The BD670 is LG’s latest top-of-the-range Blu-ray player, offering Full HD 3D support and the company’s redesigned internet content portal, Smart TV. It’s up against some stiff competition from the likes of Panasonic, Philips and Korean arch rival Samsung – all of which have their own internet-connected apps and streaming talents – but as per usual LG has price on its side, bringing you a wide range of features without breaking the bank.
The deck’s design is unspectacular, using a drab black finish and no fancy embellishments to lift it beyond aesthetic mediocrity. The buttons on the front aren’t touch sensitive, the display panel is small to the point of being useless and there’s a fairly plasticky and flimsy feel to the disc tray. In its favour, the rest of the casing is fashioned from aluminium and it’s remarkably slim (49mm), allowing you to slot it into an AV rack with minimum fuss.
There’s a USB port on the front too (hidden under a rubber dust cover), which allows you to play a wide range of music, video and photo formats from memory devices and external hard-disk drives. Supported formats include DivX, XviD, AVI, MKV, WMV, MP3, WMA, WAV, m4a and JPEG. AVCHD can additionally be played back from recordable DVDs.
On the back is a sparse array of sockets, including an HDMI v1.4 output, component, composite and analogue stereo outputs, an optical digital audio output and an Ethernet port. There are no multichannel analogue outs and certainly no second HDMI output, which could be a dealbreaker if your AV receiver lacks HDMI v1.4 inputs and you want to watch 3D pictures with HD audio.
The lack of a second USB port is also slightly problematic given the lack of built-in memory for BD Live downloads, which means regular BD Live users will have a USB stick poking awkwardly from the front.