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Pioneer Introduces Elite BDP-94HD Blu-ray Disc Player

Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2007 11:09 AM

Pioneer has announced that they are releasing the next generation Blu-ray disc player, the Elite® BDP-94HD. It has a suggested price of $1,000, it will come bundled with two Blu-ray disc movies, and will be available at specialty retailers this month.

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Pioneer Elite BDP-94HD

According to the press release (below), the new player will feature home theater integration via HDMI® Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) technology, Home Media Gallery home networking capability, and Dolby TrueHD lossless sound decoding.

While not specifically stated, the BDP-94HD will most likely replace the $1,500 BDP-H1 that was released in December.

What's missing in the press release is any mention of support of the October 2007 requirements of Blu-ray for interactivity, picture-in-picture, and secondary audio mixing. What's also missing is whether its ethernet port (we're assuming the presence of an ethernet port due to the aforementioned home networking feature) will allow for Internet connectivity for firmware updates and additional content, and if the player will support the lossless DTS-HD Master Audio codec, which is being provided on some Blu-ray titles from 20th Century Fox.

More information will probably become available when we get closer to its actual release, but one would hope that a $1,000 player of any kind (much less one with the Elite label) would include such functionality.

Press Release

Pioneer Elite Blu-Ray Disc Player Fulfills Promise of the HD Disc Format with Unbeatable Picture Quality

May 09, 2007 09:30 AM Central Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. offers the pinnacle of home theater to entertainment junkies with the introduction of its next generation Blu-ray Disc® player, the Elite® BDP-94HD. The well-rounded player offers playback of the newest high resolution audio formats, home networking capabilities and is easily integrated into even the most complicated home theaters. However, it shines most in its ability to deliver stunning image quality of Blu-ray Disc titles.

“The decision to purchase a Blu-ray Disc player is generally made because a consumer recognizes the benefits of the HD quality. This new player is a prime example of our dedication to exceptional quality, creating sights and sounds that leave an emotional impression for movie enthusiasts,” said Chris Walker, senior manager of marketing and product planning at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “A significant aspect to a quality home theater is convenience and this unit is designed to deliver high performance with minimal user effort for a premier entertainment experience.”

The BDP-94HD arrives at specialty retailers this month, and will be bundled with two Blu-ray Disc film titles giving consumers the opportunity to enjoy these feature films in premium Dolby® TrueHD lossless advanced audio. The BDP-94HD has a suggested price of $1000.

Home Theater Integration

Pioneer designed the BDP-94HD for seamless home theater integration via HDMI® Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) technology. The new feature allows users to synchronize the Blu-ray Disc player with multiple CEC-enabled home theater products to manage an entire system with a single remote control. The newly designed graphical user interface enables simple navigation with easy to read icons.

Home Media Gallery

The BDP-94HD offers an enhanced version of Pioneer’s exclusive Home Media Gallery home networking feature. With faster navigation, consumers can stream video and music content as well as view photo slideshows directly from their computer in high definition. With IP networking and a new user interface, Pioneer makes it extremely easy for users to access and load protected content and even download new digital media files straight from their computer for immediate viewing through the player on a large flat screen television. It is compliant with Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), Windows PC’s using Windows Media Connect, and Microsoft’s playsforsure™ DRM technology.

Movie Theater Playback Performance

Pioneer ensures smooth universal product compatibility with state-of-the-art HDMI connectivity to rapidly transfer pure digital video and audio data between source and display resulting in uncompromised imagery of Blu-ray Disc and standard definition DVD. It offers superb audio performance with internal decoding of premium Dolby TrueHD lossless audio technology for high-definition content and Dolby® Digital Plus, a highly flexible audio technology that delivers outstanding high-definition sound and up to 7.1 channels of surround sound for a richer, more involving entertainment experience.

Pioneer’s Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group develops high definition home theater equipment for sports and entertainment junkies. Its flat panel televisions, Blu-ray Disc players, A/V receivers and speakers heighten the emotions created by great HD content. The company brands include Pioneer® and Elite®. When purchased from an authorized retailer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years with Elite products. More details can be located at www.pioneerelectronics.com.

Pioneer and Elite are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
HDMI is a registered trademark of HDMI Licensing, LLC.
BLU-RAY DISC is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.
Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
Microsoft and Windows Media are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

Source: Pioneer Electronics Press Release

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