PIONEER BLU-RAY 3D PLAYERS ADD NEW DIMENSION TO HOME THEATER
New Blu-ray Players Showcase Quality and Connectivity Features
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – CEDIA – (Sept. 8, 2011) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced three new Blu-ray 3D players designed for the ultimate home theater experience. The new line consisting of the Pioneer BDP-140 and two Elite branded models, BDP-52FD and BDP-53FD, provides unrivaled picture and audio quality that’s expected from Pioneer in addition to an array of features including improved loading times, wireless capability (AS-WL300 required), and audio and video streaming from Pandora®, YouTube® and NetFlix®. Additional features include high definition audio and video playback from both USB and DLNA sources.
“An excellent home theater experience starts with the source so it is extremely important that we implement the highest quality audio and video reproduction with the latest technologies and features. These new players let you access audio and video content from a variety of online and other personal sources so you’re never restricted to just your disc-based movie library,” said Chris Walker, director AV marketing and product planning for the home entertainment division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
Built with a focus on high-quality audio and video reproduction, the new players offer pristine 1080p picture as well as 3D video output with the latest HDMI 1.4a, allowing for passage of the high data transfer rate required by the Blu-ray 3D format. Additionally, all three models can up convert standard definition video sources to 1080p resolution for optimum image processing that delivers clear, sharp images with reduced image noise. Additionally, 36-Bit Deep Color support with compatible content and displays features smooth gradation steps with more accurate color precision and adds to overall high-quality color reproduction.
Each model also supports the latest high-quality audio formats including DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD and Super Audio CD. Pioneer-exclusive technologies also improve the audio experience, a critical component to completing a fully immersive 3D experience. The Elite models offer Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS) Bit-Stream Multi-channel for jitter-free reproduction of Blu-ray Disc, DVD-Video/Audio, Super Audio CD and CD content. When paired with a compatible Pioneer A/V receiver, PQLS precisely syncs the audio signals between the components for a true-to-life listening experience.
The Elite models feature superior build quality and Pioneer’s new Sound Retriever Link and Stream Smoother Link features. These two new features detect the bit rate of both audio and video content and if necessary will send a command to a compatible Pioneer receiver to activate the Sound Retriever or Stream Smoother feature. The Sound Retriever feature enhances compressed audio files by restoring critical data lost during the compression process, while Stream Smoother enhances compressed video files to reduce compression noise and establish more detailed, finer images. The Stream Smoother technology is especially helpful with low bit-rate video sources originally intended for viewing on small screens such as smartphones.
The BDP-53FD provides an extra HDMI output, Layered Chassis Construction and further enhances video quality by integrating the award-winning Marvell Qdeo video processor. Pioneer’s QDEO implementation allows for greater picture quality adjustments and enhanced up-scaling of lower bit-rate video content.
For convenient control of the home theater system, Pioneer’s free iControlAV2 App turns various smartphones and tablets into fully functioning remote controls for the new Blu-ray 3D players. When the players are connected via Ethernet to a wireless router, the app allows users to control basic functions of the players. Pioneer’s iControlAV2 App is available for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and for select Android devices. Full details of the iControlAV2 App can be found in the Apple App Store or Android Market.
The Pioneer BDP-140 is available for a suggested retail price of $199. The Elite BDP-52FD, featuring an RS-232 port for custom installation access and control, is available for a suggested retail price of $399. Featuring an armored chassis, the Elite BDP-53FD is available for a suggested retail price of $499.
It all began with a passion for music that Pioneer founder Nozomu Matsumoto hoped to share with the world. He started Pioneer in 1938 as a specialty speaker company, building products out of his garage. Today, Pioneer’s Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group continues Matsumoto's enthusiasm, developing award-winning audio and video home theater products including A/V receivers, Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD players, and speakers. Long-standing partnerships and collaborations with the creative community have provided Pioneer unique insight in its quest to capture the purity of a movie or musical artist’s original vision into its broad range of home entertainment products. The company’s brands include Pioneer® and Elite®. More details can be found at www.pioneerelectronics.com.