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Pioneer A1

Powered speaker system with Apple® AirPlay®

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    Easy wireless streaming in any room

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    Sleek, compact design

Item #: 130A1B
 

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by David Brown
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Wireless listening has never been easier

Pioneer is making it easier than ever to enjoy music wirelessly. Their A1 Wi-Fi speaker provides multiple options for getting music from different devices to this compact two-way speaker for full, rich sound. And you'll enjoy the sonic benefits that Wi-Fi streaming provides over Bluetooth, for more clear, detailed sound.

Pioneer A1 Wi-Fi speaker with AirPlay

The A1 speaker can stream music from an iPhone or iPad even without a Wi-Fi connection.

Lots of options for streaming music

Are you an Apple fanatic with an iPhone®, iPod touch® or iPad®? Use AirPlay to stream your favorite tunes directly from these devices to the A1. Or are you a PC loyalist with a networked hard drive packed with thousands of songs? The A1 is DLNA-compatible, so your entire collection is just a swipe away from pouring out of this potent little speaker. Android™ users can even stream music from HTC One smartphones. The A1 also supports Pandora® and vTuner® Internet radio, so you can discover even more artists and genres beyond your personal music library.

No Wi-Fi? No problem, with Wireless Direct

So what about that room with no Wi-Fi reception? Thanks to Pioneer's exclusive Wireless Direct, the A1 can interact wirelessly with your Apple device for music streaming independent of your home network. This allows for even more set-up flexibility in your home, so you can enjoy the A1's big sound beyond the reaches of your Wi-Fi signal.

Listen with or without wires

In addition to its numerous streaming options, the A1 is equipped with USB and miniplug inputs for wired connection to your portable devices. It will even charge your iPhone via USB as you listen. There's also an Ethernet jack, so you can connect the A1 to your router for the consistent performance that comes with a wired connection. Either way, the sleek A1 is a clean and compact way to add music to any room.

Control it with a smartphone remote

The A1 comes with a remote. But if you're playing music from a smartphone, you'll probably want to control the A1 with that same device. Just download Pioneer's free ControlApp for Apple and Android, and your smartphone will handle all the A1's functions just as easily as it streams your music.

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Highlights:

  • connects to Wi-Fi network for wireless music streaming
  • dual 3" woofers and single 1" tweeter
  • built-in amplifier with 10 watts x 2
  • Apple AirPlay-compatible for streaming music from iPhone, iPod and iPad
  • Pioneer's Wireless Direct allows wireless use without connection to a Wi-Fi network
  • Spotify Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through the speaker via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
  • DLNA 1.5 support for streaming music from networked PCs
  • HTC Connect allows music streaming from HTC One smartphones
  • Pandora and vTuner Internet radio (firmware update required)
  • Ethernet jack for wired network connection
  • USB input for playback and charging of Apple devices
  • miniplug input for wired connection to smartphone
  • free Pioneer ControlApp available for Apple and Android devices
  • remote control included
  • dimensions: 12-5/8"W x 6-15/16"H x 5-3/16"D
  • weight: 5 lbs. 1 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Wireless speaker system
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 5' DC cord)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (w/ CR2025 3V battery installed)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Quick Start Mode Instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • Caution Note

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Features

Overview: The Pioneer A1 is a compact and versatile wireless speaker featuring WiFi, AirPlay, DLNA, and HTC Connect technology. The Pioneer A1 also features a USB port for iPod direct connection and a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting almost any portable audio source with a headphone output. The unit comes supplied with a wireless (IR) remote control for added convenience. You can connect multiple Pioneer A1 systems to your home network for music throughout your home.

Pioneer Sound: The Pioneer A1 wireless speaker system has been developed from the ground up by Andrew Jones, Pioneer's world-renowned Chief Speaker Engineer. Dual 3" midrange drivers and a 1" tweeter housed in a bass-reflex enclosure powered by dual 10W+10W amplifiers provide a clear, natural, and powerful audio experience you come to expect from Pioneer.

Dual Network Connection: The Pioneer A1 is equipped with dual network connection methods. There's an RJ-45 LAN (Ethernet) port for direct wired connection to your home network, and there's also the built-in WiFi (b/g) feature that includes WiFi Protected Setup for safe and secure connection to your wireless home network. The unit's network connection lets you listen to music from your Apple device (via AirPlay) or Android smartphone (via HTC Connect or Wireless Direct), your music files stored on your Windows PC (via DLNA), and music content from Internet Radio (via firmware upgrade).

Note: This unit's RJ-45 Ethernet port supports 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX and requires an Ethernet (LAN) category 5 or higher cable, Router, Modem, and Internet connection. When using a wireless LAN connection, your system must feature an wireless router/access-point which supports WiFi (b/g).

Wireless Direct: When using Wireless Direct, you can connect directly with other WiFi-enabled devices, (such as your smartphone) without using a wireless router. You'll be able to wirelessly transfer audio content to the Pioneer speaker system without connecting to your home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses your WiFi access point/router, so it's easy to set up. Only one WiFi-enabled device can be connected to the Pioneer A1 at the same time through Wireless Direct mode. Wireless Direct doesn't have an internet connection, so you cannot access the internet.

Note: Wireless Direct should be used only as a temporary connection under conditions where a normal router cannot be used. This connection is not encoded, so the music stream and music metadata will not be encrypted. Streaming of copy-protected audio content is not supported.

DLNA Certified (1.5): The Pioneer A1 is DLNA 1.5 certified. This means you can stream your MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, or even FLAC music files (up to 96kHz/24-bit) from your Windows PC or laptop to the Pioneer wireless speaker. This unit allows for the streaming of audio files stored on the following DLNA-compatible devices.

  • PCs running Microsoft Windows Vista or XP with Windows Media Player 11 installed.
  • PCs running Microsoft Windows 7 with Windows Media Player 12 installed.
  • DLNA-compatible digital media servers (on PCs or other components).

Playable File Formats: The Pioneer A1 wireless speaker system supports the following audio file formats.

Audio File Type Bit-Rate Sampling Frequency
MP3 (.mp3) 8-320 kbps 32 to 48 kHz
WMA (.wma) 5-320 kbps 32 to 48 kHz
AAC (.m4A/.aac/.3gp/.3g2) 16-320 kbps 32 to 48 kHz
Flac (.flac) 16-bit, 24-bit 32-96 kHz (wired)
32-48 kHz (wireless)
WAV (.wav)
Note: Copyrighted and DRM-protected audio files cannot be played back.

Internet Radio + ControlApp (via firmware update): Expand your audio entertainment options with an endless playlist of your favorite music and access to more than 10,000 internet radio stations from across the globe. With a firmware update, Pandora and vTuner Internet Radio are now built right into the Pioneer A1 wireless speaker and are designed to help you discover and enjoy new music. In addition, Pioneer's free ControlApp, available in the App Store and Google Play, let you control Internet Radio conveniently right from your compatible Apple or Android device.

Music Service Description
vTuner vTuner offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and  podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Language, and Favorites.
Pandora Pandora is personalized internet radio that is designed to help you discover new music you'll loved mixed in with music you already know. The Pioneer A/V receiver allows you to access your saved Pandora Internet Radio stations and select which station to play. You must have a registered Pandora account in order to listen to your Pandora Internet Radio stations.  Pandora Internet Radio is only available in the United States.                

AirPlay Wireless Technology: Using AirPlay wireless audio streaming technology, the A1 streams music from your iTunes account, iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad anywhere you have a WiFi network in your home. Apple's AirPlay technology allows music from your iTunes, to be streamed wirelessly from your Mac or PC to the Pioneer A1. You can even bypass your computer entirely, and wirelessly stream high-quality audio directly from your Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (all without the need for any cables). The A1 & your Apple device or computer must be connected to the same wireless network via WiFi (802.11b/g).

  • iTunes Streaming: AirPlay technology gives you wireless remote access to your entire iTunes 10.1 music collection with full navigation & playback control from your computer (Mac/PC). You can even access your iTunes account from your iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen)/iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5)/iPad running iOS 4.2 or later, via Apple's free Remote app.
  • Apple Device Streaming: AirPlay also lets you wirelessly stream music and music apps stored on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the Pioneer A1. So there's no need to connect your Apple device via USB, unless you want to charge it. The A1 supports the iPad, iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5), and iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen) running iOS 4.2 or later.

USB Port (for iPod Direct): The Pioneer A1 wireless speaker system also features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port which allows you to connect your iPod, iPhone, or iPad with the cable included with your Apple device. The speaker's USB port supports audio playback, basic control, and charging of your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Basic playback controls included - Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Advance music navigation can still be done through your compatible Apple device's touchscreen or clickwheel.

Note: The unit's USB port is designed specifically for Apple's iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Its not compatible with other USB-connected devices.

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer A1 is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible & supports the following iPod, iPhone, & iPad model features (as of 12/11/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Unit/Remote iPod/iPhone/iPad AirPlay ControlApp Song/Artist Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 N N N N N N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N classic classic Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N classic classic Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N classic classic Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 N N N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N nano nano Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N nano nano Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N nano nano Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N nano nano Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N nano nano Y
7th 1.01 PC Y N Y Y N N nano nano Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N touch touch Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N touch touch Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y touch touch Y
4th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y touch touch Y
5th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y touch touch Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N iPhone iPhone Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N iPhone iPhone Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
4S 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
5 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y iPad iPad Y
2 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y iPad iPad Y
3 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y iPad iPad Y
4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y iPad iPad Y
iPad mini 1 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y iPad iPad Y
Note:  Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

HTC Connect: The Pioneer A1 wireless speaker supports HTC Connect, compatible with HTC One series Android smartphones. HTC Connect makes it easy to wirelessly stream your favorite music straight from your HTC One smartphone w/ Android. There's no need for a separate app; HTC Connect is built right into the HTC One smartphone's music player. Compatible HTC One smartphones included HTC One X and HTC One S.

Aux Input: A rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input lets you connect and play music from other audio sources, such as a portable CD player or MP3 player.

IR Remote Control: In addition to its touch capacitance controls, the Pioneer A1 comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the speaker system. The remote provides Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Input Select, and Volume Up/Down.

Quick Start Mode: Quick Start Mode significantly reduces the time required for startup. It also allows the unit to power on automatically using AirPlay or DLNA. Quick Start Mode will increase the unit's power consumption in Standby mode.

Power Requirements: The Pioneer A1 operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied AC power adapter and cord.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50-60Hz, 1800mA
  • Output: 15V - 4000mA

 

 
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3 out of 5

Pioneer A1

Written By J.G., Virginia on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Was difficult to setup (wirelessly connect to my ITunes via AirPort network). Once this was figured out, it has worked well and sounds great.
Pros:
Sound, price, appearance
Cons:
Difficult to set up
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5 out of 5

Pioneer Airplay

Written By whoffman, Lantana, TX on Saturday, January 18, 2014
 
Simple setup, surprisingly good sound.
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4 out of 5

Qualified endorsement

Written By Randall, Columbia, SC on Monday, September 16, 2013
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This is a good product with a couple of standout features. Built-in Pandora and vTuner (mine required downloading and installing new firmware) are among the best features. Can be used with either Android or IOS. Nice, room-filling sound. Can play at high volume without noticeable distortion. Very good build quality. While sound is pleasant, it is a bit boomy and could use more high frequency sparkle. Connectivity was a bit iffy for me, but that could just be a function of distance from my router and structural obstacles. Wireless remote is virtually useless for me -- I have the speaker placed on a high shelf and the remote won't work at all from a lower angle. I wish the front panel buttons were physical buttons and not touch controllers because if the speaker gets knocked offline by a power failure, it is difficult to find the capacitive controller to put it back in standby mode since I am reaching up. But these minor quibbles aside, I think the Pioneer A1 is an excellent value for the money, and I am enjoying it. No other DLNA/Airplay speaker delivers the same feature set (love Pandora and vTuner) at this price. Recommended.
Pros:
Pandora and vTuner, good control apps in both IOS and Android, pleasing sound, high volume without noticeable distortion, nice price, better feature set than others at this price point.
Cons:
Could use more brightness in treble, imperfect connectivity, touch controllers are more high-tech and aesthetically pleasing but harder to use in practice, IR is useless, but that is no biggie since IOS/Android app controllers are needed to use Pandora and vTuner anyway.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Wireless Pioneer A1

Written By Anthony F, Cleveland OH on Thursday, August 29, 2013
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I purchased this wireless speaker to be able to play music outside of my home. It was very easy to setup the speaker and play music. I didn't know it also comes in a battery model, A3. Had I know that it came in that mode, I would have purchased that version. I've had it operating 100 feet or so from computer and had no problem with wireless operation.
Pros:
Player has nice deep sound and far range, Once it has linked to your computer, it will automatically power up when you start playing music, and also have the setting set to the wireless speaker. Appears to have a durable finish, and is light weight.
Cons:
Make sure your computer and iTunes is current enough for AirPlay. I had to purchase Mac software to upgrade my computer and iTunes to accommodate the speaker. The printed letters and controls on the speaker could be a bolder color as it isn't easy to read them.
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2 out of 5

Glitchy set up

Written By Dallas, Dallas on Sunday, July 21, 2013
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Concept and pricing is great. I bought three of these for my retail location. Had to return them though because I could not get them to work at my work wireless network. Went through the whole process and the unit acted like it was connected but would not show up on AirPlay list. Tried it at home and using same procedures got it to work.
Pros:
Price, sound quality.
Cons:
Connection wouldn't work at home.
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4 out of 5

Simple and easy

Written By Delioninsyd, Los Angeles on Monday, July 08, 2013
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After reading a number of reviews I decided to pull the trigger on this unit. Overall I have been pretty satisfied with the purchase. The sound is good but not life changing and the set up is easy once you figure it out. The speaker produces a lot of bass so don't expect the clarity of a more expensive unit. The worst part of the device is the limited selection of listening options available. Pandora and iTunes is fine but what about all the other services out there.
Pros:
Great price and good sound
Cons:
Limited listening options
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4 out of 5

Great value

Written By jackK, Mount Juliet, TN on Sunday, May 26, 2013
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Have been looking for an AirPlay enabled speaker for some time to use on my patio. Decided on the Pioneer based on reviews and sale price with Crutchfield.

Set-up was a little difficult due to the complex instructions. A little patience and I was successful. Using full feature set allowing iPhone control, Pandora and internet radio requires downloading a firmware update and then another set-up. Once set-up, unit works great and provides control through iTunes.

Sound is fine for an outside speaker. A little base heavy, but for my use on the patio I am satisfied.

Pros:
Automatic shutdown and start up after set-up is complete. Small, black profile. AirPlay works great. No drop outs.
Cons:
Sound a little bass heavy.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

I HAVE A LATE 2010 IMAC WITHOUT AIRPLAY. CAN I USE THIS SPEAKER OVER MY IN-HOME WIRELESS NETWORK AND, IF SO, HOW DO YOU SET THAT FEATURE UP? THANKS FOR THE ASSIST. [ J. A.  Dec 21, 2013 ]
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  • yes it is possible. You would need to purchase a software update for your iMac., I think it cost $20 from Apple. After that you will be able to upgrade the iTunes on your computer to be able to run Airplay. I have to reveal that it didn't work immediately after upgrading the iTunes. Maybe a week later iTunes asked if I wanted to upgrade to a new version of iTunes. After that update it worked. [ ANTHONY   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • The instructions indicate that this can be done. I have not tried it since I connect via AirPlay. AirPlay works well. I have the unit outside on my patio and it works very well. Sound is very clear with very good bass response. [ JACK   Dec 23, 2013 ]

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