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Pioneer Elite BDP-95FD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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pioneer_elite_bdp-95fd.gifThe $999 Pioneer BDP-95FD is a Profile 1.0 Blu-ray player, which means it does not have the secondary audio and video decoders needed for picture-in-picture playback, and it does not support BD-Live Web functionality. The player's back panel features HDMI 1.3, component video, S-video and composite video outputs. For HDMI, the output resolution options are 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60 and Source Direct, which outputs every source at its native resolution. In Source Direct mode, the player will output the native 1080p/24 format of most Blu-ray movies. For component video, 1080i is the maximum output resolution for Blu-ray and 480p is the maximum output resolution for standard-def DVDs.

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On the audio side, outputs include HDMI, optical and coaxial digital, and two- and 5.1-channel analog audio outputs. You can't bridge the two- and 5.1-channel analog outs to create a 7.1-channel system. The BDP-95FD allows you to pass the native bitstream version of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD soundtracks over HDMI; it also has an internal Dolby TrueHD decoder (but not DTS-HD).

Other back-panel connections include an IR receiver input and an SR+ control port for use with other Pioneer equipment. Even though the player does not support BD-Live Web functions, it still has an Ethernet port through which you can update the firmware and add the player to your home network to utilize the Home Media Gallery feature. This feature allows you to stream music, photos and HD movies from a computer or media server. The BDP-95FD can communicate with your media server over one of three platforms: Windows Media Connect, Windows Media Player 11 or DLNA.

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