Pioneer & Onkyo Europe GmbH makes its MWC 2018 debut, exhibits innovative AI-based products

Press Release dated: 26 Feb 2018

Onkyo Corporation announces that it will exhibit a number of AI-based products and technologies at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2018, to be held from 26th February to 1st March in Barcelona, Spain. 

Highlights include…

Onkyo G3 and P3 Smart Speakers / Pioneer RAYZ Earphones

In 2017 Onkyo launched its first entries into the burgeoning Smart Speaker market, the G3 (VC-GX30) and P3 (VC-PX30). Both speakers amply demonstrate Onkyo’s superior and proven ability to coax surprisingly high-fidelity sound from small enclosures, in combination, of course, with the usual bevy of expected Smart Speaker skills. 

The G3 successfully combines the intelligence of the Google Assistant with the incredible flexibility of Chromecast built-in multi-room music streaming. The P3, meanwhile, leverages the Amazon Alexa Voice Service, providing information, entertainment and the ability to control selected smart devices by voice, along with an uncommonly immersive standard of hi-fi sound.

Intelligence is also at the core of the Pioneer Rayz, the world’s first Lightning-Powered noise cancelling earphones that let you listen (or talk) on your iPhone at the same time that you're charging it. Smart Noise Cancelling technology cleverly adapts to your ear and the sounds around you. What’s more, the free Rayz app lets you personalise your earphone by, among other skills, allowing you to save custom EQ profiles, enable HearThru mode (to allow in ambient sound), or activate AutoPause (to pause music playback when you remove your Rayz earphones).

Onkyo AI

Onkyo AI is a proprietary voice-enabled AI system, created from the development and integration of several currently available AI-related technologies. Besides answering questions and playing music - core abilities for conventional smart speakers - the Onkyo AI system also offers several other capabilities:- 

(1) Customisability: Our proprietary AI can be customised with a host of useful features to meet the diverse needs of our customers.

(2) Service/App coordination: Onkyo’s AI considers the time, geographic location and user characteristics before deciding which of various available services it should offer, in conjunction with the recommended application tailored to the situation.

(3) Voice options: ‘Onkyo Voice’ allows the user to select their own preferred assistant's voice.

The first products to incorporate Onkyo AI are :-

AI Smart Automotive “VC-AX02”

Last summer Onkyo joined the SmartDeviceLink (SDL) Consortium, an open source community for the advancement of SmartDeviceLink (SDL), a standard set of protocols and messages that connect applications on a smartphone to an in-car head unit. 

The first fruits of that association come in the form of a new prototype smart speaker named "AI Smart Automotive", specifically designed to be used in a car. This prototype supports Onkyo AI, and has a SIM card slot as well as a built-in battery, the intention being that it can be used anytime, anywhere.

Crucially, this device is designed to offer high performance - with excellent voice recognition and voice assistant clarity - in even the harshest of noise environments.

AI Smart Wearable “VC-NX01”

This prototype device is designed to be worn around the neck, and integrates several leading technologies to create a truly hands-free device that will be the perfect method of accessing on-the-go ‘concierge’ services.

One of the most impressive features of this device is that it automatically activates when placed around your neck, instantly compensating for ambient sounds (such as passing traffic) while fully supporting 'Onkyo AI' functionality.

General Notes

*ONKYO AI is a collaboration with SoundHound Inc. Powered by Houndify.

*Onkyo Voice is a collaboration with Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation.

About SoundHound

SoundHound Inc. turns sound into understanding and actionable meaning. We believe in enabling humans to interact with the things around them in the same way we interact with each other: by speaking naturally to mobile phones, cars, TVs, music speakers, and every other part of the emerging ‘connected’ world. Our consumer product, Hound, leverages our Speech-to-Meaning™ and Deep Meaning Understanding™ technologies to create a groundbreaking smartphone experience, and is the first product to build on the Houndify platform. Our SoundHound product applies our technology to music, enabling people to discover, explore, and share the music around them, and even find the name of that song stuck in their heads by singing or humming. Through the Houndify platform, we aim to bring voice-enabled AI to everyone and enable others to build on top of it. We call this Collective AI. Our Mission: Houndify everything.


To do proper justice to the ever higher video quality available from today’s cutting-edge streaming video services, we have equipped our first tablet with an Ultra HD 4K display. The GRANBEAT tablet is also the world’s first* to be equipped with DTS:X Premium 1.0, offering a superior standard of multi-channel audio reproduction, one that matches the high quality video that the GRANBEAT is capable of displaying. 

*As of Feb 19th, 2018 based on Onkyo research.  


  • 4K UltraHD 12.5 inch display
  • 4 built-in Onkyo Dual Mold Diaphragm (ODMD) speakers
  • The World’s first DTS:X Premium-enabled tablet
  • Dedicated DAC and amp circuitry for Hi-Res audio
  • DTS Play-Fi support

Final product specifications are subject to change.

* For DTS patents, see Manufactured under license from DTS Licensing Limited. DTS, the Symbol, & DTS and the Symbol together, Play-Fi, and the DTS Play-Fi logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of DTS, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. © DTS, Inc. All rights reserved.

* Other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners

* Products with this logo conform to Hi-Res Audio standard defined by Japan Audio Society.  This logo is used under license from the Japan Audio Society.


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Current Catalogue

Catalog ONKYO Audio Video Products 2017-2018
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