The SBX-N700 is packed with features, chief among which is DLNA-certified file streaming. It plays music, video and photos from other devices on your home network through its built-in Wi-Fi connection or Ethernet port.
The list of streamable formats includes MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, APE, AVI, WMV, DivX HD, MP4, 3GP, FLV, JPEG, PNG and GIF. You can also play these formats from USB flash drives, as well as FLAC.
The network goodies continue with Miracast support, which lets you replicate your phone or tablet’s screen on your TV, and Wi-Fi Direct, which lets you send files directly to the Pioneer without going through a router.
Built-in Bluetooth provides a quicker method of streaming music, but that’s old news – this is also the first soundbar to feature a Bluetooth transmitter, allowing you to send audio to headphones or a different speaker.
There’s even a YouTube Leanback portal, with support for the YouTube ‘Send To TV’ feature, where you can send videos from a smartphone and then use your device as a remote.
On the audio side, there’s Phase Control for the built-in woofers and the wireless sub. It corrects the phase lag in the subwoofers’ signals for a more synchronised sound.
Pioneer’s Sound Retriever restores audio data lost in the compression process, and there’s a range of Equaliser sound modes – Gaming, Movie and Music. The Surround mode adds width, while Night boosts dynamics for late-night listening and Dialog emphasises vocal frequencies.
Without the wireless sub, the built-in Class D amp channels 2 x 35W to the 66mm full-range drivers and 2 x 35W to the 77mm bass drivers. With the 150W wireless subwoofer in play, total power output is upped to 220W. Finally there are on-board Dolby Digital and DTS decoders.