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LG's BD590: CD ripping, Netflix streaming, Blu-ray playback in one box

CNET reviews the LG BD590, finding that it deftly handles Blu-ray playback, CD ripping, and streaming media services like Netflix from a single box, but you'll have to pay for that simplicity.

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There's no 3D, but LG's BD590 packs Blu-ray playback, CD ripping, and media streaming into a single box. Sarah Tew/CNET

LG has consistently been ahead of the pack when it comes to new Blu-ray features, which is why it was a surprise at CES 2010 when nearly every manufacturer announced a 3D Blu-ray player--except LG. Instead, the company went in a completely different direction with its flagship model, the BD590, which includes a built-in hard drive for CD ripping.

Though 3D might get all the hype, we think LG's strategy makes a lot of sense. We're not expecting more than a handful of 3D Blu-ray titles in 2010, whereas CD ripping is a feature that buyers can actually use a lot this year. The BD590 also includes all the features of the step-down BD570, including built-in Wi-Fi, Netcast streaming media (Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, YouTube, CinemaNow), and excellent Blu-ray image quality. The biggest knock against the BD590 is its price ($380 street)--$130 more than the BD570, which is basically the same, minus the hard drive. At that price takers will be limited, but the LG BD590 is an excellent all-in-one solution for those willing to pay for it.

Read the full LG BD590 review.