Designed with an emphasis upon audio, the Pioneer BDPLX58 is a beguiling music maker. The advanced PQLS jitter reduction system ensures a smooth and natural sound quality when connected to a suitable Pioneer AV receiver. The BDP-LX58 also uses a high quality Sabre32 ES9011 DAC to give crystalline levels of resolution and sonic accuracy. As you'd expect from an 'LX' model, the entire audio signal is scrutinised by Pioneer's expect engineers and tuned with specially selected components for the highest performance. This obsessive attention to detail even includes features such as a 'Zero Signal' port at the rear that doesn't pass any signal but is simply there for additional grounding. This helps in further reducing background noise, giving the BDPLX58 an 'inky' black backdrop against which the subtlest notes can clearly be heard.
With 4K TVs now making their presence felt in the market place, finding a Blu-ray player that can make the most of them is well worth doing. With its 4K 60p (HDMI 2.0) output and up-scaling, the Pioneer BDPLX58 is ready for the new wave of 4K TVs. The high quality video circuits' offer superb picture resolution and can be extensively tuned to optimise the video output with your particular display.
Just like its predecessors, the BDPLX58 is a true universal player. This means that as well as the usual Blu-ray, DVD and CD discs, it also plays SACDs and DVD-Audio discs. These formats are capable of some of the highest quality audio possible and a vital part of many audiophiles' music collections. Perhaps even more importantly for the audiophile is the lossless high-res support. FLAC, ALAC, LPCM (WAV) and AIFF and multichannel files (FLAC, DSD, and WAV) are all supported, right up to 192 kHz/24 bit resolution. Combined with the ability to play a massive range of other formats, including MKV and DivX HD, the BDP-LX58 has the ability to be the only disc player you'll ever need.
Use the standard LAN connection or optional wi-fi dongle and connect up to your home network hub. From here you can get access to the best of the web via applications such as YouTube and Picasa. You can also stream content from your PC or media server via DLNA. What's more, all this is easy to control via Pioneer's unique Apple/Android control app, iControl. In addition to this you'll also find twin HDMI sockets - handy if you're using twin screens or have an older, non-3D equipped AV receiver. Finally, twin USB ports situated front and rear open up a wide range of further connectivity options, such as plugging in a memory stick device and streaming music files.
Weighing just under 10KG, the Pioneer BDP-LX58 is a true heavyweight in every sense of the word. The ultra-rigid iron chassis is 1.6mm thick and further reinforced by a 3mm thick iron plate at the base. Such density all but eliminates vibrations, ensuring that the delicate internal electronics can work to the best of their ability. High rigidity is also to be found in the quiet-running disc mechanism. This allows for superior tracking and less reliance on error correction that can, ultimately, affect the purity of sound.
A topflight performer in every respect, the Pioneer BDPLX58 is the connoisseurs' choice of Blu-ray player."