|Pioneer Home Entertainment System|
Ask any man on the street and you would most like come across most who has a hidden desire to create Man's Den. I used to have one, when I was in the University, staying in my own dormitory. It's a small space, but it is filled with gadgets such as a computer, a 14 inch Television and a stereo sound system. In Singapore limited space landscape, this limited 'home entertainment system', squeeze into a tiny 4m by 2m room, was a luxury for a varsity kid .
Almost 2 decades later, I had hope to create a similar space at home. Unfortunately with 2 little boys, this hope for a personal space has long been abolished. Whatever space we have had been occupied by the boys' toys spewed all over. There is no Man's Den, but there is the Family Den.
So when the opportunity came to make the Family Den a little more like the ideal Man's Den, I knew I just have to take it. I may not make the space my own, but kudos to Pioneer, I get to build the ideal home entertainment system of my dreams.
|Pioneer VSX 924 K|
- VSX 924k AV Reciever
- BDP 170 Blu Ray Player
- S 11 Speaker system
- S 51W Active Subwoofer
The new Pioneer AV receiver VSX 924K does it efficiently while throwing in a few other bells and whistles to the set up.The VSX-924 connects to almost anything: it supports AirPlay, MHL, HTC Connect & DLNA audio networking. In English, it means your IOS and Anroid devices can be use with your reciever. It also plays multi-channel 96 kHz/24-bit FLAC and WAV files via USB and DLNA. With 7 HDMI inputs, there should be sufficient connections to hook up your hardware to it.
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Set up itself is a breeze with the AV Navigator build in the receiver. However since I am a Tech Geek, the connections to my existing system was done manually. Once wiring is done, it is recommended you calibrate the AV receiver via the Multi Channel Acoustic Calibration Room EQ for optimal sound.
There is wireless connectivity for this unit via a separate add-on Wifi Adapter (included in the retail set). Alternatively you can connect to your network via the LAN cable. Otherwise iPhone/iPod connectivity can be made on the front panel. With these connectivity , you could utilize the Airplay function of your Apple products to stream the iTunes music library through the AV receiver. Control over the music library can be made via the remote control.
|Airplay with Pioneer|
|Pioneer S11 speakers with S51W Subwoofer|
A top of the line TV can only do so much visually. More often the sound from the TV lacks punch. A good home entertainment system will bring TV viewing to life with its 3D sound produced from the system. The boys were as impressed as I am when they heard the surround effects from the system.
BLU RAY PLAYER
Compliment the setup with the entry level BDP 170 Blu Ray Player and you are good to go for a fantastic movie experience. BDP 170 may be basic but it includes features such as YouTube and Miracast. It is wireless ready, thus eliminating the need for a dongle. The Youtube channel is a great source of videos for kids. On the other hand, Miracast works will mirror your Android phone/tablets , giving you another dimension for entertainment.
|Home Entertainment System by Pioneer|
A powered zone 2 audio output also allows you to watch movie in one room and listen to music in another. However I must add wiring should be done pre renovation to avoid messy cables from one room to the next.
|Star Wars on Pioneer|
So much for the major tech speak. If the above jargon sound French to you, let me sum it up in one sentence.
This Home Entertainment System rocks the house!
As for the first Home Cinema experience that the boys will enjoy, it will be a movie marathon. We had chosen The 6 Episodes of Star Wars , The Complete Saga.
Now where is the popcorn?
|Movie Night with Pioneer!|