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My Pioneer BDP-LX55 Blu-ray Player Review

Picked up a Pioneer BDP-LX55 Blu-ray player today from my local home cinema shop Technosound.  Just been spinning a few discs and everything is working great.  It reminds me of my Pioneer BDP-LX71 a lot.  The picture is very similar, much better than the Pioneer BDP-LX52.  Nice to see Pioneer producing good Blu-ray players again.  DVD looks really nice too.

 

The sound quality is marginally better on the Pioneer 71 but if you turn it up a couple more it sounds about the same.  I wanted an extra Blu-ray player and I paid £249 and got a two year warranty, so not bad.  The shop adviced me on how to set it up correct too.  

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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I will go into a bit more detail later.   Smile

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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I think I will just say no glitches either, everything has played great.  A bit more here about that:

http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-bdp-lx55/review

 

As you will see all discs play fine.  Pictures to come...

 

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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Glad it's all working out mate. Smile

How's the 55 in terms of operating noise and upscaling?

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:cheers:

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I think I will just say no glitches either, everything has played great.  A bit more here about that:

http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-bdp-lx55/review

 

As you will see all discs play fine.  Pictures to come...

 

Doesn't say much there......simply links to WHF review. :?

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Glad it's all working out mate. Smile

How's the 55 in terms of operating noise and upscaling?

 

Cheers mate.  Smile  Operating noise you hear a little when it starts up and is loading but when I play the discs no noise so far.  I will have another listen later.  Upcsaling looks good to me, you mean with DVDs?  I tried Mysterious Cities of Gold DVDs and they played great.  Picture was really good, there is only subtle little difference hear and then between the Pioneer 71.  No major differences, I suppose this plays 3D Blu-rays too. 

I prefer this Pioneer to other manufacturers and I have tried Sony, Denon and Cambridge Audio but I think this is on par with the Pioneer 71, and these are definitely my favourite Blu-ray players.  I would not spend anymore on a Blu-ray player now, and I should be done now anyway.  I like the look and build of it, it is not as big as my 71 but still quite well made.  Pictures here:

 

 

 

I am just about to spin some more Blu-rays now.  Smile  The Panasonic VT65 looked very nice again in the shop!  You are very lucky mate.

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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gel wrote:

I think I will just say no glitches either, everything has played great.  A bit more here about that:

http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-bdp-lx55/review

 

As you will see all discs play fine.  Pictures to come...

 

Doesn't say much there......simply links to WHF review. :?

 

Yep, but just says it plays fine, which it does.  Smile

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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:cheers:

 

Cheers mate.  Smile

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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Motion is very good, colours excellent deep blacks with bright colours.  Operation quiet when I just checked.  Picture very clear.  These were the instructions when I got it:

1.  HDMI - Switch on deep colour 36 Bit

2.  HDMI - Switch on 24fps - already on though.

3.  HDMI - Switch HDMI audio to bitstream.  Done.  Smile

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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One last thing it is quick to load discs too.  I think I might look into 3D glasses to check it out sometime but not 100 per cent decided upon that.   :?

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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3.  HDMI - Switch HDMI audio to bitstream.  Done.  Smile

Try with getting the LX55 to decode audio & see if the player is an improvement over your AV receiver.

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gel wrote:

3.  HDMI - Switch HDMI audio to bitstream.  Done.  Smile

Try with getting the LX55 to decode audio & see if the player is an improvement over your AV receiver.

 

That's an idea.   Smile  Will do, probably tomorrow now.  Cheers.

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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The Panasonic VT65 looked very nice again in the shop!  You are very lucky mate.

Well, nothing's perfect.

There are a few niggles in terms of screen uniformity. As I think I mentioned before, there's a very mild cyan tint toward the left edge of the screen. (I'm not the only 2013 Panasonic plasma owner to spot this.) As I say, it's very mild, and doesn't seem to blight normal viewing. There are also two subtle vertical shadows that are occasionally visible during panning shots on light backgrounds. The shadows are located precisely where the VESA mount attachments are, so I'm guessing the two supports that carry the TV's weight are occasionally interfering with the panel's light output.

These issues don't compare with the problems I experienced with all GT50s I cycled through. Overall, the VT65 is an excellent TV and I can't think of an alternative I'd want to replace it with. I just wish Panasonic could manufacture TVs with perfect (rather than excellent) screen uniformity. 

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bigboss wrote:

gel wrote:

3.  HDMI - Switch HDMI audio to bitstream.  Done.  Smile

Try with getting the LX55 to decode audio & see if the player is an improvement over your AV receiver.

 

That's an idea.   Smile  Will do, probably tomorrow now.  Cheers.

It's always worth an experiment. I'm yet to notice an appreciable difference switching between Bitstream and PCM on any BDP.

At some point I'll connect my 651 to my receiver via the muti-channnel analogue outputs. I'm not convinced this will have a profound influence on the sound produced, either, but I might as well try all permutations.

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Of course this thread isn't about my kit; so I'll get back on topic. Let us know how you get on with your audio output experiments.

It's also probably worth switching between output resolutions to see if the LX55 does a better job of upscaling than your GT50.

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