IS THE PIONEER UDP-LX500 THE FIRST TO FILL THE OPPO GAP?

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by Jay Garrett

25th August, 2018

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IS THE PIONEER UDP-LX500 THE FIRST TO FILL THE OPPO GAP?

Introducing the Pioneer UDP-LX500, the latest universal disc player that will play all your Blu-ray discs, including UHD Blu-ray, as well as CDs and SACDs. It is set to land in the UK in September and will cost just shy of £1,000.

Spotted in June by our Australian sister publication, the UDP-LX500 is Pioneer's much anticipated universal disc spinner. Boasting UHD Blu-ray playback as well as exceptional two-channel hi-fi chops, could this plug the gap left by OPPO following its shock departure from the market?

The UDP-LX500 features a low resonance design, tweaked especially for high-speed UHD Blu-ray playback. An Acoustic Damper tray sits within a rigid double-layered chassis with a 3mm steel top plate. The deck tips the scales at 10.3kg. The player's remarkably rigid construction, as well as a lower centre of gravity,  suppresses vibration transmission occurring inside the player, and so minimising any potential resonances generated and so improving disc playback.

Pioneer UDP-LX500

Digital noise has been further reduced on the main circuit board and utilises a six-layer IVH (interstitial via hole) construction technique to fully optimise the routing of digital signal wiring and minimise ground impedance.

As well as delivering excellent movie sound, the UDP-LX500 has also been engineered to be a superb audio-only player. It uses the AKM AK4490EQ DAC chip for stereo DAC duties with three digital filtering modes (Sharp Roll-Off, Short Delay, Slow Roll-Off). Pioneer does state that they have mitigated the spurious noise around the power supply and GND as much as possible and that "the circuit [has been] tuned to give a rich, fulsome tone of sound".

Pioneer UDP-LX500 rear panel

There’s a Direct function for analogue audio playback, which turns off the digital audio and video circuits, and Pioneer's PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock System) for HDMI connection to compatible Pioneer receivers (SC-LX701, SC-LX801, SC-LX901).

The UDP-LX500 is compatible with both SACD and DVD-Audio discs and is High-Res able.

The UDP-LX500 has three HDMI output modes: The Separate mode separates sound and vision via the main/sub HDMI outputs; a Single mode routes both video and audio output via the primary HDMI output, while a Pure Audio mode delivers an audio-only output from the sub HDMI terminal.

There is also an SDR/HDR Preset to optimise the video output according to display, adjustable between LCD TV, OLED and Projector.

Price and availability

The Pioneer UDP-LX500 will become available in September and cost £999.99.

For more information go to Pioneer.

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StereoNET UK's Editor and Bass playing gadget junkie. He's captained the GadgetyNews good ship for over a decade, making low jargon high tech a very handy thing. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.

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