Summary: The LG BD690 has a superb feature set and unique CD-ripping functionality, but it's expensive and a little more complicated to use than it needs to be.
Pros: The LG BD690 Blu-ray player has the unique capability of ripping music CDs directly to its built-in 250GB hard drive. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and an excellent suite of streaming-media services, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Vudu, MOG, Napster, and vTuner. The user interface for its streaming-media service content portal is the best we've seen this year.
Cons: The BD690 is expensive, costing about $100 more than players without the CD-ripping feature. The CD-ripping feature is of little use to techies who ripped their CDs years ago, and while it's relatively easy to use, it's also unnecessarily slow and tedious.