Originally Posted by Goalier95
Received this player yesterday and it's good so far. First off, I don't have it hooked up to an HDTV so I can't answer any upconverting 1080p questions. I'm just running it to my Sony analog CRT and it looks very nice without any of the past problems that I had with other players in this price range.
I have component and digital coax (no optical out) cables to my receiver and the first thing I wanted to adjust were the video settings. Pioneer did a pretty good job because the factory settings are spot on in my opinion. Video quality is pretty sharp at 480i and you can tweak a bunch of video settings such as gamma, chroma, brightness, etc. Sound options are standard, but I didn't change any and just kept it at default.
The one problem(s) I had with my other dvd players (see my old posts) were 1) layer change and 2) chapter stutter. Specifically with Onkyo and Denon's cheaper models (Onkyo 704 & Denon 557). This player had none of those problems!!! Great since I didn't want to have the hassle of shipping it back for an return.
The first time I plugged this player in I had to double check since there was no "standby" light indicating that power was being supplied to it. So I open the disc drive with the remote button and about 5 seconds it powers on with the nicely supplied LCD in the front. Very detailed for a sub $100 unit. I also demo'd a Samsung $99 player and the display was really cheap looking and the constant blue power light was annoying. There is no power light with this unit except the LCD display telling what is going on at a given moment. Once I loaded a dvd, it was very quick with the load times and the buttons on the remote had great feel and quickness once you pressed them. Other players feel like there is a "lag time" from the moment you pressed and when something happened onscreen. The Samsung player I demo'd had this problem and it got old real fast.
Anyway, I can't tell you much about 3:2 pulldown and that chip that others were talking about since I'm not that familiar with all that techie stuff I'm just a regular guy that wants a great image and a "quick" player that doesn't have all those quirks I mentioned earlier. I didn't play any DVD-Rs, Divx or WMA/WMV files only dvds so someone else will have to comment on that.
Before quitting for the night, I did hook up my 60g video iPod and clicked on the USB/Dvd button and it recognized it without any problems. Only thing was that the menu system didn't show the names/albums/artist info so I had no idea what mp3 I was playing until I pressed Enter on the remote. One last thing about the remote: Nicely laid out and evenly spaced buttons!! Large enough buttons that makes sense. No hunting and pecking like some other remotes. Also, the remote had "clear" buttons that made me think that it would be backlit but my wish was not granted there. I kept looking for a "lightbulb" icon button but it's sensibly laid out that it took me only a few looks before I memorized the layout.
I guess that's it, I can't wait to get an LCD HDTV so I can really take full use of this player and see how the 1080p feature works. So far I'm happy with this purchase and am impressed with the features included.