Pioneer unleashes a quartet of Blu-ray home cinema systems

Pioneer BCS-414

Pioneer has unleashed a quartet of Blu-ray home cinema systems, two with iPod/iPhone connectivity and wi-fi, and two without.

The 'regular' range consists of the BCS-717 (£500) and BCS-313 (£400), both with the aforementioned iPhone/iPod and wi-fi capability, while the BCS-414 (£450) and BCS212 (£300) both do without.

All four support Full HD and 3D Blu-ray, have a 5.1 speaker configuration, two HDMI sockets, internet video streaming, an FM radio with RDS, and DLNA compatibility.

A mini jack audio connector, for portable music players, and a USB connector are also standard across the ranges.

The key difference between the BCS-717/BCS-414 and BCS-313/BCS-212 is that the former pair have four tall floorstanding speakers and a subwoofer, while the latter pairing get four compact satellite speakers and a subwoofer.

Power output on all models is 5 x 180W, plus 200W for the subwoofer. There's onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, support for DivX, DivX HD and MKV video files, and they will play WMA, MP3 and AAC audio.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.