Today Pioneer has introduced two new table top systems; the X-SMC3-S Music Tap and X-SMC4-K Elite Music Tap.

They’re essentially the same in terms of specs, though the SMC4 Elite version boasts Bluetooth connectivity.  But that’s really a moot feature since each of these semi-sexy music system are built to work with Apple’s Airplay tech.  But if you’re low on juice you can slide out the hidden 30-pin dock and connect your player using the good old wired method.  In the event you’re not a proud owner of an Apple device, there is an AUX input as well as support for DLNA, a standard the enables users of non-Apple devices to connect wirelessly and stream tunes.

Power for each system is drawn from 2-channel digital amplifier and dual full range drivers in a passive radiator enclosure.  There is also a 2.5-inch color display on it’s face, an Ethernet input, a USB input, composite video support and an accompanying remote and iPhone app to let you control the unit from across the room.

The X-SMC3-S Music Tap and X-SMC4-K Elite Music Tap are compatible with other Pioneer equipment allowing you to enjoy music throughout your home, provided you’ve already got it installed. They’ll also work with AirPlay-enabled apps like PANDORA Internet radio, iHeartRadio and other music streaming service apps.

The X-SMC3 costs $399, while the Elite sells for $479.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."