So this weekend Best Buy was having a sale on the LG BD390 and I had to bite. I've been waiting for the price to drop from $400 to something more reasonable. I guess $329 (plus tax) was the magic number. Of course I may head for the refund counter if I don't end up loving it overall.
As I was playing around with my new toy, one feature high on my list of things to try was the Netflix streaming. That's when I was greeted with the message (pictured above) saying my Internet is very slow. Huh? I don't thinks so! However, no matter whether it's been on the PC or a device like this, I prefer a real DVD to the streaming. Let's just leave it at that.
Another disappointment for me in this player was it didn't recognize the iPod compatible mp4* files I had on my external USB drive or the WTV files on my Windows Media Center PC. And why does the remote control not have a backlight? I like watching movies in the dark you know! The last annoyance I can think of is the absence of the word "Bitstream" in the audio selection. Instead it's called "Primary Pass Through".
On another note, this player puts out a very nice picture. For the price it certainly offers more features than a Sony model. The menu system is so easy a caveman technically challenged person could do it. And the startup time for the player from power up to playing the movie is about 30 seconds! Much better than ever.
Time will tell (30 days) if I will keep this player or not. The extra features are nice, but it does boil down for me to speed, picture and sound quality.
* AUG 27, 2009 – Correction: mp4 files that have the .mp4 extension work fine if you change it from .m4v
SEP 08, 2009 – Returned it this weekend. Maybe I'll go for the less expensive LG BD270, also has the quick-startup feature.