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Pioneer BDP-LX70 Blu-ray Player - Pioneer BDP-LX70
The first thing that struck us was how remarkably clean the picture looks, with not even the smallest trace of any shimmering or dot crawl noise of the sort that can be caused by other player/TV combinations having to mess about more with converting the 1080p/24fps film transfer into something the TV can show.
The total clarity of the picture also highlights the superb amount of fine detail and sharpness in the LX70's pictures as, for instance, every ripple of every wave is immaculately delineated during the overhead shots of ships in the Blu-ray of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
The rich colours on show, as the red-coated soldiers try to catch Captain Sparrow after he rescues Elizabeth, look more solid and vibrant than we've ever seen them look before. And black levels are deep, rich and completely free of noise during dark scenes like the Black Pearl's attack on the fort.
Although we didn't initially appreciate it as much as we should have, the LX70/Pioneer TV combination also leads to some silky smooth motion. The full extent of this strength became obvious the moment we switched to other display devices. Some fared better than others at reducing the 1080p/24fps stutter, but none succeeded as well as Pioneer's own TVs.
Please note, however, that we're not trying to suggest that you have to own a Pioneer TV to really appreciate the LX70. For the fact remains that even with a touch more stutter, the LX70's pictures are still better than those of the HD competition with any HD TV you care to try them with.
With really nothing negative to say about the LX70's pictures, we turn our attention to its audio capabilities. And again find a pristine performance that's pretty much beyond reproach with CDs and movie soundtracks alike.
Overall the LX70 makes us sad. For while a big part of us wants to jump up and down and shout from the rooftops about how unprecedentedly great its HD pictures are, another big part of us tragically has no choice but to accept that unless you've got enough money to upgrade from this deck in just a few months time, when more fully specified Blu-ray models start to come along, you're probably better off leaving the LX70 on the shelf.
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