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3D movies plus video and music streaming — meet the Pioneer BDP-430
Becoming immersed in a lush, alien forest, where you can almost feel the textures of the trees and jungle is no longer science fiction. Experience today's hottest Blu-ray movies with Pioneer's BDP-430. It can play 3D Blu-ray discs and will even upconvert your DVD movies to make them look fantastic. And this player supports the latest high-res Dolby® and DTS® soundtracks — just connect it to your receiver with an HDMI cable to enjoy master-quality surround sound.

Netflix® movies, PANDORA® Internet radio and more
If you're a fan of Netflix you'll get streaming movies. And once the popcorn's done, let PANDORA deliver a personalized "radio station" for your entertainment pleasure. Just plug in your Ethernet cable to stream your favorite movies and music via your broadband Internet connection.

Play DVDs and CDs, too
In addition to playing Blu-ray discs, the '430 handles just about any other disc you may have. Pop in a classic from your DVD collection, or enjoy your favorite music CD. It also plays home-burned discs, plus those filled with MP3 tunes and JPEG digital photos.

Pick up an Apple® and take control
Download Pioneer's free AV app for your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch to make using the '430 an even simpler prospect. All the major functions of the player become easier to access and operate. And since the app uses your home Wi-Fi network, you won't even have to worry about aiming remote commands at the player's front panel. Use of the iPod remote app requires the player to be connected to your wireless router.

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Key Features:

  • plays 3D Blu-ray discs, standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs, including MP3, JPEG, AVCHD and DivX files
  • BD-Live Ready — requires use of an optional flash memory card
  • remote control
  • viewing 3D video requires a 3D TV and 3D glasses
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p via HDMI output
  • video upconversion for DVD (via HDMI)
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • video outputs include composite, component video, and HDMI
  • analog component video output resolution may be limited when viewing copy-protected discs
  • audio outputs include stereo and optical digital
  • Ethernet port for Internet connectivity (Internet connection and broadband service required)
  • 16-5/8"W x 2-5/8"H x 10-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Blu-ray players deliver a better picture to your HDTV than any other available source. In fact, Blu-ray's 1080p picture is a perfect match for the 1080p screens found on most current TVs. Blu-ray movies also offer the most precise and realistic surround sound you can get. These players do a terrific job with standard DVDs, too — you'll see a cleaner, clearer picture with every disc in your collection. Many Blu-ray players can connect to the Internet for watching online movies from Netflix® and other video services.

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I love this player

Written By Henry, Holbrook, NY on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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It would appear that Pioneer got all the kinks out of a BluRay player which can also read DVD's. I have yet to have a single hic-up reading Blue, DVD-R, or DVD. I hooked up the network cable and it found its own address on my network - yet, I would have enjoyed manually setting its address but wasn't given the option. Once connected the player downloaded a firmware update.

The player also includes Netflix and Pandora which works fairly well. However, pressing too many buttons with a BluRay Live disc inserted while trying to access Netflix brought the firmware to its knees. I had to pull the AC cord to reboot (embarrassing). I didn't knock off any points because none of that is as important as reading and playing discs. Perhaps it would be happier if I didn't have a disc inserted while viewing Netflix. eh, a firmware update will take care of it.

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What's in the box?

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  • Single-disc 3D-ready Blu-ray disc player
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (VXX3383)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 58" Composite A/V cable (with a composite video connector/stereo RCA connectors on each end)
  • Operating Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Limited Warranty (US/Canada)
  • "Playing back streaming content" note
  • Firmware Update notice

Features and Specs

Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
3D Capable Yes
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix
DLNA Certified No
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output None
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.4a
Ethernet Ports 1
Analog Audio Outputs Stereo
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs 1
RS-232C Port None

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Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
USB/Internet Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Disc Compatibility

Multi-format Compatibility: The Pioneer BDP-430 supports a number of disc formats, including the following.

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-RE (ver.2.1), BD-R (ver.1.1/1.2/1.3)
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW

Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 54 mbps. Blu-ray Disc discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:

  • Better Picture Quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
  • Better Sound Quality: In addition to the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
  • Much Greater Storage Capacity: What makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
  • Backward Compatible: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.

Note: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The player is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Firmware Updates: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet via the rear panel Ethernet terminal. Auto Firmware Notification automatically notifies you of firmware updates when they become available. Simply download them via the Ethernet connection (or wireless, if enabled).

Note:  The unit tested contained firmware version - PC11022801.  Go to http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/Blu-ray-Disc-and-DVD/Pioneer-Blu-ray-Disc-Players/BDP-430 for the latest firmware update.

AVCHD Compatible: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on DVD, using an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition signal.

MKV Compatible: MKV is a file format allowing multiple audio and video files to be held in a single file. This player can support up to 1280 x 720 MKV audio/video files recorded onto BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+RW, and CD-R/RW discs.

DivX Compatible: The Pioneer supports DivX playback from BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. DivXcompresses lengthy video segments into small sizes while maintaining relatively high visual quality. The unit supports DivX video with a resolution up to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

WMV Playback: WMV files recorded onto BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+RW, and CD-R/RW discs are supported; files must be encoded using the Windows Media Encoder 9 series. This unit supports WMV files with a resolution up to 1280 x 720.

MP3/WMA Playback: The Pioneer BDP-430 supports MP3/WMA audio file playback from CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and BD-R discs. MP3/WMA audio files with a bit-rate of up to 320k kbps are supported (128kbps or greater recommended).

JPEG Playback: The Pioneer 3D Blu-ray disc player supports playback of JPEG still image files recorded onto CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/RW discs. JPEG images with a resolution of up to 4,000 x 3,000 pixels (24-bits) are supported.

Video Features

Video Outputs: The Pioneer BDP-430 Blu-ray player is equipped with two High Definition video outputs (HDMI, Component) and one standard definition video output (composite).

  • HDMI: The Pioneer 3D Blu-ray player is equipped with an HDMI (v.1.4) output. HDMI simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio all in one cable. The HDMI output resolution can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i or 1080p when playing a DVD or Blu-ray Disc; also 1080/24p when playing a compatible BD.
  • Component: The Pioneer Blu-ray disc player features a single component video output. When playing Blu-ray the resolution can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i; when playing DVD the resolution can be set to 480i or 480p.
  • Composite: The Blu-ray disc player also features a single composite video output. The composite video output resolution is always 480i when playing Blu-ray Disc or DVD.

True24FPS/1080p: The Pioneer BDP-430 provides up to 1920 x 1080p resolution at 24 fps for unrivaled picture quality.

3D Compatible: The BDP-430 is fully 3D-compatible with the latest HDMI 1.4a standard, so you can enjoy current and upcoming 3D content.

Note: 3D viewing requires compatible 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D emitter & glasses, and a high-speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection.

DVD Upscaling: When connected to your TV using the HDMI output, the BDP-430 scales the output of a standard DVD signal to HD-compatible 720p, 1080i, or 1080p. The unit also supports 480p and 480i output if your television is not HD-compatible.

Deep Color Support: The Pioneer Blu-ray player  faithfully reproduces all the colors inherent in today's most advanced image sources, such as Blu-ray Discs and DVDs. This player supports Deep Color technology via HDMI. This technology supports higher bit rates and more color possibilities than previous HDTV signals.

x.v.Color Compatible: The Blu-ray player's x.v.Color compatibility reproduces all of the vibrant color in images recorded by wide x.v.Color gamut compatible camcorders.

BonusView: Some BD-video disc copy data to other media (local storage) and then play the secondary video, secondary audio and subtitles (sub contents) simultaneously. These functions are known as BonusView. Sub contents are automatically recorded to other media from the disc prior to playing the virtual package. Playback methods vary depending on BD-discs. This player uses its USB port along with an optional USB memory device to copy data from applicable BD-video discs.

Simultaneous HDMI & Component Video Output: You can enjoy high definition video from both the HDMI and Component Video connections (Component Video is limited to 1080i resolution).

TV Aspect Ratio: You can set the screen aspect ratio of your connected TV. You can choose from the following - 16:9 Normal, 4:3 Normal, 4:3 Letter Box, or 4:3 Pan Scan.

Audio Features

PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock System): When used with a compatible Pioneer PQLS AV receiver via HDMI, Blu-ray Discs, DVDs and CD music are precisely reproduced with minimum jitter. PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock System) is a digital audio transfer control technology using the unit's HDMI control function. The player's output signals are controlled from a compatible Pioneer AV amplifier to achieve high sound quality playback using the amplifier's quartz oscillator. This eliminates the influence of the jitter generated during signal transfer which can adversely affect the sound quality.

Dolby Digital/DTS Decoders: The Pioneer BDP-430 features internal decoding of the latest high definition audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio

Setup Definition Output Terminal Audio Stream
PCM Dolby Digital Dolby Digital Plus Dolby TrueHD DTS DTS-HD HR DTS-HD MA
PCM Decodes Primary, Secondary, and Effect audio streams together into PCM audio. HDMI PCM PCM PCM PCM PCM PCM 7.1ch PCM 7.1ch
Optical PCM 2ch PCM 2ch PCM 2ch PCM 2ch PCM PCM 2ch PCM 2ch
Bitstream (Mix) Decodes Primary, Secondary, and Effect audio streams together into PCM audio, then re-encodes the PCM audio into DTS bitstream. HDMI/Optical DTS DTS DTS DTS DTS DTS 5.1ch DTS 5.1ch
Bitstream Outputs only the Primary audio soundtrack (main soundtrack of the movie) so that your audio equipment can decode the audio bitstream. You will not hear Secondary and Effect audio. HDMI PCM Dolby Digital Dolby Digital Plus Dolby TrueHD DTS DTS-HD HR DTS-HD MA
Optical PCM 2ch Dolby Digital Dolby Digital Dolby Digital DTS DTS-ES 5.1ch DTS-ES 5.1ch

Dynamic Range Control: This function lets you adjust the range between the loudest and the softest sounds (dynamic range) for playback at average volume. Use this feature when it is hard to hear dialogue.

Audio Outputs: The Pioneer BDP-430 Blu-ray disc player features a digital audio output (optical) and one analog audio output (RCA).

  • Digital Audio Output: The Blu-ray disc player features an optical digital output. The player's audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical digital output; bitstream (Dolby Digital/DTS) or 2-channel PCM.
  • Analog Audio: There is also a pair of stereo analog RCA outputs.

USB/Internet Functions

Dual USB Ports: The Pioneer BDP-430 features a front- and rear-panel USB (Type-A) port for playback of audio, video, and still-image files stored on USB mass storage class device (must be formatted in FAT 12/16/32). The number of folders and files within a single folder is limited to a maximum of 256.

  • Supported Audio Files: MP3/WMA audio files with a bit-rate of up to 320k kbps are supported (128kbps or greater recommended).
  • Supported Video Files: DivX video files with a resolution up to 1920 x 1080 pixels and MKV/WMV files with a resolution up to 1280 x 720.
  • Supported Still-Image Files: JPEG images with a resolution of up to 4,000 x 3,000 pixels (24-bits) are supported.

Note: Not all USB devices are supported. The rear-panel USB port can also used for Pioneer's optional USB Wireless LAN adapter (sold separately)

Ethernet (LAN) Port: Connect the player's rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet terminal (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) to your Internet modem or router using a CAT-5 network cable to access select Internet audio/video content and update the unit's firmware/software.

WiFi Ready: In addition to the unit's Ethernet (RJ-45) terminal, the Pioneer BDP-430 lets you connect to your home network wirelessly using the AS-WL200 Wireless Adapter (sold separately). This adapter plugs into the Blu-ray player's rear-panel USB port.

Note: Requires home network with an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended) and internet connection. Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.

Online Streaming Content: Using the Blu-ray player's rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet port you can access select internet services. You are able to access online content from Netflix, Pandora, and YouTube when connected to the Internet.

  • Netflix: Netflix offers instant streaming to Netflix members with an unlimited streaming account. This function allows you to enjoy Netflix service through your home network. The Blu-ray player supports up to 2ch audio streaming from Netflix. Netflix is only available in the United States.
  • Pandora: You can instantly listen to personalized ratio stations, streamed over the Internet from Pandora via this player. Pandora is only available in the United States.
  • YouTube: YouTube is available via firmware update.

BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and more from a broadband Internet and home network connections (fees may apply). The Pioneer Blu-ray player features an Ethernet port to connect to the Internet via your home network and features a front-panel USB port for additional storage.

Note: You must have a minimum 1GB USB memory device inserted in the unit's front-panel USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.

Convenience Features

Faster Disc Loading: The BDP-430 loads discs in a fraction of the time of prior Blu-ray Disc players.

Playback Functions: The Pioneer Blu-ray player offers the following Playback functions.

  • Resume Playback: The position at which playback is stopped is stored in the player's memory, so playback resumes from the point at which it was stopped. This function is cancelled if you eject the disc.
  • Continue Viewing Playback: This function allows you to continue playback from a position your specify on a disc to be played next time, even after turning the power off. The continued viewing playback setting is canceled if you eject the disc.
  • Frame Advance: You can advance a chapter (track) frame-by-frame.
  • Slow Playback: You can playback and image slowly on-screen (forward only).
  • Replay: Playback jumps back 10 seconds.
  • Repeat: You can repeat the playback of a title or chapter. You can also specify a specific video segment (A-B) to repeat.

Search Functions: The Pioneer Blu-ray player offers the following Search functions.

  • Fast Forward/Reverse: You can fast forward/reverse through a current chapter or track. The search speed will change each time you press the FF/RW button.
  • Previous/Next: You can skip to the next or the start of the current chapter (track).
  • Skip Search: Playback skips 30 seconds ahead.
  • Direct Title/Track Skip: You can skip directly to the start of a title, chapter, or track by using the remote's numeric keypad (0-9).

Parental Control: The Parental Control function works in conjunction with Blu-ray Disc/DVDs that have been assigned a rating which helps you control the types of Blu-ray Discs/DVDs that your family watches. There are up to 8 ratings levels on a disc. The rating levels are protected by a customer user 4-digit password. You can also block internet access.

Display Off: If you feel the indicators on the player's front-panel display are too bright when watching movies, you can turn them off.

Auto Power Off: This sets the Blu-ray player so that the power is automatically turned-off if playback is stopped for approximately 10 minutes.

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on multiple brand TVs. Once programmed, the remote controls the TV's power on/off, input select, volume up/down, and channel up/down.

HDMI Control: When a Pioneer TV supporting HDMI control is connected to the BDP-430 via an HDMI cable, it is possible to use the television's remote control to perform specific functions of the player.

Pioneer iControlAV2 App (for iPad): The Pioneer free iControlAV2 (from Apple) makes it easy to operate select functions of the Pioneer Blu-ray player using your iPad (iOS 4.2 or later) in a Wi-Fi network environment. Download this iPad app and enjoy controlling your home cinema system with the touch of your finger.

Note: The Pioneer BDP-430 requires a firmware update in order to use the Pioneer iControlAV App.

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