Another neat feature is Audio CD recording, which allows you to rip tracks from CDs onto a connected USB device. There’s a choice of 128k, 192k, 320k and lossless quality, plus when you insert a CD the deck looks up the details on the Gracenote Media Database, but you need to be online for this to work. The BX580 also carries out all the standard Blu-ray player duties such as decoding Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio soundtracks to PCM and outputting hi-def video at 1080/24p.
Accessing the BX580’s wealth of features is easy thanks to the thoughtfully designed onscreen menus. The Home menu looks great, using the same innovative design as the BD570. The background is a tank of rippling water and each of the options (Movie, Photo, Home Link, Setup etc) is a bobbing block of ice containing the relevant icon. As noted on the BD570, it’s a little slow to react to remote commands but only by a split second or so. The setup menu is a simpler affair, using a block in the middle of the screen listing all the options, but it’s easy to follow and contains all the crucial tweaks like HDMI audio options and video resolutions.
The remote is coated in a fetching gloss-black finish and poses no problems at all. The playback keys are nicely clustered in the centre, just above the intuitively arranged menu controls. The buttons are large and clearly labelled, plus they press down with a nice, responsive click. A cluster of keys at the bottom allows you to control LG TVs.
Hit the Info/Display button on the remote and a box appears on the left hand side of the screen, showing you all of the current settings and allowing you to access a range of picture presets (Vivid, Movie and Standard) as well as a User setting that lets you change the levels of contrast, brightness, colour, sharpness and noise reduction in the picture. 3D settings are virtually non-existent, amounting to a 3D Mode on/off option in the setup menu – everything is handled automatically, which is great for beginners.
Disc loading is surprisingly slow. The BX580 took 55 seconds to load Ice Age 3: The Meltdown on Blu-ray (3D version), while Terminator Salvation’s first video clip started playing exactly a minute after closing the disc tray.