|Pioneer BDP-09FD Blu-ray Player Preview|
|Home Theater Video Players Blu-ray Players|
|Written by Dick Ward|
|Monday, 26 October 2009|
The BDP-09FD features three 16-bit video processors which help to keep the 10809/24 video crisp and smooth. The dual HDMI 1.3 outputs offer support for 48-bit Deep Color, as well as X.V. color. The Pioneer Developed 16-bit video processing LSI allows for 15 different video adjustments.
Pioneer Elite’s BDP-09FD is capable of decoding Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus right out of the box, and a firmware update will enable DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio decoders. Pioneer’s Blu-ray player features outputs for digital audio as well as 7.1 channel analog outs.
Audiophiles will appreciate a dedicated analog audio power supply, eliminating the possibility of interference from a shared supply, and a toroidal transformer which also helps to cut down on electrical interference. The BDP-09FD employs eight Wolfson Audio DACs which run in dual mode.
Weighing in at just over 30 pounds, the BDP-09FD features a solid construction. Aluminum front, side and a double layered top panel cover steel cross bar supports and a solid steel bottom place. On the inside, each component – the analog audio board, video board and digital and analog power supplies – are kept separate from one another.
Networking and streaming options are absent, though the BDP-09FD does offer 4GB of built-in memory for BD Live support. The player runs a bit slow as well, with loading times upwards of a minute on some discs. The video and audio specs are quite impressive though, and waiting a few seconds longer for high quality video may not be that bad.
The Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD is available from Pioneer and authorized retailers at right around $2,200.
â€¨Compatible Media: CD, DVD, BD-R, CD-R, BD-RE, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, BD-ROM, DVD+RW, DVD-RW
â€¨Additional Features: KURO LINK, Cinema mode, JPEG photo playback, Progressive scanning, x.v.Colour technology, Video Noise Reduction, Parental Lockâ€¨
â€¨Audio Decoders: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution
â€¨Approximate Size: 16.5"W x 14.4"D x 5.6"H
â€¨Weight: 30.6 lbs.