Pioneer made some bold claims at their press conference this morning and if they deliver, we could see a great line-up of new products in navigation systems, car audio, plasma televisions, and high-end home audio.
- Pioneer is introducing the AVIC-F500BT, a new navigation system they describe as a "Lifestyle Integration Network Console", which is an in-car and portable unit. The device responds to conversational voice commands and comes loaded with over 10 million points of interest. The AVIC will also seamlessly control different devices like iPods and Bluetooth phones through voice commands.
- Pioneer believes that the MP3 age has led to too much of a sacrifice in audio quality as many are satisfied with the lossy format. Their new line of single-CD players use a new technology they call "Advanced Sound Receiver" or ASR. This tech will supposedly add the missing data back to a lossy format.
Be sure to hit the jump for exciting information about their concept HDTV's.
Pioneer's Kuro line of plasma televisions are highly regarded in the industry. They are expanding on this with two new concept televisions that they claim will revolutionize plasma HDTVs:
- The first concept is the Extreme Contrast Model, which they claim has zero idling luminance (the natural occurence in a plasma display that decreases the quality of the blacks). These leads to a perfect black and a contrast ratio so high that they claim it is immeasurable. We will be checking this 50" concept TV our on the floor later this week.
- The second concept is the True Flat Panel. While the thinnest retail released HDTV measures a little over 3" thick, Pioneer claims to have a working concept panel that is 9mm thick. Think for a second and realize how thin that is... it's thinner than an iPhone, which they were happy to point out to us. This concept is also in the form of a 50" plasma and weighs only 41 lbs. We're definitely checking this thing out.
Pioneer also announced that they have acquired Technical Audio Devices Labs, which they hope to use to bring the studio-quality sound TAD Labs is known for to the home theater market. These new products will definitely belong in the high-end of home theater and could be an audiophile's dream come true.
We're off to Toshiba's press conference, but stay tuned for more news from CES 2008.