Blu-ray Players

Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray Player



The Pioneer BDP-51FD is currently the only non-Elite Blu-ray player that Pioneer offers, but it is far from a budget model. Pioneer has a well deserved reputation for offering high quality DVD players in the past and is certainly trying to continue that tradition with their Blu-ray lineup, even if it means that their lowest end player is priced above that of other manufacturer's models. However, since the release of the BDP-51FD, complaints about its performance has led to multiple firmware updates being released as Pioneer tries to maintain its position as a purveyor of high end electronics. This review examines the player with the latest firmware update applied.


  • Design: Blu-ray Player
  • Supported Formats: BD-Rom, DVD-ROM, DVD-R DVD+R, CD, CD-R/RW.
  • Supported Audio: Internal Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD Decoding, Bitstream Support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Supported Video Resolutions from HDMI: 480i, 480p, 1080i, 1080p60, 1080p24
  • Dimensions: 4.9" H x 16.5” W x 14.18” D
  • Weight: 12.8 Pounds
  • MSRP: $599 USA
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