Pioneer has announced the launch of its BDP-LX91, the company's flagship BD-Live Blu-ray disc player.

The reference-quality player features are said to be built with the industry's most advanced components including a Pioneer-Renesas jointly developed core processor chipset.

With a 16-bit video engine to provide "impeccable" video decoding, I/P conversion, video scaling and video adjustments, Pioneer promises "superior" picture performance from upscaled-to-1080p DVD as well as Blu-ray.

The BDP-LX91 offers 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and bit stream output, dual HDMI outputs and CD playback.

The BDP-LX91 features BD-Live, or Profile 2.0, so gets an Ethernet port that allows users to access interactive and online content and take part in online chats, games and the like.

With an aluminium chassis and ultra-rigid steel bottom plate, the player's official pricing is around the £1500 mark.