That's my broad concern about Pioneer BDPs. When they work, which is the great majority of the time, they're excellent payers; but Pioneer BDPs occasionally get the hiccups.
What do you think you'll do? Have you decided to keep the player?
There is not much I think I can do? I had decided to keep it for sure, but it did cross my mind a little. Would it be not fit for purpose? It has the latest firmware update. Don't really want to part with it, as long as it doesn't happen too much I think it will be okay.
Main AV Setup: Panasonic 50VT65 TV, Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1, Optimum AV300 AV Stand, QED Silver Anniversary XT Speaker Cable & Chord Silver Plus HDMI Cables. Gadgets: iPad Air & iPhone 4S.
Pioneer LX55 is available since November 2011, and is still their current model. It was launched alongside BDP-440. 450 was launched last year, with 150. This year, only 160 has been announced so far. I'm not sure if Pioneer is serious about its blu ray business. Other manufacturers have been consistent with updating their blu ray offerings.
My Home Cinema Pioneer KRP 500A, Yamaha RX-V1900, MA Radius R225HD LCR, R90HD rears, AW12 sub, Panasonic BD60, PS3, Boxee Box, Sky HD, Boxee Box, Logitech Harmony One, Logitech PS3 Adapter, Sonos ZP90
Bedroom Samsung UE32C6510, PS3 slim white, Apple TV, Sonos S5, Sonos ZP90, Audioengine 2, Oppo OPDV971H
Miscellaneous: Synology DS212J + 2 X WD Red 2TB drives, WD 1TB NAS, Sonos ZoneBridge, BT HH3 as modem & AirPort Extreme router
Well, I guess you have two options:
1. Keep the Pioneer and live with the odd glitch
2. Get a refund and consider an alternative BDP
I wouldn't wish to influence any decision you make. I guess it comes down to how much you think occasional freezes when loading certain discs will bother you.
Hardware: Panasonic TX-P50VT65B (calibrated); Cambridge Audio Azur 651BD; Yamaha RX-A810; Teac PD-H600; PS3; B&W 601 & 600LCR (series 3); Q Acoustics QAV (rear)
Furniture and Accessories: BLOK Classix 3000 Oak AV Cabinet; Atacama Nexus 6 (atabite metal filled); 3D3 A1112
I have owned two other Pioneer Blu-ray players and have not had these issues! I think tomorrow I will phone up the shop and report it for a full refund. Here we go again.
Do I order the Marantz 7007 from Superfi for £610? Two hours before the deal is up. What do you think guys?
It's a lot of money. In fact, it's more than one third of the cost of a 50VT65.
If you've got that much to spend, I'd look for a cheaper BDP and get your GT50 calibrated. Overall, the results will be far more pleasing.
I have the money, but it would mean paying around £1100 for the VT65! Otherwise costs are going to mount up higher than I wanted. An hour before the deal runs out. Not sure what to do.
What about Denon 1713UD, or Marantz UD5007?
Ordered! £611! Oh boy.
The Denon is available for £279 from The Movie Rooms, Edinburgh:
Ah cheers for the link, just ordered the Marantz for £611! How to do it today to get the discount! What do you think?
There was a time when i thought £500+ was the rough cost of a decent mid-range BD-player. I got my LX55 for £200.00 in january.
It works flawlessly as a Bluray/dvd player & its a great CD player too imo. I also love USB HD movies & the Marvel upscaler does an excellent job with DVDs also. The only way now i would spend that kind of money on a disc spinner was if i had no choice-literally hands tied, mouth gagged & pray it was Oppos top player which would be dreamland.
In your shoes mate i would have gone for the Denon 1713-UD at a little over 1/3rd of the cost of the 7007. It will look great on your rack though & you will probably have to have the smile chisled off
TBH ive had a few players now: Budget-upper mid range & the picture & sound never seems worth 50-60% more in the end. You will have aesthetic rack appeal & maybe get a little more for it than you would the cheaper player when upgraditus hits again. I only pay a premium for my avr & speakers now. But best of luck with this one Gel its a very nice player...
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Cheers mate, nice to hear from you. I think I got an okay deal hopefully. Fingers crossed now.
As long as your happy with it (who wouldn't be) thats the main thing.
Ive heard of the LX55 freezing but its only ever happened to me on the hopeless youtube app., so its not an issue for me,thank god. Good to hear from you too mate. Enjoy your new Marantz 7007.
I phoned the shop and I am getting it swapped for another 55. I will just have to see how this one goes.
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