Receivers continue to be sold under their brand:
I was under the impression they had circled the wagons (years ago) and shrunk down to just some car stereo product. Of course, simply the name surviving does not prove anything, as many recognized, historic brand names like Polaroid were bought up by Chinese companies. In some cases, what is now being sold under those brand names bears no relation to what the original company was known for.
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Based on their US website, Pioneer still sells a variety of home audio equipment as well as Blu-Ray PC drives and UHD Blu-ray PC drives, but no TVs and no UHD Blu-ray players. There is one Blu-ray player listed.Ignore list: hello_hello, tried, TechLord
For the price you can find better, Go with a 4k receiver that also has Dolby Atmos.
pioneer receivers have always been the lowest end of the quality spectrum without any "high end" acceptable models. yamaha or denon or almost any others are better choices.--
"a lot of people are better dead" - prisoner KSC2-303
Now, ten years later, they've stabilized, having gradually re-entered a few of the most popular home electronics categories. They'll never again be the iconic company they once were, but they did at least avoid becoming an empty shill brand like Polaroid (no doubt with some assistance from the Japanese government, which often intervenes to prevent total failure of famous Japanese brand names). Unfortunately the era of Pioneer being innovative and competitive at the higher end of products like TV displays and video recorders is probably over: many of the categories they previously excelled at have either become irrelevant altogether, or commodotized to the point of profitless.
I'm glad they somehow managed to hold onto a piece of the optical drive market, because they were (usually) a decent option there. One would assume there isn't much margin in raw drives, but perhaps reduced competition has shifted the economics more in their favor.
Thanks for filling in the blanks, guys. I had thought that in some of those categories -- not just the plasma TVs, and perhaps even extending to some of their receivers (?) -- they had been a fairly elite brand. (No pun intended.)
I had used their Atapi burners as my preferred standard, up to about 117, for many years. Still have a BD-206 in the retail box that was slated for a long-delayed tower system build. It's strange what can happen with some commoditized items. We have some desktop systems in an office that were built with these
which I've seen go on sale for at least $10. less, maybe even for as low as 10 bucks. Yet, they seem to be pretty reliable -- at least for writing data. (I don't know how well they'd fare with some of those accuracy graphs generated by ImgBurn or some test programs.) But how can they make something good selling at that price ?
In contrast, the BR version of this
has an apparently non-commodity price. Is Pioneer still competing on quality with LG and Samsung with their burners ?
I had thought that in some of those categories -- not just the plasma TVs, and perhaps even extending to some of their receivers (?) -- they had been a fairly elite brand. (No pun intended.)
The car branding analogy applies only up to a point: "premium" cars do typically offer something significant to earn their higher prices. The home electronics strategy has been much more random and scattershot. Some Pioneer and Sony "Elite" reworkings were/are more extensive than others: the "upgrades" range from purely cosmetic to wholesale swap-in of premium components, usually some compromise of both. You're more likely to find bespoke, unique models at the very top of the "Elite" lineups: from the midrange on down, you're usually just paying for a prettier faceplate/cabinet and not much else. North America tends to get the more dubious upgrades, while Europeans (and the Japan home market) often get notably better, more interesting "Elites" at a wider variety of price points. Screening out the posers from the real deal requires analyzing both UK and USA audio press, and parsing the reviews at various regional A/V and Amazon sites.
The heyday of "hifi" in the 1960s-1970s was a different story. Nobody got away with crappy, disposable plastic cosmetics: even the budget Pioneer-Kenwood-Onkyo-Sansui receivers, amps and tuners looked (and felt) more luxurious than modern-day Elite units. Mfrs differentiated their models based solely on the guts and specs inside, with a fairly simple "budget-adequate-good-better-best" strategy. This was exemplified by Pioneer's (now-highly-collectible) "silver-face" epoch: models in the 5500 series were decent mid-fi, move up to the 9500 series and performance increased incrementally. Granted, Japanese amps and receivers weren't considered truly audiophile by the snobs, but in many cases the performance came close enough (esp top FM tuners like TX-9500).
That all ended by the late 1980s, as cookie-cutter black plastic junk flooded the market. Here and there, the majors would cough up a surprisingly good unit, but there seemed to be no reliable correlation between price and performance (or year-to-year consistency). Niche players cemented their hold on the "true audiophile" while the major brands became complacent and interchangeable. That still holds true today. The Pioneer (etc) home theater receivers lurch from surprisingly good to surprisingly bad (and back again) with every model change: you couldn't make sense of it even with a spreadsheet. About all one can do is gamble based on reviews, try out a couple good prospects, and pray one of them appeals to your senses. Then, pray some more that the damned thing won't self-destruct before you get at least two years out of it. The more complicated this stuff gets, the more catastrophic the defects and breakdowns.
pioneer peaked with their really nice plasma tv. too bad it was only 720p and generally didn't last very long or ever updated. their optical drives back when they were manufacturing their own were awesome. unfortunately from an audiophile's perspective their receivers have always been lame.--
"a lot of people are better dead" - prisoner KSC2-303
I can't recall seeing much written about Samsung drives lately. I did a search and found only one Samsung Blu-ray drive that appears to be in production currently, a slim external Blu-ray drive.Ignore list: hello_hello, tried, TechLord
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