In a nice final showing for 2010, Pioneer has just released three new 3D Blu-ray players that they had initially unveiled at this year’s CEDIA Expo.
The three models, which Pioneer says are geared toward “those who want to recreate a state-of-the-art theatrical experience in the comfort of their own homes,” support Ethernet Internet connectivity and are Wi-Fi ready, so the units double as a streaming media player for YouTube, Netflix and Pandora.
Pioneer’s press release explains some of the features included with the players:
“Built with a focus on high quality audio and video reproduction, with a compatible TV, the new line offers pristine 3D video via the latest HDMI standard, 1.4a, allowing for passage of the high data transfer rate required by the Blu-ray 3D format. Additionally, Pioneer’s PureCinema technology upconverts standard definition video sources to 1080p for optimum image processing and delivering 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.”
All three models also include Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS), which is supposed to help prevent jittery images and provide improved synchronicity between audio and video.
The entry-level Pioneer BDP-430 is priced at $299, while its “Elite” line siblings, the BDP-41FD and BDP-43FD, retail for $399 and $499 respectively.
These players seem to have some really great integrated features for the price. I’m anxious to see what Pioneer has in store next month at CES 2011.