Object based sound formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are already found on many AV receivers. At CES we’re seeing many sound bars on display that incorporate the immersive audio formats. One of them is the Pioneer Elite FS-EB70 sound bar.

Pioneer FS-EB70 AV Center

Pioneer FS-EB70 AV Center

 

The Elite FS-EB70 isn’t your average sound bar. The EB70 uses 6 class D amps and has a dedicated power supply. A separate subwoofer handles low frequency duties.  The Pioneer FS-EB70 uses upward firing speakers to bounce sounds off of ceilings to create the illusion of overhead sound effects commonly used with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound tracks.

 

The EB70 is also no slouch in the networking department. The bar has a multitude of streaming options. Bluetooth and WiFi are both supported as is DTS Play-Fi, Chromecast, AirPlay and FireConnect. Anyone who uses Spotify, Pandora, TIDAL, DEEZER, or TuneIn will find them all on board the EB70.

 

On the video front, the sound bar has an impressive 4 HDMI inputs which are all 4K ready. HDR and BT.2020 are both supported as well. Older equipment can be connected to the sound bar via its RCA and digital inputs. A USB input makes connecting an external hard drive, USB drive or MP3 player as painless as possible.

 

With all of the bells and whistles inside the Pioneer Elite FS-EB70 users want to make sure they’re getting the best sound quality possible. Because of this Pioneer includes their Premium MCACC calibration suite which accounts for phase, reverb, frequency, and output. The calibration suite also includes what Pioneer calls a “reflex optimizer” which is designed to specifically calibrate the upward firing speaker array that’s responsible for creating Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound effects.

 
The Pioneer Elite FS-EB70 is available at retailers now.
 

 

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