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Insignia NS-BRDVD Blu-ray player is relatively cheap, but light on features

CNET reviews the Insignia NS-BRDVD, which is the cheapest player we've seen so far, but also lacks many step-up features.

Say what you will about HD DVD, but the one nice thing about the format was that the hardware was cheap. Since HD DVD has left the format war, we've seen prices slowly creep down on standalone Blu-ray players, but they're still far too expensive for the average consumer. The Insignia NS-BRDVD is the least expensive standalone player we've seen so far, with a list price of $300, but as you might expect, the player skimps on the features to hit this price point. Profile 2.0, multichannel analog outputs, and high-resolution soundtrack decoding are all missing, making this one of the most basic players we've reviewed.

You can read the full review for all the details, but the summary is that we're thinking most people will pass on this player. While it accomplishes the goal of playing Blu-ray discs for a low price, we can't help but feel that it's still too expensive for the average buyer and that those willing to pay extra for Blu-ray will be willing to spend more for a PS3 or a more fully featured standalone player like the Panasonic DMP-BD50. If you're on a really tight budget and just can't wait to get into Blu-ray, the NS-BRDVD gets the job done, but wait for better, cheaper players if you can--or just get the multitalented PS3.

Read our Insignia NS-BRDVD review.