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Pioneer BDP-320 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player


Pros: 7.1 analog audio, bitstream audio, excellent picture quality

Cons: slow to boot up, slow to load, no streaming

This was the first BD player I bought. It's very slow to boot up. Then it's slow to load. And if you have a disc in the drive when you turn it on, you have to wait until it's booted up and starting to load the disc before you can eject it to play another. But once you have it running, the pic and audio are excellent. The remote isn't backlit, so I stuck it in a drawer and have used a Harmony universal remote. The audio quality from CDs over HDMI is every bit as good as my Denon $1500 universal player, and the analog audio is also first-rate.


Pros: Excellent picture and video options including source direct and excellent DVD upscaling. 7.1 analog audio outputs.

Cons: Slow loading. No streaming applications.

Pioneer's second generation BDP-320 Blu-ray player provides a number of video/audiophile features but is notably slow in booting up and loading discs. The later generation players available today will seem screamingly fast in comparison, but will also likely be missing some of the high-end functionality that provides the excellent picture and sound that this player will provide. The player offers many user-modifiable settings for video playback, allowing the user to adjust brightness, contrast, framerate, sharpness and more to match with your video output device. Upscaling of DVDs is excellent, often times making it hard to distinguish them from blu-rays if the DVD source is fairly nice. Even my old Miami Vice and Babylon 5 DVDs look much better on the BDP-320 then they do on a regular DVD player. The player can decode all current audio codecs in use on Blu-ray and provide LPCM channels either over HDMI or over the included 7.1 analog RCA connectors. If you would rather your receiver or other audio processor decode then the player will happily bitstream any codec as well. The Overture on the Blu-ray of Doctor Zhivago is stunning on this player. Pioneer's proprietary PQLS system is included for the two front channels for use with CD playback to reduce jitter when combined with a PQLS equipped receiver. Owing to its second generation roots, the player does not include any streaming options or 3D playback. It's basic rectangular design sits well among other audio/video components, and includes basic controls on the face without looking cluttered. The center mounted disc tray operates smoothly and quietly. A blue light indicates operation, and the display is acceptably non-intrusive for dark room applications. The included remote is rather large yet includes small buttons that are not easy to use in a darkened room. The menu system is comprehensive but not difficult to navigate. Setup is simple using HDMI, but you also have Component, composite, and analog audio options at your disposal if you need them. If you are looking for a quality blu-ray playback option that can upscale DVD's quite well and do not need 3D or streaming options the Pioneer BDP-320 does a good job on these limited functions as long as you don't mind the wait for boot-up and disc load. It should be pretty affordable on the second-hand market.
Pioneer BDP-320 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player

Spectacular 1080p Picture Quality: The BDP-320 provides up to 1920 x 1080p resolution for unrivaled picture quality. And with True 24fps, Deep Color: The BDP-320 supports 48-bit* Deep Color, offering high definition images with superb color detail. x.v.Color: An advanced feature which greatly broadens the color space HDMI Precision Quartz Lock system (PQLS) Jitterless Transmission (2-ch): By HDMI connection with a compatible Pioneer A/V receiver, CD music is precisely reproduced with minimum jitter. KURO LINK: By connecting the BDP-320 to a Pioneer KURO flat panel TV or monitor and a compatible Pioneer A/V receiver, KURO LINK lets you operate the entire system’s basic functions such as power on/off and playback through KURO’s remote control. The new KURO LINK Video Adjustment System automatically switches to optimal video settings adjusted by unique parameters developed by Pioneer KURO and Blu-ray Disc player engineers. Picture Control Suite: 13 different video adjustments (Progressive Motion, PureCinema, YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, White Level, Black Level, Black Setup, Gamma Correction, Hue, and Chroma Level) Triple High-Definition NR: BD-Live Compliant (Profile 2.0): USB Input for BD-LIVE Contents Storage 7.1 Channel Analog Audio Outputs: For compatibility with non HDMI equipped receivers and preamps. Internal Audio Decoders: The BDP-320 features internal decoding of all advanced audio formats including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio. Easy Operation and Setup: New Advanced HD GUIs for easy navigation. Multi-Format Compatibility: You can play high definition DVD discs recorded by digital video cameras in AVCHD format. You can also play BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, etc. recorded using Blu-ray Disc recorders or DVD recorders as well as CD/CD-R.

Feature1920 x 1080p, 24fps resolution for unrivaled picture quality, Kuro link BD-Live Compliant (Profile 2.0) Features internal decoding of all advanced audio formats including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio.
Item Height3 inches
Item Length11.04 inches
Item Width16.56 inches
Package Height6 inches
Package Length19.3 inches
Package Weight10.5 pounds
Package Width19 inches
ProductGroupHome Theater
TitlePioneer BDP-320 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player
UPCList - UPCListElement012562955124 000125629551
Item Weight8.14 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementBDP-320
ColorGloss Black
Warranty1 year parts and labor
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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