Backing the Blu-ray format to the nth degree, Pioneer has announced the BDP-LX71 player that should wash up on European shores this summer. Shame the weather forecast for summer isn’t looking that good, there might not be many people down there to pick them up off the sand.
Main improvements to their third BDP model include BonusView Profile 1.1 for interactivity (doesn’t quite match the PS3’s 2.0 however), a 12-bit deep colour support, 297MHz 12-bit video encoder, and it offers splendid 1080p at 24fps. And that’s just the visuals!
The audio has been given a heavy upgrade, now supporting bitstreaming and decoding of all the audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DRTS-HD Master Audio, which is added through a firmware upgrade after launch.
(via Electric Pig and Blu-ray.com)