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Pioneer BDP-LX91 Launches

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Pioneer BDP-LX91 Launches

As highly as we rated the Pioneer BDP-LX71 Blu-ray player, it's impossible to deny it was missing a few features - most prominently BD Live support. Which is why Pioneer has introduced the BDP-LX91, which takes all that was great about the LX71 and brings it a little more up-to-date.

BD Live (or Profile 2.0 if you prefer) is now fully supported, with the LX91 sporting the requisite Ethernet port to use such content - as well as facilitating future firmware updates. For the unaware, this enables such amazing features as trailer downloads, online games and messaging services to be launched from within a Blu-ray disc's menu.

More importantly, content already stored on Blu-ray discs will be given the treatment it deserves with a newly-developed 16-bit video engine which should, if the LX71's performance is any indicator of the LX91's, offer great reproduction of not only high definition content, but also standard definition DVDs. 48-bit Deep Colour support is boasted, too(even if content is yet to be made available).

Audio reproduction is taken care of by eight dedicated Wolfson DACs, one for each of the output 7.1-channels, with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and bitstream output supported. Dual HDMI outputs mean audio and video signals can be transmitted to a TV or projector and dedicated audio receiver separately.

At £1,500-odd this is hardly a budget Blu-ray player. However, if the BDP-LX91's performance exceeds its predecessor enough, though, that could well be a tempting investment for the serious videophile.

smc8788

January 19, 2009, 10:20 pm

BD Live always seemed like a bit of a gimmick to me, I still don't really see any use to it. On the few discs that I've used it on I really didn't feel there was any decent content there (only a few trailers and a bit of interactive content) and, although it was cool, I certainly wouldn't pay more for a player capable of using it. The other stuff is good though, I suppose, but why didn't they put it in the LX71 (BD 2.0 has been around for a while IIRC) especially if you a paying that much, if they were only to release an essentially similar player later?

colin carter

January 20, 2009, 3:28 am

&#163600 seems like a fair guess, i wish it was.





i think you will find &#1631700 is closer to the mark for the price of this machine.

Hugo

January 20, 2009, 2:25 pm

Weeerl, it's not *that* much of an improvement over the LX71, so I'd hope it'll come down in price.

Hamish Campbell

January 20, 2009, 2:40 pm

I'm with the smc, BD live is glorified dvd extras. Noone buys the disc for them and rarely bothers to take a look beyond deleted scenes. I just don't think they can justify to themselves spending lots of time making awesome online content for it.

Wilfried

January 22, 2009, 2:12 pm

I love films, I am a big fans of extras but I am with the rest of the boys here, BD Live has been tried and tested with our PS3 but it did nothing to impress, given its very slow loading. Rather have all extras ready at the outset on the disc. Messaging? What for? Most of us already use some kind of messenger with our computers. Trailers? Love them but what is the point of dowloading them when they can burn them on the actual discs (I though Blu-Rays were big enough to support all that information anyway) plus we also have our computers to download such trailers if need be.


We bought the LX71 and we're more than happy with it, BD Live or not. I personally believe the manufacturers and Blu-Ray people are trying to milk the cash cows now.

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