Summary: The Pioneer BDP-51FD has the cosmetics of a high end Blu-ray player, and has respectable HD and SD performance from the HDMI outputs. With its ability to bitstream all the next generation audio codecs, and promised support for internal decoding of dtsMaster Audio coming soon, it can feed your AV system with a quality image and a great soundtrack.
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.
Excerpt: The BDP-51FD shares many features of the Pioneer 's successful step-up model, the Award-winning BDP-LX71 . In fact the players are virtually identical apart from the plastic, gloss black fascia and standard buttons on the new model. Even in its cheaper suit, the '51FD still looks fairly handsome. You don't lose anything in terms of connectivity.
Pros: Dapper design, detailed, natural images, sounds refined and musical
Cons: DTS-HD Master Audio decoding is still months away, only Profile 1.1