Two New Models Improve Audio Quality of High-Resolution Streamed Digital Music

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

today expanded its family of networking devices with the release of two new
Elite® branded networked audio players. Both the N -30 ($499) and N -50
($699) are equipped with AirPlay® and DLNA® 1.5 wireless technologies,
offering music lovers access to their music stored in a variety of
different sources. With the growing popularity of high -resolution audio
available for Internet download, Pioneer's networked audio players are
designed to handle and expertly reproduce high -resolution digital music.
In addition to AirPlay and DLNA 1.5, the networked audio players feature
vTuner™ Internet radio, iPhone® and Android control apps and a 2.5 -inch
full -color LCD display.

"Utilizing Pioneer's audio heritage, we wanted to create a networked audio
player that can handle a wide range of music formats, including
high -resolution audio that enthusiasts and music lovers are now asking
for," said Chris Walker, director of AV marketing and product planning for
the home entertainment division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "These
new networked players enhance any digital music so even audiophiles, who
love listening to every detail of their music, will find these networked
audio players a must -add to their existing high end system. Both models
are the ideal complement to any existing home audio/video system that's
missing networked audio capabilities."

Built with a focus on quick and easy access to digital music files, the
N -30 and N -50 systems share a number of today's popular network -enabled
music programs. Both players are AirPlay -compatible, enabling consumers to
listen to music saved in their iTunes library as well as access to music
available on AirPlay -enabled apps like PANDORA® Internet radio, iHeartRadio
® and other music streaming services. The N -30 and N -50 are both "Made for
iPad, iPhone and iPod" for music playback¹ and charging. Their DLNA 1.5
Certification enables consumers to stream music from a computer or other
DLNA 1.5 server via a home network.

To connect either system to a wireless network when a direct Ethernet
connection is not available, Pioneer offers the AS -WL300 optional wireless
LAN converter (sold separately). The networked audio players also feature
wireless Bluetooth® (optional Bluetooth adapter AS -BT200 required) transfer
of audio content from any A2DP Bluetooth wireless enabled mobile device or
personal computer. When users want an alternative from their own music
library, both systems are equipped with vTuner Internet radio to access the
more than 16,000 Internet radio stations around the world. Users can
choose from different genres, station locations or have the ability to
simply search for specific stations.

These systems enable playback of standard compressed audio formats
including MP3, WMA and AAC. Through DLNA 1.5, both units feature
high -resolution audio playback which can support 192kHz/24 -Bit FLAC and WAV
files that are now available from a number of Internet sites. AirPlay
functionality provides Apple's Lossless audio with no degradation in sound
quality when listening to music encoded in its native high -resolution
format. A full -color 2.5" LCD screen built into both systems provides a
convenient way to display the album art and song information of currently
playing music. For added convenience, consumers can control their music
via ControlApp, a free app that is available for the iPod touch®, iPhone
and iPad® as well as select Android devices.

In the upper model N -50, Pioneer included an armored chassis to resist
noise and gold RCA jacks for better audio connections. The N -50 also comes
with additional audio features including Advanced Sound Retriever and Sound
Retriever AIR that enhance the audio quality of compressed audio files,
delivering near -CD quality from portable media players, Internet radio and
Bluetooth audio transmissions.

For higher quality audio output, the N -50 features twin EL transformers to
reduce interference and a Hi -Bit 32 -Bit conversion processor for an
elevated audio experience. Consumers with electronics devices with older
or inefficient DACs can take advantage of the N -50's DAC Only Mode.

The Elite audiophile networked audio players are now available. For more
information, check out

It all began with a passion for music that Pioneer founder Nozomu Matsumoto
hoped to share with the world. He started Pioneer in 1938 as a specialty
speaker company, building products out of his garage. Today, Pioneer's
Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group continues Matsumoto's
enthusiasm, developing award -winning audio and video home theater products
including A/V receivers, Blu -ray Disc™ and DVD players, and speakers.
Long -standing partnerships and collaborations with the creative community
have provided Pioneer unique insight in its quest to capture the purity of
a movie or musical artist's original vision into its broad range of home
entertainment products. The company's brands include Pioneer® and Elite®.
More details can be found at

¹ USB cable not included with Elite Networked Audio Players.

PIONEER, the PIONEER logo and the ELITE logo are registered trademarks of
Pioneer Corporation.
AirPlay, iPod, iPod touch, iPhone and iTunes are registered trademarks of
Apple Inc. The AirPlay logo is a trademark of Apple, Inc.
"Made for iPod" and "Made for iPhone" mean that an electronic accessory
has been designed to connect specifically to iPod or iPhone, respectively,
and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance
standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or
its compliance with safety and regulatory standards. Please note that the
use of this accessory with iPod or iPhone may affect wireless performance.
DLNA, the DLNA Logo and DLNA CERTIFIED® are trademarks, service marks, or
certification marks of the Digital Living Network Alliance.
Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
vTuner is a registered trademark of Nothing Else Matters Software, Ltd.

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