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Pi­o­neer has re­leased its 5.1-chan­nel VSX-832 re­ceiver, its first model to sup­port Dolby At­mos and DTS:X re­pro­duc­tion. Rated by Pi­o­neer with a power out­put of 80 watts per chan­nel with two chan­nels driven into 8 , the VSX-832 in­cor­po­rates Pi­o­neer’s MCACC au­to­matic sound ad­just­ment tech­nol­ogy and can stream via Chrome­cast, DTS Play-Fi, Spo­tify, TIDAL, Deezer, and Tune-In via dual-band Wi-Fi. FireCon­nect pow­ered by Black­fire de­liv­ers wire­less multi-room au­dio, al­low­ing net­work and ana­log sources con­nected to the AV re­ceiver to be played on op­tional speak­ers. Other fea­tures in­clude a 384 kHz/32-bit DAC and video pass-through of Dolby Vi­sion, HDR10, and BT.2020 via HDCP 2.2-com­pli­ant HDMI.

Pi­o­neer’s MCACC (Multi-Chan­nel Acous­tic Cal­i­bra­tion Sys­tem), au­to­mat­i­cally com­pen­sates for dif­fer­ences in speaker size, level, and dis­tance, and equalises the fre­quency re­sponse to be cor­rect for your lis­ten­ing room. It in­cor­po­rates phase con­trol tech­nol­ogy to elim­i­nate the phase-lag be­tween main chan­nels and the sub­woofer. The VSX-832 is the first Pi­o­neer AV re­ceiver to sup­port Dolby At­mos and DTS:X ob­ject-based au­dio re­pro­duc­tion through 5.1 chan­nels. ‘ With the ad­di­tion of Dolby At­mos-en­abled speak­ers, it’s pos­si­ble to ex­pe­ri­ence a multi-di­men­sional sound field with 3.1.2-chan­nel or 2.1.2-chan­nel speaker lay­outs without need for in-ceil­ing speak­ers,’ said Shelden Walker, of Pow­er­move Dis­tri­bu­tion, which dis­trib­utes Pi­o­neer in Aus­tralia. The VSX-832 has FireCon­nect tech­nol­ogy to mir­ror net­work au­dio and sources con­nected to the AV re­ceivers’ ana­log in­put on FireCon­nect­com­pat­i­ble wire­less speak­ers. Mu­sic se­lec­tion, speaker group­ing, and con­trol are built into Pi­o­neer Re­mote7 app for An­droid and iDe­vices. Chrome­cast is also built-in, so you can stream mu­sic from your smart­phone, tablet or lap­top to your speak­ers and con­trol play­back from any­where in the house us­ing Chrome­cast-en­abled apps. The ASM DAC in­side the VSX-832 sup­ports all dig­i­tal for­mats, in­clud­ing 192 kHz/24-bit FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC along with DSD 2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz and can play Dolby TrueHD up to 192kHz/24-bit via USB in­put. ‘ Pi­o­neer’s newly de­vel­oped in­tu­itive graph­i­cal user in­ter­face makes us­ing the VSX-832 a pleas­ant, stress-free ex­pe­ri­ence,’ said Walker, ‘ while Pi­o­neer’s ac­claimed low-dis­tor­tion am­pli­fi­ca­tion en­sures a thrilling and im­mer­sive sur­round-sound per­for­mance.’

Avail­able now, the Pi­o­neer VSX-832 re­tails for $999 (RRP). For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Pow­er­move Dis­tri­bu­tion on (08) 8338 5540 or visit the web­site at www.pow­er­move.com.au

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