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Pioneer BDP-140 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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HTR Product Rating

Performance
4 Stars
Value
4 Stars
Overall
4 Stars

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Pioneer_BDP140_bluray_player_review_rear.jpgHigh Points
• The BDP-140 supports 3D playback.
• It supports BD-Live and BonusView Blu-ray features.
• It has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources, and it can play SACDs.
• The Web platform includes Netflix, Pandora, Picasa, and YouTube, and DLNA media streaming is supported.
• The BDP-140 features Pioneer's Sound Retriever Link and Stream Smoother Link to improve the quality of compressed audio and video sources.

Low Points
• This model lacks dual HDMI outputs, component video output, and multichannel analog audio output, so it's not the best choice for someone who owns older home theater equipment.
• The BDP-140 doesn't come with integrated WiFi or a USB WiFi adapter.
• Pioneer's Web platform isn't as extensive or customizable as some of its competitors.
• The BDP-140 doesn't offer 2D-to-3D conversion or any advanced adjustment options for the 3D image.
• The player lacks internal memory and RS-232.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the Pioneer BDP-140 with its competition by reading the reviews for the Sharp BD-HP25U, Panasonic DMP-BDT110, Sony BDP-S580, and Toshiba BDX5200. Learn more about 3D-capable Blu-ray Players by visiting our Blu-ray Players section.

Conclusion
Slowly but surely, the price of Pioneer's Blu-ray players is coming in line with the competition. For a street price under $200, the BDP-140 offers 3D capability, a Web platform with Netflix, DLNA media streaming, SACD playback, and a smartphone control app. Where the company's players continue to fall short is in their WiFi support. Pioneer does not offer integrated WiFi or a supplied adapter with any of its networkable players, even the pricier Elite models. According to the BDP-140's user guide, you can mate this player with Pioneer's AS-WL300 USB WiFi adapter, which is designed for use with the company's network-friendly receivers; however, at around $150, that adapter costs almost as much as this player. Admittedly, you can find "universal" USB WiFi adapters for under $50; and, if you have no need for a WiFi connection, this is a non-issue. All in all, the BDP-140 is a logical companion piece for a new Pioneer A/V receiver at a reasonable price.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews written by Home Theater Review's staff.
• Look for a 3D-capable TV in our 3D HDTV Review section.
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