Pioneer showing Apple and AirPlay some serious love

Besides the early and well-known Apple supporting audio producers like iHome and Klipsch, many of the more well known audio manufacturers have taken their time showing Apple AirPlay any love. However it looks like that is about to change as Apple AirPlay is gaining ground.

The latest audio manufacturer getting onboard the Apple AirPlay wireless audio love train is Pioneer, announcing that their latest audio video receiver, the Pioneer VSX-1021, features Apple AirPlay wireless music streaming. Pioneer is thereby joining the likes of Marantz and Denon with Apple AirPlay AV receivers.

Pioneer with their first Apple Airplay AV receiver - VSX-1021

The Pioneer VSX-1021 7.1-channel home theater receiver is the first of Pioneers AV receivers to receive Apple AirPlay, and will surely be closely watched by the top people at Pioneer to see if the interest in the technology will be taking off, as they got heeps of other audio products that they could be looking at integrating with Apple AirPlay.

To use Apple AirPlay with the Pioneer VSX-1021 all you have to do is connect to your ethernet or wireless network (wi-fi requires an additional adapter sold separately), and then you can stream your music directly from your iTunes library or iOS device to the VSX-1021.

It is not that long ago that Pioneer first started showing Apple some love by introducing their first Pioneer iPod speaker docks, and now we are seeing the first Apple AirPlay Pioneer AV receiver. Speaking on behalf of all iOS device owners, lets hope this is another step towards getting full wireless integration with all audio devices.

Considering the 160 million or so iOS devices sold by Apple, the potential market for Apple AirPlay based devices is massive worldwide, and audio producers are likely going to start seeing the true value of integrating this Apple technology into their systems. The successful launch of the Apple iPad 2 is also contributing to highlighting the future success of Apple and their systems.

We have not yet been able to find any UK release date and price for the VSX-1021, but recommended retail price in the US is $549 so we are expecting a price tag somewhere around £400-450 in the UK. We will be back with details and reviews when available.


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