|Toshiba BDX3000 3D Blu-ray Player Preview|
|Home Theater Video Players Blu-ray Players|
|Written by Michael Palmer|
|Tuesday, 02 November 2010|
The BDX3000 from Toshiba offers both a built-in Ethernet Port and WiFi capabilities for connection to a home network. Wireless is especially handy for those who have their router in another room. One connected to the Internet, the BDX2700 is preloaded with a few video streaming services, including Vudu (whose HDX rentals are the closest competitor to Blu-ray), Netflix, Pandora, and Blockbuster On Demand. Firmware updates will also be available over the net. The BDX2700 is a Profile 2.0 player, but to access BD-Live content, an optional SD card with a minimum of 1 gigabyte of storage must be purchased.
Toshiba's BDX2700 also plays back MP3 and WMA audio files, as well as JPEG pictures from writeable DVD / CD media or via the SD card slot or the USB port. It also plays back the AVCHD high definition video camera format which can record MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 files on a DVD.
The big gun here in Toshiba's new, Region 1 locked player is Blu-ray playback at full HD 3D resolution. That means, with the combination of the appropriate display and glasses, 3D Blu-ray source material will play at a glorious 1080p-per-eye resolution, 24 to 60 fps. The BDS770 also plays back traditional Blu-rays and well as your old standard definition DVDs and music CDs. VHS owners…like most days, you're S.O.L. As an added bonus, there are dual 1.4a HDMI output on the player, which means if you don't have a newer A/V Reciever with 1.4a pass-through, you can run one HDMI cable to your 3DTV and one to your current A/V Receiver to enjoy modern codecs. There is an available component (Y/Pb/Pr) output as well, but of course that doesn't handle 3D and is limited to 1080i resolution.
The Toshiba BDX3000 can bitstream out or internally decode Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD Master Audio for output over HDMI or, in a nice feature on a lower priced model, using the 7.1 channel RCA analog audio outs (great for those who want uncompressed or lossless audio, but don't want to swap out a pre-HDMI receiver).
The BDX3000 3D Blu-ray player is quite a bargain, available now at around $250 from most local and online retailers, which is a $70 upgrade from the BDX2700 for which you get 3D playback and an extra HDMI output.
Media Compatibility: 3D Blu-ray, CD, DVD, BD-R, CD-R, BD-RE, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, BD-ROM, DVD+RW, DVD-RW