The new Pioneer VSX-1020-K receiver was announced today and it isn’t just the next version of Gizmodo’s Battlemodo champ and CNET Midrange editors’ choice, though that does give it some credibility   The VSX-1020-K contains a “Works with iPhone” certification (with free custom Pioneer iPhone app, free) that allows you to connect up your iPhone have your way with your living room sound.  That’s in addition to being able to browse your music on your HDTV. 

It is available for pre-order with a price guarantee at Amazon for $549.  iPhone screenshots below:

Product Features

  • “Works with iPhone” certification (with free custom Pioneer iPhone app, downloaded separately) and front USB connectivity provide iPod, touch, and iPhone users ultimate plug-and-play integration of their Apple products with their home theater
  • Simple connectivity of high-performance HD video, HD audio, portable, internet, wireless, and analog components makes this Pioneer receiver the ultimate A/V control center
  • The latest version of HDMI inputs and outputs provide more HD connectivity options with “future-proof” 3-D capability
  • 1080p video conversion and upscaling ensures the highest quality video from any source–even “legacy” analog and lower-resolution digital video sources
  • High-Power Discrete Transistor (HPDT) multi-channel amplifiers and proprietary Pioneer room calibration technology combine to ensure best-in-class home theater and music reproduction in any home

Here’s the older model getting messed with:

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