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Pioneer Elite FS-EB70 Network Atmos Sound Bar System Preview

Pioneer Elite FS-EB70 Atmos Soundbar System

Pioneer Elite FS-EB70 Atmos Soundbar System


  • Product Name: Elite FS-EB70
  • Manufacturer: Pioneer
  • Review Date: January 05, 2017 21:25
  • MSRP: $1,000
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!

Supplying surround sound in a slim design is Pioneer Home Entertainment U.S.A.’s new Elite® FS-EB70 Network Sound Bar System, launching today for a $1,000 MAP (US) and $1,499 MAP (CAD), and on display in The Venetian Meeting Rooms Level Two, Bassano Room #2601.

The ultra-slim sound bar provides a 3.1.2 channel immersive audio experience without having to place speakers above or behind you thanks to Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X integration, along with custom top-mounted drivers that attempts to bounce sound off the ceiling.  Adding power to the experience are six-channel Class D amps with a dedicated power supply that power wide-dispersal speakers with angled height-channel speakers enclosed at each end of the sound bar. 

Pioneer FS-EB70 Soundbar, Sub, and Amplifier YouTube Video Overview

A powerful yet compact wireless subwoofer delivers deep in-movie Low Frequency Effects (LFE) for added depth and impact. 

Here are some of the features you can expect from the Pioneer FS-EB70 Soundbar System:

Surround Sound

  • Upward firing speakers conform to the Dolby Atmos standard for overhead sound reproduction of object and channel based content.  In-ceiling speakers or additional modules are not required.
  • A Dolby Surround upmixer, which decodes and directs sounds to all of the speakers in the sound bar including up-firing capabilities to provide a higher sense of immersion from all channel based content.
  • Dolby Audio includes new Surround Enhancer technology, a mode that wraps sound around the listening position by means of virtual rear speaker creation.
  • DTS Neural:X mixes standard 5.1 sound for convincing replication of object-audio soundtracks by retrieving spatial cues from the soundtrack.
  • Dialog is mixed as a separate element in DTS:X so dialog volume can be raised or lowered independently to other sound elements.

Multi-Room & Streaming

  • Multi-room wireless audio functionality and streaming capabilities include FireConnect™*1, DTS Play-Fi® technology*2, Chromecast built-in*2, AirPlay® as well as Bluetooth® wireless connectivity*3 and dual-band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi®.
  • Supports all leading subscription services Spotify®*4, Pandora®, TIDAL, DEEZER, and TuneIn.

Easy Calibration

Premium MCACC*5 technology calibrates phase, reverb, frequency, and output for optimal sound at the listening position by ensuring that directional sounds of all frequencies arrive simultaneously so the listener is presented with a studio-faithful object audio image.  The built-in Reflex Optimizer precisely aligns the height-channel phase.

Hi-Res Connections

  • Four 4K/60p Ultra HD-ready HDMI® inputs connect various media players including those capable of High Dynamic Range*6 and BT.2020*7 video, and routes signals to a compatible TV via a single HDMI cable.
  • HDMI output features Audio Return Channel (ARC) with CEC/CEC Multilink. Your home entertainment system can be configured to switch on and off automatically with the TV.
  •  Format compatibility includes Hi-Res Audio and 2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz DSD network audio.
  • Analog RCA or optical digital inputs are perfect for legacy gear and a USB input supports audio playback of a variety of music formats, including hi-res audio stored on USB memory devices. 

Initial Impressions

The new Pioneer FS-EB70 was one of the most enveloping soundbar of the bunch that we've heard back at CEDIA 2016. We had a private listening test in a darkened acoustically controlled room designed to premiere several of Pioneers products but weren’t told which one we were listening to. When the lights came on we were surprised that the only source we listened to was the soundbar, separate amplifier, and 8” sub.  Now that the product is officially launched, you can expect a formal review to come from us this year.  Stay tuned....



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