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4K HDR Video Support Added to Pro-Calibrated DTS:X® and Dolby Atmos® Movie Sound in New Multi-Room AV Receiver

22Feb / 2018

4K HDR Video Support Added to Pro-Calibrated DTS:X® and Dolby Atmos® Movie Sound in New Multi-Room AV Receiver

22.02.2018

Onkyo & Pioneer Corporation makes a best-selling entry-class product even better with the VSX-933, a 7.2-ch network AV receiver bringing immersive 5.2.2-ch Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X® cinema sound precision-calibrated by MCACC*1 technology to the family or media room.

With a deep reservoir of power smoothly delivered through all channels courtesy Pioneer’s Direct Energy Amplification, and a selection of inputs for High-Res Audio and pure analogue sources, the VSX-933 vastly improves the audio playback quality of music, movies, TV programs, and games.

The AV receiver is comprehensively equipped to suit state-of-the-art 4K/60p-ready media players, TV displays, and projectors with pass-through support for HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), Dolby Vision™, and BT.2020*2 colour space via HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI® terminals.

The VSX-933 ships with easy-to-use multi-room audio platforms that sync with supported audio systems and speakers of any brand over 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi®*3, creating a seamless house-wide entertainment environment managed from smartphone and tablet. These include Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi® technology, and FlareConnect™ for wireless audio distribution.

Premium High-Class Amplification Design
The VSX-933 has 135 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 1ch Driven) for fluent and responsive surround-sound. Direct Energy design delivers wide-band frequency reproduction for an expansive soundstage with excellent spatial organization with multichannel and stereo sources.

Supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X playback is enabled with a 5.2.2-channel speaker layout. Object-based audio places sound where it would occur naturally in space, creating a lifelike audio experience for movies and games. With the addition of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, movie lovers can experience a 3D sound-field without installing speakers in the ceiling. DTS:X allows for the flexible placement of speakers to enable optimized playback in a variety of layouts.

Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X® Upmixing Solutions
DTS Neural:X and Dolby Surround technologies up-mix legacy “2D” soundtrack formats to reproduce surround-sound with a more seamless and cohesive front-to-back, side-to-side, and top-to-bottom envelope, producing a “wrapped in” feeling, by exploiting the 5.2.2-ch environment. Both solutions are cross-compatible with Dolby® and DTS® formats and are designed to create immersive 3D sound for movie soundtracks encoded on DVD, Blu-ray Disc™, or selected video streaming services.

MCACC with Phase Control Technology
MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System), developed with the expertise of professional recording studios, creates an ideal listening environment in the entertainment space. Using a custom setup microphone, the system automatically compensates for differences in speaker size, level, and distance, and equalizes response. Additionally, Phase Control technology eliminates phase-lag caused by the low-pass filter between main channels and subwoofer, and reproduces clearer mid- and high-range sound while adding dynamic impact to LFEs. Both technologies allow the creation of a realistic soundstage with immersive presentation of film scores and music.

Reflex Optimizer
When using Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, high-directivity sound reflects off the ceiling, while low-directivity sound reaches the ears directly. This subtle difference causes a phase shift, making sound feel uncomfortable. Reflex Optimizer technology resolves this phase-lag and optimizes the performance of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers for clear sound imaging at the viewing position. Sound from Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers integrates seamlessly with that from the floor speakers for a clear and comfortable sound-field.

HDMI Support for HDR, 4K/60p, and BT.2020 Video Formats
All HDMI terminals support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, 24-bit video pass-through, and the HDCP 2.2 digital copy-protection standard for playback of premium content. Video with HDR*4 (High Dynamic Range) in HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), or Dolby Vision™ formats is passed through to a compatible display. Further, video with BT.2020 colour space for spectacular colour performance is supported. Super Resolution, which adopts ultra-high-resolution technology cultivated during the development of Pioneer’s flagship BDP-LX88 Blu-ray Disc player, is also on board. Super Resolution is a 4K upscaling technology suited to HD sources.

High-Res Audio Smoothly Delivered
Popular Hi-Res Audio formats are supported over the local network and USB. These include 192 kHz/24-bit FLAC*5, WAV (RIFF)*5, AIFF*5, and ALAC*5 along with DSD 2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz*6. The VSX-933 also plays Dolby® TrueHD*7 up to 192 kHz/24-bit.

Online Music and Internet Radio
Online music services including Amazon Music*8, Spotify*8, TIDAL*8, and Deezer*8 are all available to explore. Further, users can enjoy a limitless flow of music, sports, podcasts, and news entertainment courtesy onboard TuneIn*8 internet radio.

Chromecast built-in and Works with the Google Assistant
Stream any music from your smartphone, laptop, or PC to the receiver with ease. Control playback with Chromecast-enabled apps from iPhone, iPad, Android™ phone or tablet, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook™. Further, the VSX-933 works with the Google Assistant. If you have a smart speaker or phone with the Google Assistant built in, content can be cued up, played back, and controlled on the VSX-933 by voice. Enjoy music, podcasts, and more with Chromecast built-in -just say "Ok Google" and request your desired content.

Ready for DTS Play-Fi® Multi-Room Audio
DTS Play-Fi technology enables distribution of high-quality music from online services, media server, and mobile device to any number of compatible products using Pioneer Music Control App*9. DTS Play-Fi technology can synchronize music in every room, and family members can use their own device to listen in a room or group of rooms. With DTS Play-Fi technology’s Apple Watch and Android Wear support, music playback controls are also available from popular smartwatches. Users can easily structure a comprehensive ecosystem that satisfies virtually any need.

FlareConnect™ Wireless Multi-Room Audio Distribution
FlareConnect shares audio from network and external audio input sources between compatible components. Enjoy effortless multi-room playback of LP records, CDs, network music services, and more with supported components and speaker systems. Music selection, speaker grouping, and playback management across the home are built into the Pioneer Remote App*9.

* For external input availability visit http://pioneer-audiovisual.com/flareconnect/

Dedicated ZONE 2 Speaker Outputs and Zone 2 Line Output
Connect stereo speakers to dedicated ZONE 2 speaker outputs to distribute sources via analog inputs, network, USB, and Bluetooth® to another room. Play audio in Zone 1 (Main) or Zone 2 only; synchronize playback in both rooms at the same time; or play a unique source in each zone simultaneously. Users can enjoy a 5.2-ch setup in Zone 1 with powered ZONE 2 distribution enabled, or retain a 5.2.2-ch layout and use Zone 2 line-output to share audio to an existing hi-fi system, powered speakers, or power amp and stereo speakers featuring a line input.

Dual-band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
High-fidelity sound sources can be played wirelessly over a Wi-Fi connection offering 5 GHz (11a/n) and 2.4 GHz (11b/g/n) bands. In busy households with many devices contributing to congestion on the 2.4 GHz band, the 5 GHz channel offers smooth transmission of audio files without radio-wave interference.

Bluetooth Wireless Technology
Bluetooth wireless technology on board the VSX-933 is a convenient audio streaming solution for almost any content playing on mobiles, tablets, and laptops, from audiobooks and podcasts to music played from smartphone applications.

Intuitive Graphical User Interface with Easy Initial Setup
Pioneer’s intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI) over HDMI makes operation a pleasant, stress-free experience. The top page of the on-screen GUI displays System Setup, MCACC, and Network/Bluetooth, with quick access to each menu. Simple graphical display detailing receiver functions improves everyday operability, while Setup Guidance makes initial network setup much easier than with less refined products.

Additional Features
- Phono input and equalizer for turntable connection
- Compatible with Pioneer Remote App
- Includes AirPlay wireless audio streaming platform
- Supports HDMI-based control functions
- Efficient ECO modes to save energy

*1 MCACC: Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System. MCACC is a proprietary acoustic compensation technology from Pioneer that can perform sound-field adjustment at the same level as monitoring techniques employed in sound studios. *2 BT.2020 is a video format standard that covers a wide colour space more than twice that of the BT.709 standard currently used for Blu-ray Disc and other formats. *3 Requires a wireless LAN network environment compatible with Wi-Fi standards and a Wi-Fi-based connection. *4 HDR is a technology that expands the maximum brightness of video. HDR technology is used with Ultra HD Blu-ray™ to expand the maximum brightness. *5 Supported sampling rate via wireless LAN depends on network environment. ALAC is available with a maximum sampling rate of 96 kHz. *6 Not guaranteed via wireless LAN. Sound is reproduced following conversion to PCM. *7 Not guaranteed via wireless LAN. *8 Please confirm availability of services before purchase. Some services may require a paid subscription. *9 Available for free download. Please check device and OS requirements at App Store or Google Play.

• PIONEER, MCACC, Phase Control, and the logos are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation, and are used under license.
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