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Pioneer UDP-LX500 Universal Disc Player

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The best player for all your HD content and much, much more . . .

Pioneer’s brand-new universal disc player brings the spectacle of Ultra HD Blu-ray™ to your home entertainment, with four times the resolution of 1080p Full HD. Featuring three-block internal layout, Ultra Rigid Construction, and Double-Layered Chassis for a robust build, 6-layered main circuit board, SDR/HDR preset mode, and support for HDR10/Dolby Vision for quality picture, as well as premium audio DAC and Zero Signal Terminal for high-grade sound, the UDP-LX500 lets you enjoy the highest video resolution as well as your other digital disc collections.

Onkyo & Pioneer (Tokyo, Japan) is pleased to introduce the “UDP-LX500”, a universal disc player, engineered to provide the highest standard of UHD Blu-ray playback, leveraging Pioneer’s decades of accumulated expertise in optical disc technology. The UDP-LX500 is an incredibly low resonance design, achieved by applying engineering techniques specifically optimised for UHD Blu-ray, a medium that necessitates very high rotation speeds in order to deliver a new standard of video and audio. The UDP-LX500 is the latest in a long line of premium disc players from Pioneer, machines that have previously set new playback standards for Laserdisc, DVD and (non-UHD) Blu-ray media.

Robust mechanical construction for high-quality disc playback

With the arrival of UHD Blu-ray Disc, players now need to be able to handle high-speed rotation speeds of up to 5,000 rpm. The UDP-LX500 delivers supremely stable high-speed rotation of discs by virtue of its remarkably rigid construction, as well as a lower centre of gravity. Both of these attributes help suppress vibration transmission occurring inside the player, minimising any potential resonances generated and so improving disc playback.

  • Rigid & Quiet UHD BD Drive
  • Acoustic Damper Tray
  • Ultra-Rigid Construction
  • Double-Layered Chassis with a 3mm steel plate for rigidity and a low centre of gravity
Enjoy the full potential of 4K Content

With 4K video, there’s a huge increase in the amount of image information which, in turn, also requires the use of ever more effective noise reduction techniques. The UDP-LX500 achieves further video quality improvements by applying a low noise design ethos throughout the player, minimizing noise loops in the circuitry to guarantee high-quality signal transmission. - Main board design configured to achieve a high S/N ratioOn the main printed circuit board, digital noise has been further reduced in order to do full justice to the high speed signal transmission capability of UHD Blu-ray Disc. By adopting a six-layer IVH (interstitial via hole) construction technique for the main board, Pioneer has been able to fully optimise the routing of digital signal wiring and minimise ground impedance, by dramatically improving S/N (Signal to Noise ratio) during the processing of video and audio. This also improves the precision of the high capacity transmission speed of 18Gbps which this latest HDMI standard now makes possible.

Designed to faithfully reproduce the incredible sound quality of UHD BD

To deliver the full potential of the sound quality contained in UHD Blu-ray Discs, the UDP-LX500 employs audio boards designed with a focus on preserving signal purity, S/N, and tonal subtlety. It also features a host of advanced sound enhancing facilities, such as a direct function for analogue connection and Pioneer’s PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock System) for HDMI connection.

An audio board that also excels at high-quality analogue 2ch playback

As well as delivering superlative movie sound, the UDP-LX500 has also been engineered to be a superb audio-only player. With analogue 2ch playback, spurious noise around the power supply and GND have been suppressed as much as possible, and the circuit tuned to give a rich, fulsome tone of sound.

Direct Function for Pure Analogue Audio Output

The UDP-LX500 is equipped with a "Direct function" which turns off the digital audio and video circuits. This allows listeners to enjoy high resolution sound sources and CDs with enhanced purity.

Video and Audio separated output via 2 HDMI Outputs

The UDP-LX500 supports three HDMI output modes: "Separate" mode which enables high-quality transmission by separating video and audio via the main/sub HDMI outputs, "Single" mode routes both video and audio output via the main HDMI output, and "Pure Audio" mode which delivers an audio-only output from the sub HDMI terminal.

Jitter-free Sound Transmission with Pioneer AV receivers*

The UDP-LX500 achieves incredibly high-purity, jitter-free transmission when connected (via HDMI) with an PQLS-equipped AV receiver*. By improving the precision of signal information, the player delivers a very high standard of multi-channel sound quality.(*SC-LX701, SC-LX801, SC-LX901).

Other Notable Features Zero Signal Terminal for audio/video tuning

The Zero Signal Terminal is an original Pioneer-developed feature that is designed to optimise audio and video quality. By connecting the Zero Signal Terminal to a suitable audio/video input terminal on an AV receiver etc., the reference ground level (GND) of audio/video signals between the two devices is matched and aligned, with any potential differences suppressed, allowing owners to enjoy audio and video with an even further improved S/N and performance level.

Three-Block Internal Layout with Double-Layered Chassis

The blocks for power supply, drive/digital processing, and analogue audio are separated into three to eliminate electrical and magnetic interference between the blocks. The 1.6 mm-thick chassis base is reinforced with a 3 mm-thick steel plate Rigid Under Base. This Double-Layered Chassis structure provides a low centre-of-gravity and overall rigidity that prevents the transfer of external vibration to the inner chassis, and offers a superior reading of the disc.




Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback

Ultra HD Blu-ray is the latest disc format with up to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, four times the resolution of 1080p Full HD. In addition to Ultra HD Blu-ray, the UDP-LX500 is compatible with regular Blu-ray™, DVD, SACD, and audio CD, so you can enjoy the highest video resolution, as well as your digital disc collection on a single disc player.




6-Layered Main Circuit Board for High S/N Ratio

 A 6-layered IVH is used for the main circuit board to thoroughly eliminate digital noise. This optimises the digital signal wiring and minimises GND impedance, and dramatically improves S/N ratio in audio/video signal processing. The 18 Gbps transmission through the latest HDMI standard becomes even more precise.




Disc Information On-Screen Display


You can display the disc information on your screen by pressing and holding the remote control’s DISPLAY button. In addition to the playing disc’s details, you can easily check mastering information such as MaxFALL (Maximum Frame Average Light Level) and MaxCLL (Maximum Content Light Level) available on some HDR content, as well as HDMI output information.



PQLS Jitter-less Sound Transmission

With the precision quartz controller on a compatible AV receiver, Pioneer's PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock System) eliminates distortion caused by timing errors. It controls the amount of audio signals from the AV receiver to the UDP-LX500, giving the best possible digital-to-analogue conversion. UDP-LX500 supports PQLS 2ch Audio, Multi-Surround, and Bit-stream.




Zero Signal Terminal


The Zero Signal Terminal is a Pioneer-original feature dedicated to tuning audio and video quality without signal transmission. By connecting the Zero Signal Terminal with the audio/video input terminal of an AV receiver etc., the reference level (GND) of the audio/video signals is aligned between the two devices, and the potential difference is suppressed, allowing a precise and high-quality signal transmission.



Audio Features

  • Highly Precise D/A Conversion
  • Direct Function for Pure Analogue Audio Output
  • Dual HDMI Output
  • PQLS Jitter-less Sound Transmission via HDMI (with compatible AV Receiver)

Video Features

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback
  • SDR/HDR Preset Mode for Optimal Performance for the Display
  • Video Adjust
  • HDR10
  • Dolby Vision (Low Latency Compatible)
  • 36-bit Deep Colour/”x.v.Colour”

 Operating Features

  • Disc Information On-Screen Display
  • Continued Viewing Playback
  • 30 sec Skip Forward/10 sec Skip Back
  • Auto Power Off
  • Firmware Update (USB/Network)
  • Self-Illuminating Remote Control

Playback Discs

  • USB Memory/HDD


  • HDMI 2 Out (1 Main for Audio/Video, 1 Sub for Audio)
  • Digital Coaxial Out
  • Digital Optical Out
  • USB 2 In (1 Front, 1 Rear)
  • Ethernet
  • RS-232C
  • Analogue Audio Out (Unbalanced)
  • Zero Signal Terminal (for Audio/Video Quality Tuning)

Dimensions & Weight

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 435 x 118 x 337 mm
  • Weight: 10.3 kg

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