The Pioneer BDP430 is a Blu-ray Disc player that can play 3D movies as well as normal 2D content with aplomb, and YouTube access will be offered via a future firmware update.

Sadly, however, the Pioneer BDP430's internet-based features are limited when compared to media powerhouses such as the Samsung BD-C6900 and Sony BDP-S470.

Pioneer BDP430: Design and features

The Pioneer BDP430 is a satin black that should look good alongside a plasma or LCD television, and its screen is bright and can easily be seen from across a room.

The Pioneer BDP430 supports BD-Live, as do most other Blu-ray players on the market. Once you've plugged it into your home network via ethernet (a wireless adaptor is also available), you can plug in a USB memory key and access the interactive features of Blu-ray discs.

Also set to be available via a future firmware update is YouTube access - making it easy to call up a video clip or two if the Blu-ray movie you're watching is getting boring.

The Pioneer BDP430 doesn't have the same comprehensive set of online features as players you find on Blu-ray players from competing brands such as SonySamsung and LG. All of these manufacturers have much more diverse and well-established online features such as video-on-demand streaming, so if you're looking for a multipurpose media player they may be a better choice.

Pioneer BDP430 - back

Pioneer BDP430 - back

Pioneer BDP430: Start-up speed, performance and reliability

The Pioneer BDP430 takes around 30 seconds to hit a Blu-ray movie's root menu from a cold start, but if you're just changing discs this figure can fall to around 15 seconds. Navigating menus is easy; the remote is clearly laid out and has buttons for every conceivable feature you'd need to access. It can also control simple functions like power, volume, input and channel for the television that's connected to the Blu-ray player through HDMI. The same is true for any Pioneer A/V receiver that you've got connected.

Our colleagues at PC World Australia tested the Pioneer BDP430 with a Panasonic TH-L37D25A, but also gave 3D a quick run on the Sharp LC52LE820X 3D LED TV. The picture quality of the Pioneer BDP-430 looked no worse or better than we've seen from every other Blu-ray player - if there are differences in the signal processing or in the quality of the components, you won't see it with an everyday plasma or LED television.

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See also:

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Samsung BD-C6900 review

Sony BDP-S470 review

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Pioneer BDP430: Specs

  • Surround sound audio
  • 7.1 channel
  • component/composite/digital audio/ethernet/gigabit ethernet/HDMI/USB 2.0 ports
  • 3D capable
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • 1-year warranty
  • Surround sound audio
  • 7.1 channel
  • component/composite/digital audio/ethernet/gigabit ethernet/HDMI/USB 2.0 ports
  • 3D capable
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • 1-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

The Pioneer BDP430 Blu-ray player is a competent device. It's not especially versatile or packed with features, but it does a good job when it comes to playing Blu-ray movies.

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