Pioneer Electronics announced three new Blu-ray 3D players at CEDIA – the BDP-140, BDP-52FD and BDP-53FD, the last two being Elite branded models. All three offer improved loading times, wireless capability (AS-WL300 required), and audio/video streaming from Pandora, YouTube and NetFlix. Additional features include high definition audio and video playback from both USB and DLNA sources.
The new players deliver a 1080p HD picture, as well as include 3D video output with the latest HDMI 1.4a. All three models can up convert standard definition video to 1080p resolution, and deliver excellent color reproduction, thanks to 36-Bit Deep Color support. Each model also supports high-quality audio formats such as DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD and Super Audio CD. The Elite models add in Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS) Bit-Stream Multi-channel for jitter-free reproduction of Blu-ray Disc, DVD-Video/Audio, Super Audio CD and CD content.
Both Elite models also include Pioneer’s new Sound Retriever Link and Stream Smoother Link features. These new features detect the bit rate of both audio and video content and (if necessary) will send a command to a compatible Pioneer receiver to activate the Sound Retriever or Stream Smoother feature. Sound Retriever enhances compressed audio files by restoring data lost during the compression process, while Stream Smoother enhances compressed video files to reduce compression noise for more detailed images. In addition, the BDP-53FD also includes an extra HDMI output, Layered Chassis Construction and features the Marvell Qdeo video processor.
The Pioneer BDP-140 has an MSRP of $199. The Elite BDP-52FD, which also includes a RS-232 port for custom installation, is available for $399. The Elite BDP-53FD sells for $499.