- Clean, sharp 2D and 3D pictures
- Slick DLNA and internet operation
- Generous features-to-price ratio
- Drab looks
- Front panel build quality
- Only one USB and no built-in memory
- Review Price: £141.01
- 3D Blu-ray support
- Smart TV internet content and LG Apps
- DLNA media streaming
- Gracenote database
- LG Remote smartphone control
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.
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