With all the hype and bluster surrounding 3D, it’s easy to forget that movies are still perfectly enjoyable in two dimensions, old-fashioned though it may seem. In fact, there are many people to whom 3D is a four-letter word – they’d rather seek out a Blu-ray player that concentrates on playing 2D discs well and save themselves a bit of cash in the process.
To that end, there’s a wide range of affordable non-3D Blu-ray players on the market, including the Panasonic DMP-BD75 and this little number from Toshiba. The BDX1100 is the entry-level player in Toshiba’s current range (due to be replaced over the next few months) and comes with a modest-looking spec sheet, as befits a player with such a bargain basement price tag.
Obviously, at this price you’re not going to get the finest build quality known to man, and indeed the deck feels light and hollow. However, it’s surprisingly attractive for a budget machine, with a lovely gloss-black fascia and some unusual curves and slopes. And at 360(w) x 45(h) x 232(d)mm it’s more compact than most players too, which could be handy if you’re using it in the kitchen or bedroom where there may be less space to play with.
On the fascia are a few discreet buttons including play and stop, as well as an LED display panel that’s so small it’s difficult to read. Tucked away at the bottom is an SD card slot that can be used for digital media playback and BD Live content storage (for the latter you’ll need a card of at least 1GB).
The rear panel is sparse, but goes one better than the Panasonic DMP-BD75 by adding a coaxial digital audio output that allows you to pipe Dolby Digital and DTS digitally if your receiver lacks HDMI inputs. You also get an HDMI output of course, capable of sending 1080/24p pictures, HD audio bitstreams and PCM, alongside composite video and stereo audio outputs. The selection is topped off by an Ethernet port, which in this case is used solely for accessing BD Live content from the Internet.