the HTP-072 gets off to a flying start. The main advantage to using a separate AV receiver is that the slightly larger size allows for a larger power supply and, hence, effortless power. With 100 watts per channel, the supplied VSX324 AV receiver will keep going where most one-box AV systems run out of steam. With action films there's explosive sound and thumping bass available at the crank of the volume control. Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD and Pro Logic II decoders are all provided to get the best from DVD and TV sources. Added to this you'll find ten surround modes plus one designed specifically for use with headphones. Pioneer has also fitted the HTP072 with their Front Stage Surround Advance system. Simply place all the speakers by the TV, and let the Pioneer do the rest. Better still, Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever system enhances the typically compressed music from MP3/AAC systems and returns the sound to CD quality.
New to this year's model is a front-mounted USB socket and 4K pass-through. Compatible with the Apple iPhone 5, iPad Mini and most older iPods and iPhones, the USB socket lets you seamlessly play your stored music library and streamed music stations. Furthermore, control, device charging and on-screen album art display are all supported. With 4K screens beginning to make more of an appearance this year, by equipping this Pioneer AV receiver with 4K pass-through sockets, Pioneer have ensured the HTP072 is equipped for the future.
At both front and rear the Pioneer HTP072 uses cute and compact, cube speakers. For such small speakers, these give a surprisingly spacious and dynamic sound quality. Being so compact they can easily be positioned on bookcases, mantelpieces or even discreetly mounted on the wall. The front speakers are shielded so they won't affect any stored data or CRT screens close by. The centre speaker is acoustically matched to the other satellites but features a longer casing for a broader, more even spread of dialogue. Together, the sound stage produced by the satellite speakers is enveloping and fulsome.
THE BOTTOM END
To add some heft to proceedings, the Pioneer HTP072 comes complete with a powerful subwoofer. With 100 watts to play with and a generous woofer cone, the system subwoofer drives soundtracks along with real conviction.
BETTER CONNECTED THAN MOST ONE-BOX AV SYSTEMS
In terms of sockets, the Pioneer HTP072 has everything you need for a comprehensive home cinema system. Four HDMI sockets let you loop through HD sources and are particularly useful if your TV has only one HDMI input. Added to this you'll find a wide collection of audio, video composite and digital connections.
With one-box convenience and genuine separates sound quality, the Pioneer HTP-072 offers the complete solution to your home cinema sound.
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