Pioneer's New iPod Dock Upscales DVDs to 1080p

Posted Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 06:00 AM PDT by

Like peanut butter and jelly, some things were made to go together. The XW-NAV1K-K combines an iPod dock, CD player, and DVD player. It's a bit more like peanut butter and cheese.

Pioneer released a few new iPod docks today, but it's the XW-NAV1K-K that really stands out. Not because it's particularly impressive, but because it's one of the stranger tech combinations we've seen.

It's not too unusual to combine a CD player and iPod dock. In fact, it's a pretty natural combination. Pioneer's XW-NAV1K-K has both, and some very cool music ripping functionality. You can't rip a CD directly to your iPod, but you can rip to a USB drive or external hard drive with ease.

Where it gets weird is the DVD player. If it were included for DVD-Audio, it would make more sense. It would be overkill, especially considering the 2.75 inch passive speakers, but it would make sense. But it's not for DVD-Audio, it's for watching movies.

The XW-NAV1K-K is capable of upconverting a standard definition DVD to 1080p, and an HDMI port is included for connecting to a television. There's also a composite output that can be used if you're not going high-def.

To be fair, there are some people that will find the iPod dock and DVD player combo to be useful, but there are plenty of people out there who like peanut butter and cheese sandwiches too.

If you're so inclined, you can pick up the Pioneer XW-NAV1K-K for $299 when it comes out in June.

Source: Pioneer via Ecoustics

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