First Look at LG BD670

From the start of Blu ray technology, LG has always been one of the first companies to adapt new technology and features into their Blu ray players. They were one of the first to offer hybrid HDDVD/Blu ray player along with full featured Blu ray players. LG was also one of the first to integrate internet streaming contents on their player. With most of the Blu ray players performing on similar level, it is the extra features that differentiate the players. With a head start in internet streaming contents, LG has firmly established itself as a big player in Blu ray player market.

Features

Electronics manufacturers have jammed more and more features into their Blu ray players. LG is no exception. They’ve always packed more features into their Blu ray players from early on. The BD670 is also a feature packed 2011 model. Like other manufacturers, LG has introduced multiple Blu ray player models in 2011. The BD670 is the second most expensive player introduced by LG in 2011. Like its predecessors, the BD670 is Profile 2.0 player with full complement of audio decoding capability. As expected, it is capable of displaying 3D contents as well as the traditional 2D contents. BD670 can natively decode Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS-HD Master Audio. The standard MP3, AC3, and AAC are also decoded natively on the player. The video format decoding capability is impressive as well. It can decode DivX, MPEG2 TS/PS, AVCHD, Xvid, and MKV. LG’s Smart TV platform allows for customization and easy access to variety of internet streaming contents. With Smart TV, you can download different apps and customize them to your liking. Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora, Picasa, and AccuWeather are few of the apps you can use to access internet streaming contents. You can access the internet via Ethernet port or the integrated WiFi capability.

Design

The overall design is fairly straight forward. At this stage, it’s hard to reinvent the wheel in terms of disc player design. The disc tray is located on the left with LCD and playback buttons and USB port on the right. Touch sensitive button would have been a nice design touch. Otherwise, the glossy finish neither spectacular nor dull. As with a lot of the newer Blu ray players, the BD670 lacks multi channel analog outputs. Instead, it comes with L/R audio out along with Digital and optical audio out. It does come with legacy video connection in the form of composite and component video out. Regrettably, the BD670 comes with one HDMI port instead of two. The included remote is pretty standard. The buttons are large enough and the placements are well thought out. However, it lacks few direct buttons for feature apps like Netflix. Like Sony, you can download remote control apps via Android or iOS device.

Video and Performance

The video processing of Blu ray and DVD discs were flawless. You will not notice any video defects like moiré, jaggieness, or motion blur. Spot tested with three different Blu ray discs, the BD670 showed no defects in any of the scenes. Also, the DVD upscaling and playback was very crisp on high definition television. While the overall video processing was spot on, the overall loading speed and operational speed was somewhat lacking on the BD670. While it’s not as horrendous as the first or second generation players, the BD670 definitely trails behind other Blu ray players in terms of overall speed. From power up to actually starting a Blu ray disc, it was noticeably slower than some of the other players.

Audio

Like video processing, the audio processing was spot on as well. The overall sound qualities should reflect your television’s speaker or the receiver and speaker combination. The BD670 decoded all the audio formats properly and without any hitch. Even the MP3 and other audio formats played without any problem. You should not have any problem with the BD670 in audio department except for the lack of multichannel analog output.

Final Thoughts

The BD670 is another great addition to the LG’s Blu ray player product line. LG has always produced some of the best Blu ray players on the market and BD670 is no exception. The inclusion of 3D and the abundant internet streaming contents make the BD670 one of the best Blu ray player on the market. However, the loading speed was somewhat bothersome. We expected faster loading time for the LG’s newest Blu ray players. Also, the lack of second HDMI might pose some problem for people with older receivers. All in all, the BD670 is an excellent Blu ray player from LG.

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Description

(March 2011) Internet-Ready Devices Internet-ready devices use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content to your television, whether it’s streaming video from Netflix or a quick glance at today’s weather forecast…

Features

  • Enjoy 3D Blu-ray Disc movies in Full HD 1080p
  • Smart TV enables an easy way to access limitless content, thousands of movies, customizable apps, videos all organized in a simple to use interface
  • Integrated Wi-Fi Connectivity allows you take advantage of Smart TV from any available Wi-Fi connection
  • Standard DVD Up-Scaling delivers exceptional image quality from standard DVDs with 1080p up scaling via HDMI output. HDMI Cable is NOT included, 1 year parts and 90 days labor
  • Dolby Digital Plus lets you experience all of the enveloping surround sound that Blu-ray Disc, high-definition (HD) broadcast, and streamed and downloaded media make possible, Region (DVD: 1, Blu-ray: A)
  • Smart TV enables an easy way to access limitless content, thousands of movies, customizable apps, videos and browse the web all organized in a simple to use interface

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