"Expensive but worth it"4.5 starson by cchaney84
Pros: great hd and blu ray quality
Cons: expensive, no hdi menus(minor)
Summary: As a current owner of the toshiba hd-a2. I was thinking about buying a seperate blu ray player. The lg combo player works fantastically. I have the player hooked up to a pioneer pdp-5071 plasma with a mseries hdmi cable. i was very pleased with my toshiba (both the hd quality and the upconversion), however I wanted to take full advantage of the dolby plus or dolby true hd 5.1 sound quality that is available on hddvds. i also wanted a blu ray player. despite the high cost, the lg answered both my prayers. I did a side by side comparison using The Hulk HDDVD. I kept switching back and forth between my toshiba and the lg and never noticed any difference. their performance was a close as i could tell, identical. I then compared Superman Returns on HDDVD on the toshiba and S.R. on Blu ray on the lg. Again identical comparison. Brightness, black levels, color, everything looked fantastic. Now for the true test, upconversion. The upconversion was pleasing on the toshiba and this was going to be the deal breaker with the lg. I gotta tell you the upconversion was almost identical to the quality of the toshiba. i am very happy with this purchase. the only down sides i could tell so far, were only the expensive cost and the inability to access the HDDVD hdi menu. The lg has its own format of the disc menu for hddvds and that's good enough for me, however i am not a big special features/commentary guy. I care more about picture and sound and this player does both extremely well.