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Pioneer BDP-51FD

Pioneer BDP-51FD
alaScore 77

266 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 266 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Blu-ray Players the Pioneer BDP-51FD is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 266 reviews)

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Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray Player - Benchmark


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...

The Pioneer BDP-51FD has the cosmetics of a high end Blu-ray player, and has respectable HD and SD performance from the HDMI outputs. With its ability to bitstream all the next generation audio codecs, and promised support for internal decoding of...

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Pioneer BDP-51FD


With that being said, the Pioneer BDP-51FD does do it's sole job well; the 1080p resolution, True24FPS (frames per second) and Jitter Reduction Circuit are good features to have. The firmware issues are a concern and although new versions have been...

Bright LCD screen

Bulky remote controlNo DivX supportFirmware bugs are problematicLarge cabinet

The firmware issues are a concern and although new versions have been...

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Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray Player


Pioneer unveiled its first non-Elite Blu-ray player with the BDP-51FD. At first glance, its large chassis and high-gloss appearance might make you think it's an Elite line player. However, this player is the first of the classic Pioneer line.


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Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray Player


Pioneer unveiled its first non-Elite Blu-ray player with the BDP-51FD. At first glance, its large chassis and high-gloss appearance might make you think it's an Elite line player. However, this player is the first of the classic Pioneer line.

DVD video processing was good, but I saw combing with static menus. This distracted me throughout most of my testing and was unlike previous Pioneer models I've tested before. Thankfully, this didn't manifest with normal video playback.

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Pioneer BDP-51FD


DVD players dominate the home entertainment market because of their affordability, though now there are newer devices like the Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray player that aim to push  Blu-ray technology forward. They are also around to complement those that...

There isn’t anything special about the Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray player, though its audio quality retains its superiority compared to other brands. It was originally priced at $800, but it is now much cheaper with the introduction of newer Pioneer...

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so far so good


I've used it to watch only 2 movies(war and traitor;wouldn't play on my Sony BDP-S1) and both blu ray discs have worked fine.Startup and load times are quick.I was suprised by this as I have heard horror stories about this player in the internet.Not...

Brand, looks

relatively lightweight considering it's size(volume)

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Once firmware updated... a fantastic deal


Bought as an end of line offer for $150 (with early firmware). Once updated, this player is excellent and responsive (once it has woken-up). Stunning picture quality and lots of connections etc. for a player of its time. Nice full-size box for the...

Picture quality superb. Latest firmware update sorted all problems I had on purchase (you really have to do the update... it's really simple if you follow the instructions on the Pioneer website

The only problem is that it takes time to come-to-life when powered-up. but when I paid $150, I'm happy

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Great upscaling DVD player!


This is one of the best Blu Ray DVD player that can upscale your DVDs. I was impressed with the clarity and color depth. I owned an Oppo player and Denon both with the HQV processor. The Pioneer is on par with my previous players. I wanted to replace...

Amazing picture and color depth on Blu Ray and DVD ; Easy firmware upgrade, from Pioneer support ; Easy to use remote with nice short cuts to the menus functions ; Solid built and quality finish ; Audio is superb. Jazz at the Pawnshop sounds amazing

A bit slow when inserting a disc ; No HDMI cable included ; No DVIX

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I like this Pioneer Blue Ray Player was easy to hook up


I like the Pioneer for the price at Best Buy, many features some I'll never use, picture quality for older DVD collection and the audio is very good so I didn't have to purchase a newer AVR because I like my Yamaha.

Ease of hook-up. Picture quality for DVD upconversion is great. I haven't seen a BD on it yet newly purchased

Several DVD movies I tried the sound phased in and out and a little muffled. But all in all on average a good sound through my Sony LCD TV via HDMI connection and optical out to my Yamaha AVR. The user manual is a little confusing

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Great Price & Features, Pioneer Wins Again!


Price & features were my main reason for buying the Pioneer BDP-51 FD, The features include Doby True HD, Doby Digital Plus and DTS advanced Digital Out.DTS Master Audio, Linear PCM, DTS High Resolution Audio, MPEG and MPEG-2 AAC.The player also has...

I purchased this player for the features on the 7.1 Audio I purchased this one at Best Buy. I watched Grand Torino and the picture was excellent. The Player is easy to set up.I love the look of the Blu- Ray player

I would recommend ordering the update through support, I called Pioneer Support to order the update. Don't waste time with the download its much easier to order the CD

Product Specifications

Get ready for movies like you've never seen before. Prepare yourself for the stunning world of the BDP-51FD Pioneer BonusView Blu-ray disc player. Experience Blu-ray content in a whole new way. Open your eyes to a whole realm of possibilities. A world unlike anything you've ever known. Where watching movies and entertainment at home will never feel the same again. And everything you see, hear and feel is more thrilling than you ever thought possible. Brace yourself for the wonders of spectacular 1080p resolution and for unrivaled image quality. A world where True 24FPS ensures every movie you watch is now viewed just as the director intended. Set your sights on a single-wire connection so technologically advanced now one HDMI digital connection is all you need to output both HD audio and video signals to your HDMI capable A/V receiver or HD flat panel. Get ready for a world where pictures and music come together in a brand way on a Blu-ray disc player with HDMI control, powered from a single remote. Delivering 3 different noise reduction circuits, 7.1 channel analog audio outputs and internal audio output, this Blu-ray Disc player brings added dimension and more stunning detail to everything you see, hear and feel. It's a world where years of technological innovation make everything you've ever seen or heard before ordinary and mundane by comparison. Where Wolfson audio DACs - featuring a signal-to-noise ratio of 117db provide the purest, most pristine music and movie soundtrack performance available. And an exclusive jitter reduction circuit utilizes Pioneer-developed IC to digitally reshape the waveform of the audio clock. Empowering the Pioneer BDP-51FD with a stunningly impressive ability to reduce jitter in every piece of content you see or hear. All of which create a home theater experience... so unbelievably thrilling, it will move you in ways you never knew possible. Ultimately, it's a world so completely different, so beyond extraordinary... it will change the way you look, listen and feel about watching movies at home, forever.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound

CE System

Parental Lock: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Audio Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital Plus / Dolby TrueHD / DTS decoder / DTS-HD High Resolution / DTS-HD Master Audio
Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:BD-R / BD-RE / BD-ROM / CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD+R / DVD+RW / DVD-R / DVD-R DL / DVD-RW
Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / MP3 / MPEG 2 Audio / PCM / WMA
Type:Blu-Ray disc player


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pioneer