"Far short of expectations"3.0 starson by caseblue
Pros: Integrated streaming Netflix
Integrated WiFi for access to PC based media
Adequate remote control layout and clean, simple, sharp user interface
Cons: HDMI does not work with Vizio GV47L LCD flat panel TV, rainbow static only
Slow responsiveness, I can't believe this is considered fast by Blu-Ray standards
Connected to wireless network with ease but won't access PC media (Vista issue)
Summary: This is my first Blu-Ray player and I have to say that I'm VERY underwhelmed by it and will be returning it as soon as BestBuy opens up today.
I love integrated WiFi for NetFlix and PC media access but the HDMI output does not work with my Vizio GV47L LCD flat panel TV so I'm stuck with using the component outputs which can't do 1080p. Hours with first & second level tech support at both manufacturers was futile with both claiming ignorance and disinterest in developing a solution. LG obviously released this product without ensuring full compatibility to existing televisions (firmware update to the LG did not help). This Vizio TV is 1080p and less than 2 years old. From an engineering and testing standpoint, there's no excuse for this and LG's dismissive customer/tech support failed to invoke any brand confidence in me.
Not sure yet but I'm either going PS3, Samsung BD-P3600 or just wait for Blu-Ray players to mature for another year or so. The key functionality I want is Blu-Ray playback (in 1080p), streaming NetFlix, and network access to PC media. Gaming is a low priority.
With respect to the playback and uses I did experience with the BD390, the unit seemed to work quite fluidly and flawlessly. Upon isolating the HDMI compatibility issue with absolute certainty, I ran the device for a few days on 720p and 1080i through the component cables. All video and audio performance was great as far as a Joe average consumer like me can discern. Resolution, color, fluidity as well as basic 5.1 audio attributes were great while watching Quantum of Solace which stoutly challenges all such measures.
All connections and menu settings are quite simple with system navigation tasks feeling intuitive from first use. Unfortunately I didn't quite develop the same fluency with the playback functionality (resume, skip, markers, slow, fast-forward, etc.) which had me feeling very clumsy.
I connected the BD390 to my security enabled wireless network (n router on a 15MBS Comcast cable line) seamlessly on the first try and got a NetFlix trial account started in a flash. NetFlix worked great even though resolution is very poor on the 47? LCD panel. The value of experience equation for streaming NetFlix is certainly the algebra between convenience and picture quality with the latter suffering greatly. I still like it very much though. Connection to my wireless network was a breeze but I never bothered to sort out the Vista side issues that made my PC media access attempts from the BD390 result in ?PC Media Sharing not Authorized? slaps in the face.
So overall I'm neutral to dissatisfied with the LG BD390 and also now less enthusiastic about Blu-Ray in general. I?m somewhat annoyed with the value tradeoffs of the experience and will likely hover for months hoping for product developments before advancing.