Pioneer has always produced quality electronics in the past. Their audio product was second to none and their television sets were widely considered one of the best on the market. Like Philips, Pioneer has opted to outsource manufacturing of some of their electronics. Pioneer has ceased manufacturing their premium plasma high definition televisions. Now, they have decided to outsource manufacturing of some of their Blu ray players.
The Pioneer BDP-330 is the non elite high end model in Pioneer’s Blu ray line up. Like other manufacturers, Pioneer carries three mainstream Blu ray disc players. The BDP-330 is supposed to pack most features at better performance. Pioneer BDP-330 is a profile 2.0 player with full complement of audio decoding options. The player is fully capable of playing any BD-LIVE content. The Pioneer BDP-330 can natively decode Dolby, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS HD MA. Pioneer’s Blu ray players always lacked large amount of internet streaming contents. This hold true for the BDP-330 as well. The BDP-330 only offers Netflix and YouTube along with RSS feeds. If you happen to purchase older version, you will need to update the firmware to have access to Netflix. The player lacks onboard WiFi or onboard storage.
As with other Pioneer players, the BDP-330 is aesthetically pleasant looking player. The front face is divided into two portions. The top portion includes the disc tray and LCD. The middle divider holds the slim playback function buttons. The bottom portion also contains one of two USB port. The overall dimension and weight of the player is on the small side. The included universal remote control is easy to use. The buttons are in logical place and are on most part large enough for most people. The BDP-330 is compatible with iControlAV application. The app allows you to control BDP-330 with iPhone or iPod touch. The back contains USB, Ethernet, HDMI, Optical audio, RCA audio, and composite outputs. The extra USB is there for the optional WiFi adaptor.
Performance and Video
As mentioned earlier, the Pioneer BDP-330 is manufactured by different company. The BDP-330 is essentially a rebadged Sharp Blu ray player. The overall loading time is on par with the Sharp Blu ray disc player. The quick load feature doesn’t decrease the load time drastically. Instead, it is on par with any other comparable player. In fact, compared to the new Sony or Samsung players, it is noticeably slower.
As expected, the overall video processing is on par with Sharp Blu ray disc player. I spot tested two different Blu ray movie titles. On most parts, the Blu ray movie played without any video processing defects. However, few scenes represented some jaggieness and blur. While not really noticeable if you are not looking, it was present in several sequences. Other than that small portion of the movie, the overall movie presented no moiré or any other video processing defects. The DVD upscaling was adequate at best. The overall picture quality suffered the usual upscaling artifacts. The artifacts were very small and not a big distraction.
On the other hand, the audio playback was flawless. All the audio formats played without any problem. The two Blu ray movies presented no issues during the playback. The lack of multi channel analog output might be a problem for some consumers. Other than that, there really isn’t much to say about the audio performance.
Overall, the BDP-330 is very underwhelming Blu ray player. You would expect lot more from a company like Pioneer. Pioneer has built up a big reputation as the leader in high end electronics equipment. However, the BDP-330 does not live up to this expectation. Short of buying the elite line from Pioneer or the older models manufactured by Pioneer, I would avoid the rebadged versions. The lack of WiFi and even 3D capability makes this a poor choice for people looking to spend over $200.
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Without question, the greatest success of all Pioneer’s players is the ability to recreate film as the director intended. And as movies are the combined work of many people, from cinematographers and set designers to Foley and makeup artists, every detail is taken into consideration in order to help you get closer to the ultimate cinematic experience…
- Internal Audio Decoders: The BDP-330 features internal decoding of all advanced audio formats including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTSHD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio.
- Wireless Ready: An optional 802.11n wireless adapter (AS-WL100) is available allowing access to online wireless content and firmware upgrades without the need to run additional cables to your Blu-ray Disc player
- Dual USB Inputs: A front and Rear USB input are provided to accommodate optional BD-Live Storage, our optional AS-WL100 Wireless internet adapter, or JPG/MP3 media playback.
- Multi-Format Compatibility: You can play High Definition DVD discs recorded by digital video cameras in AVCHD format. You can also play BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, etc. recorded using Blu-ray Disc recorders or DVD recorders as well as CD/CD-R.
- HDMI Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS) Jitterless Transmission (Bitstream): By HDMI connection with a compatible Pioneer A/V receiver, A/V sources such as Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, as well as CD music are precisely reproduced with minimum jitter.
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