More Features at Better Prices
During his introduction of Pioneer’s new line of mobile electronics at CES, Matthew Pekmezian, the company’s senior brand manager of mobile entertainment, summed up the value proposition most CE companies are following this year.
“We want to offer a lot more features at a more competitive price,” he said, before stopping at one of the displays to show off the new line of AVH-P3100DVD ($450, available this month) and 4100DVD ($580, available next month) multimedia systems, which Pioneer is touting as the hub for music video and connectivity in the car. The units feature 5.8- and 7-inch touchscreens; advanced iPod and iPhone integration (including better iPhone connectivity, which Pekmezian said was a problem in earlier AV receivers); and Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR), a technology that restores frequencies to compressed music files.
The advanced iPod and iPhone integration technology includes Alphabetical Speed Search for quick scrolling through music lists, Passenger Control and Link Play, which allows easy viewing of all iPod content by the artist currently playing. Both units also feature slide-touch control for quicker navigation and connectivity to other sources such as optional satellite or HD radio tuners and Bluetooth adapters.