Pioneer BDP-LX71

Pioneer BDP-LX71
Manufacturer: Pioneer | Product category: DVD players
Network support LAN / WLAN
Recorder No
DVD changer No
Portable No
TV standard PAL (Europe, Australia, etc)
PAL tuners 0
DVB-T tuners 0
DVB-C tuners 0
DVB-S tuners 0
Supported video formats VCD? / SVCD? / WMV? / DivX / XviD? / MKV? / HD DVD / Blu-ray / AVC
Supported audio formats MP3 / AAC? / DVD-Audio? / SACD?
Component Yes
Toslink Yes
Upscaling Yes
Manufacturer product code(s) BDP-LX71

  • MKV (Matroska (.mkv) playback)

    Matorska support means that the player is capable of playing .mkv video files directly from a disc or a memory card, without converting them first to another format.

  Rating: 5 / 5 Value for money: 4 / 5

This BD player is a real quality product.
The finish is in the stylish glossy black, which matches the other Pioneer products in this range.
It is quite large, so not for those looking for skinny products to stick under the TV (12.4cm x 42cm x 36cm).
One thing about this player is, it isnít BD Live capable, personally I choose it after Live was common place, and because I knew I wasnít interested in Live, or Bonus View material etc... (even though it does have Bonus View), I wanít to watch a film and thatís it, so if you can live without that option then itís a worthy option to choose.
Itís Kuro link enabled, which means you can control it from the TV remote, if you have a Kuro TV.
On the plus side is the build quality and the components used inside it which provide a stunning picture detail and colour depth (36bit)
It supports AVCHD, DivX, MP3, WMA files, and via the latest update, it does now support DTS-HD Master Audio via bitstream to suitable amp.
Considering the price this was, if you can still find it on sale, and they are out there, then it is a bargain (still expensive) but a real bargain, if you can find it, you wonít be dissapointed if you get it.
If you live under the misconception that all DVD/BD players are the same, and itís the TV/Cables that make a difference, then itís time to put that idea out of your head and go and see the difference a quality product makes to the viewing experience.
One thing to note about this player is the boot up time is slow, you canít even start to eject the tray until it has booted, this take about 60-90 secs (not sure exactly how long Ė I tend to walk away for a few minutes), and then the disc loading time isnít fast either, but again like with the Live function, if you can live with it, then the wait is worth it, after all for me the real gains are in the picture and sound quality for the 1-2 hours Iím sat watching the film, not the time saved loading, or the minutes wasted afterwards looking at stuff of no real interest to me.

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