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A worthy investment
Member Name: Starlight81
Advantages: Only 1 remote necessary; excellent picture quality on blu rays and DVDs
We got this along with our new LG TV, but although the picture quality of our new TV is a vast improvement on that of our old one, there is also a marked difference between the quality when watching TV and the quality when watching a DVD or blu-ray. Obviously the quality is best when watching blu-ray, especially when there is movement on screen- it really shows off the sharpness and clarity of the images. Having said that, the quality of DVDs is also automatically upgraded, so even old episodes of Friends look better on this new blu-ray player.
It's actually quite strange watching Friends on this blu-ray player because you end up watching whole episodes in the style Joey's soap opera is usually shown in. This is apparently because blu-ray players play DVDs and blu-rays at the same shutter speed they were originally filmed at. I suppose that's why movement looks particularly sharp and clear.
This model doesn't have any particular features, though it is very lightweight and slim line, so it looks quite elegant alongside the TV. It is also possible to control the blu-ray player with the TV remote, if you've also got an LG TV, which is a nice, handy feature.
It's very easy to work out how to use the appliance, and it's a doddle to plug the wires in to the TV. You just need to make sure you've got an HDMI cable to be able to do this- they're relatively cheap if you buy them at Morrison's or Wilkinson (about £7), although at Curry's, where we bought the TV and blu-ray player, they charge £15 for one. Definitely worth shopping around!
The remote is very clearly laid out and simple to use- I tend only to use stop, play, skip and forward or back, but these are easy to find. The only problem I have is that we have a big coffee table in between the TV and our sofa, and I end up having to bend my arm at some awkward angles to make the player respond to the remote, since the infra-red can't beam through solid wood. That's probably not a product fault though- more to do with laziness on my part! The remote only takes one AAA battery, so it won't be at all expensive to run.
The only thing that does annoy me about it sometimes is that I can never get the disc holder to open first time. I don't know if it's just my tactics in opening the thing, but a press the open/close button and I get the nice, friendly 'hello' greeting, and then nothing more. I then have to press it a few more times before it actually seems to register what I'm asking it to do. I don't know; maybe I'm pressing the button too many times and confusing it or something, but that is one thing I don't like about this model.
Aside from this one little irritation though, everything else about this blu-ray player seems to very good, and very good value for money as well, considering it's currently £65 on Amazon. If you want simple good quality at a reasonable price then this is probably the make and model to go for.
Summary: A nice, sleek, lightweight product. Recommended
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