Pioneers engineers in the entry-level player BDP 320 (400 euro) show how the perfect balance of relaxation, sharpness and proper timing to a plastic picture fits together.
- Blue-ray player Pioneer BDP 320
- Data sheet
All candidates work quite well for its price class. Pioneer renounces experiments and offers the best, discreet design with two shiny silver buttons for power and play, which however, they look so pretty, feel for black plastic.
On media diversity, all players use the usual buying media and the most popular self-made files from JPEG photos of up to compressed music in MP3 and WMA format. You may supply to them self burned DVD or CD or in an external storage medium.
In this discipline, the newcomer JVC with outstanding speed of navigation drängelte above. The quality of photos in high-definition quality was always handsome on the canvas of your listening room, and seemed to depict the scaler of the pioneer most fiercely is the Sherwood for some subjects slightly, but significantly charged in the aspect ratio.
What easily mastered any of the candidates, was the connection to the network, which almost automatically configured itself, and each player could also immediately via an integrated network test report that all went well. This is gratifying. The firmware updates are annoying, but unfortunately necessary, for example the pioneer reported immediately that he had found fresh goods on the server. He brought about the update via network to the touch of a button “OK” all alone. A network connection should arrive today at the Hi-Fi and home cinema system – you need it more and more often, even for Internet radio, and latest TV show even the current weather report from the net fished.
After commissioning, the testers before the listening comparison routine must once through the function test course. After yes most of this player to replace a DVD player in the system, they can deal well with the standard-definition discs. This requires above all the video signal processing, whose main task in converting into frames (de-interlacing) and the proliferation of pixels (scaling). After here earlier, Blu-ray players tried at best mediocre on the canvas, the results of current player vote positively, and the four test candidates do all no exception. Pioneer evaluates the progressive status bit, and needs to the appropriate mode in the rule not to hunt, shows he right the most stable image. Scale can all four subjects fairly decent, nowhere lens sharpness is lost, but only complex, the film allows you to detect, how well or poorly, say an image appears like plastic.
Even with unskaliertem HD picture of Blu-ray on a full HD projector like the Panasonic PT AE 1000 in the stereoplay listening room show different characters the player, many processing and filtering steps take place already in the decoder.
Pioneers engineers, who proved in the previous, more expensive players, that they understand their craft with finesse, also in one dough er player showing how the perfect balance of relaxation, sharpness and proper timing to a plastic picture fits together, without achieving completely level of BDP LX 08. JVC is inserted between the somewhat obtuse, but quiet Sony and the plastic pioneer image.
It is the hearing test is always somewhat more elaborate than other genera of sources of, with Blu-ray players for the tester to check all popular media and decoder variants and to determine an overall. This way is interesting, sound characters of the player from one to another sound procedures and usually even from the digital to the analogue output can be transferred. A player swings nicely with PCM CD, sounds he character, to play Dolby Digital DVD or DTS HD Master Audio Blu-ray disc.
The slightest difference between different players emerge bit stream passes to the amplifier, which then takes care of everything. The largest differences in sound is set between the players via the analog output. Of the test equipment, only the Sherwood delivers analog multi channel signals, so the most exciting race occurred at the stereo interconnect.
Sony BDP S 360 sound via HDMI with Dolby Digital from DVD and CD of the same Big-Phat-band recording “Act Your Age” relatively fine, but something fitzelig, but pleasantly casual swingte. Analog, he drew the instruments slightly coarser, but swingte it continues to just fine. A similar ratio occurred at the pioneer, its larger brethren such as the serving here as reference BDP LX 08 are known for their musicality. Because the beginners but not keep, played something rough astonishingly similar to the Sony, with space, but it nicely grooved that the foot with bobbed automatically. Analog he sounds slightly slimmer than via HDMI, but the character remains similar.
It proved once again, that in this price class for audiophile analog output simply the budget is missing, although the quality of this class increases. Via HDMI-bit-stream-output the audio quality depends largely on the amplifier, and the differences were slight, but noticeable. Whenever the own clock was in Sonic charge, the differences intensified increasingly. And who would like to use all the features of Blu-ray, must now once all decode the player leave and pass then finished PCM signals via HDMI to the amplifier. The increasing number of amplifiers and receivers with HDMI inputs anytime soon could cause the analog outputs from the manufacturer only as a remedy to be viewed.
Pioneer BDP 320
Technical data and test results
|Video digital HDMI (version)||1.3a|
|Max resolution of HDMI|
|Decoder Dolby True HD / DTS HD Master||/|
|Decoder DD / DTS||/|
|Remote control for TV / Adaptive||/|
|Predefined picture settings / adjustable||/|
|Memory card reader|
|Ethernet for update / interactive content||/|
|Headphone output / adjustable||/|
|BD – time DVD / Blu-ray (in seconds)||20 / 40.0 s|
|JPEG / JPEG HD||/|
|Analog output stereo / 5.1 / 7.1||/ /|
|DVD + R / RW||/|
|CD-R / RW||/|
|BD-R / RE||/|
|optical / HDMI||/|
|Hosiden / 3-comp.||/|
|Signal to noise ratio (A weighted)|
|Error correction ability info layer CD / DVD|
|Error correction surface CD / DVD|
|Power consumption standby / operating|
|Short conclusion||The Pioneer BDP 320 is like a VW Golf: balanced in all parameters up to the tediousness and just so so exciting: great, solid image from DVD, and a musically supple, fine sound, especially over HDMI.|
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|Picture Blu ray / DVD||16 / 9|
|Overall rating (max. 120 points)||outstanding 103|
|Price-performance ratio||Very good|
|tested in issue:||10 / 09|