Review: LG BD370 combines Netflix and YouTube with Blu-ray, but doesn't put out a perfect picture

CNET reviews the LG's entry-level Blu-ray player, the BD370, which packs Netflix and YouTube at a reasonable price, but the image quality is a step below the best.

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If you've been following the Blu-ray market, it was getting obvious toward the end of 2008 that standalone players needed to innovate, since previous step-up features, like Profile 2.0 and DTS-HD Master Audio, were becoming standard. LG was the first company to break the mold by releasing the BD300 , which was the first Blu-ray player with built-in Netflix streaming--and it did it well.

The LG BD370 is the entry-level successor to the BD300, and it's very similar with the main upgrades being onboard decoding for DTS-HD Master Audio Essential and faster load times. Unfortunately we still had some nitpicks with the image quality on both Blu-ray and DVD, and competitors like the Samsung BD-P1600 and the Panasonic DMP-BD60 perform better. If Netflix streaming is a must, and you can't stand the flip-down design on the Samsung BD-P1600, the BD370 is a good option. But if you're a videophile who puts a premium on image quality, you'll want to pick another player.

Read the full review of the LG BD370 .

 

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