Pioneer have introduced two new in-car CD players from – the DEH-P4050UB and DEH-P6050UB (pictured above), both designed to improve sound quality and connectivity to all portable music devices, including the ever popular iPod.

There is no doubting the popularity of iPod, MP3 and USB portable music devices at the moment. Aware of this growing trend Pioneer has developed the Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) a patented sound technology designed especially to enhance the quality of MP3 files from portable music devices such as iPod, USB and MP3 files stored on CD. ASR sound technology automatically restores the harmonics which were lost during the audio compression process when (MP3, WMA and AAC) are created. ASR adjusts frequency response and sound pressure, especially in the high and low frequency ranges, to revitalise the density and presence of the compressed signal.

The result is an improved sound quality with staging, density and feeling restored closer to the quality of the original CD.

USB Direct Control for iPod and more

Pioneer’s DEH-P6050UB and DEH-P4050UB are both ready for direct connection to your iPod now with the super fast USB 2.0’s connection speed . File search and access are also quick. The headunit keeps song, artist, time and album information displays very clear and user-friendly, and control is intuitive through the 7-Way Rotary Commander. The system’s wired USB connection provides direct digital signal transfer from the iPod for clean, clear sound.

Pioneer has also developed the following new features to make using a iPod® in the car extremely easy and convenient:

  • Alphabetical Speed Search: When searching for artist/album, you can initiate alphabet search by pressing “List” button. Compatible with DEHP6050UB and DEHP7050BT.
  • Link Search: While listening to a specific artist you can hold “List” button down and it will pop up folders containing that specific artist.
  • Passenger Control Mode: Allows passenger to use the iPod itself or the CD tuner to browse and select music.
  • Random (Shuffle) Key: Physical Random Button on faceplate (Shuffle) makes it easy to hear something fresh.

Advanced Sound Retriever

Hear the detail, warmth and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all highly compressed MP3, WMA and AAC files stored on USB memory device, iPod and portable digital players. By restoring data (especially higher frequencies) that tend to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever technology enhances audio reproduction nearly all the way up to 20 kHz frequencies.

When Advanced Sound Retriever is “ON”, the high frequency range is compensated to match the frequency response curve of the original sound.

Pioneer DEH-P6050UB in-car CD player remote controlDEH-P6050UB features

  • New iPod functionality (control mode, List key and Alphabet search)
  • Fast playback of music from USB
  • Pioneer’s new ASR technology
  • Better Audio focus (7 band digital graphic EQ)
  • Dot-Matrix Animated OEL Display

DEH-P4050UB features

  • New iPod functionality (control mode, List key)
  • Fast playback of music from USB
  • Pioneer’s new ASR technology
  • 3 preouts

Pricing and availability

Both units are available are on sale now. The DEH-P6050UB has an RRP of $549, the DEH-P4050UB $399.

Source: Pioneer