We tend to find that any well made Blu-ray player should be capable of delivering excellent high definition images and audio over HDMI but what tends to set them apart is the quality of the video processing with standard definition content. Since we have been impressed with the video processing on LG's TVs we were very interested in seeing how one of their Blu-ray players would perform in our standard tests. Well there's only one way to find out, so let's fire the BD670 up and take a look...
The BD670 won't be winning any design awards but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. We've always been of the opinion that audio and video equipment should be subtle and understated and ideally black. The BD670 certainly fits all those criteria with a matt black chassis and black brushed metal strip along the top at the front. The BD670 follows the modern trend of leaving a very small footprint, with the chassis measuring 43cm wide, 20cm deep and 5cm high.
The disc tray is situated to the left hand side of the front facia and is behind a flap that drops down when the eject button is pressed. There is a display screen - just to the right of centre - and then some basic control buttons on the right hand side. These controls are for eject, play/pause, stop and on/off and are small hard buttons in the shape of that control's specific icon. We found them quite small and fiddly to use and rather sharp and uncomfortable to touch. On the far right there is a USB socket behind a black plastic cover. The player is decidedly light and there is a very plastic feel to the whole construction, with a build quality that was somewhat lacking considering this is LG's top of the line Blu-ray player.
At the rear of the BD670 you will find the standard connectors for a Blu-ray player, including a HDMI (v1.4a) output, an optical digital out, a LAN socket, a composite video out, a component video out and an analogue L/R out. There is also a hard wired cable connected at the back which measures 1.5m long.
The supplied remote control is a variation on the one that LG use with their TVs and it is actually quite attractive. The remote control is made of solid black plastic and has a brushed metal effect on the front. It is comfortable to hold and intuitive to use and the buttons are sensibly laid out. These buttons include all the usual Blu-ray player controls, as well as some basic controls for a LG TV. There are also a couple of additional controls including Home which provides access to the Smart TV functions and a button titled Music ID which controls access to the Gracenote Media Database. As is often the case these days there is also a smartphone app which is easy to download and use, although with there being less need for the keyboard on the smartphone it isn't as useful as with some other devices.
As is the case with LG's latest line-up of TVs, everything is based around the Home screen. Here you can watch movies, view photos or listen to music from either attached devices or your local network. You can also access the Premium content, the LG Apps store and the Setup menu. There was also a Search function listed, although when we tried to use it we were informed that it was 'coming soon'.
Within the Setup menu there are a number of sub-menus, the first of which is Display, which obviously allows you to optimise the BD670 for your specific display. Here you can select the TV Aspect Ratio, the Resolution, the 1080p Display Mode, the HDMI Colour Setting and the 3D Mode. There are also controls for selecting the Wallpaper on the menu screens, as well as the Hone Menu Guide.
The next submenu is Language where you can select the language for the Display Menu, as well as for the Disc Menu and Disc Audio and whether to have the Disc Subtitles on or off. Then we have the Audio sub-menu, where you can select what audio to send via HDMI, as well as via the Digital Output. You can also select the Sampling Frequency, as well as set the Dynamic Range Control (DRC) and where appropriate turn DTS Neo: 6 on or off.
The Lock sub-menu allows you to set a password, the DVD Rating and the Blu-ray Disc Rating if you want to restrict the access for children. You can also select the Area Code, which in this case is GB of course. Within Network you can setup the WiFi or LAN connection, check the Connection Status, allow access to BD-Live content and also set the country setting and registration code for the Premium/LG Apps pages.
The final sub-menu is Others, where you can setup the DivX HD Video-on-Demand service, activate the Quick Start function, select Auto Power Off, select Network Play and upgrade the player's firmware.
The BD670 includes LG's Smart TV platform which means that as well as providing disc playback it could also be used as a way of making your TV smarter. The various Smart TV functions are found in two different pages which can be accessed via the Home page, the first is called Premium and includes all the video and catch-up services such as the ubiquitous BBC iPlayer and YouTube. There is also vTner, Acetrax, Daily Motion, Picasa, Viewster, I-play TV, Funspot and Google Maps, to name but a few. The second page is LG Apps, where you can download various apps, covering subjects such as games, life, entertainment, education, news and info.
We also used the HQV Blu-ray disc to check the quality of the video deinterlacing. This disc has a jaggies pattern that uses three rotating bars and, with the BD670, all three bars were smooth with no jaggies. The BD670 also had no problems with the video resolution loss test, correctly processing the moving portion of the image and leaving the background free of artefacts. The BD670 was also able to handle discs with film content that is encoded at 1080i/50Hz without any problems.
The BD670’s performance was equally impressive with the film detail test, correctly locking on to the image resulting in no aliasing in the speedway seats behind the race car. In the cadence tests the BD670 also performed flawlessly, correctly detecting the most common types 2:3 (NTSC - USA/Japan) and 2:2 (PAL - European). The BD670 also had no problems with the test displaying film material with scrolling video text, the text was always clearly readable without any shredding.
Subjective Audio Tests
However, we tried a number of different audio formats on the BD670 including multichannel PCM, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA soundtracks from Blu-rays and Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks from DVDs and DTV. We also tried different methods of connecting the BD670 to our Denon amp, including HDMI and optical as well as switching between bitstream and PCM. The result of all these tests was that we could not detect noticeable differences between any of these modes and every format sounded very good. The BD670 was also able to detect all the different discs and audio formats without any problems and played each one back without problems.
Disc Load Times
- Excellent disc playback for 3D/HD/SD
- Very good scaling and deinterlacing qualities
- Built-in WiFi
- Smart TV
- Gracenote Media Database
- Smart Phone App
- Flimsy build construction
LG BD670 3D Blu-ray Player Review
The LG BD670 is a tidy little Blu-ray player that delivers excellent performance in the areas that count. It played back 3D and 2D Blu-rays perfectly without interfering with video or adding any unwanted processing. The video and audio delivered via HDMI was excellent and based upon our experiences with LG's TVs, it came as no surprise to discover that the video processing was first class. Whether you are watching a Blu-ray or a DVD or listening to a CD, the BD670 is a very capable and neat little player.
We found the build quality to be a little flimsy but the disc mechanism wasn't too noisy and the load times were quite nippy. The remote control was well designed, intuitive to use and comfortable to hold and there were the usual set of connections at the back. The BD670 also comes with built-in WiFi and there is a remote control app that you can download for your smartphone.
The BD670 has an impressive set of features, including DivX HD VoD and DLNA for media streaming, as well as a USB socket for playback via an external HDD. The BD670 can handle most of the popular media files, including MKV and AVCHD and you can also access the Gracenote Media Database, in order to identify songs from CDs, Blu-rays, DVDs and music or movie files. The BD670 even includes LG's Smart TV platform which means you can add these functions to your TV if it is too old to already include them. The Smart TV platform offers Premium content through video and catch-up services, as well as a host of apps to download via the LG Apps store.
The LG BD670 is an accomplished Blu-ray player that offers 3D playback and a multitude of features including Smart TV whilst being competitively priced and easy to use. Anyone thinking of buying a new Blu-ray player can certainly add the BD670 to their list of possibilities.
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