Pioneer Elite UDP-LX500 Universal Disc Player

Model: UDP-LX500 UPC: 889951001379 Item: 171837

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Pioneer Elite UDP-LX500 Universal Disc Player Overview

Pioneer’s latest Elite Universal Disc Player lives up to every word in its name. It’s one of the rarefied few top-of-the-line 4K HD Blu-ray players that easily reproduce every cinematic detail flawlessly, with full support for high-dynamic range formats for enhanced color range and brightness. Engineered to the Nth degree and optimized for any display, the UDP-LX500 also displays regular HD and standard-definition DVDs to finest effect. And it will play nearly any 5-inch silvery music disc in your collection, from standard CD and home-burned DVDs and CDs to Super Audio CDs. A full array of connections includes dual HDMI, digital coaxial and optical, two USB and Ethernet. A tank-like structure with a double-layered chassis and six-layer main circuit board, and the highest quality circuit components and digital-audio conversion chips, all combine to make the UDP-LX500, Pioneer’s first premium 4K player, the perfect AV source for the most elite home cinema – and audio – systems.

Product Information

Elite’s brand-new universal disc player brings the spectacle of Ultra HD Blu-ray to your home entertainment, with four times the resolution of 1080p Full HD. Featuring three-block internal layout, Ultra Rigid Construction, and Double-Layered Chassis for a robust build, 6-layered main circuit board, SDR/HDR preset mode, and support for HDR10/Dolby Vision for quality picture, as well as premium audio DAC and Zero Signal Terminal for high-grade sound, the UDP-LX500 lets you enjoy the highest video resolution as well as your other digital disc collections.


  • Three-block internal layout
  • Ultra-rigid construction without radiation holes
  • Double-layered chassis reinforced with 3mm steel plate
  • 6-layered main circuit board for high s/n ratio
  • Rigid and quiet UHD BD drive
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray playback
  • SDR/HDR preset mode
  • Video adjust
  • HDR10
  • Dolby Vision
  • 36-bit Deep Color/x.v.color
  • High precise D/A conversion
  • Direct function for pure analog audio output
  • Dual HDMI output
  • Continued viewing playback
  • Auto power off
  • Playback for BD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+RW, Audio CD, CD-ROM/CD-R/CD-RW USB memory/HDD

Three-Block Internal Layout

The blocks for power supply, drive/digital processing, and analog audio are separated into three to eliminate electrical and magnetic interference between the block.

Ultra-Rigid Construction without Radiation Holes

Even the holes for heat radiation are excluded to realize a flat form with optimal electric circuit design, and minimum mechanical noise from the rotating system. The result is significantly low noise and even more rigid and stable chassis structure.

Double-Layered Chassis with Rigid Under Base for Rigidity and Low Center of Gravity

The 1.6mm-thick chassis base is reinforced with a 3mm-thick steel plate Rigid Under Base. This Double-Layered Chassis structure provides a low center-of-gravity and overall rigidity that prevents the transfer of external vibration to the inner chassis, and offers a superior reading of the disc.

Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback

Ultra HD Blu-ray is the latest disc format with up to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, four times the resolution of 1080p Full HD. In addition to Ultra HD Blu-ray, the UDP-LX500 is compatible with regular Blu-ray, DVD, SACD, and audio CD, so you can enjoy the highest video resolution, as well as your digital disc collection on a single disc player.

6-Layered Main Circuit Board for High S/N Ratio

A 6-layered IVH is used for the main circuit board to thoroughly eliminate digital noise. This optimizes the digital signal wiring and minimizes GND impedance, and dramatically improves S/N ratio in audio/video signal processing. The 18Gbps transmission through the latest HDMI standard becomes even more precise.

SDR/HDR Preset Mode for Optimal Performance for the Display

In addition to the video parameter “Reference” for reproducing the original master quality, you can select “LCD TV,” “OLED TV,” or “Projector”for the video quality best suited to your display. Additionally, there are SDR/HDR presets for each video parameter, that automatically switches between SDR preset and HDR preset according to the output signal.

Disc Information On-Screen Display

You can display the disc information on your screen by pressing and holding the remote control’s DISPLAY button. In addition to the playing disc’s details, you can easily check mastering information such as MaxFALL (Maximum Frame Average Light Level) and MaxCLL (Maximum Content Light Level) available on some HDR content, as well as HDMI output information .

PQLS Jitterless Sound Transmission

With the precision quartz controller on a compatible AV receiver, Pioneer’s PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock System) eliminates distortion caused by timing errors. It controls the amount of audio signals from the AV receiver to the UDP-LX500, giving the best possible digital-to-analog conversion. UDP-LX500 supports PQLS 2ch Audio, Multi-Surround, and Bit-stream.

Zero Signal Terminal

The Zero Signal Terminal is a Pioneer-original feature dedicated to tuning audio and video quality without signal transmission. By connecting the Zero Signal Terminal with the audio/video input terminal of an AV receiver etc., the reference level (GND) of the audio/video signals is aligned between the two devices, and the potential difference is suppressed, allowing a precise and high-quality signal transmission.

Product highlights

  • Rugged two-layer construction with reinforced steel underplate minimizes vibration transmission
  • Six-layer Inner Via Hole (IVH) main circuit board for improved A/V signal conduction and low noise
  • Three-block internal structure isolates transformer, digital drive and analog audio path
  • Zero Signal Terminal connects player to unused AV receiver input to synchronize ground potentials
  • Full 4K UHD playback with support for HDR10, Dolby Vision, 36-Bit Deep Color and other enhancements to hues and brightness
  • Separate settings for LED, OLED and projection, with Standard and High Dynamic Range (SDR and HDR) presets, to optimize video quality to display’s capabilities
  • Universal player accommodates home-recorded DVDs, BDs and CDs, as well as Super-Audio CDs
  • Top-quality audio reproduction with advanced DACs, quartz lock to eliminate timing errors, and Direct switch for pure output
  • Dimensions: 17-1/8" wide x 4-5/8" high x 13-1/4" deep
  • Weight: 22.7 lbs.
  • Warranty: 2 years – World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
  • Included: World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support

The strong, silent type

Pioneer’s engineers built the Elite UDP-LX500 on a sturdy foundation. The rigid construction of the chassis combines a 1.6mm base with a 3mm steel plate. The usual heat radiation holes are eliminated. The circuit board comprises six staggered layers with what are called IVH circuitry connections, for improved signal to noise ratio with less ground interference. And the power supply, the transport/digital electronics, and the analog audio processors are all installed in three separate blocks to isolate each from the other. In short, it’s built to virtually eliminate any interference or vibration, from inside or out, that might get between you and the source material.

Grounds for agreement

Pioneer’s unique Zero Signal Terminal is a connector that actually carries no signal – you connect it to an unused terminal on your AV receiver or preamp, says Pioneer, to synchronize the potential GND differences in the equipment for the highest quality signal transmission.

Perfectly paired to your panel

Pioneer lets you customize the UDP-LX500’s video output for LED and OLED screens or projectors, and equips each with separate high dynamic range (HDR) and standard dynamic range (SDR) presets, for the most accurate reproduction, optimized to any display.

Video to the highest standards

Right out of the box, the UDP-LX500 comes ready to handle the latest video enhancements. You get the full alphabet soup: HDR10, Dolby Vision, x.v.Color, and more, all designed to expand the ranges of brightness and hues and bring you ever closer to what the filmmaker intended. And should improvements be made (as they always are), the player’s firmware can be upgraded via USB or network connections.  

Audio to please golden ears   

With advanced digital-audio conversion (DAC) chips, optimized and isolated analog circuitry, quartz-lock capability to eliminate jitter and timing errors, and a Direct audio mode to eliminate unessential circuitry from the signal path, the UDP-LX500 is designed as much for the audiophile as the cinephile.

Served up on a silver platter

Over the years, a lot of varying content has been burned or pressed into 5-inch silver discs. And the “universal” nature of the UDP-LX500 means this player likely will handle whatever you’ve got in your collections – Blu-ray, DVD Video, DVD Audio, DVD-R and RW, Audio CDs, Super Audio CDs, CD-ROMs and CD-R and RW. If you’re not sure, just give it a spin.



  • HDMI 2 out (1 main for audio/video, 1 sub for audio)
  • Digital coaxial out
  • Digital optical out
  • USB 2 In (1 front, 1 rear)
  • Ethernet
  • RS-232C
  • Analog audio out (unbalanced)
  • Zero signal terminal (For audio/video quality tuning)
  • Power requirements: AC 120V, 60Hz
  • Power consumption: 28W
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 17 1/8" x 4 5/8" x 13 1/4"
  • Weight: 22.7 lbs.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • UDP-LX500 Universal Disc Player
  • Power cord
  • Remote
  • Manual


Customer Reviews for Pioneer Elite UDP-LX500 Universal Disc Player

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Rated 5 out of 5
Great 4K player
Awesome 4K player ! Highly recommend it!
This review was collected as part of a promotion
August 29, 2019
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I have not hooked it up yet. However, it arrived on schedule and was packed carefully and not damaged. Based on that I am rating it as 5 stars.
June 10, 2019
Rated 5 out of 5
I had this for about 2 weeks and I played some movies and the movies look glad I got it, it plays all dvds it is a good size 4k player it is expensive I diidnt mind pay the extra money because I was looking for quality
This review was collected as part of a promotion
March 30, 2019
over 2 years ago


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Why did you choose this?
World Wide Stereo Store
Build quality compared to other players. Plus, one YouTube reviewer said he got his from this store.
Thomas G on Nov 17, 2019
Plays SACD's and DVD Audio
Mary G on Jul 28, 2019
Build quality compared to other players. Plus, one YouTube reviewer said he got his from this store.
Thomas G on Nov 17, 2019
Great review on this player. Buying 1st time on World Wide Stereo site. Yet to see the complete customer services experience. Will level a review back on my overall experience soon.
VENKATESAN S on Aug 9, 2019
Plays SACD's and DVD Audio
Mary G on Jul 28, 2019
there is a lot of good feed back about this prouduct its top of the line it offers a lot that others dont
mike l on Mar 14, 2019
BEST 4K Player
JASON S on Mar 14, 2019
Youthman YouTube videos
Nicholas J on Feb 18, 2019
Great review on this player. Buying 1st time on World Wide Stereo site. Yet to see the complete customer services experience. Will level a review back on my overall experience soon.
VENKATESAN S on Aug 9, 2019
there is a lot of good feed back about this prouduct its top of the line it offers a lot that others dont
mike l on Mar 14, 2019
When will it be back?
A shopper on Jan 13, 2020
  We have experts available to discuss pricing and availability. Thanks
When will you be getting more LX500?
kevin s on Mar 6, 2020
  Give us a call. We have experts available to discuss pricing and availability.
What built in apps does it have like Netflix, Plex etc?
Brian G on Apr 18, 2019
  This unit does not have that functionality. The focus is 100% on the best possible disc playback.
What DAC chip is utilized for premium D-to-A conversion? Is it third-party (Sabre, etc) or Pioneer proprietary? What bit tesolution?
Triller on Sep 20, 2018
  The manufacturer does not publish information that answers your questions.
Does this player upscale DVDs to 4K? If so, what is the quality of the upscaling compared to competing products?
Robert L on Feb 19, 2020
  Thanks for your question. The UDP-LX500 does upscale DVDs to 4K.
Will it play foreign encoded discs ie PAL?
Eric K on Oct 19, 2019
  It will not. This is an NTSC, Region 1 player.
Does this player have DLNA support? Does it play MKV files?
A shopper on May 25, 2019
  I'm not seeing it listed in any of the manufacturer's published specifications.
Is this a multi disc player?
A shopper on May 11, 2019
  This is a single-disc player.