Originally Posted by AbeOwitz
I got a region-free BDP-62FD about a week ago. Works pretty well, but the user interface is horrible
. It's like each screen was programmed by a different programmer with different ideas about how to use the remote.
DLNA, for example, only shows up to 100 or so elements max, doesn't load more chunks. The up/down/left/right navigation works fine, till you start a song, in which you need to press the media home key to return to the media list. But the media list allows you to use the return key to go back a folder.
Well, you are right about the 'media gallery', et al. interface on the player - it's not what it should be. But in Pioneer's defense, all of the home audio/video appliances are nearly worthless in this category. The Yamaha products are definitely a step up, but even their UI is very primitive compared to, say, my Apple TV.
That said, I don't think it really matters for two reasons:
(1) ControlAV2012 - simply the best in its class, IMO, compared to similar apps from Denon, Yamaha, et al. You can do everything from this app - especially if you have a Pioneer AVR;
(2) DLNA/uPnP Apps - if you have a media collection of any size, I can't imagine using the on-board UI. I have about 10,000 songs in my FLAC/AAC/MP3 library sitting on a WD MyBook Live. If your media collection is on a PC/Mac/NAS box (sounds like it is, based on the above), then there's an app for that.
If you are an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch user, get the 'Kinsky' app; if you are an Android user, get the 'BubbleUPnP' app; trust me, those two choices work great and I've tried them all. I use BubbleUPnP to drive music playback via Twonky Media Server and for streaming video playback via Serviio.
There are some shortcomings with DLNA, however, with the Pioneer gear (BDP-62FD or my AVR), such as seeking with FLAC files (which works fine with AAC or MP3) - in this case, you can start/stop playback, but that's about it. And, the Pioneer renderer doesn't support gapless playback. Those items aside, however, everything seems to work well with smooth transitions between songs without clicks, support for hi-res music (up to 24/192) and playlist support via the apps above.