Received it just one hour ago! I ordererd from comuteruniverse.de two weeks ago. It seems that their first batch of players was already sold out by the preorders; so the player is out of stock right now.
My first impression is: it is THE perfect BR player! Setup is very easy, and you are ready to start in a couple of minutes. Right now, I have tested only one BR, Spiderman III, which started in about 15 seconds (much faster than with my PC). The picture is just a dream, even better than from my PC, which is also connected by HDMI with my Plasma TV.
The player is connected with my router by cable LAN. The network connection was established within seconds (using the default settings). One firmware update was available, which I have installed without problems. For DLNA Nero Media Home 4 Essentials is supplied. You just need to install it on your PC and define the folder to be indexed. The LG immediately detected my PC as a server (after Nero Media Home was installed). You get direct and quick access to the files that are in the indexed folder. I have tested a couple of SD movies, some DivX, some MKV. Everything worked brilliant. No stuttering, excellent picture quality.
Also the Youtube feature is very nice. You do not have access to the regular Youtube site, but the selection of videos is huge and fully uptodate.
glad you like it maris do you think the nero software is doing the converting of your mkv and divix or the bd390,i ask because if its the nero software then i might aswell stick with the pc, you said the lg picture is better than your pc do you mean the bluray drive in your pc or your software power dvd, ext ext . sorry for all the questions
It seems that the latest firmware update is required for proper MKV playback. Another BD390 owner from a German forum used twonkymedia streaming software and succeeded playing back MKV only after installing the latest firmware (which is offered when SOftware update is started). So I am quite sure that the player performs the MKV decompression.
The Nero software seems to have some limitations. For instance, I do not get the subs when the file is streamed, but I can chose them when the same file is played back from my USB stick. I guess this is because it is only Nero MediaHome Essentials and not the full version.
My impression is that the bluray picture is slightly better than when played from my LG GGC H20L PC drive. It is quite likely that this is related to the software or hardware of my PC. Unfortunately, I do not have another standalone BR player to compare this with the LG. But according to the reviews I am aware of, there is not much of a difference in BR performance between all BR players.
Hi maris thanks for your review so far of the BD390 have you tried connecting an external hard drive to it yet and tried to play mkv's from it? am sure quite a few people would be intrested to see what formats of video it can play without any problems.
I have tested so far two external hard disk drives, one FAT32 250 GB and one NTFS 320 GB. Both are 2,5 inch powered via USB. No problem with any of them. I have tested divx AVIs and h.264 MKV. Streaming is also possible with both types of video files, but you need the latest firmware for this. All files I have tested so far are in SD resolution, not HD, as I currently do not have any HD MKVs. One user reported that the LG does not support AVCHD from USB. I don't have any AVCHD, so I cannot test this.