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Pioneer A3

Portable powered speaker system with Apple® AirPlay®

6 Reviews | 2 questions - 7 answers

Item # 130A3B

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Our take on the Pioneer A3

Streaming over Wi-Fi offers sound quality advantages over Bluetooth, preserving more of the details of your digital music files. However, Wi-Fi speakers depend on network access to function. Well, not anymore. With Pioneer's exclusive Wireless Direct, the A3 can serve as its own access point, letting you stream music from your iPhone®, iPod touch® or iPad® using AirPlay even without a network connection. That frees you up to take the A3 to the beach, the park, or anyplace else while still enjoying the sonic clarity of Wi-Fi streaming.

Wireless listening anywhere you want it

Are you ready for a portable wireless speaker that lets you stream high-quality audio anywhere? The Pioneer A3 takes wireless music to the next level. Not only does it deliver powerful Pioneer sound in a compact design, but the rechargeable battery allows you to take it anywhere — even places beyond the reach of a Wi-Fi signal.

Pioneer A3 portable Wi-Fi speaker with AirPlay

Take the portable Pioneer A3 outdoors, on the road or anywhere thanks to the built-in rechargeable battery.

Introducing Wireless Direct, for wireless streaming anywhere

Streaming over Wi-Fi offers sound quality advantages over Bluetooth, preserving more of the details of your digital music files. However, Wi-Fi speakers depend on network access to function. Well, not anymore. With Pioneer's exclusive Wireless Direct, the A3 can serve as its own access point, letting you stream music from your iPhone®, iPod touch® or iPad® using AirPlay even without a network connection. That frees you up to take the A3 to the beach, the park, or anyplace else while still enjoying the sonic clarity of Wi-Fi streaming.

DLNA support and Internet radio

In addition to AirPlay streaming with Apple devices, the A3 offers several other ways to get your music playing wirelessly. If you have a networked PC packed with music, your entire collection is just a swipe away thanks to the A3's DLNA compatibility. Android™ users can stream music from HTC One smartphones. And the A3 also supports Pandora® and vTuner® Internet radio, so you can discover even more artists and genres beyond your personal music library.

Take your music with you

Designed for portable use, the A3 features a built-in rechargeable battery capable of up to 6 hours of playback. Keep it plugged in at home for automatic recharging and to enjoy the room-filling sound of this smart, streamlined speaker. Front panel indicator lights let you know when you're fully charged and ready for portable use. They'll also tell you when your battery power is running low. The rear panel features USB and miniplug inputs for wired connections to music sources.

Control it with your smartphone

The A3 comes with a remote. But if you're playing music from a smartphone, you'll probably want to control the A3 with that same device. Just download Pioneer's free ControlApp for Apple and Android, and your smartphone will handle all the A3's functions just as easily as it streams your music. 

Product 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
  • built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 6 hours of playback time
  • water-resistant
  • DLNA 1.5 support for streaming music from networked PCs
  • Apple AirPlay-compatible for streaming music from iPhone, iPod and iPad
  • HTC Connect allows music streaming from HTC One smartphones
  • Pioneer's Wireless Direct allows wireless use without connection to a network
  • Pandora® and vTuner® Internet radio (firmware update required)
  • Ethernet jack for wired connection
  • USB input for charging and playback with Apple devices
  • miniplug input for wired connection to smartphone
  • free Pioneer ControlApp available for Apple® and Android™ devices
  • remote included
  • dimensions: 12-5/8"W x 6-15/16"H x 5-3/16"D
  • weight: 5 lbs. 5 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

This is a great, flexible little device. Setup was easy and the battery is handy for use around the house and yard. I'm sorry they discontinued it.

gibsonmh, Arizona

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Pioneer A3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

Love this little speaker system

gibsonmh from Arizona on 6/25/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great, flexible little device. Setup was easy and the battery is handy for use around the house and yard. I'm sorry they discontinued it.

Pros: Portability. Sound

Cons: Setup a little confusing.

A Mixed Bag

Anonymous from Albany NY on 6/21/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This speaker works well, and has reasonable sound, nice features, and good battery life and weather resistance. The problem is that it has really bad software that is counterintuitive and the directions are incomplete, cryptic, and sometimes misleading. Once you get it working, it works rather nicely and has some good features. Call Crutchfield for help. At it's original price, it is a rip off. At the price Crutchfield was recently selling it for, (much less), it is a good buy if you can past the misery of setting it up. To set it up begin by going to Pioneer's site and downloading the latest firmware update to your computer. Then you should use your computer connected to the device with a lan cable. Turn off-you wireless on type the required website into your browser. This opens a web like interface to talk to the device. Once you have this done, From this interface you can upload the firmware. Unfortunately uploading the firmware wipes the device and you need to reconfigure it. Once you finally get it configured the wireless works well. The quick start feature allows the device to turn on by itself and begin to play when you use airplay, or spottily, or internet radio. This ONLY works if the device is plugged in, it won't work on battery power. When not using quick start it can take a while for the device to start up and sync to the network. If you move the device to another network (like I often do), you have to go through lan cable/computer set up again.

Pros: Internet radio works great and is free, there are many thousands of stations from all over the world available It works with pandora and spottily It works well with iTunes and airplay (much better than bluetooth) It can create its own network when one is not available for use with other wireless devices like your iPhone (i've yet to try this feature) It is somewhat weather resistant Its a wireless airplay speaker with good battery life It sounds pretty good Well made

Cons: It has the worst software features for setting it up I"ve ever encountered as well as the worst directions (BE SURE TO CALL CRUTCHFIELD FOR HELP, THEY ARE WONDERFUL, [THIS IS NOT PART OF THE CONS])

great product!

fuscie123 from Minnesota on 6/17/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent Product with great sound.

Pros: Fantastic Sound Very versatile for indoor outdoor use Easy set up Nice controller app.

Cons: None

Nice Item

RobR from Abilene, Texas on 9/30/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Speaker sounds great and battery last a few weeks for me and how I use it. I have this in the back bathroom on a shelf where I have no electrical outlet. Network light blinks but I have no problems with getting or losing signal. Installation was easy and even the firmware upgrade for Pandora was a breeze.

Pros: I like the portability.

Cons: Needs a bit more highs, mids and lows in music can overpower the highs some.

Favulous bang for your buck!

kg from Bucks County PA on 9/16/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was a little nervous with some reviews saying these were hard to install. I had very little problems, especially if you just follow the directions! I am utilizing these in an office setting and they are set up via airplay, and everyone has commented on their great sound, and I love the portability feature so I can move them around with no hassle if need be. Like them so much thinking about getting a few for the house!

Pros: Great sound-and very portable, great design!

Cons: Detailed instructions, not just plug and play, but if you take your time to read the directions you shouldn't have a problem.

Pioneer A3

Tree1011 from Farmington,mn on 6/25/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great battery life good sound, easy to use once set up

Pros: Portability, input and output options work excellent

Cons: Remote is not very functional but IPad,IPod use is great


Hands-on research

Product Research


Overview: The Pioneer A3 is a compact and versatile wireless speaker featuring WiFi, AirPlay, DLNA, and HTC Connect technology. The Pioneer A3 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 wireless speaker system features an integrated carry handle and rechargeable battery for portability. The unit comes supplied with a wireless (IR) remote control for added convenience. You can connect multiple Pioneer A3 systems to your home network for music throughout your home.

Portable Outdoor Use: The A3 wireless speaker system has been designed for outdoor use with covered ports and a scratch-resistant matte finish. The unit is IPX2 rated which means its water-resistant (protected against exposure to 3 mm/min drip for 10 min with 15° tilt). The unit's integrated carry handle provides easy transport, so you can take your music with you.

Pioneer Sound: The Pioneer A3 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 A3 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 A3 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 A3 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 A3 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 A3 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 A3 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 A3 . 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 A3 & 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 A3 . So there's no need to connect your Apple device via USB, unless you want to charge it. The A3 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 A3 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 A3 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 A3 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 A3 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.

Rechargeable Battery: The Pioneer A3 wireless speaker system features a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 5 hours. The A3 can also operate off of standard household AC current using the supplied AC power adapter and cord. The AC power adapter is also used to recharge the battery.

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Q & A

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2 questions already asked

If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Mar 27, 2014 ]  Staff
No it has an aux plug in too [ Robert  Feb 19, 2014 ]
The unit has auxiliary input (the jack is the same size as headphone), ethernet connection, and USB. So, wireless is just one of the options. So far I've used the airplay feature and the USB input and both work fine - although the wireless setup seemed unnecessarily complex. (maybe because my wireless network is hidden, not sure, but it works great now - no more dropouts than the rest of my wireless set up). Hope that helps. [ Jay  Feb 17, 2014 ]
Carla, Wireless is how I have used this. However I think you could use this if you wanted to connect via USB but I am not sure and you should consult with the Crutchfield experts. [ JERROLD  Feb 17, 2014 ]
No, you can also plug in your device with an AUX cord. Otherwise, you need wireless internet. [ MEGAN  Feb 16, 2014 ]
Yes, I used it with our wireless network. The setup was easy and instructions were very clear. I have two of the A1's also and like them better for smaller spaces as I thought they were flatter and more clear. [ WILLIAM E  Feb 16, 2014 ]
No there are both mini-plug and USB inputs, an Apple device will plug directly into the A3 with either input source. [ TERRY D  Feb 16, 2014 ]