CES 2009: Pioneer's Blu-ray Array

Pioneer didn't have a big press push at the show this year, but they are pushing three new Blu-ray players with BD-Live.

The Pioneer BDP-120 and BDP-320 and the Elite BDP-23FD are all BD-Live with either expandable external memory or built-in memory.  (The BDP-120 will have a 1GB external flash driver, while the other two will have 1GB internal memory devoted to BD-Live functionality.) All three have HDMI 1.3a outputs and Ethernet connectivity. The Elite model adds RS-232 for home automation controls in a custom installation.

"In our relentless pursuit to envelop home audiences in their movie and music selections, Pioneer designed a new Blu-ray Disc player lineup that incorporates an extensive series of customization capabilities and best-in-class performance features that compliment consumers' entertainment and installation needs," said Chris Walker, senior manager of Blu-ray Disc marketing and product planning for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

On the audio front, all three output Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD bitstreams, and the BDP-320 and BDP-23FD have 7.1-channel outputs.

All three models will ship this summer; prices are unavailable at this time. --Leslie Shapiro