Pioneer BDP450 3D Ready Blu-Ray/DVD Player (Black)
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- 3D Blu Ray Player
- 2 HDMI Outputs
- Dolby TrueHD
- WIFI Ready
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The BDP-450 is a great 3D ready Blu-ray player from Pioneer with twin HDMI outputs, 1080p upscaling, 24 frames per second 'native film' format, HD Audio output, Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) compliance, Pioneer's advanced PQLS anti-jitter system and Internet connection. Plug it into broadband through your home network and you can watch YouTube videos on your television screen. All this and there is a dedicated app so you can use your smart phone or tablet to control it.
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I had read various reviews on the Pioneer BDP 450 on here, AVforums etc and a few regular complaints kept cropping up this player regarding disc noise and freezing issues, which seem to be improving with firmware upgrades.
I settled on the BDP 450 despite these complaints as being the owner of the Pioneer VSX-827k AV receiver I am impressed with their build quality, sound performance plus their highly regarded reputation speaks for itself.
My BDP 450 was purchased from Peter Tyson on Amazon's marketplace for around £159. Delivery was prompt and tracked via DPD.
Inside the box is the player itself, remote control, batteries, 2 pin EU plug, 3 pin UK plug and usual manuals. The player is surprisingly light given its size but if you own other Pioneer devices, it should compliment them well in terms of dimensions and ability to stack them.
I'm no AV expert and I didn't purchase this device for the amount of file types it can play or stream so I won't comment about that. I bought it purely for playing Blu Ray/ DVD and CD discs.
Setup is very simple. When you power it up it has a simple set up guide of 5 steps, and that's it. It's more or less ready to put a disc in and play. Of course you can go into its menus to tinker until your heart is content. Navigation around its 3 sub menus is straight forward.Read more ›
I should emphasise, as certain reviewers here and elsewhere seem to have missed this, that this is a TRANSPORT, it does NOT have any on-board converters. This is fine for me, as it was always my plan to feed digital audio signals off into another device, and the coax digital output of the Pioneer is just what I needed.
My use of it so far has been to play DVD-A and DVD-V, so my comments are only about those. Oh, and stereo only, as I don't do surround.
DVD-A fed into a 24 bit, 96kHz capable DAC highlights the effortless superiority of the sound compared to standard CD versions of the same mix (the 40th anniversary King Crimson re-issues for example), more detail in the instruments and voice, better separation within the mix, more impact. Shame this medium has all but disappeared aside from a few specialist re-issues.
DVD-V, using a variety of music DVDs, gives very good picture quality and also very good sound, for example with the likes of Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense or Spinal Tap, both of which I have seen many, many times over the years in cinemas and on DVD in domestic set ups. Can't complain at all! Very good.
Can't/won't comment on SACD capabilities, as I already have a high end SACD player, but it looks to me (correct me if I'm wrong) that the Pioneer converts DSD to PCM before out putting it.
Set up was simple. Talks nicely via HDMI to my Sony TV.
Haven't had cause to use USB yet, but the device having USB connections was a definite attraction for possible future uses.
Internet capable features have not been used, as our internet here is useless, so I cannot comment.
Overall, very pleased with the Pioneer, which does what I wanted it too, and has capabilities which I will, no doubt, use in future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This rather expensive DVD player has a fault. A really amazing and annoying fault. The disc tray, when open, obscures the remote control sensor. Read morePublished 14 months ago by AMX
GOD KNOWS HOW THIS AS BEEN GIVEN 5 STARS .
I'VE HAD IT 18 MONTHS AND HAD NOTHING BUT TROUBLE WITH IT ! Read more
First one was faulty contacted seller and got a no quibble replacement so all in all everything was ok.Published 18 months ago by Kevin Y.
I have been using this product for three weeks and have to say that for the money, the Pioneer BDP-450 is an absolute bargain. Read morePublished 21 months ago by GarethK
Pioneer has always been a quality make in my book, and having purchsed this finest of bluray players in this price range, I have to say I am well impressed. Read morePublished on 14 May 2014 by Frank Brook
Absolutely love my DVD player. Several players were short listed for me by my brother. He preferred this one, as did I.
Speedy delivery and excellent product. Thank you.