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Well Received

Well Received

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
On-the-nose-named Tokyo-based tech pioneers, Pioneer, have announced the release of two new Stereo Receivers, the SX-N30AE (£549.99) and SX-10AE (£229.99 – both available October). Both are equipped with powerful Direct Energy Amplifier technology and cater for a host of analogue and digital audio sources while also supporting Bluetooth (with in-built Wi-Fi connectivity on the SX-N30AE).

What’s more, both models are fully equipped for wireless multi-room use, supporting FireConnect, DTS Play-Fi and Chromecast built-in, as well as being able to work with Google Assistant smart speakers.

The receivers are equipped with Direct Energy Amplifiers with a discrete circuit configuration. This aims to achieve excellent signal transmission and a high signal-to-noise ratio by optimising the circuit blocks and parts layout. As a result, both receivers deliver an unusually high power output (135W/ch: N30AE, 100W/ch: 10AE).

When it comes to connectivity, the SX-10AE has the essentials: four analogue inputs, one line out and a subwoofer pre-out. The SX-N30AE goes further, offering six analogue inputs, a phono input (MM), two digital inputs (one optical, one coaxial), a line out and subwoofer pre-out. The SX-N30AE also has two USB inputs (front/rear), so it really is possible to hook up virtually any and all audio sources to this receiver. Both models support wireless playback from smartphones and other Bluetooth-compatible devices, providing an easy and smart way to enjoy music.

If you’re looking for comprehensive functionality, these receivers cover all the bases. For instance, when it comes to multi-room ability, both offer three ways of getting your music playing around the house:

1) FireConnect - this mirrors network audio and external analogue sources connected to the master component, from streaming services to vinyl records, on FireConnect-compatible speakers in other rooms. Music selection, speaker grouping, and playback management across the home are built into the Pioneer Remote App for iOS and Android.

2) DTS Play-Fi - This allows users to enjoy high-quality, lossless music from leading streaming music services, networked media servers and personal device libraries, all delivered over Wi-Fi to any number of compatible products using the Pioneer Music Control App (available for iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets). Users can also control the system using the Apple Watch or Android Gear. DTS Play-Fi automatically synchronises the music in every room throughout the house.

3) Chromecast built-in - With this, you can use your mobile device to stream your favourite music, radio, or podcasts to any compatible speakers. You can control the audio from anywhere in the house using Chromecast-enabled apps running on your personal device – choose from iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, Mac and Windows laptop, and Chromebook.

As mentioned, the SX-N30AE also has a built-in network capability and supports the wireless playback of music stored on a PC and NAS, connected to a home Wi-Fi network. This lets owners enjoy a wide variety of streaming music services such as Spotify, TIDAL and Deezer. In addition, it also features AirPlay, allowing for the wireless playback of music from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Last but not least, the SX-N30AE (£549.99 – available October) is something of a radio star. It can receive and play high quality DAB/DAB+ broadcasts as well as FM/AM (thanks to the free AS-DB100 Adapter that’s supplied) and also offers access to hundreds of free Internet Radio stations (via the TuneIn service).
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