At least the BDX2000 doesn’t overlook any of the basics. It will output Blu-ray video in its native 1080/24p format, which should result in judder-free playback on a compatible display, and will upscale DVDs to 1080p. But it’s very disappointing to find that Toshiba hasn’t included its XDE processing to enhance the DVD side of things – this impressive technology proved very successful on its XDE-600 DVD deck, and could have really given this player an advantage over similarly-priced Blu-ray players, but its absence is a missed opportunity. Hopefully we’ll see it introduced into subsequent models.
As for the remaining features, fans of x.v.Colour, Deep Colour and Regza Link (we know you’re out there) can breathe a huge sigh of relief with the news that all three are supported, while the presence of a two-stage Virtual Surround mode and Noise Reduction is sure to cause spontaneous outbursts of excitement among pockets of the AV community.
The onscreen interface is no great shakes but perfectly usable. Although the icons are jazzier and the general layout has been tweaked, the menu options and submenu structure are similar to the Marantz BD7004 we looked at recently, and by association some Denon players.
The setup menu is broken down into Custom, Quick and Initialise sections which is a tidy way of doing things, and makes it easy to find the option you’re looking for. Network setup is easy if you’ve got a DHCP router as the IP address is assigned automatically, but even if you have to punch it in manually the menus make it pretty straightforward.
The display that appears when you hit the Mode button on the remote is also similar to the Marantz deck, although you don’t get any picture adjustments. Everything is controlled by a dull yet functional remote, which is similar to Toshiba’s DVD/HDD recorder zapper but with better button placement.
On the whole the BDX2000 isn’t the slickest Blu-ray deck we’ve ever encountered. It’s a bit sluggish to respond to some remote commands, particularly when pressing the Rev/Fwd keys or entering the setup menu – which, coincidentally, can’t be accessed without stopping the movie first. It’s also well down the rankings in terms of Blu-ray disc loading speed, taking around 30 seconds to even recognise the disc, then taking a further 30 to reach ”Spider-Man 3’s” Sony Pictures sting.