At the rear, the BDP-160 has a single HDMI output, along with a digital coaxial output, stereo analogue outputs, an Ethernet port and a second USB input. Pioneer hasdropped the composite video output from last year's models, which is no great loss, but they have added built-in WiFi. This is good news as its absence was one of our only complaints about the previous line-up.
The remote control is a plain black plastic affair that's comfortable to hold and sensibly laid out. All the main controls are available, with the navigation keys centrally located and the play/pause/stop/skip buttons just above. There are also all the usual buttons you would expect to find on a Blu-ray remote control, along with a button for selecting the layers on a SACD and even a dedicated button for YouTube. There also a button for dimming the front display, although it can't be turned off completely.
Setup and Menus
Within Initial Setup there are the Display Settings, which include TV Screen, Video Adjust and Noise Reduction. Then there's the Audio Output settings and here you can select the Digital Output, Downmix, Downsampling and DRC (Dynamic Range Control).
Next up we have the HDMI page, which contains all the video and audio settings for the HDMI outputs, here you can choose the Colour Space, the Resolution, HDMI Audio Out, the Control option for HDMI CEC compatible devices, HDMI Deep Colour, HDMI 1080p 24Hz, the HDMI 3D settings and finally, whether or not you want to see the 3D health warning.
The next page relates to Network, where you can check the settings, run a connection test, enable the internet connection, permit BD-Live and enable DLNA. Then there is the page for Languages, where you set all the correct languages, Playback where you can set things like angle, secondary audio, disc auto playback, last memory etc. and Security where you set the disc age limits. Finally there is a page called Options, where you set things like the screen saver, quick start and updates.
The BDP-160 is compatible with Pioneer's iControlAV2013 remote app and as well as controlling their Blu-ray players, it also doubles as a controller for their receivers. We tried both the iOS and Android versions and found them both to be attractive and well-designed apps that worked very well.
1080p & 3D Playback
Subjective Audio Tests
Disc Load Times
- Standby (Normal): 0W
- Standby (Quick Start): 7W
- On but idle: 8W
- Playing a disc: 9W
- Impressive audio and video
- Excellent video processing
- Stylish and elegant design
- Decent build quality
- Quiet during operation
- Well designed menu system
- Navigation could be more responsive
- Limited smart features
Pioneer BDP-160 3D Blu-ray Player Review
The Pioneer BDP-160 uses the classic black finish and brushed metal styling found on their other Blu-ray players and we definitely prefer it to somer of the more inventive designs we've seen lately. The layout is minimalist but effective, with a central disc tray, an informative display, some basic buttons and a USB port. There's a second USB port at the rear, along with an HDMI output, a digital coaxial out, stereo analogue outputs and an Ethernet port. The build quality is very good for a budget player, the chassis is full size which makes a nice change and there is built-in WiFi. The remote control is a simple black plastic affair but it gets the job done and the BDP-160 is compatible with Pioneer's latest remote app, which is excellent.
The menu is clear and concise, without being unnecessarily flashy, and setup was easy. The smart features are rather limited, with only YouTube and Picasa being available. However the file support is excellent and the BDP-160 should be able to handle just about anything you throw at it. The boot-up time was a bit slow but this could be improved by using the quick start mode, although this did increase the power consumption in standby. The load up times for discs were about the same as the competition and whilst the navigation response could be a little slow, player was quiet during playback and only used 9W.
The video and audio performance of the BDP-160 was excellent and with Blu-rays it delivered the digital signals over HDMI flawlessly. The video processing was also very impressive, resulting in excellent DVD playback. The BDP-160 handled all the audio formats we tried with ease and its playback of CD and SACD over digital was excellent. There is also the option to use the onboard DAC and the stereo analogue outputs but in general we'd recommend using the player as a digital transport. Overall the Pioneer BDP-160 was an excellent budget Blu-ray player that proves you don't have to sacrifice looks and performance, even as you reduce the cost.
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