Pioneer Launches Two New AirPlay-Equipped Home Systems

Pioneer Launches Two New AirPlay-Equipped Home Systems

Pioneer has just launched its own versions of an AirPlay-equipped system, and they’re characteristically bigger and badder than the rest of the crowd.

The Pioneer X-SMC3-S Music Tap ($399, pictured above) is AirPlay and DNLA equipped, sports a 2.5-inch color LCD screen and comes with an Internet-radio tuner (in addition to the old-school FM tuner). It also supports Apple Lossless and FLAC audio formats, unusual in a home system at this price.

The X-SMC4-K Elite Music Tap ($479) is pretty similar except for the addition of Bluetooth connectivity. Both allow users to create collaborative playlists using Pioneer’s Air Jam app.

  • dale2000

    Still no portable, battery powered AirPlay speakers, eh??  First one to make one gets my money. I want to be be able to use Remote on my iPhone to play music from my iMac to a speaker that I can carry around the house, outdoors for a party or yard work, or even to a park where I can play music straight from my phone.  

    Why does this not exist yet?

  • Mattekman

    iHome has one. Just released.

  • Fernando Teixeira

    i’m looking foward for a car stereo equipped with airplay, it would be heaven

  • Mwalker66


    Check out the iHome AirPlay iW1 wireless speaker system. Says it will be available Sept. 26. This is a rechargeable airplay unit which allows you to move the unit anywhere within your home.

  • TheRON

    Wait why would you pay more for bluetooth when it has airplay? isn’t airplay the same as bluetooth but it also plays videos?

  • Vagabond

    Airplay uses a wifi connection inside your home. Bluetooth would let you stream music but has the benefit of not needing a shared wifi connection & also you can use devices other than your i-device. Airplay is more powerful, but Bluetooth gives you more flexibility.

  • Vagabond

    Quite impossible.

  • Vagabond

    Because AirPlay needs to use a wifi connection. And that’s not exactly portable, is it?

    Better to use Bluetooth.

  • Mike Rathjen


    Wireless routers are $20 at retail. I would say it’s not impossible at all to include wireless router functionality to a radio. Airplay needs a local network, not Internet.

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