LG BD570 review

Sitting at a very reasonable £190, this LG Blu-ray spinner certainly does much right, but in a highly competitive market that's just not enough Tested at £190.00

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Our Verdict

Not much wrong with Blu-ray images, but this isn’t the all-rounder some rivals are

For

  • Lovely, lustrous Blu-ray pictures
  • decent spec, good build, nice looks

Against

  • Not the best DVD upscaler around and strangely inhibited sound

The inexorable downward trajectory of the price of a decent Blu-ray player continues apace.

After some strenuous testing our new favourite player is the £170 Sony BDP-S370, but already it's got brand-new competition in the shape of this LG BD570.

And it's quite a nice shape, too. The flappy front panel has to stay open if you want to use USB memory to access BD-Live facilities, as the BD570 does without any internal flash memory, but otherwise it's a good-looking machine with plenty going on, specification-wise.

Wireless connectivity
Wireless DNLA compliancy, for use with any PC or DNLA server attached to your home network is a particular highlight. On-screen menus are logical and concise, and these are words that apply equally to the remote control.

Blu-ray discs load decently quickly (even the interminable Terminator 2) and look alluring. The LG draws from a wide-ranging colour palette to deliver natural, high-contrast images – it has a notable facility with textures of all types, and handles motion well.

Detail levels are high, black levels agreeable and picture noise repressed well in all but the most trying circumstances (that slow pan in the first scene of The Dark Knight, for example).

The downside of upscaling
The BD570's success is slightly more qualified when upscaling DVDs. Colours, contrasts and detail levels remain impressive, but there's picture noise in evidence more often than not.

Sound from any source is, by prevailing standards, on the diffident side. It's nicely balanced at all times, certainly, and is commendably detailed, but there's no denying the lack of dynamic oomph.

In a sector as competitive as this, that's not quite good enough.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Brand NameLG
Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberBD570
Product NameLG BD570
Product ModelBD570

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • BD570 Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Remote Control
DLNA CertifiedYes
Energy StarYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationENERGY STAR

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
USBYes

Audio

Audio FormatsAAC, AC3, CD-DA, MP3, WMA
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD

Technical Information

FeaturesBD Live, Bonus View
Number of Discs1
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Physical Characteristics

Width42.9 cm
Depth20.3 cm
Weight Approximate2 kg
Height4.3 cm
Dimensions4.3 cm (H): 42.9 cm (W): 20.3 cm (D)

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Scan Format1080p
Video FormatsAVCHD, AVI, BD Video, DivX, DivX HD, DVD Video, MKV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC, Video CD, XviD