Toshiba BDX2700 review: Toshiba BDX2700

The BDX2700 has a better-than-average connectivity for this price level. The big step-up is the inclusion of 7.1 analog outputs, which allow those with older, non-HDMI receivers to take advantage of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks at their full resolution. It lacks a coaxial digital audio output--which many other players have--but that's only a problem if you're out of optical inputs on your AV receiver.

Other connectivity
Ethernet Yes SD card slot Yes
USB ports 1 RS-232 port No

The rest of the BDX2700's connectivity is also a step above the basics, including both an SD card slot and a rear USB port. We would have liked to have seen an additional USB port on the front panel, but that's a nitpick.

Blu-ray performance
The BDX2700 has excellent Blu-ray image quality overall, similar to the majority of Blu-ray players we have tested this year. It passed all the most important test patterns and program material tests, and should provide outstanding image quality on nearly all Blu-ray movies. As usual, the most dedicated videophiles will still prefer the very slightly better Blu-ray picture produced by the Oppo BDP-83, but the vast majority of high-definition-movie fans will be perfectly satisfied with the BDX2700's Blu-ray image quality.

All our testing was conducted via HDMI at 1080p/60, with the Samsung PN58B650 display and Oppo BDP-83 and LG BD570 for comparison. If your display supports and correctly handles 24 frames per second output (also known as 1080p/24), you can largely ignore these tests as we find all players to have virtually identical 1080p/24 performance. For more information on our testing procedure, consult our full guide to how we test Blu-ray players. Home theater enthusiasts can also see more detailed testing results in our 2010 Blu-ray players comparison chart.

Blu-ray image quality: Test patterns
Film resolution Pass Dynamic range high Pass
Video resolution Pass Dynamic range low Pass
Text overlay on film Fail Luma multiburst Pass
Cadence tests 7/8 Chroma multiburst Pass
Chroma bug test Pass

It's tough to complain about the BDX2700's performance on test patterns, as it passed the tests we consider most important. We did notice that during the 2:3 pull-down portion of the Film Resolution Test, the BDX2700 did tend to drop out of its processing for a half-second, but it quickly recovered. It also failed the text overlay test pattern--as we could see quite a few jaggies in the background--but it's rare that this shows up in real program material. Nitpicks aside, we were impressed with the BDX2700's performance.

Blu-ray image quality: Program material
"Ghost Rider" Pass "Tony Bennett" Pass
"M:I:III" Pass "NIN Live"; chapter 3 Pass
"Sunshine" Pass "NIN Live"; chapter 4 Pass

We were interested to see how the BDX2700 did with standard film-based movies, since it had a hiccup on the test patterns, but it handled all our program material tests with ease. We didn't notice it dropped its film processing at any point, even looking at scenes we know to be problematic. The BDX2700's excellent program material performance gives it an oh-so-slight edge over competing players like the BDP-S570 and Vizio VBR200W, which each failed a single video-based test. The BDX2700's Blu-ray image quality will impress all but those downright obsessed with image quality.

Blu-ray operational speed (in seconds)
"M:I:III" | player on 22.18 "POTC" | until movie 94.65
"M:I:III" | player off | quick start n/a "Spider-Man 3" | until movie 74.66
"M:I:III" | player off | no quick start 28.48 "Sunshine" | chapter skip 19.12
"POTC" | past loading 41.16 CNET speed rating (composite score) 69

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

The Toshiba BDX2700 is the slowest standalone Blu-ray player we've tested this year, which is tough to accept from a player that costs $180. The sluggishness was most noticeable on "Pirates of the Caribbean," with its BD-Java heavy menus, and the BDX2700 took over a minute and a half to get to the actual movie. Even with simple movies like "Mission: Impossible III," the BDX2700 turned in the slowest time we've seen, taking almost twice as along as the Samsung BD-C6500 to load the movie. Yes, it's still faster than the PS3 Slim by a good deal, but it lags a good deal behind recent standalone players. Considering that operational speed is one of the few areas where we see much of a difference between Blu-ray players, we consider this to a serious knock against the BDX2700.

Other performance

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

The BDX2700's DVD image quality was better than we were expecting, passing nearly all the test patterns we threw at it, and having no issues with program material. When we compared it directly with the reference Oppo BDP-83, we did prefer the BDP-83, but the difference is relatively subtle.

Streaming-video image quality
Netflix Good

As with most devices, we saw no major issues with Netflix streaming on the BDX2700. That gives the BDX2700 an edge over the Sony BDP-S570, which suffers from some streaming-image quality issues.

Power consumption
Standby | quick start off 2.46 W Standby | quick start on n/a W
Power on | watching movie 16.50 W Power on | idling 11.92 W
Annual cost; quick start off $3.33 Annual cost; quick start on n/a

The BDX2700 lacks a quick-start mode, but it still manages to use more power than the average Blu-ray player. That's mostly due to the fact that it draws almost 2.5 watts in standby mode, which is much higher than any other player that lacks quick start. In practical terms it doesn't matter much; the annual cost for the BDX2700 is just a few bucks more than, say, the LG BD570's $1.05 annual cost. But for those that value green gadgetry, it's hard not to be annoyed by the amount of power the BDX2700 wastes when it's "off."

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    Toshiba BDX2700

    Part Number: BDX2700 Released: Jul. 1, 2010

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    • Release date Jul. 1, 2010
    • Network Connection Ethernet
      Wi-Fi
    • Internet Streaming Services Blockbuster
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    • Additional Features screen saver
    • Media Type CD-RW
    • Type Blu-ray disc player
    • Built-in Audio Decoders Dolby Digital
    • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
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