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This is a machine that plays Blu-Ray discs. That's it. OK, it also plays DVDs and CDs, and there's a USB port to play media off an external drive, but, basically, this is a machine for playing...
The LG BP125 was only $38 at Walmart on Black Friday 2012; setup was easy; it boots quickly; the picture is sharp as a tack
There's no way to connect this device to the Internet, meaning no Netflix and no DLNA
This is a machine that plays Blu-Ray discs. That's it. OK, it also plays DVDs and CDs, and there's a USB port to play media off an external drive, but, basically, this is a machine for playing movies.
The LG BP125 was a snap to set up. I have it connected directly to the display. I had no problem setting the correct aspect ratio.
The user interface is clunky, but it's clear enough.
Despite the rock-bottom price, discs load and start playing quickly. The picture and sound are terrific, but quality depends a lot on the source. Newer titles, such as Tron: Legacy are gorgeous (the 2D version, at least; the BP125 can't handle 3D), but you're at the mercy of the transfer when it comes to older titles. The Criterion edition of Brazil was a bit grainy, for example, although Goldfinger was fine.
The BP125 upscales DVDs well. I have a 7-year-old, so the Pixar movies are in heavy rotation. Cars on DVD doesn't look as electric as it does on Blu-Ray, but it's still beautiful.
The BP125 isn't anyone's idea of a great machine, but I have other devices that stream Netflix, Hulu Plus and other services, and I had other machines that played DVDs. What I wanted at the time was a cheap Blu-Ray player. Considering the $38 price tag, it was a real bargain.