Originally Posted by Cazz
I will rent a bluray & watch it (own a BDP23) and go from there...thanks for the feedback so far.
I also own a PRO-111FD and just got my very first Bluray player (the same BD 23FD Elite).
If watching the bluray movie and the image quality is still bad, for your own peace of mind, take this unit back immediatelly. You are getting close to the 30 days from buying, which most of stores will exchange it with no/to little questions asked.
Pioneers are awesome, but with the latest sets since 2007, made "with parts from Japan and US, assembled in US (or Mexico)" or forget about made in Japan alltogether, I had a surprise myself (read this on the back of your panel).
The 111FD I currently own, is an upgrade from my previous 110FD bought in 2007. That one had 3 dead pixels and that to me was unacceptable. I did the 150 hours break-in DVD, and the 3 dead pixels were still there, so I sent it back after 2 weeks (I know, I am a freak
) I got a new one - it also had 1 dead pixel - but what to do? Of course when watching TV nobody could see it, so I lived with it, since I couldn't keep exchanging them. So they are not exactly "perfection"...
The new 111FD I got in April is visibly better than the 110FD - the "5 times deeper blacks than the previous 8G" is true!
I am glued to it day and night - the HD pic is amazing! Yes, cable companies (RCN here) broadcast only in 1080i - yet, and no FIOS available in my area...
Good Luck and let us know how it goes.
[~~~~Oh, and about the BD-23FD Pio Bluray Player, the BB had it on sale on Blak Friday. I was not ready to buy it at the 6 hundred price, and maybe expected none to 10% off, but was I in for a pleasant surprise - 51% off!! I could not believe my ears when the guy told me. I paid right under 3hndr (I know I can't say exact number/prices here). It was Not an open-item/Not a refurbished - it was brand new, and same offer at all their stores (he showed me the area inventory on his computer). None of this offer was on the website, nor in a sales flier, nor on display - they don't even have the 23FD on the shelves, u have to ask for it.~~~~]