Pros: Puchased on sale at Best Buy good deal. Upconverts regular DVD movies really improves the movie watching. I don't have to rebuy the movies I already have saves me a lot of money. Loads most movie discs in 30 sec or less, even Blue Rays.
Cons: Didn't know about firmware updates to keep player current to play all the BD formats. Took me about 45 minutes to upgarde the firmware, but once updated okay. Another small con player is larger than regular DVD players.
Summary: It's a shame Pioneer does not make Blu Ray Players like this anymore.If not anything it looks good on the shelf.But the main thing is the picture quality and no problems there.It's as good(probably better than)as the Sony BDP-S1 I also have.It loads much faster and responds to the remote control in the way one expects.So far it has refused to play only 'The way of the gun'.Have to update the firmware I suppose.It's not a Premium product like the Elite series but looks...
"I like this Pioneer Blue Ray Player was easy to hook up"
chief lw, CNET
26 July 2009
Pros: Ease of hook-up. Picture quality for DVD upconversion is great. I haven't seen a BD on it yet newly purchased.
Cons: Several DVD movies I tried the sound phased in and out and a little muffled. But all in all on average a good sound through my Sony LCD TV via HDMI connection and optical out to my Yamaha AVR. The user manual is a little confusing.
Pros: I purchased this player for the features on the 7.1 Audio I purchased this one at Best Buy. I watched Grand Torino and the picture was excellent. The Player is easy to set up.I love the look of the Blu- Ray player.
Cons: I would recommend ordering the update through support, I called Pioneer Support to order the update. Don't waste time with the download its much easier to order the CD.
Summary: When I got the item it had software version 1.08 and things did not go well: Very Slow and no sound during the movie. Upgraded to 1.25 and things are very much better. Went to the pioneer site for the downloading instructions. all went exactly as scripted.
Summary: It was a quick an easy setup, but I don't understand what all of the hoopla is about. I had a Pioneer DVD player before equipped with upconversion, and I really don't see that much of a difference (maybe that's just me being jaded...or older). Maybe with the 'right' DVD I'll notice a difference. Of course I have yet to discover all of the features that blu-ray supposedly offers me, I'm going by picture quality alone.
Summary: I purchased the Pio51 through Amazon and it arrived about 10 days ago. So far I am quite pleased with both the audio and video performance. I'm using the player in a 2.1 system (Dali Euphonia MS-4) with an older Denon receiver (AVR-3805) that does not have HDMI, so I'm running HDMI directly to our Sony 60" SXRD display. I have the Pio51 connected to the Denon via high-quality analog interconnects in order to take advantage of the Pio51's superior Wolfson DAC processing.