As for the unit, it runs HOT. Opening the unit up reveals the same style heat sink used in the cheaper 2013 LG models, even though the chip used in the BP730 is more powerful. Even when playing a DVD title for 10 minutes in my 67 degree home, placing a hand on the top of the unit where the CPU is, I can feel the heat. Like other blu-ray player models this year, there is no rear fan exhaust like my 2011 model year BD670 had. This unit could use one.
After watching a DVD title for a half hour, I powered it down and opened it up again. The heat sink was HOT. Most other internal parts seem okay, but the LG dual band wireless adapter chipset was HOT, even though I was not streaming any network data.
On my second day of ownership, I powered on the unit and wanted to stream an album I had on my Netgear ReadyNAS. The BD730 powers up fast by delaying startup of network hardware (LAN & WLAN). The BP530 does the same as well. Two minutes pass. The unit was not connecting to my Netgear WNDR4700 router. It had been connecting fine to the 5Ghz band the night prior.
I went into the connection settings and the BP730 would only see 2.4Ghz access points in my area. Including my WNDR4700. I try to connect. It will not take the password. I do a factory reset of the unit. Same issue. Not seeing the 5Ghz band or taking a 2.4Ghz connection, even after temporarily disabling my wireless security.
I will be trying to a hardwired LAN connection later, but I will be exchanging the unit. Perhaps I got a “lemon?” If I do stay with the BP730, with the heat it gives off, I plan on getting a squaretrade extended warranty on it.