Blu-ray recorders, for whatever reason, just never took off in America like they did in Japan. Overseas they're incredibly popular – popular enough to necessitate a significant expansion of the format.
The BX580 doesn't do anything remarkable and new. It doesn't introduce some new feature that revolutionizes the industry and it won't shock you with its functionality. LG's latest Blu-ray player simply does everything you'd expect a Blu-ray player released in 2010 to do.
Usually new product releases are preceded by a flurry of emails from PR folks, or at least a press release or two. The recent release of a trio of new, improves Samsung Blu-ray players was a much quieter affair. The line flushes out Samsung's 3D offerings, which is important if you're one of the main driving forces behind the 3D craze.
The BDP-S1700ES is the latest Blu-ray player in Sony's Elevated Standard (ES) product line. It does everything a mid-level Blu-ray player should do and adds a few nice features that you may not have expected.
The release of LG's BX580 is timed quite nicely with the release of the first 3D Blu-ray. And it makes sense, because the BX580 handles 3D right out of the box. The 580 doesn't redefine what a Blu-ray player is or offer features that no other player does, but it is a solid 3D-ready player. It plays Blu-ray discs at 1080p/24 and upscales DVDs to 1080p. On the audio side, it handles the usual assortment of HD audio formats.