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Pioneer BDP-140 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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Pioneer_BDP140_bluray_player_review_front.jpgIn September, Pioneer announced a trio of new Blu-ray players. In addition to two Elite models (the BDP-53FD and BDP-52FD), the company also introduced the entry-level BDP-140. We have not performed a hands-on review of the BDP-140, but here is an overview of its features. This is a 3D-capable Blu-ray player that also supports SACD playback and DLNA media streaming. It has a limited Web platform with access to Netflix, Pandora, Picasa, and YouTube. The player does not have integrated WiFi, nor does it come with a USB WiFi adapter. The BDP-140 works with Pioneer's iControlAV2 app that allows for remote control via an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device.

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The connection panel includes HDMI, composite video, optical digital, and stereo analog audio outputs, as well as an Ethernet port and two USB ports that support media playback. The BDP-140 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. The player lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so the only way to pass decoded high-resolution audio formats is via HDMI. Pioneer offers a number of picture adjustments in the setup menu, including four picture modes, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, sharpness, and noise reduction. This player supports Pioneer's new Sound Retriever Link and Stream Smoother Link, which the company describes like this: "These two new features detect the bit rate of both audio and video content and if necessary will send a command to a compatible Pioneer receiver to activate the Sound Retriever or Stream Smoother feature. The Sound Retriever feature enhances compressed audio files by restoring critical data lost during the compression process, while Stream Smoother enhances compressed video files to reduce compression noise and establish more detailed, finer images."

The BDP-140 supports 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, SACD, CD audio, AVCHD, Divx Plus HD, WMV, MKV, MP3, WMA, and JPEG playback. It lacks internal memory to store BD-Live features, so you will need to add storage via one of the USB ports. The BDP-140 also lacks some step-up features you'll find on the Elite models, such as RS-232, DVD-Audio support, the use of Marvell's QDEO video processing chip, and better build quality.

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