Big features over 310/23:
- 3D via fw (HDMI 1.3)
- Wi-Fi Ready
- Youtube access (no mention of Netflix but makes sense on European release
- Quick-start feature
The article states "They are not 3D compatible, but both models supporting this feature will follow later this year."
I personally have no use for 3D for the foreseeable future, but to introduce two new players that do not have this functionality and can’t be upgraded via firmware doesn’t make sense. Then to come out with subsequent models later in the year that will support 3D is criminal. Can Pioneer afford to take such a chance given the 51FD debacle? I guess Pioneer will be double dipping.
I translated the Euros (MSRP) to dollars and it's approximately $400.00 and $530.00, respectively. I assume these European versions won’t have 7.1 analog. I would venture we can knock off a minimum of a third off these prices.
I see another “Quick-start” mode. How come other manufacturers are producing faster players without a Quick-start mode and Pioneer can’t?
I took this quote “boasting the latest technology in terms of image but integrating functions primarily absent in the competition.”
What functions are they talking about that are absent in the competition?
I don't see a compelling reason to buy either of these players in their current state, unless in June this is your 1st player and you want Pioneer. I think the current pricing for the BDP-320 and BDP-23FD are better purchases.
There are existing players that offer the features that Pioneer is touting and features that the Pioneers are lacking namely 3D or the ability to upgrade to 3D if that is part of your buying decision.