Conclusion: Despite a fair amount of ergonomic nitpicking on the part of yours truly, when you look at the LG amid the pack of competing Blu-ray Disc players, there really is a lot to like about the BX580. And while a second HDMI output and multi-channel analog audio outputs would have been nice, as well as some on-board storage for BD-Live, you can't argue with the BX580's lightning-fast disc loading, its robust suite of web apps, or its strong video performance.
Pros: Slick NetCast user interface, Generous suite of web applications including Netflix and Vudu, Fast. Like "I'm your Huckleberry" fast., DLNA Client and easy-to-use HomeLink interface
Cons: Home screen "ice cube" navigation is unique but sluggish, Remote lacks backlighting and its cursor pad needs work, No multi-channel analog audio outputs; no secondary HDMI 1.3 output for compatibility with older gear, No onboard memory for BD-LIVE; no rear USB port
Excerpt: LG definitely seems to be looking to the future with its BX580. The design itself is sleekly minimalist, with just two buttons visible on the outward casework, and a seamless, glossy front panel that hides the disc drive, USB connection and remaining operation buttons. Switch it on and the menus are similarly stylish, with each icon contained in a transparent, floating cube.
Pros: Stylish chassis, menus and remote, vibrant, sharp pictures with all types of disc, detailed upscaling, fast-paced audio
Cons: Less exciting than the best with 3D, overly enhanced 2D Blu-ray edges, audio could do with greater body
Excerpt: For a brand that’s been aggressively at the forefront of 3D technology, and which has recently signed a much-trumpeted ‘preferred TV partner’ 3D deal with Sky, LG has been somewhat tardy with letting us have a look at its debut 3D Blu-ray player. But it’s finally here, in the shape of the BX580, and it’s a shame it’s now got such an awful lot of scarily strong competition to contend with.
Excerpt: For a brand that's been aggressively at the forefront of 3D technology, and which has recently signed a much-trumpeted 'preferred TV partner' 3D deal with Sky, LG has been somewhat tardy with letting us have a look at its debut 3D Blu-ray player. But it's finally here, in the shape of the BX580, and it's a shame it's now got such an awful lot of scarily strong competition to contend with.
Excerpt: The LG BX580 does an excellent job turning the bits on a DVD or Blu-ray disc into stunning images. Its internet content and multimedia capabilities are among the best. And for a 3D Blu-ray player, an online price of around £175 is remarkably reasonable. Shop around and you may even be able to find bargain deals of around £150.