Manufacturer: Pioneer Part number: BDP-51FD
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- Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 12 reviews
- Get ready for movies like you've never seen before. Prepare yourself for the stunning world of the BDP-51FD Pioneer BonusView Blu-ray disc player. Experience Blu-ray content in a whole new way. Open your eyes to a whole realm of possibilities. A world unlike anything you've ever known. Where watching movies and entertainment at home will never feel the ... Read more
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Great, now that the price has come down...
by physch1024 on February 15, 2009
Pros: Great detail in audio and video. No defects noticable to me or my peers. Virtually silent in comparison to competitors. Makes friends jealous.
Cons: Price (previously, has since come down, now in range with competition). Initial setup menu has badly worded instructions making you think your system isn't working. But just continue and its just fine.
Summary: When this thing cost $600 I was looking at LG's, Samsungs and Panasonics, then it came down to ~$350 area and without question I snagged it up. Thus far ...
Summary: When this thing cost $600 I was looking at LG's, Samsungs and Panasonics, then it came down to ~$350 area and without question I snagged it up. Thus far it outperforms my roomates Samsung and my parents Panasonic in numerous categories. It seeks and loads far faster than both above mentioned (sorry unable to know model #'s off the top of my head) brands. Actually appears to be in higher, more clear definition than both as well. All other BD's I've used have been annoyingly laggy when it came to commands such as FFW RW or Skip. This does lag, but 1/10th the amount as the others I've used. Extremely happy with the BDP-51FD!
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Price & Features, Pioneer Wins Again!
by FrankDuff on July 7, 2009
Pros: I purchased this player for the features on the 7.1 Audio I purchased this one at Best Buy. I watched Grand Torino and the picture was excellent. The Player is easy to set up.I love the look of the Blu- Ray player.
Cons: I would recommend ordering the update through support, I called Pioneer Support to order the update. Don't waste time with the download its much easier to order the CD.
Summary: Price & features were my main reason for buying the Pioneer BDP-51 FD, The features include Doby True HD, Doby Digital Plus and DTS advanced Digital Out.DTS Master Audio, ...
Summary: Price & features were my main reason for buying the Pioneer BDP-51 FD, The features include Doby True HD, Doby Digital Plus and DTS advanced Digital Out.DTS Master Audio, Linear PCM, DTS High Resolution Audio, MPEG and MPEG-2 AAC.The player also has 7.1 outputs to a AV reciver. With these features the player out performs Sony and Panasonic players. A great player to build a Home Theater with. I am adding the Pioneer AV Receiver next month, I cant wait to get the Home theater set up completely. I would recommend this Blu-Ray player to anyone looking for a great Audio and Picture Player.I paid $200.00 at Best Buy, The Player out performs Sony in Sound & Picture Quality.
Updated on Jul 7, 2009
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Rigged with firmware bugs
by kostiko on February 25, 2009
Pros: Great sound and image when is working
Cons: Each firmware upgate will solve one problem but will create other. Customer support is blank (figure...)
Summary: I bought this unit thinking that I will get the best on the market for this price ... but I was totally wrong. I passed through two units because I just ...
Summary: I bought this unit thinking that I will get the best on the market for this price ... but I was totally wrong. I passed through two units because I just wanted to give a chance to this model. I just want to mention that I performed the test who revealed the glitches at dealer's site and they come with the same bad results so it wasn't the way I've got the unit hooked up. As well, the Pioneer Electronics site is totally useless: there is no way to contact by e-mail someone knowledgeable and the technician I was talking by phone seemed completely blank thus unusable. My problem was that I bought the player with the version 1.08 loaded: in this case, as Pioneer states, if I tried to switch the video out from HDMI to S-Video, the unit will freeze so it needed to be unplugged. After upgrade (version 1.25a) which solved this problem, a even worse one occurred: if a BluRay disc was played and for whatever reason you will turn the unit off, when turned back on, it will resume without sound. This doesn't apply to DVD discs. The only way to get back the sound for the BluRay would be hard resetting the unit (stop power) which is totally annoying. So finally, I switched to a way more stable unit, Panasonic BD-55. You just have to know that my other DVD players in house are just Pioneer so I'm not a hater, but this time, they didn't get it right. It's ridiculous to spend this amount of money for something that plainly don't work as it should, so I will stick from now with the newly discovered brand. Sounds funny but I checked the Internet and I found no updates or opinions.after latest firmware release.
If some suggestions are to be made, my e-mail address is: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
2 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Constant and chronic firmware problems. Too many bugs.
by lom55jugo on May 31, 2012
Pros: Great picture reproduction
Cons: Constant freezing problems that each iteration of firmware is not fixing. Shame on you Pioneer...for the price this should be bug free.
Summary: DON'T BUY!
Summary: DON'T BUY!
Great BD Player.
by ArmyChief3 on October 20, 2011
Pros: Puchased on sale at Best Buy good deal. Upconverts regular DVD movies really improves the movie watching. I don't have to rebuy the movies I already have saves me a lot of money. Loads most movie discs in 30 sec or less, even Blue Rays.
Cons: Didn't know about firmware updates to keep player current to play all the BD formats. Took me about 45 minutes to upgarde the firmware, but once updated okay. Another small con player is larger than regular DVD players.
Summary: Great player was under $200. I really am surprised at the good quality of the unit. Fits well with my SONY 40" BRAVIA and 5.1 Surround sound set up. ...
Summary: Great player was under $200. I really am surprised at the good quality of the unit. Fits well with my SONY 40" BRAVIA and 5.1 Surround sound set up. For movies and sound this is a great buy!
so far so good
by navy831ari on January 24, 2011
Pros: Brand, looks
Cons: relatively lightweight considering it's size(volume)
Summary: I've used it to watch only 2 movies(war and traitor;wouldn't play on my Sony BDP-S1) and both blu ray discs have worked fine.Startup and load ...
Summary: I've used it to watch only 2 movies(war and traitor;wouldn't play on my Sony BDP-S1) and both blu ray discs have worked fine.Startup and load times are quick.I was suprised by this as I have heard horror stories about this player in the internet.Not sure if this is an updated model as it was bought 2nd hand.Have not checked the firmware onboard yet.Going to try Avater next.Wish me luck
Once firmware updated... a fantastic deal
by Bargain_Hunter on October 9, 2010
Pros: Picture quality superb. Latest firmware update sorted all problems I had on purchase (you really have to do the update... it's really simple if you follow the instructions on the Pioneer website
Cons: The only problem is that it takes time to come-to-life when powered-up. but when I paid $150, I'm happy
Summary: Bought as an end of line offer for $150 (with early firmware). Once updated, this player is excellent and responsive (once it has woken-up). Stunning picture quality and lots of ...
Summary: Bought as an end of line offer for $150 (with early firmware). Once updated, this player is excellent and responsive (once it has woken-up). Stunning picture quality and lots of connections etc. for a player of its time. Nice full-size box for the non-minimalist too
Great upscaling DVD player!
by Apple1968 on October 25, 2009
Pros: Amazing picture and color depth on Blu Ray and DVD
Easy firmware upgrade, from Pioneer support.
Easy to use remote with nice short cuts to the menus functions.
Solid built and quality finish.
Audio is superb. Jazz at the Pawnshop sounds amazing.
Cons: A bit slow when inserting a disc.
No HDMI cable included.
Summary: This is one of the best Blu Ray DVD player that can upscale your DVDs. I was impressed with the clarity and color depth. I owned an Oppo player and ...
Summary: This is one of the best Blu Ray DVD player that can upscale your DVDs. I was impressed with the clarity and color depth. I owned an Oppo player and Denon both with the HQV processor. The Pioneer is on par with my previous players. I wanted to replace my home theatre system due to a flood in my home with the same units, both models were hard to get and not available in my area. The Denon DVD-2930CI discontinued and the new models not available yet. So I got online did research and visited some of my local retailers and tested a Panasonic DMP-BD80, LG BD-390 and the Sony 380. I returned them all back, was not happy with the SD DVD playback picture quality. Particularly with hue and noise. I use the movie opening from Seabiscut DVD like C-Net does and I could clearly see the rough edges in the opening sequence with the black and white photographs. Even with Star Wars in space fight scene was bad. But the Pioneer did an excellent job on the the upscaling, color and clarity almost like watching Blu Ray DVD. Very clear and sharp. Even Blu Ray movies are superb on this player. The only drawback I had with this player is the firmware update which was about 17 updates. Now it is on 1.37 version. Each time I updated... it was an improvement even in the loading time and picture quality for both SD DVD and Blu Ray. Like they say..." patience has it's virtue". Since Blu Ray is still a relatively a new technology it takes trial and error, not just with Pioneer but I did notice some problems with other Blu Ray players that I tested. This player for what I paid, a floor model for $239.00, because no one knew that it could be updated, people don't bother or don't know, they expect great performance out of a box. But this player stuck on me and I love the looks and performance of this beautifully designed machine. Pioneer is legend with it's laserdisc technology from the seventies and still is today with Blu Ray and DVD. Also I had this player for about 3 months now and watched both Blu Ray and SD DVD almost one a night and no problems with the freeze up like others mentioned in the reviews. It works great and I am very pleased with it.
I like this Pioneer Blue Ray Player was easy to hook up
by chief lw on July 26, 2009
Pros: Ease of hook-up. Picture quality for DVD upconversion is great. I haven't seen a BD on it yet newly purchased.
Cons: Several DVD movies I tried the sound phased in and out and a little muffled. But all in all on average a good sound through my Sony LCD TV via HDMI connection and optical out to my Yamaha AVR. The user manual is a little confusing.
Summary: I like the Pioneer for the price at Best Buy, many features some I'll never use, picture quality for older DVD collection and the audio is very good so ...
Summary: I like the Pioneer for the price at Best Buy, many features some I'll never use, picture quality for older DVD collection and the audio is very good so I didn't have to purchase a newer AVR because I like my Yamaha.
Better sound than Sony 350
by cal1surfer on June 1, 2009
Pros: Great image, clear separation in sound, looks nice with my Pioneer Elite receiver
Cons: Typically slow, clunky/big size
Summary: Compared the Sony BD350 vs. the Pioneer BD51. I paid the same price for each at about $249 at best buy (pioneer was an open box).
The image was basically ...
Summary: Compared the Sony BD350 vs. the Pioneer BD51. I paid the same price for each at about $249 at best buy (pioneer was an open box).
The image was basically the same - very good - excellent! At first glance I thouhg the Sony was better but after several side-by-sides it was a wash.
The difference for me was in the sound quality - it's mostly subtle, but the pioneer just has a cleaner sharper more separated sound - especially with CD's. It's not hugely noticeable so I wouldn't pay a lot more for the Pioneer, but the difference is there. The Sony just gets louder where as the Pioneer gets louder but stays cleaner. Played some Pink Floyd strums and the quality of the acoustic guitar sounds great. I found myself more wowed by the sound of the pioneer.
I actually wanted the Sony to win out since it actually fits my cabinet much better than the sizey Pioneer.
The sound quality of each with a blu-ray disc was hardly different - but again the pioneer outshined the sony slightly.
Didn't try compring the upconversion... sorry. By the way, Serenity on Blu-ray has some great surround sound moments which is a good test movie.
If the price difference was more sizeable, I'd opt for the Sony and like it. At the same price if you have the room for the size, I'd get the pioneer.
- Manufacturer: Pioneer
- Part number: BDP-51FD
- Description: Get ready for movies like you've never seen before. Prepare yourself for the stunning world of the BDP-51FD Pioneer BonusView Blu-ray disc player. Experience Blu-ray content in a whole new way. Open your eyes to a whole realm of possibilities. A world unlike anything you've ever known. Where watching movies and entertainment at home will never feel the same again. And everything you see, hear and feel is more thrilling than you ever thought possible. Brace yourself for the wonders of spectacular 1080p resolution and for unrivaled image quality. A world where True 24FPS ensures every movie you watch is now viewed just as the director intended. Set your sights on a single-wire connection so technologically advanced now one HDMI digital connection is all you need to output both HD audio and video signals to your HDMI capable A/V receiver or HD flat panel. Get ready for a world where pictures and music come together in a brand way on a Blu-ray disc player with HDMI control, powered from a single remote. Delivering 3 different noise reduction circuits, 7.1 channel analog audio outputs and internal audio output, this Blu-ray Disc player brings added dimension and more stunning detail to everything you see, hear and feel. It's a world where years of technological innovation make everything you've ever seen or heard before ordinary and mundane by comparison. Where Wolfson audio DACs - featuring a signal-to-noise ratio of 117db provide the purest, most pristine music and movie soundtrack performance available. And an exclusive jitter reduction circuit utilizes Pioneer-developed IC to digitally reshape the waveform of the audio clock. Empowering the Pioneer BDP-51FD with a stunningly impressive ability to reduce jitter in every piece of content you see or hear. All of which create a home theater experience... so unbelievably thrilling, it will move you in ways you never knew possible. Ultimately, it's a world so completely different, so beyond extraordinary... it will change the way you look, listen and feel about watching movies at home, forever.
- Component type Blu-ray player
- Form factor Tabletop
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.5 in x 14.2 in x 4.9 in
- Weight 12.3 lbs
- Media Type DVD-R DL,
- BD profiles Profile 1.1 (Bonus View)
- Built-in Audio Decoders Dolby Digital,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS-HD Master Audio
- Media Load Type Tray
- Upscaling Yes ( Up to 1080p )
- Supported Digital Video Standards AVCHD,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3,
MPEG 2 Audio
- Parental lock Yes
- Additional features Digital video noise reduction
- Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
- Response Bandwidth 4 - 88000 Hz
- Dynamic Range 103 dB
- Digital Audio Format Dolby Digital output,
DTS digital output
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio 115 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion 0.0015 %
- Connector type 1 x HDMI output ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) - Rear,
1 x Component video output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x Composite video output ( RCA phono ) - Rear,
1 x 7.1 channel audio line-out ( RCA phono x 8 ) - Rear,
1 x Audio line-out ( RCA phono x 2 ) - Rear,
1 x Digital audio output (coaxial) ( RCA phono ) - Rear,
1 x Digital audio output (optical) ( TOSLINK ) - Rear,
1 x S-Video output ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) - Rear,
1 x Remote control ( Mini-phone 3.5 mm ) - Rear
- Type Universal remote control - Infrared
- Cables Included Audio cable,
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Power Consumption Operational 34 Watt
- Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 0.5 Watt