including the Pioneer BDP-430 and two "Elite" models: BDP-41FD and BDP-43FD. All of them have streaming capabilities, are Wi-Fi reader and support a BD-J resume feature. They're also compatible with the iControlAV App, and they have HDMI 1.4a ports that allows for the passage of Blu-ray 3D content.... Read more...
Looks like we've got ourselves quite the conundrum. Today, Pioneer has unleashed the planet's first-ever 12x Blu-ray Disc writer. Problem is, all writable Blu-ray media available on U.S. shelves is still at 6x. In other words, you can now buy a writer that'll toast media twice as fast as the media that's currently available. Like we said, it's a strange problem indeed.Still, for those with faith in the future (and optical media companies needing to catch up), Pioneer's BDR-205 Blu-ray Disc Computer Writer is an attractive piece. It's easily the industry's fastest BD writer, with all other rivals currently maxing out at 8x. When utilized with a properly configured PC, the drive’s Low Vibration... Read more...
At the CEDIA Expo, Pioneer announced that its Elite BDP-09FDr Blu-ray Disc Player has become the world’s first to achieve THX certification. The company’s Elite EX Series in-wall speakers have also attained THX Select2 certification. Both of these products complement the company’s Elite A/V Receivers, which are also THX Ultra2 Plus Certified and feature Class D digital amplification. By meeting these certifications and adhering to the company’s own strict principles for faithful reproduction of content, Pioneer feels that its line of products rival the movie theater experience. Pioneer Showcases the World’s First THX Certified Blu ray Disc Player Company Delivers Cinematic Quality to the Home... Read more...
It's a problem faced by far too many netbook buyers these days: what do you do when you need access to an optical disc? The vast majority of 8", 9" and 10" netbooks arrive today without an optical drive to speak of. Just a few years back, it was practically unheard of to see a notebook sans a DVD drive; today, it's almost a given if the machine is around 13" or smaller. In order to give those who still spin the platters a chance to beef up their recent netbook purchase, Pioneer is introducing the industry's "most compact" portable DVD/CD writer to date.The DVR-XD09 is an ultra-slim, ultra-lightweight device that weighs just 8 oz. and has an overall size that is slightly larger than a music CD... Read more...
While Blu-ray no longer has HD DVD to compete with, the format is still a long ways from being completely dominate. In fact, we'd argue that it's still battling with DVD and online downloads, and given the surge in popularity of the latter, we're not confident that BD will ever have the upper hand. That said, videophiles still know that there's currently nothing better than a 1080p Blu-ray Disc, and for those still looking for that perfect player, Pioneer has introduced a few more options. This week, the company announced that its BDP-120, BDP-320 and Elite BDP-23FD were all shipping here in the United States. All three models support 1080p video output, high resolution surround sound and above-average... Read more...
Just a few weeks back, Lite-On introduced its very own 8X Blu-ray Disc reader; today, Pioneer is one-upping that with its 8X Blu-ray Disc burner. The BDR-2203 picks up where the others have left off by adding in 8X BD writing (the fastest currently available for the format) as well as the traditional CD-R and DVD-R burning capabilities. Aimed at professional authoring gurus and choosy HTPC owners, this new internal optical drive provides users with a solid brand name, top-notch burn support and the ability to play back 1080p films -- all for less than a standalone deck, in some cases. With the drive, users can burn up to 50GB of information onto a single BD-R or BD-RE disc -- assuming they can... Read more...
Last week, we told you Pioneer was considering an exit from the flat panel TV market due to increasing losses. Now, it’s official: Pioneer will in fact exit the TV business by March 2010. It will also cut 10,000 jobs worldwide and direct its focus to car electronics and other home electronics businesses. The announcement came as Pioneer posted operating and net losses as well as lower sales for its fiscal third quarter which ended December 31. The company is projecting a record net loss of about $1.44 billion for its fiscal year ending March 31. Of the 10,000 jobs that will be cut, 6,000 are full-time employees worldwide and 4,000 are temporary workers. In a statement, Pioneer said it is exiting... Read more...
Japanese electronics manufacturer Pioneer is considering various options regarding its flat panel TV business as a result of increasing losses. One option is for the company to terminate in-house TV production entirely. Even after Japan's Nikkei newspaper claimed Pioneer plans to pull out of the television market entirely, a Pioneer spokesman said, "There is a whole spectrum of possibilities with withdrawal on one end, in-house development and production on the other, and sales of procured TVs somewhere in the middle.” The company has previously announced plans to end the production of plasma display panels but intended to continue producing TV sets using panels from Panasonic. The Nikkei also... Read more...
Microsoft and Pioneer Enter Into Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement to Foster Mutual Innovation in Consumer TechnologyAgreement covers a broad range of consumer products for both companies. REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO — Sept. 16, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. and Pioneer Corp. signed a patent cross-licensing agreement that furthers the development of each company’s product lines and will expand technological innovation to enhance the overall customer experience. The cross-licensing agreement covers a broad range of consumer products, including Pioneer’s auto navigation products and televisions, as well as Microsoft’s software products. The agreement allows greater mutual access to each partner’s respective... Read more...
From a technical perspective, the biggest advantage Blu-ray discs (BD) offer is more storage space--up to 25GB (for single-layer discs) or 50GB (for dual-layer discs). From a more practical standpoint, the best thing BD brings to the table is higher-quality, high-definition (HD) movies. More storage space means less data needs need to be compressed to fit on the disc--which is how we're able to get 1080p BD movies. But what happens when Quad HDTV (3840x2160 resolution: 2160p) makes its debut in a few years? Or what if the proposed Ultra High Definition (7680x4320: 4320p) standard or something similar makes it to market? Does this mean we're back to the days of DVDs when movies had to be highly... Read more...
Japan's Pioneer Electronics is giving up on manufacturing their own plasma panels, and will simply buy them from other manufacturers and market them to consumers. The market for the panels is intensely competitive, and Pioneer has been bleeding red ink ever since it purchased  the plasma manufacturing operations of NEC Corp in 2004. As it downsizes its plasma business, Pioneer will now try to rebuild itself with help from rival Sharp Corp Pioneer and Sharp last year formed a capital and business partnership that allowed Sharp to become the single largest shareholder in Pioneer with a 14.3 percent stake.Pioneer will also start buying Sharp's LCD panels at a yet to be decided date to re-enter... Read more...
You've probably heard that Comcast is throttling P2P downloads, and that the FCC was interested enough to hold a hearing yesterday.  At that hearing, 2 Internet pioneers gave Comcast a piece of their minds.David Reed, an MIT professor who's considered to be an Internet engineering pioneer, said Comcast's behavior makes him especially "uncomfortable" because it involves both deep packet inspection, which poses privacy concerns, and injection of forged reset packets, a disruptive tactic that makes a message appear to be coming from someone it's not.One problem is an absence of quantifiable ways of figuring out whether peer-to-peer use is causing consumers to exceed their seemingly unspoken... Read more...
NVIDIA Pioneers Hybrid Technology for the PC Innovative Multi-GPU Technology Raises Performance, Reduces Power Consumption for PC Graphics CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW—LAS VEGAS, NV—JANUARY 7, 2008—NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies, today announced the industry’s first hybrid technology for PC platforms—Hybrid SLI™—that addresses two critical issues: increasing graphics performance and reducing power consumption. NVIDIA Hybrid SLI technology will be incorporated into a wide variety of graphics and motherboard desktop and notebook products that the Company is rolling out for both AMD and Intel desktop and notebook computing platforms throughout 2008. “From... Read more...
If you suffer from "Blackberry Thumb" from punching in text on the tiny keyboard supplied with many mobile devices, you're bound to love the I-Tech virtual laser keyboard. The device, priced at $180, is a black obelisk about the size of a lipstick tube that uses infrared and laser technology to project an outline of a full keyboard onto any surface. You type by "pressing" the keys, and the laser senses your actions. The keyboard can be made slightly larger or smaller depending on how the device is angled. It's also compatible with a long list of handhelds, PCs and Macintosh computers... Read more...
AMD PIONEERS INTERACTIVE ONLINE RESOURCE, REDEFINING TRADITIONAL WAYS IT INDUSTRY ACCESSES INFORMATION - AMD Virtual IT Experience Brings Industry Together, Using Cutting Edge Gaming Technology to Create an "Always On" Resource - Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept. 12, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the AMD Virtual IT Experience, a revolutionary online event that offers a new way to approach audiences seeking access to information about AMD and its partners. The AMD Virtual IT Experience is an interactive, content-rich venue to help customers quickly locate information, tools and advice to combat IT problems and advance their business - whether it's finding new ways to solve issues... Read more...
It's no secret that Blu-Ray has gained major support in recent months, gaining momentum over HD-DVD.  Furthering the growth, Pioneer is releasing their first Blu-Ray Disc Drive for the PC.  The BDR-101A boast storage capacities of 25GB on a single disc.  Look for shipments to start in the first quarter of 2006.  The drive will burn at 2X while standard DVD-R/ Rs will record at 8x.This first generation product will be targeted primarily to professional users and serious enthusiasts, generally the first to adopt new technology. In particular, content creators will depend on Blu-ray Disc writers to test and evaluate high definition consumer Blu-ray Disc titles during the authoring... Read more...
Corsair TWIN2X1024-8000UL Memory Modules @ X-bit labs: "Today you will get acquainted with another memory solution that managed to surpass 1GHz threshold. It is going to be overclocker DDR2 SDRAM memory from Corsair. This memory manufacturer is very well-known for their excellent products. For example, their DDR2-1000 modules boast the lowest latencies than the competitors." Pioneer DVR-633H-S DVD Recorder @ Designtechnica: "Besides the normal studio DVDs, you can play your home-burned DVDs containing TV content or home movies. It also plays CDs and CD-R/RW discs with WMA and MP3 files, and its JPEG photo viewer is compatible with Fujifilm and Kodak photo discs and CD-R/RWs burned... Read more...