Summary: I am very happy with the picture quality on this set. It definitely has the best picture of any of the Blu-ray players I have seen recently. Audio is good as well, though not as good as a Cambridge blu-ray player I heard recently. Of course the Cambridge goes for twice as much. Very happy with the unit. I believe this unit was made by Pioneer before they started letting Sharp make them.
Summary: I just bought one of these players refurbed for 125.00 and they are still available brand new from J&R for 299.00 delivered. This player easily beats my Samsung 1600 and PS3 for picture quality especially for blacks and contrast which makes the picture look sharper and more accurate. It also beats the Samsung AND ps3 for audio quality using HDMI to the matching Pioneer Elite SC 35 I recently purchased both with and without PQLS turned on.
Summary: This is one of the best blu ray players I have owned. It is imperative that the player stays updated with the latest firmware. Albeit, the unit is slow but the reward of impressive audio and video is all worth the wait. Recommended.
BDP23-FD Firmware is awful, machine hangs all the time
Donald D. Streicher, Amazon
5 April 2011
Summary: The picture quality is fine, but the firmware they mis-programmed this device with is terrible. If I could rate it a -2 I would. I rarely get through one full movie cycle before it hangs on one command or another....... and when it hangs it won't even accept power off, stop, or anything. Thank goodness the power cord disconnects at the machine. I've only had it about 3 weeks and I've probably done a force power off 25 times.
Summary: Unfortunately, this player is not offered at too many places and it seems to mark one of the last of the "true" original Pioneer Elite Blu-Ray models. Apparently Sharp has bought Pioneer and their newer models tend to represent the Sharp styling and internal workings moreso than Pioneer. This is one of the reasons I bought this player as I already own a Pioneer DVD 49-AV which is awesome for a standard upscaling dvd player in its own right.
Summary: No one has mentioned how slow this unit is. I don not know if it is typical to all Pioneer DVD players, as this is my first,but my old $70 Sony is 10x faster. When you push the power button, the unit takes about two minutes to power up, reminding you that it is not ready. IF during that period you press the play button, the unit will power down. How any designer decided that the play button would power off the unit is beyond me.
As "Advertised and Expected" with the Pioneer Elite Series..
George Ford, Amazon
22 January 2010
Summary: Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BGXP1M/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_title I decided on another Pioneer Elite DVD player because the DV-45A that I've enjoyed for several years has worked flawlessly (and still does). The Blu-Ray Elite Player is more than I require... (I will not likely use the Ethernet or USB ports).
Summary: Stylish, beautifull design, tray opens in silence quietly, gently like a queen. Video and music reproduction is superb, but you must hook it up to a monster receiver like Pioneer Elite SC27 to fully enjoy its own potential. Over the years I learned that every piece of you equipment must be of equal quality, otherwise something will be missing.