Summary: I won't write a review just yet as I don't have much time, But will say this has to be my best purchase in the last 6 years.
As a bluray player it delivers amazing picture quality, Really dark blacks allowing an amazing sharp yet natural detail to images.
Pros: Best Digital Audio Source I have
Cons: I got this just before 3D and wish I had waited! Still a great source though!!
Excerpt: Pioneer unveiled its first non-Elite Blu-ray player with the BDP-51FD. At first glance, its large chassis and high-gloss appearance might make you think it’s an Elite line player. However, this player is the first of the classic Pioneer line.
Summary: The BDP-51FD shares many features of the Pioneer's successful step-up model Blu-ray player, the BDP-LX71. In fact the players are virtually identical apart from the plastic, gloss black fascia and standard buttons on the new model. But even in its cheaper suit, the '51FD still looks pretty dapper.