Conclusion: You have to start somewhere, right? Pioneer's BDP-430 is the company's first Blu-ray 3D player, and certainly a solid performer. It doesn't have some of the bells and whistles that other new players have. In fact, it seems sort of limited, considering what some of the less expensive players currently come packing. However, what it does, it does pretty darn well. The rumor is that Pioneer will upgrade the player to add YouTube at some point.
Pros: Excellent audio and video performance on 2D and 3D Blu-ray Discs, Netflix and Pandora streaming, Option to turn front-panel LED off and go stealth
Cons: Slim streaming options, No 5.1 surround for Netflix, Boot up and loading times on the slow side, Could be a little cheaper
Summary: The Pioneer BDP-430 came so close to being a great player to recommend. It handles Netflix very well and is certainly quicker than past Blu-ray players, however, the lack of internal WiFi, video options for color space control, noise reduction, and, most importantly, an option to turn OFF detail “enhancement” prove this player is not quite worthy of our seal of approval.
Excerpt: Pioneers erster 3D-Player BDP-430 enstand in Zusammenarbeit mit Sharp. Dennoch ist er kein Klon, sondern bietet Spezialitäten wie die hauseigene PQLS-Technik. Sie reduziert in Verbindung mit aktuellen Pioneer-Receivern den Jitter bei der digitalen Tonübertragung. Mit dem nächsten Firmware-Update sollen Funktionen wie YouTube-Abruf und Netzwerk-Streaming kommen.