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The LX500’s back panel is equally rugged and sports high- quality connectors, with plenty of room between them for plugging in thick cables. Dual HDMI outputs are provided, one supporting video and audio, and another for audio-only connections. Unfortunately, the LX500 lacks an HDMI input—a distinguishing feature found on Oppo models that let you use the player’s video processing and scaling with external HDMI sources.
Pioneer’s Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS), a feature provided in the company’s A/V receivers, is used to eliminate jitter in HDMI connections. The LX500 also has a “Zero Signal” terminal that supports a ground connection between the player and Pioneer gear featuring a similar terminal.
While the specification appears to ape the brand’s flagship, the cosmetics borrow from Panasonic’s budget model. It’s nearly, but not quite, an update on the well regarded 2016-era DMP-UB900. Build quality is unapologetically mass market, but for all that, the model looks entirely passable. The plastic cabinet is gloss black, while a bevelled frontage drops down to reveal the offset disc tray. There’s also a USB port for media playback. Manual buttons sit up top to handle power and disc loading.
Rear connectivity includes twin HDMIs (one an audio only output, for those using a pre-4K AV receiver who need to route UHD video directly to a screen); Ethernet; another USB (a speedy 3.0 connection); and an optical digital audio output. Wi-Fi comes as standard if you don’t want to stay tethered.
If you feared that the era of high-end universal UHD disc players was all but over, following the exit of fan-boy favourite Oppo, then breathe easy. This Pioneer is every bit a comparable performer. Image quality is excellent and
its music playback outstanding. Compatibility with SACD and DVD-A, alongside hi-res audio, make this a fine choice for a top-flight sound and vision system. Those after an upgrade from a premium Blu-ray player to 4K (with wide HDR support) should consider it a leading contender.”
“If you thought that we were done there, think again. The UDP-LX500 isn’t just all about being a proficient 4K Blu-ray spinner, it’s also non-too shabby at playing music too.
The LX500 will happily play your Super Audio CDs, DVD- and Blu-Ray Audio discs, as well as regular CDs. Great news if you are like me and are always willing to give a variety of formats a go.
The player employs an Asahi Kasei AKM AK4490EQ DAC for stereo duties and it does a great job. Additionally, the power supply, digital processing, and analogue audio have all been segregated to minimise interference. Just as you would expect from any of your audiophile components.”
Direct function can be used to shut down digital audio and video circuits, to better serve high-resolution sound sources and CDs. When using the stereo analogue stage, you can also select one of three DSP filters (Sharp, Short and Slow) to fine-tune the output to your liking. Differences here are best described as subtle.
The player does a transformative job with high-grade CD pressings. There’s no metallic edge, no sibilance, not even the vaguest sense of discord. Even the worst excesses of mass-produced platters are largely tamed.
Ditto for SACD playback. Spinning saxophonist Tommy Smith’s modern jazz outing Blue Smith (Linn Records) is probably the next best thing to being in the recording studio for a live session. The soundstage has tangible girth, and resolution in reserve.”