The MVBD2510 is Memorex's first Blu-ray player and is priced as an entry-level model. We have not performed a hands-on review of the MVBD2510, but here is an overview of its features. This is only a Profile 1.1 player, which means it contains the necessary audio and video decoders for BonusView/picture-in-picture content, but it lacks the BD-Live Web functionality you get when you move up to Profile 2.0. The MVBD2510 offers bitstream output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. It does not support any type of video-on-demand streaming or download service, such as those offered by Netflix, Amazon, and CinemaNow.
In terms of video connections, you get HDMI, component video, S-video, and composite video outputs. The player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI. The setup menu doesn't offer any advanced picture adjustments, such as preset picture modes or noise reduction. On the audio side, the MVBD2510 offers HDMI, optical and coaxial digital, and both 2- and 5.1-channel analog audio outputs. The player will pass the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode; it also offers onboard decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD High Resolution, but not the more common DTS-HD Master Audio. The inclusion of multichannel analog audio outputs makes this model a good choice if you own an older, non-HDMI A/V receiver, and you don't often find this feature in budget-priced players. The setup menu includes the option to set speaker distance for the analog outputs.
The MVBD2510's disc drive supports BD, DVD, CD audio, MP3, WMA, and JPEG playback. Because this is not a Profile 2.0 player, it lacks an Ethernet port for quick firmware updates and BD-Live Web access. It does include a front-panel USB port that supports playback of MP3, WMA, and JPEG files. Not surprisingly for a budget player, the unit lacks advanced control ports, such as RS-232 or IR.
Read about the high points and the low points of the MVBD2510 on Page 2.
• The MVBD2510 supports 1080p/24 output for Blu-ray titles.
• The player can pass Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio in bitstream
form over HDMI, and it can internally decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD
High Resolution. Multichannel analog audio outputs are included.
• It can play picture-in-picture bonus content.
• The USB port allows for easy playback of digital music and photos.
• The MVBD2510 lacks internal decoding of DTS-HD Master Audio, which is more common than DTS-HD High Resolution.
• This is not a Profile 2.0 player and therefore lacks an Ethernet port for BD-Live and firmware updates.
• The lack of network connectivity also means there's no support for video-on-demand streaming.
While the MVBD2510 is a good value, there are now a number of Profile
2.0 players that offer more Blu-ray functionality for a similar price.
If you are not interested in BD-Live Web features and are looking for a
reasonably priced unit to connect to an older, non-HDMI-equipped
receiver, this Memorex player is one of the least expensive models to
offer multichannel analog audio outputs.