Originally Posted by Kilian.ca
The 62FD (450 elsewhere) is basically last year's 52FD (440 elsewhere), the middle model in price and build but with the Qdeo and dual HDMI (from the 53FD) added and a few minor changes. The middle model has never been a true Elite, only by name to fool people in NA. There are only two models this year compared to three from previous years, which makes sense if there's nothing new to add (well there is if they want to) and if it doesn't sell. Our Pio rep has stopped coming here to promote it altogether
Well, I am not a pro installer nor am I a Pio rep, so my opinion isn't probably worth much. But, the days of way over-priced, reference
Blu-ray players are long gone - we mostly have Oppo and a slew of well-performing, very low-end players to thank for all that good news. When I read
...not a real Elite
, I mostly think of maybe the need to add a lead sheet on the bottom to make it heavier? I don't know...
Frankly, I think the -62FD is a great value for $300.00. It crushes the Denon and Sony models it replaced for me, IMO, with respect to DVD upscaling. It's extremely quiet when spinning discs (I sit right next to it), it loads discs quickly, it looks nice in the stack and, other than a couple of problematic BDs that other players have had problems with, for me it's been reliable.
FWIW, my father uses a pro installer for his home-wide system (Control4, et al.) and the team that re-did his spinners chose the Sony BDP-S390 for all of his Blu-ray players - I couldn't believe that choice, given his spend elsewhere in the system. And you know what? DVDs and BDs on his 8000 series Samsung LED panels look absolutely fantastic.
I suspect that the real reason the Pio reps are not promoting the unit is they can't maintain a margin on the player (i.e. price drops from competition and on-line sales) have eroded their street price so far below the MSRP no one makes any money.
Just my $0.02.