|LG BD390 Blu-ray Player Preview|
|Home Theater Video Players Blu-ray Players|
|Written by Dick Ward|
|Thursday, 12 November 2009|
The BD390 from LG is one of few Blu-ray players to offer a built in WiFi connection. LG even one ups most other WiFi enabled BD players by offering integrated 802.11n capability, rather than the 802.11g that’s more commonly found in consumer electronics.
Whether connected wirelessly or via the Ethernet port, the BD390 can access a wide variety of net based video streaming sources. Vudu, YouTube, and Netflix are available right out of the box, though to use Roxio’s CinemaNow service, owners may need to download a firmware update.
LG’s BD390 lacks any streaming audio channels, but does have the ability to stream files directly from a PC. The standard assortment of audio formats is supported: MP3, AAC, WMA and the rest of the usual suspects. The BD390’s video streaming is a bit more versatile, as not only are the regulars supported, but AVI, Divx HD, and MKV files as well.
The BD390 is among the faster Blu-ray players on the market, with a sub 20 second startup time. It’s BD Live capable and has a full gig of flash memory on board that can be expanded via USB. The BD360 also upscales DVDs to 1080p through the HDMI output.
Superior Video Performance is LG’s feature that allows for a bit of customization in outputs, including whether video should be at 24 or 60 frames per second. Video can be output though HDMI, or the composite and component connections.
The LG BD390 decodes Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD Master Audio. Optical and coaxial digital outputs are available, as well as 7.1 channel analog audio outs. LG’s BD390 Blu-ray player is available now at around $300 from most retailers.
Media Compatibility: CD, DVD, BD-R, CD-R, BD-RE, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, BD-ROM, DVD+RW, DVD-RW
Additional Features: Netflix, YouTube, CinemaNow, DLNA, Wi-Fi, Ethernet
Audio Formats: DTS decoder, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, AAC, MP3, PCM, WMA
Video Formats: MKV, DivX, VC-1, AVCHD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX VOD
Approximate Size: 17"W x 10.9"D x 2.2"H
Weight: 6 lbs.