Great disc-playback compatibility
Pioneer appears to be going for the serious enthusiast crowd over the mainstream one with this mid-range model, with DVD-Audio and SACD playback as standard. However, the new BDP-440 lacks built-in Wi-Fi, which reduces its value to the average consumer.
Capability of extracting digital data from a Blu-ray disc with utmost accuracy
For a Blu-ray player that costs around Rs. 20,000, Pioneer BDP-440 easily excels our expectations; its audio video performance is at par with Blu-ray players that cost almost twice its price. There are a few let downs however, one it doesn't support a common video format like WMV and two, in terms of connectivity a simple coaxial out was at least expected. But if you stir your senses from these two points, we have nothing major to argue against the player.
At face value the Pioneer DBP-150 is a decent Blu-ray deck, offering wonderful hi-def pictures and some tasty features like 3D, Netflix, YouTube, DLNA and SACD playback. But up against decks in the same price bracket, things don't look quite so rosy the Sony BDP-S490, LG BP620 and Samsung BD-E6100, for example, offer built-in Wi-Fi and web portals bursting with content (including BBC iPlayer).
Supports BD-Live and BonusView Blu-ray features
Slowly but surely, the price of Pioneer's Blu-ray players is coming in line with the competition. For a street price under $200, the BDP-140 offers 3D capability, a Web platform with Netflix, DLNA media streaming, SACD playback, and a smartphone control app. Where the company's players continue to fall short is in their WiFi support. Pioneer does not offer integrated WiFi or a supplied adapter with any of its networkable players, even the pricier Elite models.
Good file format compatibility
Pioneer's cheapest 3D Blu-ray player isn't exactly feature-packed, but it has a pleasant design, good file format compatibility and also plays SACDs. At just S$299, the BDP-140 would be one of our top recommendations for an entry-level player, especially for audiophiles. However, potential buyers should also take a look at similar models from Sony and Philips, which have some useful features the Pioneer lacks.
Excellent quality, plays most but not all formats
I'm impressed by its quality. And it does in fact play all DVDs of all regions. But it won't play all formats downloaded from online as my Philips DVD player will. If you don't care about playing youtube videos and all other things downloaded from online and burned to a disc, then this DVD player will be quite adequate for your needs.
Luxurious picture quality
Given the LX52's wallet-busting price, the lack of bells and whistles is slightly jarring - there's no Wi-Fi, multichannel outputs or USB media playback, all of which can be found on Samsung's much cheaper BD-P3600. But what might convince you to crack open the piggy bank is the Pioneer's luxurious picture quality, which is among the best we've seen at this price point.
Automatically downloads its firmware update when connected to a network
The Pioneer BDP-430 is a Blu-ray player that includes a number of Internet functions as well as basic disc playback. The player is fully compatible with 3D Blu-ray content, and can send it to a display at full 1080p high definition quality.
BDP-430 supports 3D playback
If you're looking for a 3D-capable Blu-ray player to match your Pioneer receiver, the BDP-430 is the most economical choice amongst Pioneer's new models, yet it has most of the features offered
in the step-up Elite players. That said, the BDP-430 still lacks a few features you can get in other players at the $299 price point--options like integrated WiFi (or a supplied adapter), internal storage, and a more robust Web package.
Reasonably quick start-up times
Pioneer's BDP-430 Blu-ray player is a solid unit. It's can play 3D Blu-ray movies and is also able to connect to the Net and watch YouTube videos and access BD-Live content. It's not as versatile as the feature-packed Samsung BD-C6900 or Sony BDPS-470, but what it does, it does well.
Excellent audio and video performance on 2D and 3D Blu-ray Discs
You have to start somewhere, right? Pioneer's BDP-430 is the company's first Blu-ray 3D player, and certainly a solid performer. It doesn't have some of the bells and whistles that other new players have. In fact, it seems sort of limited, considering what some of the less expensive players currently come packing. However, what it does, it does pretty darn well. The rumor is that Pioneer will upgrade the player to add YouTube at some point.
Handles Netflix very well
The Pioneer BDP-430 came so close to being a great player to recommend. It handles Netflix very well and is certainly quicker than past Blu-ray players, however, the lack of internal WiFi, video options for color space control, noise reduction, and, most importantly, an option to turn OFF detail â?? enhancementâ?? prove this player is not quite worthy of our seal of approval.
YouTube access and RSS feeds
Overall the BDP-330 is a well-built, great-looking Blu-ray player that performs its core duties well. But besides the addition of YouTube access and RSS feeds, thereâ?? s very little to get excited about, and as a result it doesnâ?? t represent particularly good value â?? not when you compare it with decks like the Sony BDP-S570, LG BD570 or the Samsung BD-C6900, which are bursting at the seams with features and cost less than the Pioneer. Had the BDP-330â??
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