In terms of picture performance, though, the BDX2000 is most definitely up to scratch. Beautiful 1080p transfers like ”Spider-Man 3” are passed to the screen with all of their detail and luscious colour saturation intact, without any obvious problems.
The deck renders the image with an intense sharpness during bright scenes like Spidey’s broad-daylight barneys with Sandman, but copes expertly with dark scenes too. Particularly impressive is the clarity it brings to the shot of Peter and Mary lying on a web in the woods, and when the alien gunk creeps onto the back of Peter’s scooter, its inky blackness is starkly juxtaposed with the darkness surrounding it. Class.
To get a more objective perspective we loaded up the Silicon Optix Blu-ray and were very happy with the results. None of the tests caused it any major problems – it locked onto the cadence of the video resolution test straight away, rendered the jaggies test bars with smooth edges and dealt with video noise effectively. Only flickering on some of the boxes during the film resolution SMPTE pattern gave us any cause for concern, which funnily enough is the exactly the same problem that beset the Marantz BD7004.
It also does a respectable job of upscaling DVDs to 1080p, although as mentioned earlier the inclusion of XDE would have no doubt turned a good upscaling performance into a great one.
Digitally-transferred audio is problem-free and sounds superb through our test system, and when using the stereo outputs to play music, there are no complaints with the well-balanced sound on offer.
When all is said and done, we can’t help feeling a little underwhelmed by the BDX2000. Perhaps it was unreasonable to expect something earth shattering given Toshiba’s relatively late entry into the Blu-ray game, but even still we expected something more compelling than the unremarkable deck we have here.
Don’t get us wrong; when it comes to the core Blu-ray player duties there’s nothing particularly wrong with the BDX2000 – it delivers crisp pristine hi-def pictures to your TV, plays the main digital media formats via SD card and sports an agreeable operating system.
But while the lack of exciting features like Wi-Fi and web streaming is forgiveable, particularly as the Toshiba BDX2000 is some £50 cheaper than the LG BD390, the big disappointments are its sluggish load and reaction times and that it didn’t come equipped with XDE, the inclusion of which should have been a no-brainer.
So not a memorable entree into the world of Blu-ray from the inventor of HD DVD, but maybe it has something special up its sleeve for future generations. A Net Player/Blu-ray combi perhaps? Let’s hope so.
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