Pioneer may have confused some of us (or at least me) with the launch of its Limited Edition White and Beige Kuro TVs, but luckily the LX01BD home cinema system is less puzzling. It's not like 5.1-channels of surround sound hooked up to a Blu-ray player can be all that complicated, after all.
The biggest downside, to some at least, is the use of the older Profile 1.1, meaning that though Blu-ray discs can be played in all their 1080p glory, access to Internet-based content and other such BD Live functionality isn't possible. Deep Color video as well as sound formats including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are sported thanks to HDMI 1.3 output.
In addition to playing Blu-ray and, of course, DVD content Pioneer's LX01BD system also supports WMA, MP3 and DivX playback - pretty much a requirement of any home cinema kit in this day and age. There's even an FM tuner and support for an iPod input, which can be controlled via the system's touch-screen remote.
Connectivity is good, offering an audio input and a pair of HDMI connectors (in addition to one output) which isn't as bad, bearing in mind there's no need to connect the Blu-ray drive itself. Add to that the awesome styling and aside from an undisclosed price - which could be high - there's little to dislike.