September 08, 2011 by Grant Clauser
In addition to a slew of new powerhouse home theater receivers, this week at CEDIA Pioneer slipped in a new digital music device called the Music Tap.
The Music Tap (in a $399 Pioneer version and a $479 Elite version) connects users to digital music in a number of ways. First, the systems include built-in AirPlay support to allow wireless streaming of music from and iPod/iPad/iPhone . There’s also a dock for an iPhone or iPod.
The systems include built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet posts for connection to the web. They can connect to a user’s stored music via DLNA (1.5 certified). For web-based cloud music, there’s Internet Radio (via vTuner). Users can also tap into AirPlay supported music services such as Panadora or iHeartRadio.
The devices can be used as a simple multiroom audio system by using AirPlay to simultaneously stream the same music to multiple Music Taps in a home and a AirPlay home theater receiver.
The unit includes a 2.5-inch color LCD display and a pair of passive radiator speakers. The Elite model adds Bluetooth. Both systems will be available in October.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths
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