|Pioneer BDP-V6000 Professional Blu-ray Player Review|
|Home Theater Video Players Blu-ray Players|
|Written by Thomas Spurlin|
|Tuesday, 08 December 2009|
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Alluring more to venue displays, museums, and custom home theater construction, Pioneer’s BDP-V6000 veers little from Pioneer’s other home theater application Blu-ray players. That, however, is a compliment in itself, as the quality screams from the rooftops much like their high-quality BDP-320. Sporting proficient Profile 2.0 connectivity underneath the hood, spectacular visual attributes, and a few earmarks like RS-232 connectivity and their enhanced GUI, it takes a few strides beyond its little brother to accommodate for more complex situations. They all come at a commerical price, however, at $999.99; it’s a player to consider for its added enhancements and build longevity, not to mention the easy-to-apply rack mounting equipment included. Home theater enthusiasts will find that Pioneer’s other units will be just as comparable in quality, though it should find its place with home-theater constructionists.
The rear of the V6000 showcases only a few addendums over the BDP-320. Along with HDMI, component, and 7.1 channels of analog connectivity, it includes a USB storage port, a LAN Ethernet connect, and an IR remote Control In port. Its only real boost over Pioneer’s lower-level models is an RS232 pinout jack, an addition that’ll satisfy many home theater enthusiasts and custom installers (discussed later); otherwise the rear panels look just about identical when compared to one another. For the purposes of this review, the BDP-V6000 will be hooked via HDMI to Onkyo’s SR-605 bitstream-capable receiver.
The remote included with the BDP-V6000 mirrors that of other current-model Pioneer players. It’s a streamlined, unaffectionate remote that’s a bit on the long and heavy side, yet it packs in most of the options you’d want. Along with the typical assortment of Start/Stop, Skip, Fast Forward (containing four different speeds) and Top Menu buttons, it also contains a side Pop-up Menu to access the on-screen JAVA-based menus available during the Blu-ray presentations. Near the bottom, the four-color options for Bookmarks are available, along with the aforementioned “Video Adjust” button
At the center is the main directional hub, made of a ridged texture that might cause a shiver or two down the spine if fingernails are run along the ridges. As per usual, four central menu buttons are available at different corners of the circle: Top Menu, Home Menu, Return, and Tools, which brings up the GUI during the program being watched. In addition, a Display button is available to monitor the types of files, bitrate flow, and codecs used for Blu-ray media.
Also, we’ve got two other appealing features: a Resolution Toggle button to select between 480i/p to 1080p/24 (no 720p option available), as well as a Secondary Audio/Video toggle. Furthermore, a well-tuned FL dimmer can toggle the brightness of the LED display all the way down to black. The remote certainly lacks a few functions that we’d like to see, including a backlight for the buttons and a manual zoom for non-anamorphic discs, but it serves the purpose well and appears to be a one that’ll withstand the test of time. It’s simple and frill-free, yet comfortable and versatile enough to do the job.
The Pioneer V6000 utilizes the same Initial Setup GUI that the Pioneer BDP-320 implements, with a few addendums. It has the same array of options down a menu on the left side of the screen (Video, Audio, Speakers, HDMI, Network, Language, Data Management, Setup Navigator, Playback, Parental Lock, Options, Advanced Setup), as well as the same moderate-level tailoring features underneath. Within, you can adjust the television aspect ratio, set the audio functions to either decode or bitstream via HDMI, and turn on KURO Link for the Pioneer player to interact with other Pioneer products. One notable difference between the two is the availability to play NTSC signals on PAL televisions, as well as a toggle to adjust Hybrid Disc Playback and a Baud Rate gauge in the Advanced Setup feature. Aside from that, it’s a simple and straightforward process that offers very little advanced adjustment underneath the hood. The player indeed handles Deep Color, as well as 30-24 fps content.
When you’re presenting material on-screen, the Pioneer can open up a “Tools” menu that makes Audio / Video adjustments capable. Audio can tweak the Dynamic Range Control and Lip Sync, while the Video can tailor gamma, chroma levels, hue, black level and white level depth, and several color noise reduction levels. Along with those, Time / Title / Chapter Searches can be performed, as well as adjustment of the video resolution on the screen.