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.
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