Creating a powerful home entertainment and smart home pairing, Pioneer Elite has announced a strategic long-term partnership with Savant to provide Savant dealers with solutions to integrate premium whole-house AV and home theater with modern home controls.
Audio/video receivers (AVRs) from Elite, a long-respected manufacturer that is within VOXX International’s (Nasdaq: VOXX) Premium Audio Company (PAC) portfolio, were made available to Savant customers earlier this month, beginning April 3.
“I have a personal and professional connection with the Pioneer brand, having experienced their quality and innovation firsthand,” says Steve Silberman, product category director for Savant. “From my early days with the venerable SA-8500 integrated amplifier to working closely with Pioneer on cutting-edge DVD transport technology, I have seen their commitment to excellence and innovation in action. Today, under the stewardship of Premium Audio Company, Pioneer continues to build on its legacy with cutting-edge value-oriented technology.”
“Thanks to our hands-on profile development, I am particularly excited to see the Pioneer Elite receivers seamlessly integrate into the Savant system,” adds Silberman, who is also one of the resident “Audio Guys” on the CE Pro Podcast.
Every Pioneer Elite AVR works flawlessly within a Savant system, Silberman explains, allowing for an elevated AV experience that complements a high-performance home automation system. Pioneer Elite AVRs sold through Savant will carry an exclusive five-year warranty, an increase over the industry standard three-year warranty, the company adds.
Pioneer Elite AVRs Bring High-Performance Immersive Entertainment to Savant Clients
In 2021, Elite introduced three new AVRs into the market that will be added to Savant’s portfolio – the Elite VSX-LX505 and Elite VSX-LX305 9.2 channel network receivers and the Elite VSX-LX105 7.2-channel network receiver, according to Premium Audio Company.
Each AVR is equipped with innovative and advanced CI features such as wireless room correction via Dirac Live, browser-based web setup, onboard HDMI diagnostic utilities, and remote monitoring.
Additionally, Savant will carry Elite’s recently announced flagship AVR, the Elite VSX-LX805 11.4 150 watt-per-channel network receiver. It features new reference high-power amplifiers, upgraded audio processing and networked streaming playback capabilities, advanced connectivity, and custom integration-friendly tools for design, setup and monitoring.
“Savant’s recommended partner program is dedicated to aligning with best-in-class, scalable solutions in each category,” notes Rob Standley, SVP global brands – Elite, Pioneer, Integra and Onkyo. Standley assumed his current role almost one year ago, in May 2022 (look for an exclusive Q&A with him in May 2023 CE Pro).
“Rich installer-centric features and high-performance audio in Elite models are a very good fit for the Savant customer base,” he adds.
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