Pioneer BDP-LX52 review

The Pioneer BDP-LX52 is well worth the cash if your budget can stretch to it Tested at £550.00

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Our Verdict

A worthwhile upgrade from Pioneer, the BDP-LX52 stands proud at this price-point

For

  • Smart styling and easy control
  • full spec for HD AV
  • clean, detailed and colourful images
  • clear, punchy sound

Against

  • No multichannel analogue outputs

This much we know: Pioneer has put its name to some stunning plasma TVs and Blu-ray players. As the company is no longer in the business of doing the former, it makes new examples of the latter all the more exciting.

The BDP-LX52 is the second product we've seen from Pioneer's latest trilogy of BD players, and it follows the BDP-320, which won a Supertest with ease.

Costing £150 more, the 'LX52's specification is similar. It's a Profile 2.0 BD-Live player with a 1GB internal memory and USB connection.

All HD audio formats supported
Naturally, it plays 1080p/24fps video content, while also supporting 48-bit Deep Colour and x.v.Colour.

All HD audio formats can be decoded on-board or sent via bitstream, while there remain no multi-channel analogue outputs.

What this player does offer is a DTS-HD Master Audio ‘Essential' sound profile, as well as Pioneer's PQLS technology, which now reduces ‘jitter' from multichannel audio, as well as two-channel.

All audio sent over HDMI, from any disc, will benefit from this when linked to a similarly specified amp such as the Pioneer VSX-LX52.

Small, but clear improvements
Certainly we're not going to argue with the results. The BDP-LX52 manages a cleaner, sharper rendition of the Watchmen Blu-ray compared with the BDP-320.

There are also improvements to sound, too, with effects sounding crisper, fuller and more detailed.

We were massively impressed with the £400 Pioneer BDP-320, but the BDP-LX52 is well worth the extra cash should your budget stretch.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.eu.onkyo.com
Brand NamePioneer
Product SeriesLX
Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
ManufacturerOnkyo & Pioneer Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberBDP-LX52
Product NamePioneer BDP-LX52
Product ModelBDP-LX52

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • BDP-LX52 BD Player
  • Remote Control
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationWEEE

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes

Audio

Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3, WMA, AAC, MP2
Sound SystemDolby TrueHD, DTS HD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS

Technical Information

FeaturesBD Live

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Physical Characteristics

Width28.7 cm
Weight Approximate3.60 kg
Height8.3 cm

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, Video CD, AVCHD, DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4