The Good Affordable universal DVD-Audio/SACD player; excellent bass management; above-average progressive-scan video playback; plays MP3 DVDs.
The Bad Entry-level look and feel.
The Bottom Line Pioneer's entry-level Super Audio CD/DVD-Audio player sounds good enough for all but the most critical listeners.
We have definitive proof that the dueling Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio high-resolution formats have finally entered the mainstream. Exhibit A: Pioneer's $199 "universal" player, the DV-578A-S, available for less than $150 online. This little dynamo plays both high-res music formats, as well as regular DVDs, CDs, and most other kinds of 5-inch disc. No, its audio won't wow the golden ears of serious 'philes, but for less than $200, it's the only one of its kind. Whether you're an aspiring audiophile or just curious about the glories of high-resolution, multichannel music, the versatile DV-578A-S makes a great case for treating your ears right.
Editor's note: We have changed the rating in this review to reflect recent changes in our rating scale. Click here to find out more.DV-563A
Ultra HD Blu-ray specification now complete, logo unveiled
The Blu-ray Disc Association today announced it has finalized what could be the last major disc-based movie format: Ultra HD Blu-ray.