Pioneer announces new line of Blu-Ray players

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CES 2009 : Pioneer has unveiled a new series of Blu-Ray players; the BDP-120, the BDP-320 and the Elite BDP-23FD – all “outfitted” with expandable or built-in memory. All of them also have the new BD-Live functionality, allowing you to get additional content from the web.

All players are said to have state-of-the-art chip set and video processing solutions that make it “unmatched by other players”. They all support the new high-resolution audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD output, along with 7.1-channel analog output.

The Elite also several features not found on the other two, with the RS-232C interface, allowing the owner to have this automated from a home automation interface; a KURO Link Picture mode, allowing this device and a KURO television to have a picture in sync; and a “Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS) Mult-Channel”, which elevates the PQLS perfomance to give jitter-free audio transmission.

The BDP-320 will also have the KURO Link Picture Mode.

These are said to be released in store shelves in the summer of 2009, with pricing to be determined.

Full Press Release is after the jump.

New Pioneer BD-Live Players Deliver Cinematic-Quality Performance

Expanded Line Lets Enthusiasts Create Unique Interactive Home Theater Experiences

2009 International CES

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveils a complete series of BD-Live Blu-ray Disc players for entertainment junkies who seek cinematic-quality performance along with a premium and unique user experience. The two Pioneer® BDP-120 and BDP-320 models and the Elite® BDP-23FD are outfitted with expandable or built-in memory to deliver on the promise of BD-Live™ right out of the box. Pioneer’s players combine supreme features, sophisticated internal construction with a rigid chassis design ensuring the highest quality playback of Blu-ray Disc, DVD and CD entertainment. With RS-232, the Elite BDP-23FD offers seamless home automation design that simplifies custom installation projects.

“In our relentless pursuit to envelop home audiences in their movie and music selections, Pioneer designed a new Blu-ray Disc player lineup that incorporates an extensive series of customization capabilities and best-in-class performance features that compliment consumers’ entertainment and installation needs,” said Chris Walker, senior manager of Blu-ray Disc marketing and product planning for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Immediate BD-Live Enjoyment

BD-Live is the interactive component of the Blu-ray Disc format that gives home audiences the innovative opportunity to download and enjoy bonus trailers and movie features, participate in online gaming as well as synchronize viewing, chat live and video message with other BD-Live players. Providing immediate enjoyment of these exciting entertainment capabilities, Pioneer plans to introduce its BDP-120 with a one gigabyte (GB) flash drive*, while the BDP-320 and Elite BDP-23FD both feature one GB of internal on-board memory, eliminating the need for consumers to purchase additional memory for basic operation of BD-Live. An integrated USB port in all three players allows connection to flash drives as well as hard drives for additional BD-Live storage. An Ethernet connection port lets owners seamlessly upgrade their player with the latest firmware updates as soon as they are available online.

Premier Picture and Sound Quality

The new models combine a state-of-the-art chip set and video processing solutions with Pioneer’s 1080p True24FPS (frame per second) feature to deliver detailed, natural imagery that is unmatched by other players.

Recognizing that high end home theater is as much about sound presentation as on-screen images, Pioneer utilizes professional-grade digital audio decoders (DAC) and jitter-reduction advancements in the BDP-23FD Blu-ray Disc player for noticeably enhanced movie and music sound reproduction. With full support of all new high resolution audio formats, the models also provide Dolby® TrueHD and DTS®-HD bitstream output while top two models offer 7.1-channel analog output.

Premium Convenience Features

Pioneer’s Blu-ray Disc players provide functional advantages when used in conjunction with Pioneer’s Elite A/V receivers and KURO displays. KURO Link is an exclusive synergy feature that allows users to easily maneuver between the connected Pioneer products with just a single remote control. A continued commitment to improving overall player operation, the three models deliver significantly reduced power on, disc load and power off times.

Customizable Viewing Experience

For those updating a home theater system, the Pioneer BDP-120 and BDP-320 feature sleek, slim form factors and give consumers the confidence that comes with a heralded 30 year leadership in optical disc innovations. The Pioneer BDP-320 model gives cinephiles a series of picture adjustment features for an optimum customized entertainment experience including:

  • 48-Bit Deep Color Support – By improving subtle color gradations, this feature produces an unprecedented level of hues and shades that ensure a vibrant viewing experience
  • Picture Control Suite – Users can tweak 13 video adjustments to create a finely tuned image, delivering on the promise of stunning HD picture quality
  • Noise Reduction Circuits – Offering three different adjustments, the enhanced circuitry significantly updates the image quality of lower-quality DVD content

Blu-ray Disc Developed for Home Integration

Pioneer has designed the new Elite BDP-23FD exclusively for the custom installation market and builds upon the advanced features of its Pioneer brand players to incorporate industry-leading capabilities such as:

  • RS-232C Interface – Custom installers have the ability to further simplify the user experience with this home automation interface that provides complete control of the player when integrated in a larger home theater system
  • KURO Link Picture Mode – When the player is connected to a KURO television an entirely new, dedicated A/V mode is activated on the flat-panel display that optimizes video reproduction between the two devices to deliver a perfectly synced image. KURO Link Picture Mode is also included on the Pioneer BDP-320
  • Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS) Multi-Channel – Elevating the current level of PQLS performance, users gain jitter-free audio transmission of all advanced audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master

The Pioneer BDP-120 and BDP-320 models as well as the Elite BDP-23FD Blu-ray Disc players will begin shipping in summer 2009 with pricing to be determined.

Pioneer’s Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group develops high definition home theater equipment for discerning entertainment junkies. Its flat panel televisions, Blu-ray Disc players, A/V receivers and speakers bring a new level of emotion to the HD experience. The company brands include Pioneer and Elite®. When purchased from an authorized retailer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years with Pioneer Elite products. More details can be located at www.pioneerelectronics.com.

For more information and images on the Pioneer and Pioneer Elite models, visit the Pioneer CES page.