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Ok, so last year was a bit of a dud with the Sharp merger and then the rushed-to-market 3D players. So let's see what this year brings.


Bad product shots are all I've seen so far, but the new look is very nice, and consistent across the range. They also match the new VSX and SC receivers.

BDP-140


BDP-440


BDP-LX55


BDP-140:

3D Playback
SACD Support

Network Functions (DLNA, YouTube etc...)

PC File Playback (DivX plus HD etc)

iControl AV2 Control App

Quick Response

Wi-Fi Connection (Via Optional Adaptor)

Sound Retriever Link

Stream Smoother Link

BDP-440 adds

PQLS Bitstream Multi-Channel

Aluminium Front Panel

IP Control

BDP-LX55 adds
QDEO Video Processor
Twin HDMI Outputs

RS232 Connection

High Grade Audio Parts

Armoured Chassis

This is all preliminary information only.


Judging by the specs, I think this year seems a lot more interesting. They tick all the requirement boxes for 3D, DLNA, networking.


SACD support not only in the high-end, but all the way down to the entry level player is a nice touch. That alone goes a fair way in separating the brand from the Panasonic/Samsung/LG brands towards an enthusiast market without alienating the mass market.


The LX / Elite model actually stands out this year. Twin HDMI is a proper high-end feature. Upgraded video processing is a proper high-end feature.


The weak model appears to be the mid-range BDP-440. Not much that distinguishes it from the entry-level BDP-140. If I'd been in charge I would probably have canned the wifi for the 140 just to set it apart. Or included the wifi dongle with the 440.


Estimated recommended retail prices

BDP-140 - $199

BDP-440 - $299

BDP-LX55 - $399-$499 (There's probably two Elite versions but only one LX)


 

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Hopefully these are night and day from last years Sharpioneers! Maybe they finally saw the light and improved their BD players like in the past.
 

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I can't tell, are they still using that tacky 'piano black' aka. 'finger print magnet black' gloss finish? In those images it almost looks like a black brushed aluminium, which would be really nice.
 

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Originally Posted by Skakruk /forum/post/20451353


I can't tell, are they still using that tacky 'piano black' aka. 'finger print magnet black' gloss finish? In those images it almost looks like a black brushed aluminium, which would be really nice.

It almost appears to look like the Oppo fronts.
 

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They're still Sharp's with different front panel facades... correct?


Unless these new models coming out of the same Chinese plant (maybe we'll start seeing consumer electronics designed and made back in the good ol' USA as soon as we accept 10 cents an hour jobs with no benefits and poor working conditions
) as the Oppo's, that is...


I guess we'll know soon enough.


Lexicon (Harmon International) did that with their Blu-ray players... used the same form factor as the Oppo and added an outragous upcharge for the Lexicon name.
 

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If these are true Pioneers, I just might sell my current collection of Pioneer players and get two of these 2011 players--one for my living room and one for my bedroom. I hope they built these players based on the platform of the DV-48AV, DV-58AV, and DV-400V. They were fine SD players. Adding Blu-ray to them would be the best Pioneer has ever done!
 

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Wow. Now that looks like a Pioneer Elite Blu-ray player.


Hopefully since they are including the Qdeo chip & play SACD this will be a top of the line Blu-ray player for PQ & AQ.


I'm anxious to read the manual & the reviews on the Elite player & see if Pioneer is back in the game.


Hopefully these have a quick turn on time & load time.


Does these players include Netflix?


Also please post when someone knows whether you can hook up a USB drive to these & what types of files they will play.
 

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Does these players include Netflix?


Also please post when someone knows whether you can hook up a USB drive to these & what types of files they will play.

Last year's models had Netflix, so that's a pretty safe bet, and they could also play MKV.


The feature list had "PC File Playback (DivX plus HD etc)" in there, and DivX plus HD is H.264.
 

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Unless these new players turn out to be glorified Sharps, this will be my favorite thread here at AVS. So keep those posts coming if you can! I'll be following this one!
 

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Nice to see SACD support. Any idea if DVD Audio will also be supported?
 

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Tend to doubt it if not directly mentioned.


Anyone see a manual yet?
It's not listed on Pioneer's American website Press Room yet.


Where did the person that started the thread get the info from?


I'd like to know more about the Elite player also.
 

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Where did the person that started the thread get the info from?

From a guy who works at Pioneer. And when I googled the model numbers I got, those pictures turned up. I'd wager they're legit since they match the new receivers. I've only seen the manuals for the 2011 VSX receivers, nothing about the blu-rays or the SC receivers.


So all I know about the 2011 blu-ray players is in that first post. Oh, except they're wider now to match the new receivers, I think it's 430mm instead of the old Pioneer 420mm standard. Also there's going to be 5-10 XV series blu-ray HTIBs as well.


And there's a god-awful looking BDP-4110 for the asian market (comes in GOLD!) that hopefully no one will ever hear about.
 

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Any news on when they're coming out?

Nope, sorry. I'm not in the US market anyway so even if I had been told anything more specific than "later this year" it probably wouldn't be worth mentioning.
 

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So that's a UK release in September. US probably a bit earlier.

Three months? A little longer than I was hoping for. If these players turn out to be true Pioneers, I just might sell my BDP-23FD, BDP-320, DV-49AV, and DV-58AV and get two of these new players--one for my living room and one for my bedroom, since they can play BD, DVD, and SACD.
 
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