|Pioneer Elite DV-47Ai DVD-A/V/SACD Player|
|Home Theater Audio Sources DVD-Audio/SACD Players|
|Written by Matthew Evert|
|Monday, 01 March 2004|
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Once the player was set up for all the common audio formats, the sound was killer on this player considering the price. The mandatory steps needed for the 5.1 audio set-up, allowing you to play both SACD and DVD-Audio, were completely ridiculous. The main purpose for this player was to play these two formats, yet they will not play as they should out of the box. Yes, the manual (10 pages into it, mind you) does tell you how to change the settings (from two-channel to 5.1 channel playback), but the more obvious question is, why would they make it so difficult for users to get 5.1 audio playback running? To make matters worse, you need to go into the OSD to change these settings and they are buried in two different submenus. The OSD menu was difficult to navigate and the joystick control required repeating the movement of the control frequently, since it did not always register the movement. Ever play a video game where someone spilled soda all over the joystick and the controller would stick sometimes? It was like that. DTS audio CDs worked without any configuration needed.
This is a great-sounding universal DVD player for someone looking to have a nicely-priced DVD player that will play SACD and DVD-Audio and beyond. It supports all the most popular video and audio formats on the market today and features digital progressive scan for sharp video reproduction that makes it look like you are actually watching at the theater. The set-up of this player is a little tricky and the remote takes some patience, but overall it is a solid player. A shining light in this experience is that Pioneer has free technical support and a two-year warranty, just in case something goes wrong. I can easily recommend this player to the movie enthusiast that wants his or her movies to look the best they can be, or equally, to the hardcore AV enthusiast who wants to wow friends with huge performance in the latest audio formats.