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Pioneer Elite X-SMC4-K Music Tap Network Audio Player Review - Pioneer Elite X-SMC4-K Music Tap

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By: | Players & Accessories in HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 5, 2012 4:25 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Pioneer Electronics

Pioneer Elite X-SMC4-K Music Tap

 

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Here we get our first look at the Music Tap. The speakers are attached and not removable. The screen measures right around 2.5 inches diagonal. The height is less than 9 inches and the width is right around 21 inches. When keeping a 2 inch gap for the power cables between the unit and the wall, the X-SMC4-K is right around 8 inches from the wall and that moves closer to 10 inches with the iPod dock door open.

 

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Here we see the iPod dock door closed and open. Your iPod or iPhone just slide right in without any fuss.

 

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Given that several of these Music Tap systems will be used in kitchens it would of been nice for Pioneer to trim some of the fat on the door and slim things down.

 

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Three front ports are also located at the bottom left. The first is a USB port, but it is not a 'quick charge' 2 Amp port, it only supplies 500mA of power, so it won't charge your iPad or charge your phone as quickly as the NewerTech Power2U that we reviewed earlier in the month... another kitchen upgrade.

 

A headphone port is also located on the lower left corner as is a 2.5mm auxiliary input for your Zune or other audio devices.

 

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Several function buttons are located at the top of the unit. The all-important power button is located at the far left.

 

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Then function, BT audio selector and Air Jam.

 

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Further to the right are the play and stop buttons as well as volume control.

 

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The back is basic enough with all of the wire connectors in a cluster. The Bluetooth model is built inside with a flush door that covers the module.

 

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The wired cluster has jacks for a FM antenna (included), 10/100 Ethernet, composite video out and finally the power brick.

 

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The Bluetooth module was already installed in our unit.

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