May 8, 2008
Pioneer launches the Elite BDP-05FD and BDP-51FD Blu-ray players
Pioneer has launched the Elite BDP-05FD and Pioneer BDP-51FD BonusView Blu-ray Disc players that exceed the capabilities of current players in the market, with support of next generation high resolution audio and video formats that fulfill the emotional experience of high end entertainment. It’s choosing to focus on picture and sound quality, as both Summer-bound decks will internally decode every next-gen multi-channel lossless codec (DTS-HD with firmware update) or bitstream any of them to your AVR. The other new focus is speed, as Pioneer seems confident that both players will be some of the fastest in the industry, boasting 15-second eject from off times and 22-second disc load times
The Pioneer Elite BDP-05FD and BDP-51FD BonusView Blu-ray Disc players will begin shipping this summer for suggested prices of $799 and $599, respectively. The latter will net you a longer warranty, gold connectors, a superior video decoder, nicer fit / finish and an upgraded front face plate complete with capacitance touch keys.