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2013 PIONEER ELITE BDP-62FD 2D/3D Multi Region Zone Code Free DVD Blu Ray DVD Player - Plays Zone A B C Region 1 2 3 4 5 6 0 on Any TV - PAL/NTSC - Worldwide Voltage - RS232C (6 Feet HDMi Cable Included)

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  • For added convenience, the new player is equipped with dual HDMI outputs allowing users to push content to two different displays such as a TV and projector simultaneously. The BDP-62FD also offers simplified control with Pioneer's iControlAV2012 App that enables Apple's iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® to act as a basic remote control for the player when connected via a wireless router. The app is available for download at no charge from the App Store or Android Store.
  • The BDP-62FD supports the latest high-quality formats including DTS®-HD Master Audio, Dolby® TrueHD, and Super Audio CD®. In addition to high-quality audio, the BDP-62FD can upconvert standard definition video sources for 1080p resolution displays for optimum image processing that delivers clear, sharp images with reduced noise... perfect for the classics.
  • LNA certification of the BDP-62FD enables the player to work as a DMP/DMR (Digital Media Player/Digital Media Renderer), allowing the user to push content directly from a portable source, such as a compatible smartphone. Through a network connection via Ethernet or the optional AS-WL300 wireless network adapter, the BDP-62FD provides access to popular entertainment network services including Pandora®, Netflix® and YouTube®. It's even easier for users to search for and select videos to play through the player with a recent update from YouTube: its YouTube Leanback feature, available on the BDP-62FD.
  • 3D PlaybaThe BDP-62FD is built with Marvell's award-winning QDEO® technology, offering high quality video processing for maximum performance and flexibility to produce a more vivid, superior image. QDEO also captures, processes and renders a wider variety of video signals ranging from high definition Blu-ray Disc to content from portable video sources such as smartphones, for a truly immersive viewing experience. The new player offers 3D video output with the latest HDMI 1.4a connectivity, allowing for passage of the high data transfer rate required by the Blu-ray 3D format. Additional features to enhance video performance include support for HDMI 1080p/24 Hz output, 36-Bit Deep Color for accurate color reproduction, as well as Pioneer's Stream Smoother and three separate noise reduction circuits to decrease video noise that can distort images and degrade video Immerse yourself in the world of cinema-quality 3D entertainment with crisp image detail using innovative Blu-ray 3D disc technology Advanced Networking Features The BDP-150 gives access to networking features such as BD-Live (requires adding USB memory) for unlocking movie bonus material from the web and watching YouTube or seeing photos on Picasa. You can play music, video and photo content from a PC or network media server connected to the same LAN and featuring multimedia content server functionality

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  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 43.5 x 8.6 cm ; 2.7 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.6 Kg
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  • Item model number: BDP-62FD
  • ASIN: B009AHQ8C8
  • Date first available at 21 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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PIONEER 3D Multi Zone All Region Code Free Blu Ray Disc Player DVD 0-8 BD A/B/C BDP-62FD / LX55 2D/3D SA-CD DVD-AUDIO 100~240V 50/60Hz BDP-62FD / LX55 2D/3D SA-CD DVD-AUDIO 100~240V 50/60Hz HIGH END PIONEER BLU RAY PLAYER RS-232C 2 HDMI QDEO-MARVEL SA-CD DVD-AUDIO BDP-62FD ELITE also known as LX55 in EU/AU Works on all TVs LED/LCD TVs Built-in realtime video converter PAL/NTSC GUARANTEED TO PLAY ALL REGION DVD 012345678 PAL/NTSC & BLU-RAY ZONE ABC, DivX Xvid AVI DivX-HD and MKV all supported 100%

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I had a Pioneer DV-757Ai DVD player for several years, and a Pioneer Laserdisc player before that, so Pioneer is a brand that I trust. When Blu-ray first came out I purchased a Sony BDP-S500, which is built like a tank rather like a Pioneer. The only think it lacked was DTS-HD Master Audio encoding.
As I seem to buy quite a few Blu-ray titles from the USA these days, I thought I would invest in a Region free Blu-ray player.
I like things that are well made, look good and perform well. I don't like the build quality of most modern players. All the new Sony, LG, Samsung, and Toshiba players are so thin and cheap looking, mainly because they are built for price. This is the reason why I purchased the Pioneer.
It arrived within a couple of days from the states. I was very impressed the speed and the service from this company. The player has the same build quality as my Pioneer 757Ai DVD player. The only problem is that the second title that I tried in the player would not play after 5 minutes 12 seconds. The title was Pixar's "Brave" (American Version). This disc totally locked up the player. None of the buttons on the remote did anything, none of the buttons on the player responded. I had to unplug the player in the end; then player ejected the disc. I tried the title again, and the same thing happened at the same point on the disc. The disc plays fine in three other Blu-ray players I have tried including my 4-year-old Sony BDP-S500.
I have since found out, that previous Pioneer Blu-ray models suffer from similar issues with certain discs. It is a shame because this is a brand new model that has only been on the market a month or so, and Pioneer have not sorted out these issues. After all, this is not a cheap player, and the badge on the player states "ELITE".
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90eddb58) out of 5 stars Heartily recommended - especially if they have a Pioneer AVR 15 Feb. 2013
By Kenneth F. Krutsch - Published on
I am surprised that no one has written a review for the Pioneer BDP-62FD, but it may be because the Elite badged items are typically sold though retailers and installers, as opposed to on-line sources. I purchased mine at a local Best Buy - the unit had a nice price for the holidays and, frankly, I wanted to be able to return the item easily if I wasn't satisfied.

It could also be because previous Elite Blu-ray players (not Blue Ray, as it's listed on Amazon :-) had some quality issues that you can read a lot of material about on various home theater forums, like AVS.

I still have the 62-FD and love it. It loads discs incredibly fast, is extremely quiet during playback (I sit right next to the player) and it looks great in the component stack.

For the price, it's nicely positioned as what I would consider a high-end Blu-ray player (if you eliminate the ridiculous 'reference' units that used to sell for $4,000 - that market segment is long gone, given the capabilities of players like these from vendors like Oppo for an order of magnitude lower price).

In my setup the -62FD it replaces a Sony BDP-S590, which I have positively reviewed and still maintain is an incredible value for a sub- $100.00 price tag.

However, I recently upgraded to a Pioneer AVR and wanted to a add a PQLS-equipped spinner to the system. PQLS is basically hardware flow control for the HDMI connection which effectively eliminates jitter from the data stream (audio and video) originating from the Blu-ray player. The theory is that is provides a more stable image and higher audio quality. I won't go into the whole jitter debate - you decide for yourself whether the jitter is audible, but the jitter reduction technology itself is straightforward, so, why not at least get rid of the jitter from the player to the AVR?

I also wanted to add support for DVD-Audio (I have a number of these discs) and the Pioneer BDP-62FD supports output of 2-channel PCM from SACDs, from the digital out ports (coax and optical), at higher than 44.1kHz (or CD) resolution - not sure what the sample rate is, but others report it to be at least 88.2 kHz - I still need to connect this to an AVR port and measure it via the iPad app (more on that later). I like to run the digital out to an external DAC and headphone amplifier, so that feature is useful for me.

I am more of an audiophile than a videophile, but I am really impressed at how well the -62FD handles standard definition content. Whether I am playing a DVD or am streaming a ripped version of the same from my Mac (via Serviio), the on-board Marvell Qdeo system-on-chip scalar does an incredible job. I recently watched the DVD version of Run Silent, Run Deep, the newer widescreen version, and it's hard to imagine that a Blu-ray treatment of the same film would look any better than what I saw.

Finally, for audio playback, especially running into my Pioneer VSX-1122-K, the sound is smooth and beautiful.

The iControlAV2012 app (for both iOS and Android, and I've used both) is truly best in class. Really, I've used them all and this app drove my purchase for a new AVR to Pioneer (I am going to write a review for the VSX-1122-K, shortly).

A couple of negatives with this player, however:

1. The remote sensor is not very sensitive and if you are using the remote from a 'far away', you may experience problems. I use both a Harmony and continue to play around with the Pioneer remotes for both the AVR and the BD player, but I find that I have to pay attention to how I hold the remote.

2. Limited on-line services - the Netflix player works great (it's the standard one from Netflix, which is good) and the 'stream smoother' function really works to improve the playback experience when Netflix/Comcast is bandwidth challenged. And, I use Pandora and the user interface for Pandora is a great improvement over what's built into my AVR, so I love that. But, I miss Amazon Video OnDemand and, to a lesser extent, I miss Vudu and some other items that my Sony player included.

3. The menu system is not always real responsive and I've struggled getting the various menu options integrated correctly with my Harmony remote. Really... depending on whether you are using the 'Web Contents' or the disc menus, the functions change behavior and it took me a long time to get used to this with the Harmony remote.

4. Blu-ray Disc compatibility is not at the same level as my Sony; it just isn't. I've run into two discs that were a problem: Disney's Brave 2D just freezes at the 15 minute mark and Total Recall (2012) has audio/video sync problems about 2/3 into the movie. FWIW, I know other vendor's players have struggled with the above titles, so it may be the discs themselves. Be that as it may, I never experienced playback compatibility with my Sony spinner.

Overall, however, I have to give this unit 5 stars and would heartily recommend it to others - especially if they have a Pioneer receiver.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b2f2ac) out of 5 stars Pioneer Elite vs Oppo and the meaning of "Universal" 8 Jan. 2014
By Doug - Published on
There are some great review articles on the interwebs about this Pioneer BPD-62FD Blu-Ray Player comparing it's nearest rival the Oppo BPD-103.

My quick recommendations are:
If you like Pioneer Elite products or just need a great top of the line Blu-Ray player, buy it now from Amazon. This unit has the most for the best price and shouldn't disappoint.

If you are an audiophile, you may have to do more research, but you may end up buying this unit.

If you need "Region-Free" playback, then get ready to do your homework. You will pay more and have to go to a special retailer or you'll have to buy software / parts and hack the unit yourself.

What I like about this Pioneer Blu-Ray Player:
The BPD-62FD has the same Qdeo video processor as the celebrated Oppo BPD-103. Many of the specs are the same and the online reviews I found claim similar performance. I own the Pioneer BPD-62FD and it outperforms my Panasonic BDT210, which is excellent Blu-Ray player and the only one I have to compare it to. I have a Pioneer Elite SC-55 receiver and the BPD compliments it very well. I love the iPhone AP and never use the included remote.

Warning: "Universal" does not mean "Region Free"
If you need "Region-Free" or "Multi-Region" playback of DVD or Blu-Ray, you'll have to do your homework because it is complicated. First off, original equipment manufacturers and authorized retailers do not build or sell units for that kind of "universal playback." When you see them advertise "universal playback," they only refer to multiple media types and recording formats (not regions.) If you search around, you will see "Region Free DVD" and "Region Free Blu-Ray" units being advertised by third party sellers. Be careful as units may be hacked for only "Region Free DVD" and not Blu-Ray. These units are aftermarket hacks and usually cost more. There are software and hardware hacks available. I bought a hacked version of the Pioneer BPD-62FD and played a region B Blu-Ray of "The Trail" I bought on the EU version of Amazon. It worked perfectly, and I was able to set the BPD-62FD back to region A when I was done. Apparently, most hacked Blu-Ray players require some kind of power-down / restart sequence to change Blu-Ray regions, but all DVD regions just work all the time. Do your homework!

Bottom line:
I strongly recommend the BPD-62FD for high-end Blu-Ray playback. The price is right and Amazon is an authorized retailer. Save the money over the Oppo-103, because this technology will be out of date in a year or two anyway. If you need "Region-Free," do your homework. Cheers!
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e763e4) out of 5 stars Excellent multi region player 23 Jan. 2013
By Richard Menides - Published on
I have had this Blu Ray player for 4 weeks and it has played DVD's from France and Italy with great video on my Samsung 8000 65 TV. As far as audio is concerned I compared several sources from Blu Ray true HD to SACD and standard Dolby 5.1 playing through a Pioneer elite SC65 receiver and the sound is far better than when played through my Samsung Blu Ray player. Yes the remote is small and the buttons hard to read but I use a universal remote for my system so for me the remote is no problem. I would highly recommend this unit for anyone needing multi region playback and if you have DVD audio from the past or SACD they play perfectly.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x917f2618) out of 5 stars Works for me. 12 Aug. 2013
By HDpalooza - Published on
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With some reluctance I bought the BDP-62 mainly as an aesthetic match to my SC-27 Elite receiver, albeit some negative reviews. Sitting next to my Oppo 93 I think it is a better looking unit, operationally not quite the equal but very close. Not so much Blu ray performance but standard DVD performance is most noticeable. No real issues with the player which has played all discs so far without issues. Have not updated firmware and as long as the player continues to perform correctly I have no intentions of doing so. Real complaint is with the remote which is slow at times to respond to commands. I don't do streaming, so as a stand alone player I am thus far pleased.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90ee07ec) out of 5 stars Pioneer Elite Blue Ray 4 Mar. 2013
By Charles Anderson - Published on
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I purchased this product because I already owned a Pioneer Elite Reciever. I wanted to get this unit because both it, and the receiver had "state of the art" software able to decode the newest blue ray disc's. I was not disapointed, even playing an older DVD this blue ray player "steps it up" and the sound,,, OUTSTANDING. Easy to set up, yet, with countless options when you mate this blue ray with a Elite reciever.
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