True to its word
, Pioneer has introduced a pair of Blu-ray recorders in 2008, and the BDR-WD900 (1TB hard drive) and the BDR-WD700 (500GB drive) are due out on Japanese shelves in October. Both models feature H.264 encoding, dual
ISDB tuners and a "High-definition Just Copy" wizard for optimizing transfers from the hard drive to a Blu-ray disc. The Blu-ray decks are BonusView affairs (no mention of BD-Live, so we assume these are Profile 1.1) with support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA, and Kuro Link-flavored HDMI-CEC for smooth integration with all your other Kuro gear. Also getting top billing is the 0.8s "Quick Startup" feature, which has been kicking around for about a year in Sharp's AQUOS BD-HDW20
and makes us wonder how much original engineering Pioneer's done for its own model.