Blu-ray Players

Pioneer BDP-09FD Elite Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

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Video Performance (Benchmark)

Pioneer BDP 09FD Elite Blu-ray Player

The BDP-09FD performed very well across the board on all of our benchmark tests. Measurements with the Tektronix Oscilloscope were taken from the component analog video outputs measured at 1080i resolution. The BDP-09FD showed strong performance in our core video tests passing all of the tests that check for chroma upsampling error test, having no problems with Y/C delay, and displaying a white level that is spot on at 100 IRE. In addition the BDP-09FD retains the full screen image and zero pixels were cropped. The frequency response from the analog outputs, as shown in the graph, is very smooth throughout the spectrum with a slight tapering off in the highest frequencies which translates to excellent picture quality.

In our HD section of the Blu-ray benchmark the BDP-09FD performed equally well passing our tests for banding, and 1920x1080 pixel cropping. As a motion adaptive player, the Pioneer was able to apply diagonal filtering to material, thereby enhancing the image when there are a lot of jagged or diagonal lines present. Proper 1080 i/p conversion is a must for a reference player and the BDP-09FD was able to convert material with 2:2 and 3:2 cadences properly so even concert footage or documentaries will play properly without any loss of resolution. Since Blu-ray players have hit the market there haven't been that many that have really good digital noise reduction. The Pioneer BDP-09FD on the other hand, has excellent digital noise reduction and has the most robust menu I have seen to date with individual adjustments for mosquito, luma, and chroma noise reduction. The end result is the ability to fine tune the picture very precisely.

Standard DVD Performance

Not many Blu-ray players to date also have offered good standard DVD performance as well as solid Blu-ray playback. That isn't true of the BDP-09FD however. On our de-interlacing tests the BDP-09FD passed most of the tests with flying colors and only showed some hiccups on material that is encoded with bad edits or incorrect progressive flags. Hopefully Pioneer will address these issues in a future firmware update.

On video based material the BDP-09FD had excellent performance. The player is motion adaptive and has excellent recovery time switching back and forth between film and video modes with minimal delay. The player had superb playback of high detail material as tested in our Super Speedway clip and also showed impeccable performance on the more difficult Coliseum flyover scene from Gladiator.

The only area the BDP-09FD didn't shine was in the usability section of our benchmark. The player only had average performance when it comes to response, and clocked in at a good but not great 1.1 seconds for layer changes.