Originally Posted by ad720
I asked this same question in the LG Blu Ray player thread, figured I'd see if anyone here has an opinion...
I picked up a new LG Plasma (non-3d) and I was wondering if anyone thought it would make sense for me to get a new Blu Ray player to go along with it. I'm looking at the LG BP220 I have a Roku that handles all my "smart" needs but I'm mildly interested in DNLA. I'd be upgrading from a 2010 Insignia Blu Ray player. It does do film mode (24p) but I'm wondering if mating this TV with a current generation player would yield better results.
I have no experience with the 2012 LG players, but I have owned models from previous years (BD670 and BD570) and based on that experience I would not recommend LG Blu-ray players, especially for DLNA.
Pros about LG players:
- Wide variety of files are supported
- US players can play PAL discs as well as NTSC (though region restrictions still apply)
- SMB/CIFS network playback is supported in addition to DLNA
- Horrible quality control for software updates. They've had lots of major bugs in their updates.
- Some models have seemed to have hardware quality control issues as well (many reports of failed drive mechanisms for the BD670 which I owned)
- DLNA implementation is buggy (constant reports of "Network errors" under conditions where other devices work just fine).
- US models do not have a competitive warranty (only 90 days labor coverage)
- Output settings do not have native resolution offerings (you must use the built in upscaling on the player unless you want to manually change the output resolution of the player every time you play content that is less than 1080p).
Overall, IMHO they're just not reliable players. I replaced both my LGs with Sony BDP-S590 players and have been much happier, especially on the DLNA side. Sony does not support as many file types, but with a computer hosted DLNA server, that's not much of an issue because DLNA servers like Serviio can transcode/remux on the fly.