Pioneer BDP-340 3D Blu-ray player (preview)

A feature-packed Pioneer Blu-ray disc player that can play 3D movies and be controlled with an iPhone

Pioneer BDP-340
  • Pioneer BDP-340
  • Pioneer BDP-340
  • Pioneer BDP-340
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Pros

  • 3D Blu-ray playback, iPhone control via Pioneer's iControlAV app

Cons

  • More expensive than competing models from Sony, LG and Panasonic

Bottom Line

Pioneer's BDP-340 3D Blu-ray player offers enviable ability to be controlled via your iPhone and a Pioneer app. It's a bit expensive when directly compared to similarly specced units from Panasonic, Sony and LG but if you're hooking up a high-end home cinema the small price difference shouldn't be a concern.

Would you buy this?

The Pioneer BDP-340 isn't the company's most expensive Blu-ray disc player — that honour goes to the $4999 BDP-LX91 — but it's still chock-full of high-end circuitry and wizardry. As well as playing back 3D Blu-ray movies, the Pioneer BDP-430 can be controlled with an iPhone using Pioneer's iControlAV app.

The iControlAV app gives Pioneer a definite advantage over competitive products from Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG. If you've got an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch you can download the app and use it whenever the remote control goes missing.

There's a lot to control, as well. The Pioneer BDP-430 should be able to handle any Blu-ray disc you throw at it, including any 3D content. There's an Ethernet port for DLNA and Internet connection, as well as an optional Wi-Fi adapter, and USB connectivity for playback of video, photo and audio files.

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