Pioneer HTZ-818BD – Lots of Feature

7/18/2012 11:44:51 AM

If man's best friend is a dog, then a HDTV's best friend would be a home theatre system. Pioneer is one of the brands that offer one too. Its current range of home-theatre electronics provides everything and they are calling it the HTZ-818BD. It is a 5.1 -channel Blu-ray system comprising head unit, subwoofer, five loudspeakers and more than a few connectivity tricks up its sleeve.

Pioneer HTZ-818BD

lack is class

Personally, I have always fancied black and with Pioneer HTZ-818BD, it couldn't be anymore high -gloss black even if it tried. Despite coming out a bit plasticky, it does have a solid and considerable feel to it all. Following the trend, it has the minimalist look and that's for all of the HTZ-818BD’s components. Even the subwoofer took the right diet plan and looked slim. In a small room, this design potentially saves a lot of space.

Feature galore

Description: Pioneer HTZ-818BD

Pioneer HTZ-818BD

The HTZ-818BD handles a variety of media, such as 3D Blu-ray playback, plus it supports iPod-video playback, DivX, DivX HD and MKV video formats. It also supports a range of surround-sound formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and has HDMI, Ethernet and USB connections to allow digital links to HDTVs, home computer networks and portable music players. Pioneer included YouTube, Google Picasa and AccuWeather for me to play around with. Also, I find it epic that a home theatre system allows me to go old school with an FM tuner.

Long setup

With quite a number of components and adjustments needed, it took me around 30 minutes of putting everything together. Thankfully, even after turning on the TV, I manage to get the player up and running, of course the operational manual helps a lot as all I need to do is to follow exactly what was written there.

Quite the performer

Visually and aurally, the Pioneer home theatre system delivered the action scenes with bags of enthusiasm, and really got the adrenaline pumping. Sure, it is the animated movie Monsters vs Aliens but I was impressed with the way the speakers came together as a whole.

It matched everything well giving me the feeling that was literally there in the movie. Also, as a Blu-ray player, there was no noise present at all during the entire movie. The colours were vibrant and accurate. Additionally, the deep black has plenty of depth to it as well. However, the subwoofer wasn’t perfect. Don't get me wrong because it produces good bass but it's not enough for that impact you have been waiting for throughout the movie.

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