This could be a good thread to discuss everything from pre-production, all the way up to user discussions once they have been released. I thought it would be a good idea to start this thread even before Pioneer begins preparing for this lineup. This might give Pioneer a chance to take our requests into consideration. After seeing Pioneer's recent model number paterns, I have a pretty good idea of the new model numbers for these players. For those of you who have been following Pioneer worldwide, I'm sure you have an idea of what models are specific to North America, and what models are specific to the rest of the world. If they turn out to be wrong, I beg the moderators to correct them. (I just corrected the model numbers for those who find this thread.)
I would like to start off with my input.
I understand that due to economic conditions, Pioneer's player manufacturing plant has closed. I have no problem with Pioneer relying on OEMs. It's just that Sharp and TCL are low-quality manufacturors. Sharp's players lack features, and TCL's hardware is buggy. Oppo and Cambridge's highly-regarded players are built by BBK, while Denon's, Marantz's, and Yamaha's highly-regarded players are built by Inkel (Sherwood's parent company).
As far as features are concerned, I would like the MediaTek MT8555 chipset as the player's brain for speed and functionality. he IR sensor was very weak and narrow on the 2011 lineup. Please consider the Marvell QDEO technology for video processing. For those who have receivers before 2011 and 2012, please add: 176.4 KHz, 24 bit output when SACD is being output as PCM so that PQLS could be taken advantage of even at a high FS value. Adding the Sound Retriever feature to the player would make compressed MP3s, WMAs, and iTunes files,, as well as standard definition Dolby Digital, and DTS soundtracks sound as good as CDs and Blu-ray discs so that once the player converts these sources to PCM output, PQLS would be even more effective when used with receivers not compatible with PQLS bitstreaming. Adding Stream Smoother to the actual player would reduce compression artifacts when playing content recorded at a lower bitrate such as single-layer DVDs and single-layer Blu-ray discs, as well as streaming sources such as Netflix and Youtube, when the player is used with older receivers which don't have this feature. For those who prefer video processing to be done either by a connected receiver or display, Source Direct would be greatly appreciated. Adjustable gamma (below and above the nutral position) would be useful for those displays that have trouble with detail in dark scenes. I'm not an expert on AVI, DivX, and WMV. So that's where suggestions from the other forum members could greatly help to contribute. I hope some Pioneer representatives worldwide stumble upon this thread before these new players go into production so that maybe we'll finally be able to get a player that lives up to the Pioneer tradition we so greatly love and miss.