- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 06 February 2013
Pioneer BDP-62FD Blu-Ray Player On The Bench
The first issue with the Pioneer BDP-62FD is one that isn't usually caught on our tests, as it is so rare it isn't even listed. When viewing the chroma multiburst and zone plate, the highest resolution vertical chroma material is not correctly displayed. While this is a common side effect of displays and receivers doing video processing, it is very rare in a player itself. Because of this, the Pioneer BDP-62FD will never display the finest color details correctly compared to other players, but it is also something you likely will never see outside of a bench test. Despite the fact that it isn't easily visible, it is still a large error that should not occur in any consumer player.
With DVD content the Pioneer was virtually perfect, with no real issues to complain about. With Blu-ray content it didn't fare quite as well. With jaggies it does quite well on the synthetic tests, but on the Ships video in Spears and Munsil, there is a lot of aliasing that occurs on the ship in comparison to other players. Additionally with scrolling horizontal text overlaid on film, while there aren't any combed edges, there are areas where it improperly deinterlaces a highlight off the water as being part of the scrolling text, joining some letters together.
With noise reduction testing there are multiple noise reduction options, but neither removed all of the noise that was present in the test material that we use. The final issue I ran into wasn't with the player performance, but an oddity in that it is one of the few players that will power off without closing the tray first, leaving it vulnerable to damage. Most likely this won't be an issue, but you can't just remove a disc and hit power to turn off the player.
Over HDMI, the Pioneer offers support for 4:2:2, 4:4:4 and RGB colorspaces. There is also an RGB Enhanced setting, which is useful to watch video content on a PC monitor as it expands the 16-235 video range to the 0-255 range of a PC display, leading to better shadows and highlights on a calibrated display. On our HDMI Benchmark, the Pioneer scored perfectly, with only RGB containing the smallest errors, with a dE of around 0.1. Those errors are completely invisible to the eye, so for all real world purposes, the Pioneer will put out a correct image in all colorspaces it supports.
In our loading tests, I mentioned that the Pioneer was fast, and it was the best in everything I have tested. On titles without Java, like The Fifth Element, it loaded quicker than anything indicating a faster drive mechanism than other players. On the BD-J tests, with The Dark Knight and Toy Story 3, it maintained its lead showing it has a fast drive and a fast processor as well. As titles get more and more complex, the BDP-62FD looks to have what it takes to keep up with the fastest players currently available.