Summary: This BD player is a real quality product. The finish is in the stylish glossy black, which matches the other Pioneer products in this range. It is quite large, so not for those looking for skinny products to stick under the TV (12.4cm x 42cm x 36cm). One thing about this player is, it isn’t BD Live capable, personally I choose it after Live was common place, and because I knew I wasn’t interested in Live, or Bonus View material etc...
Summary: Spectacular video and audio with the Pio LX609. Spoilt by the disgracefully slow load times. By the time the newly released disc loads...the sequel to the movie would;ve been released. This unit should never, ever have gone into production with such slow load times. This would have to go down as the audio-video embarassment of the decade. Congrats Pioneer.
Pros: Beautiful Picture and Sound, 7.1 analogue outputs fro my Arcam AV9.
Cons: ZZZzzzzzzzzzzz....you will die of natural causes well before the disc has loaded.
Summary: Very well built player, outputting some excellent pictures as well as sound. The HDMI 1.3a out delivers some cracking True HD & Master Audio sounds. When using it you can tell it has been made for top quality performance. It is not some cheaply made toy. I f your serious about the best picture quality and the cleanest hD sound, then I reccomend this Blu-ray player.
Pros: Beautiful picture (1080/24P) HDMI 1.3a (for digtal bitstream of True HD & Master Audio) 12 bit Deep Colour capable Solid quality build BonusView (Profile 1.1)
Cons: Quite expensive No BD-Live (not really a problem at this stage)
Summary: This is my first blu-ray player and I love it. The build quality is excellent, and the picture and audio quality are outstanding. If you prefer a higher end product to a Sony or a Panasonic, then this is definitely one to consider. Plus Pioneers are typically well supported products, so lots of potential optimisation through firmware still to come.
Pros: Very good build, picture and audio quality. Easy to set up. Looks great.
Cons: No DTS-HDMA internal decoding yet (due early 2009). Not a huge step up from the cheaper 51 model.