Review Price £141.01
Disc loading is comparatively slow – Terminator Salvation’s opening video appeared after 58 seconds, and we’ve seen other players load this Java-packed disc in around 35. Other discs with less complex menus loaded a lot faster though.
When you reach the movie, image quality is superb. It plucks every pixel from the intensely detailed Children of Men Blu-ray and chucks them on screen with a sharpness and clarity that’ll convert HD refuseniks in an instant.
It misses none of the nuance in the grubby London street settings, picking out the clever futuristic background detail and giving at all a satisfyingly, deep cinematic lustre. Of course your TV has a big part to play in the quality of these pictures, but the LG holds up its end of the bargain.
The colour palette is nicely judged too. It’s not the easiest movie to get right, but the natural look of skin tones and leafy greens is testament to some decent chroma processing.
Onto 3D and the deck doesn’t put a foot wrong with our trusty Avatar disc. Again it’s at the mercy of the screen you’re watching it on, but the solid, blur-free objects, focused detail and impressive sense of depth can only mean that the deck is doing a good job.
Next we ran through the Silicon Optix Blu-ray and DVD discs, and with the former there’s some flickering on the Film and Video Resolution Loss test that indicates some processing shortcomings, but elsewhere there are no jaggies and camera pans over fine detail look smooth. Upscaled DVDs are generally free from jaggies and reasonably detailed, although close inspection reveals a slightly gauzy look to the picture.
We also played CDs on the BD670 through our reference system (using both HDMI and analogue stereo outputs) and were satisfied with the nicely balanced sound on offer, rather than being blown away by it.
The BD670 is an impressive Blu-ray deck that makes a great case for a place high up on your shopping list. It boasts built-in Wi-Fi, DLNA media streaming, much-improved web content over previous LG players and wide digital media support.
Finding a Blu-ray player with this many features for under 150 quid is a real boon, and for that reason it scores highly on value. Only the slightly workmanlike looks, occasionally ropey build quality and the single USB port let the side down – otherwise the BD670 is among the best budget Blu-ray decks around.
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