The BD-570 is a new stand alone Blu-ray Player from LG. A follow up to last years model, the very successful BD390. The biggest change LG made was in the look of the BD570. It has a much more slimmer, sleeker design. The front panel can be lowered, revealing the disc loading tray and the control panel display, including the USB Port. So if you have an USB device inserted you will not be able to close the front panel.
LG has also, redesign the GUI (Graphical User Interface) of this years model. You are given a design of floating cubes to make your selections. While not hard to use, it could have been made a little simpler. Such as when you enter the Netcast section, you are given a series of big blocks to make your choice. This GUI is direct, easy and will get you to where you want to be right away.
Video Quality: The image quality is excellent. You can connect the BD570 video through one of three connections: HDMI, Component or Composite video outputs. These are locate at the rear of the player. As always the HDMI connection will provide you with the best image quality. You will get Full HD 1080p Blu-ray Disc playback.
Audio Quality: Audio for the BD570 is very good, although it is missing the 7.1-channel analog outputs the last years model BD390 had. You can connect the audio for the BD570 through the HDMI, Digital Audio (Optical, Coaxial) or the Analog Audio out: 2Ch Stereo. The player has internal audio decoding for DTS, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio. Which should provide you with most of your High Definition requirements.
Some other great features of the BD570 is its online streaming services. LG brings you NetCast™ Entertainment Access. Which will allow you to access Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora, Picasa and AccuWeather. This Bluray Player is also a DLNA certified media player. Meaning you can stream videos, photos or music located on your computer through the Blu-ray Player and then onto your TV.
Of course it comes with BD-Live and Bonus View (Picture-in-Picture) capability. Unfortunately, it has no internal memory, so to take advantage of these features you will have to use a USB Memory device. BD-Live will give you access to many online content such as movie trailers, extra scenes, chat rooms and live commentary. Connection to the internet can be done via the Ethernet port or the built-in 802.11 Wi-Fi.
THE PROS: The LG BD570 has great picture and audio quality. With NetCast™ Entertainment you get access to online video streaming services Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, and CinemaNow. There is built-in Wi-Fi for easy connection to these services and BD Live content. Has Built-in audio decoding for DTS-HD and Dolby True HD.
THE CONS: 3D technology is not supported. Does not have the fastest loading or operational speed times. You will have to use a USB drive when accessing BD-Live content as there is no internal memory.
THE FINAL WORD: The LG BD570 is a very solid Blu-ray Player. It has great audio and image quality. A good set of features, including online streaming services and DLNA functionality. If you are not looking for 3D capability this Blu-ray Player would make a very good choice. Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $275.00