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LG BD 390 Network Blu-ray Disc Player

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #59 in Blu-ray Players


Pros: As its primary function, plays blu-rays reliably

Cons: DLNA seemed to be more trouble than it was worth

I paid $282 for this player in September, 2009. It has performed well since then. I use it primarily just for blu-ray playback, and it has done that reliably (except for one disc; I'll get to that). It will stream youtube and Netflix, and I used it for that for a while until I got a WDTV Live Hub for my streaming chores, a much better device for that. It will also stream Cinema Now, but I never subscribed to that service. Roxio sold it to Best Buy, and for now they seem to be making a go of it.

Both picture and sound on the BD390 seem to be up to par. I connect it via HDMI to my Onkyo PRSC-5508 preamp, which is able to decode the Dolby True HD and DTS-HD (which I prefer when it is available on the disc). The player is too old for 3D, but I have zero interest in that format. Inital setup was straightforward and painless. The UI is adequate, neither awful nor particularly sophisticated. Boot-up and loading occur in a reasonable amount of time, and probably three times faster than the Panasonic that it replaced. I can't address DVD upscaling, since I use my Oppo DV983H for that, and it can't be beat.

The front panel of the BD390 is a very high gloss finish, which looks great if you keep it clean. To do that, using the remote exclusively, instead of the front panel buttons, is essential. If you allow kiddies to touch your gear, the BD390 would be a mess in seconds.

LG quit updating the firmware in the BD390 about two years after I bought it. So far this hasn't been a problem, but if blu-rays themselves remain viable, this may present potential problems for new releases.

And that disc that wouldn't play? Apocalypse Now on blu-ray. The BD390 wouldn't recognize it. But, because it is one of my favorite movies, I did an extensive Internet search for a solution, after buying a second copy because I thought the disc was defective. Turns out this disc requires BD-Live to be active in the player, even if you don't access that "feature."

All that being said, when it comes time to replace this player, I'll be getting an Oppo.
LG BD 390 Network Blu-ray Disc Player

Blu-ray Disc Player w/1GB Memory, 7.1 discrete analog output, BD-P, Netflix HD, YouTube, CinemaNow Full HD 1080P Output via HDMI, DVD 1080p Up-conversion.

FeatureNetworked Blu-ray Disc player connects to Netflix and YouTube streaming video without a computer via Ethernet and Wi-Fi (802.11n) Full HD 1080p output for Blu-ray Discs and upconversion of standard DVD video to 1080p BD Live capable for accessing bonus content from BD-Live Blu-ray Discs; Dolby TrueHD/Digital Plus and DTS-HD; 1 GB built-in memory Outputs: 1 HDMI, 1 component, 1 composite, 1 analog audio (L/R), 1 digital optical audio, 1 digital coaxial audio, 1 discrete 7.1 channel audio Includes remote control and component AV cable; measures 17 x 2.2 x 10.9 inches
Item Height2.3 inches
Item Length11 inches
Item Width16.9 inches
Package Height5.8 inches
Package Length19.8 inches
Package Weight10 pounds
Package Width14.7 inches
ProductGroupHome Theater
TitleLG BD 390 Network Blu-ray Disc Player
UPCList - UPCListElement719192175174
Item Weight8.4 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementBD390
ColorGloss Black
Warranty1 year parts / 90 days labor
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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