Don't let it be said that we don't know important people here at S&V — people who will risk their very lives to get us early, semi-exclusive info.
That's why we didn't find ourselves the least bit surprised when we got a call from someone we call, "Blu-Throat." B.T., a source close to Pioneer, gave us the inside scoop on that company's next generation Blu-ray player, the BDP-05FD. Look at the photo now. Everybody say, Oooh.
Actually, the BDP-05FD is one of two new Pioneer BD players coming soon. Their features will include:
—8-bit to 12-bit deep color conversion
—Internal decoding of all high-rez audio formats
—Picture control suite, which features nine new video adjustments, including four for video noise reduction
Note this is a 1.1 profile player, not a 2.0 (will the
PlayStation 3 always be one step ahead?), so you'll at least get
picture-in-picture, though no Ethernet. Us, we'll just be happy if the
loading time is zippier.
We'll give you the dirt on price and shipping date as soon as we know it.—Rob Medich
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