Pioneer DV-578A-S

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.0 Overall

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Review

Pioneer DV-578A-S

Intro

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.

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  • Brand Pioneer
  • Type DVD player
  • Form Factor tabletop
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