LG BD670 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

LG BD670 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell takes a look at the LG BD670 Blu-ray player and its features and capabilities to see how the player measures up against other modern players available at a similar price.

LG_BD670_Blu-ray_player_review.jpgThe BD670 ($229.99) is one of the LG's top-shelf 2011 Blu-player features, just a notch below the BD690 ($349.99) that incorporates a 250GB hard drive for personal media storage. We have not performed a hands-on review of the BD670, but here is a more comprehensive overview of its features. This player supports 3D playback, and it includes LG's Smart TV Web/media platform, which includes video-on-demand services, access to the LG Apps store, and DLNA media streaming. Netflix, VUDU, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora, and Picasa are among the available services. The BD670 features integrated 802.11n for a wireless network connection. It lacks the 2D-to-3D conversion found in some similarly priced players.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews by HomeTheaterReview.com's staff.
• Search for a 3D HDTV in our 3D HDTV Review section.
• Explore LED HDTVs and Plasma HDTVs to pair with the LG BD670.

The BD670's video outputs include HDMI, component video (SD only), and composite video. The player lacks the second HDMI output found on some higher-end 3D models (which is desirable when trying to mate a 3D player with an older, non-3D-ready A/V receiver). The video setup menu offers multiple picture modes, including a user mode in which you can adjust contrast, brightnes, color, sharpness, and noise reduction. There are no advanced 3D adjustments. On the audio side, in addition to HDMI, the BD670 offers optical digital and stereo analog audio outputs. The player 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 BD670 supports playback of BD, DVD, CD audio, AVCHD, Divx HD, WMV, AVI, WMA, MP3, WAV, JPEG, and PNG. You can add the player to your home network using either an Ethernet port or the internal 802.11n. The BD670 lacks internal memory to store BD-Live content; a front-panel USB port is provided for this purpose. This port also supports music, photo, and movie playback. The player lacks advanced control ports, such as RS-232 or IR.

Read about the high points and the low points of the LG BD670 on Page 2.LG_BD670_Blu-ray_player_review.jpgHigh Points
• The BD670 supports 3D playback.
• The player has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources.
• It supports BD-Live and BonusView/PIP Blu-ray features.
• The player features integrated WiFi, as well as a wired network connection option.

The Smart TV platform features most of the hottest services, including
Netflix, VUDU, Amazon VOD, Pandora, and more. You also get DLNA
streaming.
• A remote control app is available for Android, iPhone, and iPad users.

Low Points
• The BD670 lacks dual HDMI outputs to send separate signals to your 3DTV and A/V receiver.

It also lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so it's not the best
choice for someone who owns an older, non-HDMI A/V receiver.
• The player doesn't offer 2D-to-3D conversion or any advanced 3D picture adjustments.
• There's no internal memory to store BD-Live content.
• The connection panel lacks RS-232 and/or IR control ports.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the LG BD670 with its competition
by reading the reviews for the Toshiba BDX5200,
Panasonic DMP-BDT210,
Samsung BD-D7500,
and Sony BDP-S580.
Learn more about 3D Blu-ray players by visiting our Blu-ray Players
section
.

Conclusion
With a street price under $200, LG's BD670
is a good value for a player with 3D capability, integrated WiFi, DLNA
media streaming, and a comprehensive selection of Web services. It lacks
a few options that you can find at this price, such as internal storage
for BD-Live, Skype capability, and 2D-to-3D conversion. If those
features matter to you, you might find a better deal elsewhere. If you
don't need the integrated WiFi, the step-down BD650 is WiFi-ready but
shares the rest of the BD670's features...for a street price under $150.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews by HomeTheaterReview.com's staff.
• Search for a 3D HDTV in our 3D HDTV Review section.
• Explore LED HDTVs and Plasma HDTVs to pair with the LG BD670.

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