Originally Posted by David Susilo
I've contacted my ex-colleague from Pioneer (Chris Walker) with no result either.
I've PM'ed him via AVS twice this summer and he hasn't replied. Last year, we were on good terms, speaking the same A/V language, and everything! I'm glad to know that it's not just me and that he hasn't replied to you either. I notice that his last posts were sometime last spring or summer (spring/summer 2012). I wonder if tPioneer told him not to post at AVS or similar places anymore in order to protect Pioneer's secrets, such as patented technologies. Remember, their 2013 receivers are great, especially with the ESS Sabre 32 DACs! So I have a feeling that they will get their act together with the optical disc business eventually. I think it's going to take a combination of filling out their surveys and not buying any post-Kuro-days player from them (BDP-31FD, BDP-33FD, BDP-41FD, BDP-43FD, BDP-52FD, BDP-53FD, BDP-62FD, BDP-120, BDP-140, BDP-150, BDP-160, BDP-330, BDP-430, BDP-440, BDP-450, BDP-LX53, BDP-LX54, or BDP-LX55). If they come out with a BDP-72FD, BDP-73FD, BDP-460, or BDP-LX57, let's somehow get some insider info on it and make sure it's not made by Samsung, Sharp or TCL. Some good player OEMs include BBK (OEM for Cambridge and Oppo), Inkle/Shurwood(spellcheck) (OEM for Denon, Marantz, and possibly Onkyo and Yamaha), LiteOn/Philips, Panasonic, Pioneer's original player manufacturing plant, and Sony.