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LG BD570 - Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

While it’s certainly not the fastest disc loader we’ve encountered, it’s still impressive. Terminator Salvation started playing 47 seconds after closing the disc tray, which is an acceptable wait in anyone’s book.

The BD570 is an assured picture performer too. The Silicon Optix HQV test patterns are a cakewalk for this deck – the edges of the rotating bars in the jaggies test are as smooth and stable as we’ve seen, while the Film and Video Resolution patterns are poised and free from strobing. The only minor foible we spotted is some gentle juddering as the camera pans across Raymond James stadium, but otherwise it passes every test without a hitch.

It’s equally impressive with movie material. Given Avatar to play with, the BD570 reproduces the movie’s kaleidoscope of colours with all the vibrancy and potency you’d expect, plus the razor-sharp detail reproduction will make your jaw drop. Everything from Pandora’s incredible CG landscapes to close-ups of Colonel Quaritch’s battle-scarred body looks mesmerising, and when combined with the punchy blacks and the lack of picture noise, it adds up to a superb picture performance.

It’s not quite so assured with SD material, as the DVD version of Avatar looks a little gauzy and suffers from mosquito noise. It’s watchable but we’ve seen better DVD upscalers than this.

On the audio side, the BD570 handles HD audio soundtracks without fault and has a good crack at music on CD. There’s a pleasing balance – not too thin or hard in the high-frequencies – which also works well when playing MP3 or WMA files through your sound system.

Verdict

The BD570 is a brilliant Blu-ray player, boasting fashionable looks, a lengthy feature list, extensive format support and razor-sharp picture quality. It’s just a shame that the amazing-looking menu system is slow to react and that NetCast’s online content pales in comparison to that of the Sony BDP-S570, its closest rival. As a result, Sony’s similarly-priced deck is a better buy, not only for its superior BRAVIA Internet Video service but also for its 3D compatibility out-of-the-box and built-in BD Live memory.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 8
  • Features 8
  • Design 9

TechnicPuppet

July 30, 2010, 1:54 pm

I would love more information about the DLNA streaming of MKV's.





Is it as good as a O!Play or WDTV Live?

Scump

July 30, 2010, 3:56 pm

@ TechnicPuppet. I have an LG50pk590 and the multimedia support on it is a like for like comparison of the BD570. In fact I believe the media support is largely unchanged since the 3XX series. The video codec support is immense, even that they support VOB playback. However it is very pushy about AAC audio beyond stereo. In the end I had to drop the cash on the WDTV Live rather than re-encode all those files again. Also netcast is pathetic, I never ever got youtube to work.

TechnicPuppet

July 30, 2010, 4:58 pm

@ Scump





Thanks for that, back to the drawing board then. Why are these manufacturers incapable of releasing a Blu Ray player than can do exactly what a £70 streamer can do?

Scump

July 30, 2010, 5:47 pm

@ TechnicPuppet. I feel your pain. I think to guarantee full media playback an investment in a Atom/Ion based nettop might be the more reliable albeit expensive option. However like the Danny Phillips said, the Sony BD-570 is a better alternative. I have a mate who has the Sony BD-470 (New firmware made it 3D ready). It doesn't have wireless in the box but it playbacks most high profile AAC audio codecs in any container you can throw at it locally or over a home network. Also the Bravia online video portal is fantastic for BBC iPlayer and its pretty good at the Lovefilm streaming. Plus it's in the same price range, worth having a look if you're after an all-in-one solution like myself. I wish LG would take their online offering a little more seriously in the UK and perhaps issue a firmware update once in a blue moon for their hardware.

Threepio

July 31, 2010, 1:19 am

@ TechnicPuppet


I have the LG BD570, and no... it's not as extensive in supporting all sorts of media as a WDTV Live or O!Play, but specifically streaming mkv's - that it does very well, even embedded subtitles are supported, something the BD390 didn't do. DTS works, as does 24p playback. As long as you stick to Avi's, Vobs and MKVs, this can easily replace a WDTV Live in my opinion.

Pbryanw

July 31, 2010, 1:24 am

I suppose you have to remember that multimedia support is quite a new feature on Blu-ray players (was it introduced on the last generation?), and will only improve with time.





I have the LG BD370 and have received a steady stream of firmware updates over the past year, so perhaps LG aren't too bad. Agree though, that they lag behind in offering extra services. Samsung are also behind in this regard too - they're supposed to have Lovefilm and iPlayer on their new Blu-ray machines but, as of yet, they've not been enabled.

Zetetic

July 31, 2010, 2:12 am

How does this compare to the older BD390? Forgetting price differences which is the better model?

BrendanS

August 1, 2010, 5:32 pm

I have BD390 and it chokes on more recent encodes. Producing blocky artifacts. Never mind that it won't play embedded subtitles over network (something the 570 corrects). BD390 reduced to mere Blu Ray and DVD player. I splashed on ASRock 330HT and installed XBMC Live. It plays everything, including mounting ISO backups of DVD. Worth it, IMHO.

TechnicPuppet

August 3, 2010, 12:52 pm

I am using an Acer Revo at the moment but was thinking about making it a Windows Home Server and getting a streamer or Blu Ray Player. Need to be a streamer by the looks of it.

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