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.
The S667 is somewhere between entry-level and mid-level when it comes to pricing. At $329 it's more than the average Joe is willing to shell out, but priced under the BDP-83. And the player reflects that. It's not bad, but it doesn't do anything out of the ordinary.
If you picked up a 3D capable Blu-ray player from Sony, today's the day you can drop the 'capable' bit and just call it a 3D Blu-ray player. The ability to go 3D no longer exists in potentia – it's actually here.