Say what you will about, but the one nice thing about the format was that the . 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. , 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 PS3 or a more fully featured standalone player like the . 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.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