Posted on 26th August, 2018


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 expected to be available in September and while Australian pricing has not yet been set, in the UK it will sell for just shy of £1,000 ($1,750 AUD).

First spotted it in the wild at a trade show in Japan in June, and then again by StereoNET in Hong Kong earlier this month, all indications look like it is ready for full production.

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 compatible with 192kHz/24Bit and DSD 5.6 MHz files.

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. Australian pricing has not yet been confirmed.

For more information go to Pioneer.

The article Is the Pioneer UDP-LX500 the first to fill the OPPO gap? first appeared on StereoNET UK.


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Jay Garrett

StereoNET’s Bass playing Hi-Fi junkie and UK correspondent heads up StereoNET UK as Editor. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.

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