LG BD300 Blu-ray Player - LG BD300

By Danny Phillips



Our Score:


In action the BD300 is a very slick and co-operative machine, boasting stunning onscreen menu presentation imbued with snazzy colours and modern fonts. The focal point for the operating system is the Home menu, which shows you the different types of media available using sharp graphics. The setup menu allows you to make tweaks with consummate ease, but we're especially impressed by the CD/MP3 playback menus, which display a graphic equaliser during playback.

It's backed up by a terrific remote that might be big and dull to look at, but the core controls are arranged in a convenient manner and everything is clearly labelled.

The BD300 boots up in less than 20 seconds, and demonstrates the huge strides that have been made in disc loading times since the BD100 was launched. It gets the first menu on the Hellboy 2 disc up and running in 32 seconds (slightly slower than the 25 seconds quoted on the LG website but still impressive). Spider-Man 3's first menu took around 35 seconds to appear.

After a run-through of Hellboy 2 on Blu-ray on the Toshiba 46ZV555D (running at 24fps), it becomes clear that the LG can deliver some impressive hi-def pictures with movie discs, even if it doesn't have the prowess to topple the best players in this price range. The difference is apparent from the Troll Market scene, or shots of Prince Nuada working out in the subway towards the beginning - these gloomy scenes aren't as distinct and well contrasted as we've seen them on other players, with some of the background detail getting lost among the shadows. Likewise the scene where Hellboy and the gang battle a swarm of Tooth Fairies, which gets a bit hard to follow at times amid the darkness.

We compared the LG with a few rival Blu-ray decks including the Samsung BD-P1500 and its level of performance is similar, but it's worth noting that the slightly pricier Panasonic DMP-BD55 and Denon DVD-1800BD handle this disc a lot more convincingly.

But everything else is absolutely on the money. The deck's detail reproduction really stands out, making the movie's intricately-crafted sets, costumes and characters look blisteringly sharp and textured - you can even make out the tiny pockmarks on Hellboy's latex make-up. Its colour handling is also impressive, reproducing Hellboy's red skin with convincing depth while maintaining a natural tone, plus it conveys the Forest God's shades of green with irresistible vibrancy.

Mathew White

January 17, 2009, 11:16 pm

I got through no less than 4 LG DVD players (with HDDs) ranging from 𧶀 up to 𧹺 before I gave up them. Every machine suffered the exact same problem - after trying to play any Region 1 disc, they would no longer play any single layered Region 2 discs. A very strange firmware fault. I managed to get a refund and ended up with Panasonic.. far superior. I have a few LG products in the house and am retty happy with them all, but I won't touch their disc players again.


January 18, 2009, 5:00 am

Is it just me, or did DVD players get under 𧴜 quicker that Blu-ray players have? I understand that Sony has to recoup dev costs, and early players were basically repackaged desktop pcs with p4 chips in them... so perhaps what is needed is a cheapo chipset from the no-name manufacturers? Blu-ray has been around for a while, and I still see the format as an indulgence for enthusiasts. Sorry this sounds so negative! DVD to HD formats isn't quite the step that was taken when we went from VHS to DVD. Will Blu-ray ever be widely adopted or squashed flat by internet-connected media centres and video on demand?


January 18, 2009, 5:02 am

Although this and the other players in the 250 bracket review very well I'm just not convinced by the price of the media (ouch) nor the apparent boot up times & loading time of the blu-ray disks - go make yourself a brew. Having owned 1 expensive Sony DVD deck from back in the day, and now experiencing the joys of almost instant viewing from WD's HD TV, I'm now viewing the future. Having to find my film of choice (amungst my extensive DVD collection) and then open a tray and eventually eject it seems a thing of the past. Just give me my 1080p HD experience on download and I'll be happy. Blu-ray Blu-late Blu-it for me!


January 19, 2009, 5:00 pm

@GhehinG, I think it's just down to supply and demand, there is not mass appeal for BlueRay, as such it's taking longer for the price to drop. Also the format war didn't help. Like you pointed out nowadays there are more ways to get HD, some would say was there really any need for BlueRay?. Maybe even ReadOnly USB pens might have been a better media.

Andy Vandervell

January 19, 2009, 5:16 pm

If anything the end of the format war allowed the manufacturers to postpone price cuts that would have happened has HD DVD been there to compete with. Now that the global economy is as it is, it seems less and less likely we'll be seeing a significant reduction in prices. :(


January 19, 2009, 6:41 pm

HDRE, downloading 1080p HD may be the best solution for you, but with my connection (broadband, just not that great) I could probably get the Blu-Ray delivered in the time it takes to download - and that's assuming my ISP doesn't cut me off for "breach of fair usage policy" halfway through.

That said, I am not ready to invest serious money in Blu-Ray. Some discs are reasonably priced - Hellboy 2 cost me less than the DVD version - but personally I can't see myself buying a standalone Blu-Ray player. Personally I think multi-purpose devices like the PS3, and PCs with Blu-Ray players, are the way to go at this point.

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