This thread is hardly high recommendation for the newer Pioneer players. I'm hoping they get back on track with their AV gear now that they're not producing plasmas.
I still use a 58AV for audio and wouldn't consider paying a fortune for added BD features when you can get near perfect streaming and decent BD playback from much less expensive players...especially if you match the player to your TV for a consistent handshake.
I feel a lot of formats (and technologies) have been prematurely released and advertised to death just to keep up the "consuming" pace. I still don't get the 3D thing but again, to each their own.
I think a lot of people have the same hope. However, I am afraid those days are gone.
Pioneer very nearly went bankrupt 4-5 years ago. They avoided this by getting out of the plasma TV business, selling off various assets, closing factories, and allowing Sharp to take an equity position in what was left of their consumer electronics business. Pioneer made it pretty clear in various press release statements that their core business is OEM automotive supply now. IMO the BDP-09FD was the last serious effort. Everything released after this has been based on generic, commodity based platforms with a few tweeks to make the machines appear unique to Pioneer. It's sad, but Pioneer as we knew it has bit the dust...