0 which beams audio from this player to a smartphone or tablet so you can listen on headphones.Should I buy the LG BP645The BP645 is an excellent all-round Blu-ray player and well worth 100 of anyones cash. It may not be as fast or intuitive as Panasonics menu system, but the spacious layout and clear labelling eradicate confusion. It plays MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, MKV, AVCHD, AVI, WMV and DivX, all of which can also be played via USB. Motion is smooth and edges are crisply drawn.
Theres no 4K upscaling but the deck is perfectly at home with 3D Blu-ray, plus theres support for HD audio formats decoding and bitstream output. There are no glitches or imbalances, just pure, natural-looking pictures whether youre viewing in 2D or 3D. It comprises just three sockets an HDMI v1. Fire it up and youre greeted by an engaging main menu covered in bright colours and cartoony graphics.
LG BP645 PerformanceThe BP645 boots up in seconds, but Blu-ray disc loading is a little slower than some of its rivals.4a output, optical digital output and an Ethernet port, the latter providing an alternative to the built-in Wi-Fi as a means of connecting to the internet. Also the online apps take a while to load, which can be a little frustrating. That said, we think Samsung still has the edge here, as free catch-up TV is a more attractive proposition both Spotify and Now TV require a subscription fee.
So which one you buy really comes down to the sort of web content youre after, but in our eyes Samsung still nicks it. Its not fussy about formats, happily playing any video we threw at it in the correct resolution too, unlike some players that downgrade HD files to fuzzy SD, plus the menu structure is easy to follow and files start playing almost instantly. So when you select SmartShare, youll see Movie, Music and Photo options and any detected DLNA servers, while Premium picks out a selection of apps. The remote is also terrific.
Whats more, the BP645s DLNA performance is the best weve encountered on any budget Blu-ray deck. The curved corners and brushed top panel lend a touch of elegance, while the minimal fascia keeps everything nice and discreet. With Star Trek Into Darkness, the images are dazzlingly sharp and detailed, making the movies array of interplanetary vistas look amazing, while facial close-ups reveal intimate details like pockmarks and wrinkles.VerdictA solid, stylish all-rounder with alluring features, Spotify, Now TV and a top-drawer operating system, but fans of free catch-up TV might still be swayed by the Samsung.
Allied to this excellent internet content is SmartShare DLNA streaming, which allows you to access PCs, NAS drives and other devices on your home network.That said, Samsungs BD-H6500 offers ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5, three free catch-up TV services that might be more appealing than the subscription services offered here. And unlike the LG, Samsungs deck also offers 4K upscaling, but this is by no means a deal-breaker. The stand-out apps are Spotify and Skys Now TV, which arent currently found on anyone elses players, and their inclusion might be enough to lure buyers away from Samsung and its monopoly on 4OD and ITV Player.
These control power, play, stop and eject.The Premium menu itself features a grid of massive logos for the internet apps, all superimposed over an eye-catching backdrop of a park.LG BP645 Design and ConnectionsAlthough unlikely to make any jaws drop, the BP645 is a tasteful Blu-ray deck, dolled up in a glossy black finish that gleams and glimmers under the lights.SEE ALSO: Sony BDP-S4100 ReviewThese services are joined in LGs Premium selection by BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Blinkbox and YouTube.
Its compact size allows it to fit snugly in the palm, while thoughtful button placement allows you to navigate without looking most of the time. We stuck with Standard. We cant fault the decks colours either, bringing out the deep reds of the planet Nibiru while making tonal blends and shading look smooth and natural.At the bottom of the screen is a banner that changes to reflect whats selected above.
LG BP645 FeaturesAside from 4K upscaling which is arguably unnecessary given that 4K TVs do it for you anyway the BP645 offers everything you could possibly need from a Blu-ray player. They include Standard, Vivid and Movie presets, plus a User setting that lets you alter the levels of contrast, colour, brightness and sharpness in the image.The BP645 also offers Wi-Fi Direct and Miracast screen mirroring, plus the Private Sound Mode 2.If you feel the picture needs tweaking then theres a range of built-in adjustments, which you can access while the movie plays by hitting the Info/Menu button on the remote.
Next, read our Samsung BD-H6500 Review.But once your disc is up and running, it processes the digital data flawlessly, resulting in stunning pictures on your TV screen. The disc playback buttons handily glow in the dark and the direction pad is conveniently placed for the thumb, with no clumsily-placed buttons that you could press accidentally. Build quality is perfectly acceptable for a budget deck, but the plasticky fittings and light, hollow casing dont exactly fill us with confidence.
The Smart World menu is equally clever, placing the apps on different shelves.The rear panel is typically sparse for a budget player. Its not quite top dog that status goes to the 250 BP740, which adds 4K upscaling and a Magic Remote but the second-in-command BP645 still offers a similarly juicy set of features, including smart TV content, DLNA file streaming and screen mirroring. It took 37 seconds to digest the Java content of Terminator Salvation and start playing the Sony Pictures sting Samsungs latest deck does it in closer to 20.
Its a bit OTT but injects a sense of fun missing from many menu systems.The BP645 is a budget Blu-ray player that sits towards the top of LGs current range.SEE ALSO: Best Blu-ray players roundupOn the front panel youll find a bright green LED readout, a USB port behind a flap and a row of hard buttons that cleverly look like touch-sensitive controls. A row of large tiles runs through the middle, allowing you to access Smart Share, Premium, Smart World, My Apps where you find all your downloaded content and Settings.
LG BP645 OperationThe BP645s onscreen presentation is outstanding. Theres a separate LG Smart World section that offers a diverse range of second-tier apps, games and puzzles, all of which require you to register with LG. With a superb array of internet content which uniquely includes Spotify and Now TV plus a stylish operating system, fast DLNA performance and an eye-catching feature list, its certainly the closest any brand has come to challenging Samsungs brilliant Blu-ray decks. Many people buy budget players as a way of accessing smart content in a second room as well as playing Blu-ray discs, and the BD645 is a perfect candidate for that role thanks to its impressive range of internet content.
That said, our commands often failed to register first time, which meant we had to press the button again more firmly. What you think?