August 26, 2010 by Robert Archer
Pioneer Electronics has earned respect for its line of mainstream consumer electronics products that balance, cost, performance and value.
The company’s Elite line of Blu-ray disc players have been cited as some of the best products on the market and now with the latest generation of Pioneer Elite Blu-ray players hitting the market, the company has built upon the performance of the players by adding web streaming and wireless connectivity.
Pioneer Elite’s mid-level BDP-31FD incorporates the company’s PQLS jitter reduction technology for use with a companion Pioneer Elite receiver, as well as other installer-friendly features such as RS-232 for third-party control system integration, iPod Touch/iPhone control apps, BD-Live support, and the ability to stream web-based content from media sites like Netflix and YouTube.
You or your custom electronics pro, if it’s part of a larger A/V system install, can set up the web-enabled BDP-31FD by connecting a traditional Ethernet cable to its Ethernet port, or in a retrofit situation, employ Pioneer’s optional wireless AS-WL100 USB wireless adapter, which provides installers with the ability to integrate the player’s web functions with a homeowner’s existing wireless network.
Pioneer’s BDP-31FD is available for $399, and the company also offers a free firmware update for owners of its BDP-330 and BDP-33FD to be able to stream Netflix.
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Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.
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