New Pioneer 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player is tailored to smartphone users
The new 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player offers AV enthusiasts the highest quality reproduction of their smartphone content.
3 May 2012
Pioneer Europe introduces a new 3D Blu-ray Disc player designed for smartphone users who want to enjoy the music and videos stored on their mobile device in high quality. The BPD-150 combines 3D playback capabilities with an array of features including an expanded range of playable formats, wireless capability1, audio and video streaming from YouTube and access to Picasa photo albums.
Philippe Coppens, Technology and Product Information Manager at Pioneer Europe, elaborates on the possibilities of this new player: “The BDP-150 3D Blu-ray Disc player will offer AV enthusiasts the highest quality reproduction of their smartphone content. Its ability to handle multiple file types, such as smartphone specific 3gp video files, makes this Blu-ray Disc player the perfect enhancement for home cinema and audio set-ups.”
In line with the growing market acceptance, Pioneer is equipping its new Blu-ray Disc players with full 3D Blu-ray Disc playback for a life-like action experience on a 3D-capable display. An HDMI output offers high definition connectivity for optimal integration in the most demanding HD audio and 3D video set-up.
Content and networking opportunities
The new Pioneer BDP-150 provides connectivity to a local network and the internet, opening up a host of new content and networking opportunities. In addition to an Ethernet port for regular wired integration, the player can connect easily to a wireless home network via an optional Pioneer AS-WL300 wireless LAN converter.
Being DLNA certified, playback2 of audio, video and photo content stored on a compatible network Mac, PC or media server is also possible. Users cannot only enjoy content from a server using the player’s own GUI, content on a smartphone or tablet3 can also be selected using the mobile device itself.
The BDP-150 is capable of playing back Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, CDs and SACDs and offers compatibility with the most widespread video formats, including the smartphone specific 3gp file format, Flash video, DivX, DivX Plus HD and MKV from disc, USB and via a compatible network Mac, PC or media server. With audio, all key files are supported, from WMA to MP3 AAC and the lossless audio codec FLAC 4. Through the familiar user interface of the player, users will also be able to enjoy YouTube videos and watch Picasa photo albums.
Pioneer home cinema synergy
The BDP-150 is the ideal companion to Pioneer’s latest generation AV receivers. Connected to a recent Pioneer AV receiver via HDMI, the Blu-ray player completes the home entertainment experience by lifting both picture and sound quality from compressed Mac, PC and web files to a higher level, while Pioneer’s free control apps make it extremely easy to control both devices.
Sound Retriever Link and Stream Smoother Link communicate the relevant original file info of both audio and video and if necessary will enable a compatible Pioneer AV receiver to activate the Sound Retriever or Stream Smoother feature. The Sound Retriever feature enhances compressed audio files by restoring critical data lost during the compression process, while Stream Smoother enhances compressed video files to reduce compression noise and establish more detailed, finer images. The Stream Smoother technology is especially helpful with low bit-rate video sources originally intended for viewing on small screens such as smartphones.
The new Pioneer ControlApp and latest generation iControlAV20125 App give users even more control of their Blu-ray player from the convenience of their smartphone. With Pioneer ControlApp and the iControlAV2012 app users can access menus, steer cursor navigation and perform basic operations such as Play, Stop, Forward and Reverse. Both apps are available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.apple.com/itunes/. A dedicated app is also available as a free download for Android users via Google Play at play.google.com.
The BDP-150 Blu-ray disc player will be available from June 2012 onwards.
Notes to editors
1 - AS-WL300 wireless LAN converter required
2 - From a compatible network Mac, PC or media server. Playback of DRM protected commercial content requiring DTCP-IP link protection is not supported.
3 - Suitable DLNA app required for control and/or serving content
4 – Playback of FLAC files from disc and USB is supported.
5 - ControlApp and iControlAV2012 are compatible with iOS 4.3 and later.
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