Pioneer Blu-ray

Pioneer introduced two new standard Blu-ray players, the BDP-120 and the BDP-320. The BDP-120 is expected to sell for under $300. A new Elite player, the BDP-23FD, offers Kuro Link, a new feature said to sync up with Kuro HDTVs for optimum setup and operation. We'll wait to se on that one.

The BDP-23FD also offers PQLS (Precision Quality Lock System) said to provide jitter free operation with all formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio (when used with selected Pioneer A/V receivers). It also supports 48-bit Deep COlor (16-bits each for red, green, and blue). All of the new players will be released in March, at prices to be determined. (The Elite BDP-09FD, launched at last fall's CEDIA Expo, remains at the top of the Elite line of Blu-ray players.)