I believe not too long ago, Chris Walker from Pioneer stated that on September 7, the BDP-52FD will be showcased at CEDIA. Guess what tomorrow is, guys. Just keep hanging in there. I have high hopes for this player and will be getting one as soon as it is released!
Im pretty excited. It'll probably be Jan Feb before I can pick this up, but I can't wait.
enitime do you happen to have any info on the pioneer n-50 network audio player, is it coming to the US, saw pics from ifa and they had one hooked up to a vsx-lx55 receiver
Nope, no information at all, and I'm not in the US market so I have no local knowledge at all there. IFA was the first I've seen or heard of this product, and I have to say it seems decidedly European, but hopefully it'll make the rounds elsewhere.
ETA: American models NP-M50 and NP-M30
Interesting product though. It has everything you'd need for audio file compatibility with mp3, flac, aac, wav, wma, Bluetooth, Wifi, Ethernet, digital inputs/outputs, DLNA, Internet radio, Airplay. It ticks all the boxes.
The little colour screen is a nice touch. 2.4" - 320x240 resolution. They should stick those on the receivers as well, the VFDs are a bit passé.
All controllable from a slick iPad app, I'm sure. What else could you want? Due out November, in time for Christmas shopping, so it's a proper finished product. Not a tease like E-Tap.
The silver looks good. Is it time for silver again now? I forget the cycle for black/silver/black in electronics.
2 Advanced Blu-ray 3D players complete our line-up
At the eve of IFA 2011 we complete the release of our new line-up of 3D Blu-ray Disc players with 2 advanced models that combine 3D playback with advanced networking features and various enhancements for exceptional visual and sonic performance.
We are equipping our new Blu-ray Disc players with full 3D playback for an amazing, life-like action experience on a 3D-capable display. An HDMI output offers high definition connectivity for optimal integration in the most demanding HD audio and 3D video set-up.
The BDP-LX55 features dual HDMI outputs for additional flexibility: the HDMI main out can be dedicated to video output to connect to a TV monitor or projector, while the HDMI sub out is optimised for audio output to connect to an audio component such as an AV receiver, in order to realise a superb video and audio experience.
The new players add DVD-Audio and FLAC playback plus PQLS to our Blu-ray Disc player line-up
Content and networking opportunities
The new line-up provides connectivity to a local network and the internet, opening up a host of new content and networking opportunities. In addition to an Ethernet port for regular wired integration, the players can each connect easily to a wireless home network via an optional converter. The equipment is therefore able to unlock additional movie-related content from the web via BD-Live.
DLNA CertifiedThrough the familiar user interface, you will also be able to enjoy YouTube videos and Picasa photo albums. Being DLNA certified, playback of audio, video and photo content stored on a compatible network PC or media server is likewise available.
Support for a whole range of formats including MKV, DivX Plus HD, WMV, WMA and MP3 playback, plus a JPEG viewer for photo slideshows make each of the players flexible content companions, regardless of the source medium - be it CD, DVD, USB or LAN.
iControlAV2 - app based remote control
You can control the BDP-140, BDP-440 and BDP-LX55 with a free app that transforms your mobile device into a remote control. When the players are connected to an existing wireless router (via Ethernet or Wireless LAN), the app allows wireless control of playback and navigation functions. In addition, the iControlAV2 app integrates advanced and original control for many of our recently announced AV receivers.
Refined sonic performance
Audio formatsAble to play a broad range of audio and video disc types, the new players deliver the most advanced multi-channel audio experience. The latest high-definition audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are supported, which they can either output as native bitstream or decode internally and output as uncompressed multi-channel LPCM on HDMI to give Blu-ray Disc movies a compelling soundtrack.
All 3 new models also double as a refined audio player, including support for Super Audio CD whereby the output over HDMI can either be the DSD 1-bit signal, or hi-res PCM 88.2 kHz / 24 bit or 176.4 kHz / 24 bit.
The BDP-440 and BDP-LX55 add to this the capability to playback DVD-Audio discs, making them true universal disc players. Further enforcing these models' audio capabilities is support for the FLAC audio format which has gained substantial support amongst audiophiles.
They also feature Pioneer's Precision Quartz Lock System - PQLS. When used in combination with a compatible Pioneer AV receiver connected through HDMI, it eliminates audio distortion caused by timing errors (jitter), resulting in playback with dynamic sound quality.
The BDP-LX55 has been further enforced to take its sonic performance to the ultimate: an advanced anti-vibration construction design and the use of selected acoustic capacitors and a high performance power supply guarantee superior processing. Gold-plated HDMI terminals make sure the high-quality output is transferred under the best conditions. A 32 bit / 192 kHz and DSD capable DAC completes the offering.
True-to-life picture quality
The players are capable of showing movies with great richness and detail thanks to their ability to play Blu-ray Discs in 1080p full high-definition at a smooth, cinema-like 24 fps and up convert standard DVDs to near HD quality. Taking advantage of HDMI connectivity, they provide pure, natural images that deliver the full emotional impact of Blu-ray Disc films as the director intended.
Taking video quality to an even higher level, the BDP-LX55 integrates an extra video processing IC and offers video enthusiasts access to a plethora of control parameters to personalise and fine-tune the output to match their video reproduction system.
Pioneer AV receiver - Blu-ray Disc player smart link benefits
Users owning a new Pioneer SC-LX85 or SC-LX75 AV receiver will have 2 more benefits.
* Stream Smoother Link (video) - When lower bit-rate video (e.g. from on-line sources) is played from a new generation Pioneer Blu-ray Disc player connected via HDMI, the AV receiver will not only receive the decoded video data, but also have access to information on the original file format. Using this info, the Stream Smoother engine will be optimised for the best enriched image quality for that file.
* Sound Retriever Link (audio) - When lossy compressed MP3/WMA/AAC music files are played from a new generation Pioneer Blu-ray Disc player connected via HDMI, the AV receiver will not only receive the decoded audio data, but also have access to information on the original file format. Using this info, the Sound Retriever engine will be optimised for the best enriched sound quality for that file.
The BDP-440 will be available in October 2011, followed by the BDP-LX55 in November 2011.
The BDP-140 Blu-ray Disc player is available now.
I'm sory but I can't seem to embed the link - this is apparently the official Pioneer press release from the CEDIA site but is apparently not on the Pioneer website - there are some links embedded in the original document to the players but they don't work
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - CEDIA - (Sept. 8, 2011) - Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced three new Blu-ray 3D players designed for the ultimate home theater experience. The new line consisting of the Pioneer BDP-140 and two Elite branded models, BDP-52FD and BDP-53FD, provides unrivaled picture and audio quality that's expected from Pioneer in addition to an array of features including improved loading times, wireless capability (AS-WL300 required), and audio and video streaming from Pandora®, YouTube® and NetFlix®. Additional features include high definition audio and video playback from both USB and DLNA sources.
An excellent home theater experience starts with the source so it is extremely important that we implement the highest quality audio and video reproduction with the latest technologies and features. These new players let you access audio and video content from a variety of online and other personal sources so you're never restricted to just your disc-based movie library, said Chris Walker, director AV marketing and product planning for the home entertainment division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
Built with a focus on high-quality audio and video reproduction, the new players offer pristine 1080p picture as well as 3D video output with the latest HDMI 1.4a, allowing for passage of the high data transfer rate required by the Blu-ray 3D format. Additionally, all three models can up convert standard definition video sources to 1080p resolution for optimum image processing that delivers clear, sharp images with reduced image noise. Additionally, 36-Bit Deep Color support with compatible content and displays features smooth gradation steps with more accurate color precision and adds to overall high-quality color reproduction.
Each model also supports the latest high-quality audio formats including DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD and Super Audio CD. Pioneer-exclusive technologies also improve the audio experience, a critical component to completing a fully immersive 3D experience. The Elite models offer 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. When paired with a compatible Pioneer A/V receiver, PQLS precisely syncs the audio signals between the components for a true-to-life listening experience.
The Elite models feature superior build quality and Pioneer's new Sound Retriever Link and Stream Smoother Link features. These two 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. The Sound Retriever feature enhances compressed audio files by restoring critical data lost during the compression process, while Stream Smoother enhances compressed video files to reduce compression noise and establish more detailed, finer images. The Stream Smoother technology is especially helpful with low bit-rate video sources originally intended for viewing on small screens such as smartphones.
The BDP-53FD provides an extra HDMI output, Layered Chassis Construction and further enhances video quality by integrating the award-winning Marvell Qdeo video processor. Pioneer's QDEO implementation allows for greater picture quality adjustments and enhanced up-scaling of lower bit-rate video content.
For convenient control of the home theater system, Pioneer's free iControlAV2 App turns various smartphones and tablets into fully functioning remote controls for the new Blu-ray 3D players. When the players are connected via Ethernet to a wireless router, the app allows users to control basic functions of the players. Pioneer's iControlAV2 App is available for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and for select Android devices. Full details of the iControlAV2 App can be found in the Apple App Store or Android Market.
The Pioneer BDP-140 is available for a suggested retail price of $199. The Elite BDP-52FD, featuring an RS-232 port for custom installation access and control, is available for a suggested retail price of $399. Featuring an armored chassis, the Elite BDP-53FD is available for a suggested retail price of $499.
It all began with a passion for music that Pioneer founder Nozomu Matsumoto hoped to share with the world. He started Pioneer in 1938 as a specialty speaker company, building products out of his garage. Today, Pioneer's Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group continues Matsumoto's enthusiasm, developing award-winning audio and video home theater products including A/V receivers, Blu-ray Disc and DVD players, and speakers. Long-standing partnerships and collaborations with the creative community have provided Pioneer unique insight in its quest to capture the purity of a movie or musical artist's original vision into its broad range of home entertainment products. The company's brands include Pioneer® and Elite®. More details can be found at www.pioneerelectronics.com.
PIONEER, the PIONEER logo and the ELITE logo are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
Apple, AirPlay, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod touch and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Blu-ray Disc is a trademark owned by the Blu-ray Disc Association.
DLNA, the DLNA Logo and DLNA Certified® are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of the Digital Living Network Alliance.
DOLBY and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
DTS and DTS Digital Surround are registered trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.
Marvell, Qdeo and the M logo are registered trademarks of Marvell and/or its affiliates.
Netflix is a registered trademark of Netflix, Inc.
PANDORA is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.
YouTube is a registered trademark of YouTube, LLC.
OK. It looks like the BDP-140 is called the BDP-140 throughout the world. However, the BDP-440 will be known as the BDP-52FD in North America. The BDP-LX55 will be known as the BDP-53FD in North America. Going by the European discription, the BDP-LX55/53FD adds heavier build and a soundproof, shockproof disc mechanism, as well as Marvell video processing and a 32-bit 192-KHz DAC. I almost made up my mind to go with the BDP-440/52FD because my receiver already features Marvell video processing and I don't need analog output anymore. However, the things that are making me want the BDP-LX55/53FD are the soundproof, shockproof disc mechanism, and the heavier build quality.
Notice that the press release says that all three of these models are available now? Well guys, let's at least test it out if you're not going to buy it and report on things such as the GUI, load times, responsiveness, etc..
for 2-channel audio CD you'll need HDMI in order to use PQLS. I'm not referring to 2-channel analog audio output from the player. So if you listen to audio CD at all using the BD player (and you have a corresponding PQLS Elite receiver) you'll get the advantage of PQLS.
Now, some people have claimed that they can also hear the difference in multichannel Blu-ray. They may have better hearing and/or speakers than what I have.