First of all please apologize my inherent language errors since I"m not a native English speaker. I need a little help to make my decision for purchasing the Pioneer. Since I own (and owned) many Pioneer audio equipment I must admit I'm somehow biased on this brand. But, from what I read in the User Manual, I'm still not convinced this choice is right. Firstly, the external USB drive limitation to FAT16 and FAT32. Therefore, No NTFS. I also own a PIO N70AE network player which have the same limitation. For an audio player is not a big issue since even a DSD audio file is in most cases less then the 2GB limit of FAT32. But, for a universal player, I think it is a major drawback. I really can't understand Pioneer for this decision implemented in a 2018 player which is not exactly a price bargain model. The Panasonic UB820, UB9000, the Oppo 203 or the Sony X1000 and others don't have this limitation. Another issue is the lack of a wireless adapter. I cannot buy the argument with the RF interference, purity of reproduction etc. I don't want to offense but, it looks like pure bull****. After all, the rest of high spec'ed players (and possible better performing) do have the wireless option and I assume they don't have a magic potion which cure the RF noise added by the WiFi module.
I think all is about production cost saving and profit maximization. Please judge yourself: in the Pioneer N70AE high resolution, TOTL audio network player, there is a WLAN adapter, they cannot avoid it simply because is after all a network capable piece of equipment and without it they cannot justify its reason of existence...and surprise: NO problems with interferences. But, of course, even in its case is another trick: no BT module. Why? according to Pioneer - minimizing the interferences. Same bull**** for most likely, the same goal: cost savings. I 'm really disappointed that a brand like Pioneer took this path to treat their customers with this kind of arguments.
Despite these issues, I'm still strongly considering to buy it, therefore I'm gladly awaiting arguments to contradict my opinions regarding the above mentioned issues. Also, is it possible that a firmware update to address the missing NTFS support issue? Do you think it is a hardware or software limitation?