Ministry Partners with Spotify to Upskill Young Podcasters

Ministry Partners with Spotify to Upskill Young Podcasters

The Ministry of Communications and Informatics (MCI), Republic of Indonesia, along with The National Movement of Digital Literacy, Siberkreasi, have partnered with Spotify to launch Kelas Podcast Siberkreasi 2022, a free podcast-specific upskilling program.

From 26 February, the program opened to all Indonesians interested to learn about podcasting. Since its founding in 2020, the program has reached more than 30,000 participants and aims to reach 50,000 more in 2022. Partnering with Spotify, the program allows participants to benefit from the podcasting expertise of the platform.

Participants can learn tips and tricks on how to create their own podcast channel. From areas like identifying their audience, defining a niche, social media to voice coaching, everyone will be provided with material and content ideas to start their journey. Spotify will also share about the benefits of Anchor, its free podcast creation, distribution, and hosting tool.

The first session titled "Suara dari Perempuan untuk Perempuan" will happen on 26 February with a women-led panel of luminaries. Hosted by TV and Radio personality, Nathalie Indry, participants can look forward to hearing from inspiring mentors such as Indonesian Broadcasting Class' coach Bintang Cahya and podcast's host Idah Umamah. The program will also offer sessions run by experts in sport, religion, diffable groups, and other genres.

"In our attempt to accelerate the national agenda of digital transformation, we must hold on to the principle of 'nobody gets left behind, or no one shall be abandoned. Thus, this year's program is designed to be more segmented as all layers in our society will be able to receive more suitable substances and materials. This partnership with Spotify is an obvious next step for us to bring the program to more young people across the country," said Semuel A. Pangerapan, Director General of Informatics Application.

MCI and Siberkreasi also held a webinar titled Gelombang Baru Siniar Generasi "Halu"? on February 16. Opened by Rizki Ameliah, Coordinator of the Digital Literacy Program, the webinar was facilitated by Bobby Mandela of "BKR Brothers", Vania Winola of "Little Talks", and Halo Bagas from "Kita dan Waktu". During the session, they discussed their experiences, tips and tricks, and being consistent as podcasters. The 2020/2021 alumni of the previous sessions were also present to share more.

"Podcasting is a unique medium that allows for creativity and personalization. We've been actively working with Indonesian creators to build Exclusive and Original programming since 2019 and will continue to find more ways to support and build the local podcast community," said Carl Zuzarte, Southeast Asia Head of Studios at Spotify.

Through Kelas Podcast Siberkreasi 2022, MCI, Siberkreasi, and Spotify hope that more podcasting talent in Indonesia will emerge with more positive content and bring meaningful impact to society.

The Ministry of Communications and Informatics (MCI) Republic of Indonesia aims to realize the vision of digitally competent Indonesian citizens with the National Movement of Digital Literacy (GNLD) Siberkreasi.

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This is Life Festival Gili Air

This is Life Festival Gili Air

Had to do a little write-up about the This Is Life Festival, on the Gili Air island off Bali, Indonesia.

It’s a seriously chilled event, with calm blue sea surrounding, locals making wind and sun shades, vitamin packed smoothie bowls, wooden beautiful cafe buildings and welcoming all from far and wide.

It’s a place where no doubt wonderful memories have and will be made around a sunset, bonfire, on the sand, drift with progressive to full on psy trance music, does it get any better?

This Is Life Festival is proud and excited to welcome you back to the tropical island paradise and meet once again on the sand floor!

Offering 30 hours of House, Techno & Psychedelic trance. Emulating the Australian doof scene mixed with exotic island spirit. We welcome only those that can embody true acceptance of all people, creatures and environments, free of judgement, awareness of those around them, themselves and the environment of which you Rome. Surrounded by coconut trees, crystal clear waters and pristine white beaches, the festival takes place with support of the local community.

This is Life Festival is determined to produce a unique musical and cultural experience. We aim to show you the magic and beauty of the island - a place where we come together as one big family, a place where you will feel at home and re energised.

Paradise is calling... Offering a diverse serving of Minimal, House, Techno & Psychedelic Trance. Surrounded by coconut trees, crystal clear waters and pristine white beaches.

To our music loving brothers and sisters from around the globe. From the This Is Life team, We would like to thank you for your love and support! Over 1000 people tuned in at some point. All over the world people gathered to support us and to have fun together.

Something to get you through the Covid blues and help manifest the joy we will all have when we finally get to dance with the sand between our feet.

We can’t wait to get back to our island paradise and plan the #TILF reunion! Finally we can feel light at the end of the tunnel!

Lucky's is a cosy friendly beach bar on Gili Air's sunset point, restaurant & bungalows with amazing sunsets, ice cold beers, tasty cocktails and a brand new seafood menu!

Vinyl Record-Playing Bars

Vinyl Record-Playing Bars

Have you ever visited Jakarta city, Indonesia? You'll find one of the city's most popular listening bars- Subo- located in a basement. And, of course, there's a vintage collection of vinyl records. Undoubtedly, music has become to many something of an indispensable accompaniment. Yes, people love listening to music as they go about mundane daily activities when cooking, exercising, or driving a car. It's quite rare, these days, to find busy urbanites listening to music just to enjoy it. With such factors in mind, the creators of SUBO came up with the idea in order to help busy people take some time to immerse themselves "knee-deep" in music. Subo is basically tucked somewhere in the Cipete Utara area of South Jakarta. But Subo does not merely cater to the whims of music lovers. It also serves other classes of people, including photographers who seek out their retro interiors and all kinds of bar-goers for their keenly innovative cocktails.

Note that when visiting Subo, you first need to sign up and secure an appointment. This will help you avoid mingling with large crowds unnecessarily. You'll also enjoy the music Subo offers with minimal distractions. At Subo you'll discover something incredible- you'll find vinyl pieces of every kind of music; this is something unusual-amazing. Thus, you can enjoy the musical experience from many different generations. And you'll find them in their most original form. Why, Subo even provides revelers with a gramophone to play exciting vinyl records going back to the 1950s to the 1980s. Those who prefer newer music that entertains different generations will have a DJ ready to pander to their whims. At Subo you can enjoy different types of music; local music, rock, pop, and classical. Indeed, you can enjoy everything in between, including Pink Floyd's The Wall (1979) and Aerosmith's Rocks( 1976).

Subo also features an in-house DJ, specialized in playing song remixes. The DJ is always ready for any other music ordered by revelers- the music of your choice. It doesn't matter whether you have a private party or a group gathering composed of friends and relatives- Subo covers you. Unsurprisingly, Subo's popularity has always soared- the bar offers everything Jakarta has exclusive; Subo lives up to its name.

As earlier noted, Subo is located in a house basement. You get there by appointment. The space that accommodates the bar has indoor and outdoor areas. Indeed, you can choose to listen to music in the indoor area while feasting on Subo's wide variety of food and drinks in the outdoor section. You can book your slot at the famous establishment by simply messaging the contact details on Subo's official Instagram account. But Subo offers more. You can enjoy a variety of books available at the establishment. Indeed, you can browse the books whenever you visit the bar. You can further enjoy all kinds of foods and drinks, including Vietnamese prawn and Shitaraki soup. There are also meat skewers and Tom prawn noodles- all are moderately priced. And it doesn't end there- Subo has a great selection of cocktails and mocktails; these are keenly prepared by an in-house bartender. Even after you have these, be prepared for more.

There is Subo's signature mocktail; the youthful jolly is prepared from pomegranate syrup, coffee, sparkling water, and passion fruit syrup. This is also quite popular with many patrons. And yet there's another signature Subo cocktail- Stubbornness; this is made from white wine syrup, dehydrated lemon, and espresso. So, while visiting Subo you'll experience unforgettable music nostalgia- indeed, you'll experience much more. The bar's homey vibe and retro look allow patrons to reminisce over various old-school music played from vintage vinyls. And you'll have this while simultaneously enjoying different delicious meals and exciting cocktails meticulously prepared by Subo's in-house bartender and chef. And in these days of a dreadful pandemic, you won't have to mingle with crowds while visiting the establishment. The bar's thoughtful appointment system limits the number of patrons who visit on any given day.

So, do you love music, especially the vintage type? Do you remember with pleasure the vintage music of the 1960s, 70s and 80s that people swung around as the vinyl record turned romantically? Do you love the pop star Michael Jackson's Thriller played memorably from the nostalgic vinyl record? Why not make a point of visiting Jakarta's famous Subo listening bar? And- don't forget to book your appointment; it's your exclusive ticket to Jakarta's vintage music paradise- Subo bar.

The Indonesian Raya - A Proud Anthem

The Indonesian Raya - A Proud Anthem

Have you ever heard of the Indonesia Raya or Great Indonesia? Well, it has something to do with the Indonesian national anthem. Do not confuse the Raya with Indonesia Jaya, the famous song by Harvey Malaiholo. The Indonesian Raya was composed in 1944 by the Surkano-led National Anthem Committee. The Raya was essentially derived from the 1924 musical composition by Wage Rudolf Supratman. It was originally adopted as the Indonesian National Anthem on August 17th, 1945 (when the country proclaimed its independence from the Dutch). The Raya is a symphonic rendition by the renowned Jozef Cleber. Supratman, the Raya's composer, first introduced the song during the Second Indonesian Youth Congress. The Raya marked the inception of the Indonesian all archipelago nationalist movement. The movement fiercely supported the concept of a single Indonesia to succeed the Dutch East Indies (instead of splitting the country into several independent colonies).

The Chinese Indonesian weekly Sin Pro soon became the first national newspaper to publish the Indonesian Raya's musical notation and lyrics. This was an overt act of defiance directed towards the colonialist Dutch authority. The Raya's first stanza officially became the new country's national anthem at independence in 1945. As mentioned, in 1950, the Dutch composer Jozef Cleber was honoured to create the tune's arrangement for philharmonic orchestra. Till today, Jozef's arrangement is widely used.

The Raya is routinely played in all Indonesia school's flag-raising ceremonies, usually held on Mondays. The national flag is generally raised in a deeply solemn, timed motion to reach the top of the flagpole just at the time the anthem ends. In order to commemorate the national independence, Indonesia holds the main flag-raising ceremony every August 17th. The country's president leads the independence ceremony, which is often held in Merdeka Palace. During the national anthem's rendition and singing, everyone present (except the uniformed ones) is required to stand at attention, face the music and pay due respect. The Armed Forces Personnel and others uniformed officers and school-going children generally render the military salute in honour of the auspicious occasion.

Since the 1928 Youth Congress, the Rays has been esteemed as the most important song for the Indonesian people. The Raya was primarily born at a momentous occasion when the nationalist movement and patriot feelings reached a peak. After a 300-year-long process of economic and political expansion, the former Dutch colonizers managed to build a king-sized colony comprising 17,000 islands. So, by 1928 these constituted the present-day Indonesian territorial boundaries. Indonesia is (famously) the 15th largest country in the world – in terms of land size. It's also the world's largest archipelago. Of course, the country's wide geographical expanse means Indonesia has enormous amounts of cultural diversity that could possible reside within the borders of a country. Indeed, when comparing the Acehnese Muslim in the Western part of the expansive archipelago to Papua's tribal animist family in the far eastern part), you're likely to find more differences than similarities. But there's an important unifying factor for all Indonesia's regions: subjection to colonial rule (regardless of the degree of colonialism).

The Raya contains-in essence- the following patriotic words: We, the daughters and sons of Indonesia, acknowledge that we have one motherland. We, the daughters and sons of Indonesia, proudly acknowledge that we have one nation composed of the people of Indonesia. We, the sons and daughters of Indonesia, respect this language of unity: Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia). The Raya's composer, Supratman (1903-1938) was a renowned musician, journalist and teacher. He wrote the famous song in the context of the Indonesian Youth Congress. Since the Youth Congress was essentially a subversive movement of Indonesia's late colonial days, the authorities considered the song's lyrics to be too nationalistic. Note, however, that the Raya's original version did not have the words merdeka or independence. Despite this the authorities quickly banned the song. But the nationalist movement only gained momentum. The colonial regime reacted with fierce acts of suppression.

At this point, Indonesia's young nationalist leaders, including Mohammed Hatta and Soerkana were soon arrested and confined to jail. Taking the cue, Indonesia's political and student organizations clandestinely distributed the Raya's popular lyrics and melody.

The domestic press, which steadily developed since the late 19th century, went on to play an essential role in the Raya's development. Several newspapers (including the Sin Po and Soeloeh Rakjat) were brave enough to publish the Raya's lyrics. The influence of Indonesia's fledgling media may well be compared to the influence of the earliest printing press and the modern social media influence on authoritarian regimes.

Visiting Best Bars in Jakarta

Visiting Best Bars in Jakarta

Well, the many renowned hospitable Indonesian entertainers always keep hordes of foreigners from leaving Jakarta. The emigrant community is so friendly that you can meet and socialize in many environments. Here's a sampling of the best bars in Jakarta where you can have unforgettable and wild nightlife.

Eastern Promise, also known as EP (in photo), is one of the famous bars for foreigners in Jakarta. It consists of 4 rooms: A sports café, a restaurant, a small bar and a beer garden with a live band. EP is widely considered the ideal hunting ground by most Indonesian revelers. Weekends are always packed with expatriates of all ages, gender, and nationalities. It's part of the Bugis group that owns other bars globally. De Burse, Frank's, De Hooi, Double Doors, and Carbar are same-class bars that many recommend.

McGettigan's is another modern Irish sports pub situated in Mega Kuningan, just a few meters from Ritz-Carlton. Most of the people that come here are upper-class emigrants, including Indonesians. The bar features live band on Wednesday and a ladies' night up to Saturday. New York and Singapore are among the 20 other locations where you can find such bars. McGettigan's forms a part of a larger group of bars located worldwide, including New York, Singapore, Dubai. Its entertainment is primarily for sports watching, consisting of 12 LED TV screens and a projection screen in the same venue.The pub mainly operates from noon to midnight on weekdays and from noon to dusk on weekends.

Another suitable bar to visit in Jakarta is Masters Sports Bars Mega Kuningan. This bar and restaurant offer the best venue to football lovers due to their massive projector screens for watching sports. Being one of the dedicated sports bars in Jakarta, Mega features around six different types of TVs, excluding two giant high-definition projection screens near the entry. You can watch any event going on around the world, whether football, racing, rugby and many more. The bar is owned by a group of expatriates who have their jobs well cut out. They come from different nationalities but share a joint objective.

Also, you can visit BATS Sudirman anytime you feel like doing steaks. This ";American establishment"; is a trendy bar among married emigrants. It has many imported live bands, such as the Quebec, which plays the top 40 songs. Live music is played for visiting businessmen, foreigners, and Indonesian enthusiasts. The dancefloor is always crowded, making it is possible to find a place to sit if you wish. Of course, the entry fee is a bit expensive, but one is always served with a free large beer as well. The bar opens from 5 pm to 3 am.

Aphrodite bar and restaurant is among the most popular; it neighbours the Taman Rasuna towers that serve expatriates. It's much recommended for anyone looking for exceptional western food. The entertainment includes live music, pool tables, and live sports. Most of the customers come to watch the English premier league, Formula 1, and other sports. It's located a few meters from the Taman Rasuna tower. This is another popular hangout for Indonesian enthusiasts. On ladies night, all girls get free drinks from 8 pm to 1 am. Live bands play rock and pop songs on most of these nights.

The last bar to consider visiting in Jakarta is Basque and Loewy in Mega Kuningan. It's a union of two restaurants under different management but with a distance of around 300 meters separating them. Most of the ex-pats that come here are in their 30s or 40s, single and seeking. Basque is a Spanish bar and restaurant with good food and a great design. Most of the emigrants hang out there more than in Loewy. This is also a pick-up place for Indonesian enthusiasts. It opens daily, playing a mix of popular songs from the past 10 to 20 years. Loewy is a French bar where half of the customers are Indonesians between 30 and 45 years old while the other half are foreigners. Most of the customers are from the upper class. It's has been in operation since it was opened in 2008 where people go for lunch or parties. It's opened every day starting from 11am to 2am.

Popular Music and Legendary Musicians

Popular Music and Legendary Musicians

Jakarta's music demonstrates its local music creativity, cultural diversity, and foreign influence, shaping its musical scene for decades. The variety has resulted in creating different forms of music that are often accompanied by theatrical dances. Music plays a crucial role in creating pop culture, especially theme songs in cinemas and TV dramas. The music industry is so popular nationwide thanks to the cultural diversion of the Jakarta population. The music is also popular in neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Brunei, and Malaysia.

The orchestra is typically a western kind of music; it was introduced in Jakarta during the 18th century by the Duchess of East Indies. Only officers and wealthy Dutch plantation owners enjoyed this type of music in exclusive ballrooms and social clubs. A music concert hall was constructed in Jakarta during the 19th century. During the 60s and 80s, classical music was aired through radio and TV programs. During this same period, music was introduced as an extra-curricular activity for students in Universities. Classical music has played a role in promoting and preserving national songs composed by Jakarta's indigenous peoples.

Ananda Sukarlan is among the most prominent composers, with many orchestra chambers and instrumental works. The musician has composed many songs for other artists like Violinist Midori Goto, who has also performed his works. Since their symphony groups, Jakarta is among the major cities where orchestra music is not strange to indigenous peoples and ex-pats. Twilight Orchestra, The Jakarta Chamber Orchestra, and the Nusantara Symphony Orchestra are famous symphony groups in Jakarta. Since the country has many patriotic songs played and memorized by people frequently, some have been recorded on different albums using orchestra recordings.

Addie MS is another Orchestra musician; he was born in Jakarta during the late 50s and is now a producer and a songwriter; he's originally of Sudanese descent. He is currently the director of the Twilite Orchestra band that he founded in the early 90s. In the late 90s, he founded the Twilite Youth Orchestra group to create awareness of classical music among Indonesian juveniles. Courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism in Indonesia, Twilite Orchestra became the first Indonesian orchestra band to perform at the Sydney Opera House. The concert served as a major promotion to Indonesian tourism.

Jazz Fusion is a music genre developed in the 60s by combining rhythm and blues, funk, improvised rock music, and jazz harmony. It uses woodwind and brass instruments like saxophone and trumpets, and other substitute instruments. It's less likely to find a double bass or piano in a jazz band, but bass guitar, synthesizers, and the electric guitar are some of the commonly used instruments. Jazz-rock I a term given to the jazz fusion music that was played during the late 60s and 80s. Benny Mustafa, Jack Lesmana, Bubi Chen, Benny Likumahuwa, Maryono are the first musicians and bands that explore jazz music. Most of these groups fuse westernized music with traditional music. The biggest annual jazz festival is held in Jakarta; it's known as the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival.

Erwin Gutawa Sumapraja is an Indonesian songwriter who was born in Jakarta during the early 60s. He started his career by joining a jazz band as a bassist soon after becoming an independent composer. He won awards for being the best music arranger. Being a band member of the Jarimata jazz band, Gutawa and the band did a show at a Festival in the Netherlands. Apart from songwriting, he also worked as a producer and concert organizer for other artists. After the band was banned, he formed an orchestra group and worked as a composer. He presented a rock concert featuring Dewa, Gigi, and Slank during The Early Millennium, held at the Jakarta convention centre. Nicky Astria, Ahmad Albar, Roni Harahap, and Jockie Soerjoprajogo were guest musicians who attended the concert.

Indo pop is a type of music from Indonesia that has been influenced by the records and trends from Britain, America, Japan, Korea, and India. Koes Plus was a pioneer of indo-pop music in the early 60s. Britain and American music primarily influence her music. In particular, the Beatles has a significant influence on his band. Chrisye and Iwan Falls are some of the best-known Indonesian legends of the indo-pop music genre.

Tanoto Foundation Launches Podcast Series

Tanoto Foundation Launches Podcast Series

Tanoto Foundation, an independent philanthropy organization established by Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto in 1981, has launched its inaugural 'Unlocking Potential: Conversations with Tanoto Foundation' podcast series.

The first episode, titled 'Beyond the Pandemic' and available on Spotify and YouTube, features Tanoto Foundation Trustee Belinda Tanoto and infectious diseases expert Professor Tikki Pangestu.

Belinda Tanoto, also a Managing Director at the global resource manufacturing Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group of companies, has been actively involved in a number of Tanoto Foundation programs in human capital development such as stunting mitigation, poverty alleviation, early childhood education and development, maternal health and leadership development.

In addition to its other long-term focus on improving people's health span through its medical philanthropy, the Tanoto Foundation has since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic collaborated with like-minded partners to provide urgent support to governments and communities in the form of personal protective equipment (PPE), masks, sanitizer and disinfectants, food staple packages, and more recently in Indonesia, oxygen concentrators and supply.

The podcast largely centered on Asia's ability to exit the pandemic, as well as opportunities to accelerate Asian nations' recovery. Professor Pangestu, a Visiting Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, shared broadly on the importance of vaccination, testing, treatment and social responsibility. The former Director of Research Policy and Cooperation at the World Health Organization added that nations have to be prepared to live with the virus as endemic as they exit the pandemic.

Professor Pangestu continually emphasized vaccination as critical consideration for any community to overcome the virus and reduce mortality and hospitalization rates. He cited matter-of-factly Israel, the UK, Singapore and China as countries who have continued demonstrating effective governance and management of the virus amidst the emergence of more infectious variants.

However, he expressed concern over three challenges many developing countries face in supply, logistics and vaccine hesitancy. He suggested that good governance and improving scientific literacy can help a nation achieve herd immunity, which comprises 80-90 percent of the population being fully vaccinated.

Israel and the United Kingdom (UK) serve as two examples of how vaccines reduce not only the spread of the infection but also mortality rates. With about 60% coverage, people in Israel are 30 times less likely to be infected and ten times less likely to be hospitalised. While the UK, which has 30-40% coverage, deals with the more infectious Delta variant, there is a significantly lower mortality rate.

Governments alone cannot battle the virus. Both Ms. Tanoto and Professor Pangestu agreed this was where public-private partnerships could help boost efforts in vaccination campaigns and public health communications. Professor Pangestu acknowledged that while private organizations played important parts in financing purchase of vaccines, oxygen and personal protective equipment, they could bolster efforts in public health communication, advocacy and education to overcome vaccine hesitancy.

Broader collaboration will reduce vaccine inequity, expand vaccine access and hasten the pace at which vaccines are administered. The podcast touched briefly on Indonesia's 'gotong royong' mass vaccination campaign, a public-private collaboration aimed at sharply increasing the number of vaccines administered to people across the world's fourth most populous country. Professor Pangestu added that private healthcare institutions such as private hospitals and clinics, along with pharmaceutical companies were vital in the distribution and delivery of vaccines to the population.

The Singapore-based researcher said that individuals could play a vital role, citing how celebrities, influencers, community and religious leaders have helped to amplify the vaccination campaign, public health advisories and good hygiene practices.

The conversation moved to the role philanthropies and non-profits could play to not only contribute to herd immunity but also safeguarding public health. Professor Pangestu said that philanthropies have continued to also support medical research, contributing to the growing body of knowledge that will spur the discovery of effective solutions in vaccinations and treatment.

In 2017, Tanoto Foundation contributed a transformational gift to the SingHealth Duke-NUS Medical Centre to establish the Viral Research and Experimental Medicine Centre @SingHealth Duke-NUS (ViREMiCS). This was in addition to establishment of Tanoto Foundation Professorships in diabetes research, cardiovascular medicine and medical oncology respectively in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In addition to supporting human capital development programs and the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), the Foundation has also contributed broadly to medical philanthropy as it seeks to meaningfully contribute to research in Asia-prevalent diseases and to the improvement of health span of populations globally.

Pioneer 2021 Hi-Res Special Edition Speakers

Pioneer 2021 Hi-Res Special Edition Speakers

Pioneer Electronics Asia Centre, a leader in in-car entertainment, today launched its 2021 Hi-Res Special Edition car component speakers, the 17cm (6.5-inch) TS-VR170C, TS-V170C, and TS-J170C. These speakers—designed by Pioneer's audio engineers in Japan and tuned to the discerning tastes of Asian consumers—were made to deliver stunningly realistic, vivid audio that reproduces all the intricate details and emotion in every piece of music. Pioneer also launched the new DMH-A4450BT multimedia receiver, which brings flagship Car Connected Experience features such as wired Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and Mirroring for Android™ to drivers at an affordable price.

"Today's discerning consumers don't just expect quality or convenience. They look out authenticity, whether it's in the products they interact with or the entertainment they enjoy," said Mr. Takekawa Daisuke, Managing Director, Pioneer Electronics Asia Centre. "That's why we designed our 2021 products to push the boundaries of what's possible with realistic, authentic Hi-Res sound — while offering practical features every driver can appreciate in an accessible, customizable and manageable package."

Leading the 2021 Hi-Res Special Edition Speaker line-up is the TS-VR170C, specially designed and manufactured by Pioneer in Japan to produce the new 'Pioneer Flagship Sound' concept — a realistic audio experience that authentically reproduces the sound from musician's voices and instruments in an excellent, broad soundstage.

To produce such a high standard of sound, Pioneer's audio engineers employed Pioneer's signature 'Takumi' craftsmanship approach, leveraging innovations from the edge of acoustics science and combining them with Pioneer's dedication to ultimate sound quality. Taking inspiration from the company's best award-winning speaker models in Japan, Pioneer's engineers rigorously tested over 200 different combinations of materials, speaker shapes, and setups — all to create an ideal design that delivers a new 'Pioneer Flagship Sound'.

The TS-VR170C's tweeter was designed with a 25mm 'Dual Arc Ring' aluminum diaphragm to reproduce a wide range of high frequencies, up to 65kHz. This uniquely designed diaphragm works in concert with the tweeter's voice coil, aluminum equalizer, and a powerful neodymium magnet to minimize distortion and ensure true-to-life accuracy, producing crystal-clear expressive high notes that make voices and musical instruments sound absolutely outstanding. A redesigned, adjustable tweeter housing also gives drivers several flexible installation options.

The TS-VR170C's woofer was designed with a dual-layer carbon fiber cone, supported by a high-performance, space-efficient square wire voice coil, a neodymium magnet and strong aluminum die-cast basket. This setup accurately reproduces low-to-mid frequencies, free from distortion — faithfully reproducing sound from drums, bass, and strings. To ensure a uniform reproduction of sound across frequencies, Pioneer created a special crossover network for the TS-VR170C that uses thicker coils, premium-grade film capacitors, and gold-plated terminals. This crossover also features a tweeter attenuator and support for bi-amp connections, giving listeners the freedom to tweak the overall sound balance to their specific tastes.

Designed in Japan, the TS-V170C takes inspiration from Pioneer's world-renowned Z-Series speakers and elevates the 'Open & Smooth' sound concept with a new design. The TS-V170C's aluminum tweeter diaphragm, Harmonized Synthetic Diaphragm Optimum Method (HSDOM) created via computer analysis, provides a well-tuned, wide frequency response of up to 64kHz. The speaker's woofer, designed with a dual-layer Aramid Fiber cone, high-strength center cap, large strontium magnet, and aluminum diecast basket accurately reproduces low-and-midrange frequencies. With a redesigned crossover, the TS-V170C delivers a premium sound signature with open, smooth, and detailed soundstage, creating an incredibly immersive Hi-Res audio experience.

The TS-J170C also reimagines the 'Open & Smooth' concept, using a mix of tried-and-tested designs and innovative technologies to bring dynamic, 'live' sound to drivers everywhere. While the TS-J170's poly-imide balanced dome tweeter design produces a clear high-frequency response of up to 58kHz, the woofer's new Injection Molding Carbonized Cone (IMCC) cone and high efficiency square wire voice coil work together with a redesigned crossover to create strong, dynamic, and immersive low-to-mid frequencies — transforming the in-car listening experience into a live studio performance.

To ensure a hassle-free installation experience, Pioneer has bundled the TS-V170C and TS-J170C with multi-fit adapters, multi-fit connectors, and installation accessories for tweeters. These adapter kits feature a variety of mounting options and connectors that fit a wide variety of Asian, American and Continental cars, giving drivers everywhere the option to install these speakers themselves.

Drivers looking for more information on fitment and guidance on speaker choice can use Pioneer's CarSoundFit app, which simulates Pioneer speakers' sound quality versus factory-fitted setups. CarSoundFit is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for most countries today.

The regional headquarters of Pioneer Corporation since 1992, Pioneer's core business is in car audio visual. Pioneer aims to be a leading aftermarket manufacturer and supplier to leading car brands, providing comprehensive infotainment solutions for in-car, by developing next-generation devices and innovative cloud services for the growing connected car market.