Conclusion: This could be a good time to grab an LG BD390, as the price has come down enough to make it a truly good value device. If you decide to take the plunge, you’ll be buying into a fantastic visual feast through the Blu-ray player and there’s enough features – internet and a highly adaptable file support to name but two – to keep you interested for years.
Summary: The LG BD390's combination of excellent image quality, superfast loading times, and its currently unbeatable feature set make it our top choice among premium standalone Blu-ray players.
Pros: Excellent image quality on Blu-ray movies; integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi; Netflix, YouTube, and CinemaNow streaming; superfast disc loading; plays music, videos, and pictures off a connected USB drive or over network; Profile 2.0 compatible; onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; 7.1 analog outputs; 1GB onboard memory.
Cons: Costs as much as a PS3; CinemaNow doesn't stack up to Amazon Video On Demand.
Conclusion: The BD 390 is a superb device that really can do everything: It delivers a first-class, extremely sharp, and colour-optimised Blu-ray picture, as well as YouTube videos and other multimedia treats. What’s more, the developers have provided every interface the modern home-cinema needs, and the player is quiet and economical.
Pros: Quiet, fast, and economical., YouTube access., Easy multimedia playback via LAN., Perfect film picture with true colour-management., Versatile HD-audio output.
Conclusion: Buying a Blu-ray Disc player has traditionally been all about choices and compromises. Do you want outstanding performance or do you want robust features including a variety of compelling streaming options? With the BD390, you can have it all: integrated WiFi, Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube and VUDU streaming, top-notch DVD and Blu-ray playback and even multi-channel analog outputs.
Pros: Built-in WiFi (802.11g or 802.11n), BD-Live capable right out of the box with 1 GB of on-board storage, Flexible audio options include multi-channel analog outputs and DTS Re-encode feature, More streaming options than you can shake a stick at including VUDU and Netflix, Excellent DVD upconversion and Blu-ray Playback, Local network streaming capabilities, Fast disc-loading times
Cons: Unexplained incompatibility with 3-channel PCM title, Inadequate configuration options for multi-channel analog outputs, A bit pricey (but you get what you pay for)
Excerpt: Established in South Korea in 1958 under the name of Goldstar, LG Electronics has been manufacturing home appliances and electronics for more than 50 years. In 1995, it acquired Zenith (the company that invented the remote control) and started to gain market share in North America with cell phone technology, digital set-top boxes, and televisions.
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