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Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD Blu-ray & Lineup

Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD Blu-ray Player

Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD Blu-ray Player


  • Product Name: BDP-23FD Blu-ray Player
  • Manufacturer: Pioneer Electronics
  • Review Date: January 08, 2009 22:15
  • MSRP: $Various
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
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Executive Overview

Pio-bluAt CES 2009, Pioneer’s home entertainment group is introducing three new Blu-ray Disc players and one new upconverting DVD player. Pioneer is expanding its current line of BonusView Blu-ray Disc players to now offer a complete lineup of models with full BD-Live capabilities. Two Pioneer-brand players and one Elite-brand unit take full advantage of HDMI 1.3a output capabilities along with unique feature sets that give consumers a choice for interactive home theater source needs.All three models supports full decoding and bit-stream output for emerging high-resolution audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

In addition, all three of Pioneer’s new players come complete with either on-board memory or flash drive for expandable memory to ensure consumers can take advantage of BD-Live right out of the box. Developed for a convenient user experience, the new players provide an array of convenience offerings that greatly reduce power on, disc load and power off times as a result of proprietary software and hardware solutions. For installers, the Pioneer’s Elite Blu-ray Disc players are custom install-ready with RS-232. 

When a Blu-ray Disc player is connected to a Pioneer KURO display, KURO Link provides a tailored picture setting between the TV and Blu-ray player. Pioneer sought to create jitter-free playback and dynamic sound quality for music CDs. When connected to a Pioneer receiver via HDMI, these Blu-ray Disc players enhances CD playback with the proprietary Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS).

Blu-ray Players

BDP-120Pioneer BDP-120 - Entry BD-Live Blu-ray Player with slim profile

  • HDMI 1.3a Output
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Bit-stream Out
  • 1080p True 24FPS Video Output
  • Limited Picture Control Suite
  • BD Live with No Internal Memory
  • USB Expandable Memory including HDD
  • 1GB Flash Drive Included
  • Internal Audio Decoders
  • Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus
  • DTS-HD Master
  • Ethernet for BD-Live and firmware updates
  • April 2009 / Price TBD

BDP-320Pioneer BDP-320 - Entry BD Live Blu-ray Player

  • Step up features:
  • 48-Bit Deep Color Support – Improves subtle gradations between colors to deliver a range of hues for a smoother, more dynamic picture
  • Picture Control Suite - 13 video adjustments allow viewers to fine-tune the smallest of film image details that are ideally customized to a user’s viewing preferences.
  • 3 Different Noise Reduction Circuits – Improves the image performance of poor and lower-quality disc content
  • KURO Link – Pioneer created a synergy throughout their Blu-ray Disc players, A/V receivers and KURO plasmas. KURO Link syncs the Blu-ray Disc player with the connected KURO plasma to allow for unified remote operation between products.
  • 7.1 Channel Analog Output
  • Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS) - Jitter free audio transmission for CD playback. Feature synchronizes music data coming from the Blu-ray Disc player to a connected Pioneer A/V receiver giving music fanatics a revolutionary high resolution listening experience far exceeding traditional methods.
  • BD Live with USB Expandable Memory (HDD Support)
  • Has 1GB of internal memory
  • April 2009 / Price TBD

Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD - Elite BD-Live player designed for the custom install market

Step Up features

  • KURO Link (New Synergy Feature) - Goes beyond synergized product performance to now offer an advanced picture setting between the TV and Blu-ray Disc player that can only be enjoyed when using Pioneer’s products. Pioneer engineers understand the true performance of these products and have set them to perform perfectly.
  • PQLS Multi-Channel – Provides jitter-free audio transmission for multi-channel soundtracks including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
  • Jitter Reduction Circuit – To reduce potential for out of sync HD audio and video content to negatively impact the home theater experience, the new circuitry basically times the content (information) so it is distributed from source to display in sync for accurate reproduction to the viewer.
  • Aluminum Front Panel
  • RS-232C – This is the first player to feature RS-232 for improved home automation capabilities
  • April 2009 / Price TBD
Pioneer BDP-23FD Blu-ray

DVD Player

DV-420V-KDV-420 - Step-up 1080P DVD Player

  • 108Mhz/12-Bit Video DAC
  • Provides upconversion of DVD content to 1080p resolution for better picture quality to a connected HDTV; ideal for a bedroom or other secondary room application.
  • CD to USB MP3 encoding - New feature allows users to take regular audio CD and “rip” it into MP3 file format then place directly onto a USB flash drive, hard drive or MP3 player. No PC required.
  • Front USB port for audio, video and photo playback
  • Can play back array of audio and video formats
  • WMV/WMA/AAC/MP3 audio files
  • DivX for Internet content
  • JPEG photoviewer
  • HDMI. S-Video/Component Video Output
  • Extremely slim profile measures only 16-inches (420mm) wide
  • June 2009 / $90

For more information, please visit www.pioneerelectronics.com.

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