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Review: Insignia NS-2BRDVD does bare-bones Blu-ray at a budget price

CNET reviews the Insignia NS-2BRDVD Blu-ray player and has trouble getting past its basic feature set.

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During the 2008 holiday season, we found plenty of affordable Blu-ray players to recommend under $300. Fast-forward a couple months, and we're surprised to find that many of the players are either discontinued (Panasonic DMP-BD35) or no longer discounted (Sony BDP-S350.)

The Insignia NS-2BRDVD is one of the few players actually still available for a budget price, but you'll be sacrificing quite a few features to save your dollars. The NS-2BRDVD currently isn't Profile 2.0-compatible (although a firmware update is supposedly coming in March), it lacks full onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and it can't upgrade its firmware over Ethernet.

If you're cash-strapped and just need basic Blu-ray playback, the Insignia NS-2BRDVD fits the bill, but be sure to check out the competing Samsung BD-P1500, which offers more features and is heavily discounted online to about the same price.

Read the full Insignia NS-2BRDVD review.