Blu-ray Players

Pioneer BDP-430 3D Blu-ray Player

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On The Bench

The Pioneer BDP-430 did OK on our bench tests. It had some difficulty with the incorrectly set progressive flags on the Galaxy Quest menu, where the footage in the chapter selections would break up. I also noticed a small amount of stair stepping and inability to resolve the small detail on the Natural Splendors Avia Zone Plate via Component output. This player has no settings for noise reduction, so it immediately failed our test for that. Even more disturbing is that the player failed the wedge patterns on the Spears and Munsil disc for HD deinterlacing. I also noticed a fair amount of edge haloing from the players undefeatable “detail enhancement” on the Ship footage present on the Spears and Munsil Blu-ray test disc.

On the plus side, the Pioneer BDP-430 breezed through our HDMI tests, outputting perfect color and luma values. Through the Quantum Data Analyzer we also determined that it outputs the 4:4:4 YCbCr color space in 12-bit (deep color).