Blu-ray Players

Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD Blu-ray Player

ARTICLE INDEX

On the Bench

Video Performance

The Pioneer BDP23FD showed strong results in our benchmark tests. Measurements were taken at 1080i resolution with the Tektronix Oscilloscope from the component analog video outputs. The BDP23FD had very good core performance with white levels measured at a spot on 100IRE, luma and chroma channels in perfect alignment with each other, and an image free from any cropped pixels. The frequency response measured from the BDP23FD is fairly smooth with a gradual decline in the higher frequencies which translates to having slightly softer details.

In our HD section of the benchmark the BDP23FD performed well. The player has good diagonal filtering capabilities, making images free from jaggies and stairstepping. In addition, the BDP23FD also has a decent set of noise reduction features. The BDP23FD's only major flaw that we came across was not being able to successfully convert 3:2 cadence 1080i material properly. It could on the other hand convert 1080i 2:2 cadences properly.

Standard DVD Performance

The BDP23FD had very good performance in our standard DVD benchmarks. Using HDMI and component connections the player passed nearly all of our film based deinterlacing tests. The only test that the player couldn't pass was our bad edit test which tests if a player can handle hiccups in the 3:2 cadence and results in visible combing artifacts. Results on our high detail test were excellent. The BDP23FD displayed the Super Speedway pattern and the more difficult Gladiator Coliseum scene with no loss of detail. The Pioneer BDP23FD also breezed through all of our CUE tests with no problems.

On video based material the BDP23FD had excellent results. The player is motion adaptive and applies diagonal filtering. The Pioneer BDP23FD was also able to switch between film and video modes with quick recovery time.

On the usability section of our benchmark, the BDP23FD showed quick responsiveness from both the remote and the interface. The layer change, on the other hand, clocked in at just over a second, and earns it a borderline score on our test.