Blu-ray Players

Pioneer BDP-430 3D Blu-ray Player

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Design and Setup

Like most Pioneer players, the BDP-430’s construction is simple, not flashy, and feels solid. It is not the slimmest, or the lightest player on the market, but it also won’t take up your entire shelf.

The BDP-430 has the basic outputs and Ethernet input, but, unfortunately, WiFi is not built it, a proprietary USB adapter is required. Hooking up the player to the Internet was a breeze for me though, because I happen to have an available Ethernet connection in my family room.

For streaming apps, the Pioneer includes the two most important ones: Netflix and Pandora. Setup for Netflix was a breeze, as all I had to do was enter in a short activation code on the Netflix website under my account. I never had to input my email and password into the Pioneer using the remote, which we all know can be a pain.

On the Audio and Video settings menu are some of the standard options you would see on a Blu-ray player. Component video output can be selected to resolutions up to 1080i and HDMI up to 1080p, along with the priority of Component over HDMI. One major option that is missing is the ability to select different color spaces. Without this option, it is possible you may experience a loss in picture quality depending on how your receiver or TV handles the 4:4:4 YCbCr color space, which is what the Pioneer is set to output. By default, the Pioneer will also send 12-bit DeepColor to the display, if supported. Audio output can be set to PCM, for older receivers, or Bitstream for newer receivers that can decode the lossless codecs, although, I suggest only using PCM. Unfortunately, the player cannot mix audio tracks on-the-fly such as commentary to bitstream output. Finally, there is an option for Dynamic Range Control which will adjust the dynamic range of the signal to allow dialog to be heard more clearly. Essentially, it is dialing back loud explosions and sound effects so they do not over power the dialog.