CNET First Look
Insignia NS-BRDVDThe Insignia NS-BRDVD is competent as a relatively cheap, barebones Blu-ray player, but better players are coming, and the Sony PlayStation 3 is a superior option for those with just a little more cash.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Matthew Moskovciak, Senior Associate Editor at CNET.com and this is the Insignia NS-BRDVD. Now this is Insignia's first Blu-ray player and it's actually one of the least expensive players on the market. Now as you may expect, to hit that low price point, they've had to cut a few corners. The design is a little boxy, it's a little drab. We didn't quite like it even though it does have some glossy black finish on the front. The feature set like the design is pretty basic. This is a Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player, which means that they can access some features, such as picture-in-picture video commentary, but it can't access features on Profile 2.0 discs also known as BD-Live features, which are features that stream off of the Internet to enable some additional functionality that some movies provide. If we look around back, the same story with connectivity, it's barebones. You have an HDMI output, which is capable of outputting Blu-ray movies and 1080p and DVD's upscale to 1080p. There's also a component video output, which can open with Blu-ray movies in 1080i and DVD's in 480p. For audio, you'll notice there's just analog stereo output. There's no multichannel analog outputs in case you have an older receiver and there are both optical and coaxial digital audio outputs. The performance is much better than DVD. It's still gonna outperform your standard-def DVD players, but it's not quite as good as the top Blu-ray players we've seen. There are movies when we're watching in 1080p where we can see jaggies in the image and when you're watching something in high-def and if you've paid the extra money for Blu-ray, that's definitely not something you wanna see. All together the Insignia NS-BRDVD is a perfectly confident Blu-ray player with its barebones features set, but buyers should be aware that better, cheaper Blu-ray players may be coming out in just a few months, so you may wanna hold off. I'm Matthew Moskovciak, Senior Associate Editor at CNET.com and this is the Insignia NS-BRDVD. ^M00:02:02 [ Music ]