LG BD670 review: LG BD670

Streaming-media features
Netflix Yes Pandora Yes
Amazon Instant Yes Napster Yes
Vudu Yes Picasa Yes
Hulu Plus No Facebook No
MLB.TV Yes Twitter No
YouTube Yes Weather Yes
Other: MOG, Gracenote MusicID

Smart TV, LG's selection of streaming-media services, is the best we've seen so far overall. While it's not quite as comprehensive as what Samsung and Sony offer, it covers all of the standard services you'd expect (Netflix, Pandora, YouTube), plus a very solid offering of standout extras, such Amazon Instant Streaming, MLB.TV, Napster, MOG, and vTuner. The big missing service is Hulu Plus, which is offered on Samsung and Sony.

Amazon Instant Streaming is our favorite extra, especially for cord-cutters without cable . While competing services like Vudu are a compelling alternative for video-on-demand movies, Amazon Instant offers by far the largest selection of TV shows for pay-per-view watching, including both network and cable shows.

Our extensive review of Smart TV includes a chart comparing the major manufacturers' services.

Connectivity
HDMI outputs Single Analog outputs Stereo
Component video output Yes Digital audio outputs Optical
USB ports 1 SD card slot No
Other: Ethernet

The LG BD670 has the standard assortment of ports you find on most Blu-ray players. Note that while the BD670 does have a component video output, it's limited to 480i resolution, because of annoying AACS rules.

Blu-ray disc load times and player speed
Average seconds Composite score
Disc loading 46.54 Disc loading 88
Netflix 27.35 Netflix 100
Navigation 8.59 Navigation 101
CNET speed rating 93
Higher composite scores indicate faster performance, with an average 2011 Blu-ray player having a composite score of 100. For more information, see our guide to how we test Blu-ray players.

CNET speed rating (composite score)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

The BD670 has a CNET speed rating of 93, which means it's a bit slower than an average 2011 midrange Blu-ray player. The main factor holding its speed rating back is its relatively slow disc load times; the notoriously slow "Pirates of the Caribbean" took over 95 seconds to get to the actual movie.

The other speed scores are almost exactly average, including Netflix loading times and navigation speed. Though the BD670 wouldn't be our first choice if speed was a big priority, most people won't notice the difference between it and other players.

If you're interested in all the details about the LG BD670's speed compared with other 2011 players, check out our full 2011 Blu-ray player comparison chart and scroll down to the load times section.

Image quality
We put the LG BD670 through our full battery of image quality tests, but before we get to the results, let's be perfectly clear: we don't think most buyers should worry about image quality when deciding what Blu-ray player to buy. The differences between players, especially on the Blu-ray side, are minute at most, and DVD performance is very close between players. The only exception is for people with home theater projectors, who may actually see a difference on a 100-plus-inch screen. In that case, it may be worth shelling out for a reference-level Blu-ray player like the Oppo BDP-93.

If you're into the nitty-gritty details about image quality, again, check out our full 2011 Blu-ray player comparison chart and scroll down to the performance section. For more information on our testing procedure, consult our guide to how we test Blu-ray players.

Blu-ray image quality: Test patterns and program material
Film resolution Pass 'Ghost Rider' Pass
Video resolution Pass 'Mission: Impossible III' Pass
Text overlay on film Fail 'Sunshine' Pass
Cadence tests 8/8 'Tony Bennett: An American Classic' Fail
Chroma zone plate Fail 'NIN Live: Beside You in Time' Pass

The LG BD670 fails a few of our image quality tests, but overall it was an excellent performer. We noticed some "tearing" artifacts in "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," but they're in the background and very unlikely to be noticed unless you're specifically looking for flaws. Slightly more troubling is the fact that it failed the chroma zone plate test--indicating that it doesn't quite pass full chroma resolution--but we didn't notice any major differences in color when we looked at program material.

Streaming-video image quality
Netflix Pass

Though the image quality of Netflix streaming video varied a little bit last year between players, we haven't observed any differences so far this year. The BD670 provides the same Netflix image quality as other players, but remember streaming image quality varies a lot on a title-by-title basis, and also depends heavily on the quality of your broadband connection and home network.

DVD image quality: Test patterns and program material
Film resolution Pass 'Seabiscuit' Pass
Video resolution Fail 'Star Trek: Insurrection' Pass
Text overlay on film Pass 'Invite Them Up' Pass
Cadence tests 8/8

DVD performance on the BD670 was excellent, failing only one video-based test pattern. We wouldn't read too much into that--as we said, all the current players produce pretty similar results--but if you watch a lot of DVDs, it could be a tie-breaking factor.

Conclusions
Despite disc-loading speeds that are just average, the LG BD670's built-in Wi-Fi and excellent streaming-media suite make it one of the best Blu-ray player values.

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    LG BD670

    Part Number: BD670 Released: Mar 15, 2011
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    • Release date Mar 15, 2011
    • Type Blu-ray player
    • Network Connection Built-in Wi-Fi
      Ethernet
    • Internet Streaming Services Smart TV
    • Additional Features 3D ready
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