Pioneer BDP-95FD Review
- Info bar is useful, we do like the bit-rate meter, although it can be deceiving.
- Coaxial digital output, for those who need it.
- HDMI-CEC works well.
- Great looking, sturdy player.
- Pause and resume works well, player doesn't shut down too quickly -- we wish this was the norm.
- Ability to change resolution on the fly and display current source and output resolution is really nice.
- We really like the Source Direct feature that automatically will play everything at its native resolution, but still have the option to upconvert without stopping the movie.
- Player menu comes up even when disc is playing is cool, but still can't configure many aspects of the player.
- Option to internally decode all audio codecs except DTS-HD MA in the player, and output via HDMI.
- 24p output worked flawlessly.
- Pioneer screen-saver is slick.
- Power cable is not attached, which is nice if you like to make your own cables for a clean install.
- On screen info isn't layout that well, should be easier to see what chapter you're on, i.e. 8 of 58.
- Software update failed via Ethernet -- forum members seems to indicate this is common.
- Remote is decent, but needs a back light.
- Boot times are out of control, 1 minute to eject from off, 35 seconds to load a disc.
- A scrub bar like the new Samsung players would be nice, since most Blu-ray titles don't include it.
- No RS-232 for automation control.
- No BonusView (not Profile 1.1)
- Price $999.99
- Analog outputs are useless for anything other than LPCM sound tracks.
- Partially failed HQV Film Resolution Loss Test, side banding on bottom corners and top right center box.
- Completely failed the HQV Video Resolution Loss test, as all five boxes strobe. **Both tests are only useful if you are converting 1080i to 1080p.**
Hands-on with Pioneer's BDP-95FD Blu-ray player
Although we love this player, considering the price, we have a hard time imagining anyone other than a devout Elite fan choosing it over the competition. There are many things to really admire about this player, like its rock solid performance and resolution control; but the player's inability to output TrueHD via the discrete analog outputs is a major knock -- for those with older receivers -- especially considering that the Samsung BD-P1400 that costs over half as much claims to do just that. The other big limitation is the lack of BonusView, but since not everyone finds PIP useful, it'll be a non-issue to some, but for other the Panasonic DMP-BD30 is the best bet. That being said, if you demand the ultimate in performance (above all else), have a newer AV/R with HDMI, and don't care about Picture-In-Picture; then this is the Blu-ray Disc player for you.