Summary: The Pioneer BDP-09FD is a player that aims to be reference quality, and performs exactly that way on the bench with solid standard DVD, and Blu-ray playback, and reference quality analog audio performance. The menu system that is included is excellent and movie playback was perfect for both audio and video. I would be quite fine to have it as my only CD transport as well.
Conclusion: Collecting A/V gear can be a very exasperating and, over time, expensive hobby to get into. It’s easy to achieve a certain, quite respectable, level of quality at a reasonable price but subsequent jumps in quality tend to get smaller and smaller as prices get exponentially higher. A $300 Blu-ray player may look and sound great to most consumers. Does the $2199 BDP-09FD really perform seven times better?