Originally Posted by Gracepreacher
So why aren't the LG players popular this year? They play a lot of file types and from what I hear, the build quality is great. What gives? The reason I ask is because I've tried the Panasonic 220 and Sony S390 and had irreconcilable differences with both. Now I'm looking at a basic standalone bluray player and a Roku 2 for streaming, so I need a budget bluray player and playing a lot of file types is a plus. I don't care about 3D or need wireless for this guy. Any thoughts? Anyone know much about the LG BP220? It fits my needs and budget on paper, but I'm skittish since I've had so much trouble with bluray players in the past.
Well, compared to last years LG players, the current models seemed very underwhelming. They actually lost several streaming channels that were on the 2011 models, including Amazon. I have not used the 2012 LG players, but I own the BD670 (2011) and BD570 (2010). They weren't horrible players, but I would be reluctant to buy LG again anytime soon based on my experience. My complaints:
1) The BD670 seems to have a high number of reports of failed disc drives. My player lasted about a year and half and now it's drive is showing signs of failure as well so I gave up on it and replaced it with a Sony. Based on reports in this forum and on Amazon it looks like many others had this problem happen much sooner.
2) LG has a track record of poor quality control with their software updates (saw this especially on the BD570 player, but also with the BD670). One bug which occurred on both player models that I own caused the player to hiccup and drop audio every time a DVD changed chapter. They released multiple updates with this bug, it took a few months to issue a fix and then after they fixed it in several versions, it recently came back in the recent BD6xx software updates after having been fixed for several months!
3) Their DLNA implementation is buggy (I use it with Serviio and it generally works okay, but I constantly get "Network Error" reports after stopping playback or after a file in a folder completes playback. Once this happens, you have to refresh the server list and navigate back to the content you want to view, which is tedious. This happens with the BD570 as well as the BD670). In most of the software versions available for the BD670 I had frequent and consistently reproducible buffering issues, even when using a wired (MoCA) connection that was more than fast enough to transfer the files I was playing back.
4) The Amazon app on the BD670 does not support 5.1 and has a clumsy interface.
5) There is no native output mode (if you want Blu-rays to output at 1080P the player will upscale DVDs as well...)
Good things about the LG players (I'm assuming this applies to the 2012 players as well as past models but cannot confirm...)
1) LG seems to have the widest variety of file format support for playing back media over network or USB when compared to other players in the same price range (though for some reason the BD670 seemed to refuse to playback 1080P files for any format other than MKV)
2) LG players generally play back region free PAL discs on the US models, which most players from other manufacturers will not do
3) Software design allows for installing old software updates over new ones provided you collect the installers from the LG web site (and believe me you'll need this if you go with LG)
4) User interface is pretty simple and user friendly
What were the irreconcilable issues with the Sony and Panasonic players you had?