Slim Line AV Receiver From Pioneer

  • Saves space but still pack punch
  • 6-channel 100W power
  • Claimed ultra-low power consumption

Pioneer believes its new slim AV receiver recognises that some consumers either don’t have the cabinet space to house a traditional AV receiver or prefer a home audio solution sporting sleeker looks.

The space-saving and Pioneer VSX-S300 measures 85mm in height and 280mm in depth, but is claimed by Pioneer to deliver the sound quality and connectivity that consumers expect from the AV specialist including class D amplification, 6-channel 100W power output,  low power consumption, HDMI connections with 3D and ARC support (4 inputs, and 1 output), good sound calibration with the company’s Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration, HD audio decoding, as well as the option for Bluetooth wireless audio streaming (optional adaptor required).

Its power output opens up the possibility of a 5.1 set-up with a passive sub-woofer in one room, or 3.1 channel output in the main room (front L/R, centre and passive sub-woofer) with an optional stereo output in a second room.

It is claimed to have ultra-low power consumption due to the use of Class D amplification. There are also other power saving options, reducing the normal power consumption by up to an additional 35 percent, activated by pushing the ECO button on the remote. In this case, only the front speakers and subwoofer remain active.

The VSX-S300 also hasa built-in "Sound Wing" mode. The VSX-S300 will only be available packaged with either the HVT500 or HVT600 Pioneer Sound Wing speakers.

The optional AS-BT200 Bluetooth Adapter (RRP $119) to the VSX-S300 for wireless Bluetooth transfer of audio content from any A2DP Bluetooth-enabled mobile device or personal computer.