Long Beach, CA (January 11, 2006)–Pioneer Electronics announced plans last week at CES to implement a breakthrough audio technology, Neural Surround, across its home and automotive product lines. Pioneer is introducing the new VSX-816, a Neural Surround enabled home receiver, which supports XM HD Surround broadcast, and is set to retail for $299. In addition, Pioneer will announce support for Neural Surround at the 2006 WCES show with plans to expand the implementation of Neural Surround to a full line of home A/V receivers.
“True 5.1 encoded surround sound for music is a natural progression for multi-channel home audio entertainment,” said Dave Bales, marketing & planning manager of audio products for the home entertainment division of Pioneer Electronics (USA). “Thanks to XM Satellite Radio’s partnership with Neural Audio, we now have high performance and easy access to a whole new world of music. There is no doubt that music artists will be inspired by the creative opportunities this exciting new technology brings. We think consumers are really going to love the experience.”
Geir R. Skaaden, CEO of Neural Audio, commented, “This is about setting the bar at a new level for audio entertainment, and we are excited to partner with a leader like Pioneer to support the largest source of 5.1 original music content of any medium today. Music encoded in Neural Surround will enrich the listening experience with full envelopment and discrete image detail that are non-existent in traditional stereo audio.”
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.