If they just re-badged the Oppo, added PQLS and marked it up $200, they'd still have a winner
I'm not sure I understand why some are still torturing themselves hoping Pioneer will quickly
"fix" some of the issues. They do not have a stellar track record in that regard.
I've been a Pioneer fan for decades & seeing the crummy way they treated customers by incrementally rolling out PQLS in these players, rendering the receiver-player combinations obsolete every 6 months, out of step with each other, so the receiver you just bought wouldn't get the full benefit of each new player - that cured me of the brand loyalty I once had. I went through 2 generations of Pio BD players, the flawed 05 and $2000 09. No more Pioneers for me, I bought an Oppo 93 for a universal player & couldn't be happier with it. It reeks quality
And zero problems!
Where's Walkamo now? You notice he's typically only around when new models come out
From the photos, this is nearly the same player as what Toshiba is putting their badge on for less money. Outsourcing manufacturing is OK, they all do it, but it has to work reliably, and provide the advertised features.
I've been following this & the other new model thread pretty closely & to me, it seems that more posters talk about returning these models than any other Pio model I can remember.