Pioneer Launches World's First Lightning-Powered Plug-and-Play Speaker

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Pioneer today introduced Rayz Rally, which it claims is the world's first Lightning-powered plug-and-play speaker that has no battery.


    The portable speaker can be used to listen to music, but Pioneer is heavily marketing it as a speakerphone for conference calling.

    For conference calling, Pioneer says users simply plug the Rally into the Lightning connector, initiate calls from the iPhone, and the call is automatically transferred to the speaker. Despite being small enough to fit in a pocket, the speaker is supposedly loud enough to be used in a boardroom.


    The speaker has a single button on the front that can mute/unmute calls or play/pause music depending on what it's being used for. It also has a female Lightning connector that allows the speaker to be used with a Mac or PC, or for pass-through charging to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, with a Lightning to USB cable.

    The speaker works in tandem with Pioneer's free Rayz Appcessory Companion App on the App Store [Direct Link] for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

    Pioneer said the Rayz Rally is available today for $99.95 on and at Apple Stores worldwide in the colors Ice, Onyx, and Space Gray. It's also available on Amazon in the United States. Prices vary by country.

    Article Link: Pioneer Launches World's First Lightning-Powered Plug-and-Play Speaker
  2. Tucom macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    Well they sure pioneered this product category. Oh oh OH!

  3. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    I really don't want to be ill-hearted here; but I really don't understand why this product exists... Especially at that price point.
  4. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2014
    Pioneer, unlike Logipuke, has always had fantastic fidelity, along with the best support I've ever received from an audio company.

    I will give this a try. I just wish the Echo had speaker phone capability. For some reason I can't fathom Amazon won't flip the switch to allow iPhone access to the microphone.

    Does anyone know if the HomePod will have speaker phone capability? Because if it does, that's what will probably push me over the edge to try it out and possibly eventually ditch Amazon.
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    Some of us have different needs. I need this.
  5. hortod1 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2009
    What's that thing between the phone and the speaker...? Oh, it's a cable? Weird, feels so... last year. I'll stick to Bluetooth.
  6. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    Pretty nice, the price maybe it is too high but I like the idea.
  7. _Refurbished_ macrumors 68000


    Mar 23, 2007
    Man, I wish there was a wireless technology that did the same thing...oh wait...there is....and it's been around since before the original iPhone. It's called Bluetooth.

    At $100, that's a very tough sell. I could see the appeal at $20.
  8. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Pioneer is just another brand that lives on in name only. They were big in the 1970s, flagship receiver was the massive SX-1980, I had a SX-450, great sounding little thing. Beautiful aluminum face place, heavy tubing knob, solid construction, real glass used, etc
  9. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
  10. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    Does the homepod? I immediately assumed it would.
  11. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2014
    I couldn't find that info anywhere a few weeks ago. Do you have a link? Is it through Google Voice or can it just be used as a regular Bluetooth Speakerphone - and most importantly, how is the microphone/call quality at the other end of the conversation?

    I spent $200 on a Bose Mini Soundlink II in hopes of having a decent speakerphone and the mic turned out to be garbage, making it useless as a speakerphone.

    I know the Echo has great microphones, which is why it makes me crazy that Amazon won't let me use them for phone and conference calls.
  12. benroberts3 macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Kansas City
    The Google home will soon have the capability to make and receive calls. Later this year they will integrate your number into the device so the caller id shows up as you.
  13. morcutt11 macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2015
    Pioneeer is still a company? Why not just plug it into the audio jack... oh wait... that's right.
    Doe it at least extend the lightning port by adding a lightning port on the "Ray Rally". And who named this thing anyway?
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    Amen to that. I had a bunch of their gear in the late 70s, early 80's. Great stuff. Unfortunately the new stuff isn't the same. I purchased two of the "Elite" serious receivers over the last few years. Both ended up having problems. I just ended up going back to Yamaha, which never seems to disappoint me. Many manufacturers make cheap units, but when I'm spending well over $1000, I'd like to not have critical failures just after a year or so.
  14. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2014
    Oh Yamaha. I totally forgot about Yamaha and I even have one of their pianos! I'm going to have to go check some of their stuff out.
  15. jimmysalg macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2007
    In my opinion this is a cool product...I have a bunch of bluetooth speakers which I love. But being able to have this on my business travel bag is great and I don't have to worry about keeping it charged. There are many instances where a portable little speaker would be great for on demand conference calls. I don't disagree that maybe 99 is a bit much
  16. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    Give it a couple of months and you will see similar at that price point or even lower from the usual suspects.
  17. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
  18. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Even Yamaha's quality has gone down. They had nice build quality up until early 2000 when they switched to plastic for everything. Used to be nice blacked brushed aluminum and also beautiful silver faced gear in the 70s.

    I guess all the vintage audio manufactures if they are still around make junk/low quality things. Look at Altec Lansing, JBL, Klipsch, Sony
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    Dec 21, 2010
  20. lantz0027 macrumors newbie


    Aug 26, 2015
    I agree in the consumer space, but Pioneer is the industry standard for DJ equipment.
  21. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015

    Too bad it can't be used with a Mac or PC, or any other audio source for that matter, as there's no adapter in existence to use it with anything but a Lightning equipped iOS device.​
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    Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    If this delivers crystal clear audio, I could see it being a huge advantage over terrible bluetooth quality. Other than that, this is a terrible product compared to alternatives that exist in the market already lol.
  23. macaddiict macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM

    People comparing this to a bluetooth speaker seem to be missing the point. It is a speakerphone you don't have to worry about keeping charged first and foremost and a speaker secondary (probably because people would complain if it didn't play music).

    I work remotely and often have to struggle on the other end of a call with my boss who never thinks to be sure the audio setup is good for me as the lone remote person. If this gets good reviews, she will get one as a gift from me to save me from metaphorically squinting my ears every time work calls and throws me on a crappy speakerphone.

    Anyone who says "yeah, but a lot of bluetooth speakers already have a speakerphone function LoL0lL111" probably haven't been on the other end of a call using a bluetooth speaker. Most of them have absolutely horrid quality.
  24. Tucom, Jun 20, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2017

    Tucom macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006

    Lol I never said it wasn't a cool product; I wasn't dissing it - I could care less about it; was just being silly for the sake of it. Lol no need to defend it. It's kind of cool, but hardly worth anything more than something novel vs. an actual dedicated speaker for actual performance, IMO.

    But I agree, I can see the possible use cases.
  25. Urban Joe Suspended

    Mar 19, 2012
    100.00 What a steal of a deal I'll take 25 and give them out for party favors.

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