Pioneer Adds 4K and MHL to New Elite AV Receivers

The VSX-43 and VSX-70 have new multi-zone and multi-source features.

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Pioneer's VSX-70 is pictured here and below.

Pioneer Electronics is debuting two new options for its 2013 Elite lineup. The Elite VSX-43 7.1-channel receiver and VSX-70 7.2-channel receiver both promise the quality you’d expect from an Elite component, with a few new key features.

First and foremost, each of the new receivers has 4K Ultra HD pass-through, with the VSX-70 adding in upscaling of analog and HDMI video signals.

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There are also several new options that allow you to share each receiver with multiple areas of the house. The VSX-43 can crank out to a full 7.1 setup or be configured for 5.1 in one room, leaving those extra two channels for another room (also known as “Zone 2″). The VSX-70 can deliver simultaneous entertainment in up to three zones, with that third (the HDZone) having the option for control through Pioneer’s new iControlAV2013 app.

Also important to mention is the addition of Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) connectivity. Each receiver has an HDMI on its respective front panel, which also doubles as an MHL 2.0 input. This allows users to plug in an MHL-equipped Android device for playing back audio and video content (including HD and 3D).

Other features on the VSX-70 include eight HDMI inputs, two-way RS-232-over-IP control, and certification from Crestron and Control4 for use with a home control system. This high-end model also includes Pioneer’s new AVNavigator, a perk designed for Windows and Mac computers, as well as the iPad. This provides a two-way interactive owner’s manual that can walk a user through the receiver’s entire setup process.

Both receivers offer new Eco Management features, web streaming from Pandora and vTuner, DLNA support, and a front-panel USB port. Each one connects to the web via an included Ethernet port, or the VSX-70 can be paired with the optional AS-WL300 WiFi adapter.

The Pioneer Elite VSX-43 and VSX-70 receivers are available now priced at $525 and $750, respectively.

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