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LG BX580 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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LG-bx580-reviewed.gifLG has announced its first 3D Blu-ray player, the BX580 ($399.99). Not surprisingly, the BX580 lands at the top of LG's 2010 Blu-ray line and has most of the coveted Blu-ray functions. We have not performed a hands-on review of the BX580, but here is an overview of its features. This Profile 2.0 player supports BD-Live Web functionality and BonusView/picture-in-picture playback, and it offers both onboard decoding and bitstream output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The BX580 features built-in 802.11n for a wireless network connection, and it allows you to stream digital media content from a DLNA-compliant server. The player supports LG's NetCast Web platform, which includes access to video-on-demand services from VUDU, Netflix, and CinemaNow, as well as Pandora, YouTube, Picasa and more.

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In terms of video connections, the BX580 offers HDMI, component video and composite video outputs (no S-video). This player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI. Video adjustments include the ability to choose between several preset picture modes and access color, contrast, brightness, sharpness, and noise reduction controls. Audio outputs include HDMI, optical and coaxial digital, and two-channel analog. The BX580 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. The player lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so the only way to pass decoded high-resolution audio formats is via HDMI.

The BX580 supports the BD, DVD, CD audio, AVCHD, Divx, WMA, MP3 and JPEG formats. You can add the player to your home network using either the back-panel Ethernet port or the internal 802.11n wireless module. The BX580 lacks internal memory to store BD-Live content; a front-panel USB port is provided for this purpose. The USB port also supports music, photo and movie playback. The player lacks advanced control ports, such as RS-232 or IR.

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