Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Pioneer has put together a strong line of Blu-ray players that it calls the Pioneer Elite Series. The BDP-62FD player from Pioneer is built like a tank (well, more like an A/V receiver) and doesn't have the small, sleek design and modern features that other Blu-ray players we've reviewed have.
The BDP-62FD, as the Elite Series name would suggest, is an elite Blu-ray player when it comes to video-format playability. This 3D Blu-ray player can play an assortment of different video formats, including BD, DVD, DivX, FLV, MP4, AVI, WMV and MKV. There is a USB port conveniently located on the front of the player that you can use to plug in your USB storage devices and play the stored contents with the Blu-ray player.
You can download an app that allows you to control your Blu-ray player with your mobile device. We like the fact that this app is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. You can also use a YouTube app to wireless play YouTube videos on your phone and stream them to your Blu-ray player. This player is not set up for a ton of different apps that you may find on other players, but the BDP-62FD is set up with streaming apps for YouTube, Pandora, Picasa and Netflix.
The BDP-62FD is DLNA certified, which allows you to use your phone as a remote control, and to link the Blu-ray player to a computer or other device that is also DLNA certified to create your own home network. Although this player is wireless ready, you will need to purchase the AS-WL300 wireless adapter separately if you want to enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity.
This elite Blu-ray player is built with the technology to speed up the boot up time and make the picture crisper, such as the inclusion of a QDEO video processor. However, Pioneer seemed to miss out on including some features that you will find on the best Blu-ray players we reviewed, such as 2D to 3D conversion and Ultra 4K resolution upscaling.
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The 62FD does come with dual HDMI ports that support both audio and video data. This can be useful if you need to hook your Blu-ray player up to an older A/V receiver that may not support 3D audio data. Included in the purchase of the Pioneer Elite Series player is a two-year warranty, which is the best warranty among all the Blu-ray players we reviewed.
This tank of a Blu-ray player has all the components of an elite Blu-ray player, but it leaves out some cutting-edge technology such as 2D to 3D conversion and Ultra Upscaling that other Blu-ray players we reviewed have.