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CES 2009: Pioneer introduced a trio of BD players

Written by Matti Vähäkainu (Google+) @ 09 Jan 2009 6:46 User comments (3)

CES 2009: Pioneer introduced a trio of BD players Pioneer has introduced a set of new Blu-ray players at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The trio includes players from various price groups to attract wider range of customers. The cheapest is the BDP-120 at under $300 and the priciest the BDP-23FD which will retail for approximately $600.
The budget model Pioneer BDP-120 features HDMI 1.3a and Profile 2.0 with BD Live but unlike the two, more expensive models it doesn't have internal flash memory. However, it will come with a 1GB thumb drive which will enable the BD Live features without additional cost from peripherals.

BDP-320 has 1GB of internal flash memory and supports 7.1 analog audio, 48-bit Deep Color and KURO Link as an addition to Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio supported also by BDP-120. BDP-320 also comes with better picture control settings than the budget model. It is estimated to sell for under $400.

The top of the range model costing around $600 is the BDP-23FD. This BD player is directed at the home theater enthusiasts / custom install market and adds a RS-232C port and KURO Link with a "New Synergy Feature" to already pretty impressive feature list of BDP-320. The synergy feature allows the player to receive information from other Pioneer products and change setups according to them. That way the player can for example optimize the video output for certain AV setup.

The players will become available in the US in March.


BDP-120


BDP-320


BDP-23FD

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3 user comments

19.1.2009 11:56
atomicxl
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Less than $300 means $299 likely. Do they really think that in this economy, high price Blu-Ray players is whats gonna really make the format pick up steam?

29.1.2009 15:00

Originally posted by atomicxl:
Less than $300 means $299 likely. Do they really think that in this economy, high price Blu-Ray players is whats gonna really make the format pick up steam?
For Pioneer, $300 is cheap for a blu-ray, especially since some of their players have cost over $1000.

Yes, the prices are still expensive, especially in the state of this economy, but a BD 2.0 player, with 48-bit Deep Color, and for under $400 is a steal compared to some other players.

39.1.2009 15:30

$299.99 for a Pioneer Blu Ray player sounds like a decent deal to me.

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