Pioneer and Onkyo challenge Heos and MusicCast with FlareConnect streaming

posted on Monday, 30th October 2017 by Steve May

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Pioneer and Onkyo Europe have announced FlareConnect, a wireless multiroom audio distribution system built into a selection of the brand’s connected components and AV receivers. Enabled via a firmware upgrade, FlareConnect shares, distributes and synchronises music from network-attached and external audio sources, between enabled Onkyo/Pioneer audio-video/hi-fi components/systems and compatible wireless speakers.

The move follows the widespread adoption of similar functionality from rival AV brands. Denon and Marantz can stream within a Heos-based ecosystem, while Yamaha products support MusicCast.

With FlareConnect, any source can be streamed to a connected device, be it CD, vinyl or streaming service. Depending on device specifics, FlareConnect-equipped components (in any room) can be designated the ‘Master’ device, and enabled to stream. The feature also supports playlists from music servers or USB sticks, via PlayQueue. Playback is managed by the Onkyo Controller, and Pioneer Remote apps.

Supported models From 2017 range comprise: TX-8270, TX-8250, TX-NR474, TX-NR575E, TX-NR676E, TX-RZ720, TX-RZ820, CS-N575D, HT-R997.

Select 2016 models are also in line for the upgrade: TX-NR555, TX-NR656, HT-R695, TX-RZ710, TX-RZ810, TX-RZ1100, TX-RZ3100, PR-RZ5100, TX-L50, TX-L20D, LS7200, NCP-302, NS-6130, NS-6170, R-N855.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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