The Best Reviewed LG BP620 delivers powerhouse performance for a price that would've been unheard of a year ago. Not only does it pack in superb Blu-ray and DVD playback alongside a laundry list of features, but the LG BP620 also sports speedy load times and a terrific interface.
You won't be disappointed. Every current Blu-ray player tackles even the most demanding 1080p Blu-ray discs with stunning results, and the LG BP620 is no different; it sports a crisp, clean picture with deep black levels and minimal visual artifacts. Reviewers say its DVD upscaling is fairly impressive and superior to most of the competition, though like almost all DVD conversion efforts, it's nowhere near perfect. In particular, the LG BP620 doesn't achieve much noise reduction on upscaled DVD video.
One blazing Blu-ray player. The LG BP620 is among the fastest Blu-ray players you can buy, booting up and zipping through screens at a comparatively breakneck pace. In terms of speed, it runs neck-and-neck with the well-regarded Panasonic DMP-BDT220 (*Est. $115), but falls just slightly behind the enthusiast-level Oppo BDP-95 (*Est. $1,000).
A great interface with an average remote. Several reviewers appreciate the clean, straightforward look of the LG BP620's interface, though you'll have to wrap your head around the manufacturer's odd naming scheme before you get the hang of things: Streaming Internet services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus are in the Premium Services menu, whereas the Apps menu is limited to a handful of subpar, mostly useless LG-supplied apps, such as games and other diversions.
The Blu-ray player's remote control is sturdy and straightforward as well, but experts wish it had dedicated buttons for Netflix and other streaming Internet apps.
Everything you could ask for. Like most modern Blu-ray players, the LG BP620 is chock full of all the features you could want, including 3D video and DLNA support, Wi-Fi, and a full complement of streaming Internet apps -- with two notable exceptions. Despite being available in LG's older Blu-ray players, the LG BP620 lacks apps for MOG (music streaming) and Amazon Instant out of the box. That's the only major flaw many reviewers find with the machine. Reviewers especially love that the DLNA compatibility just plain works, as most other Blu-ray players run into at least some file streaming issues.
A high-value, low-cost Blu-ray player. Between the top-notch audio/visual performance, speedy and effective interface and the bevy of bonus features, you get a lot of bang for $120.
A truly well-rounded machine, the LG BP620 is the Best Reviewed Blu-ray player of 2012. The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 comes close in overall performance, but users report some serious Wi-Fi and Netflix woe. The Sony BDP-S590 (*Est. $120) is another strong pick but it sports significantly slower loading times and a slightly less intuitive interface.
CNET's review of the LG BP620 is full of hands-on analysis and comparison against the other top Blu-ray players, many of which were mentioned above. Matthew Moskovciak dings the player for its lack of Amazon Instant support or a dedicated Netflix button, but it nevertheless lands on the website's list of the top Blu-ray players.
Review: LG BP620 Review, Matthew Moskovciak, April 10, 2012
2. Home Theater Magazine
Home Theater magazine provides everything you could ask for in a review: a long, in-depth page of discussion, separate ratings for review criteria such as Performance and Value, and detailed spec and benchmark testing numbers. Vaughn finds the build quality to be a bit flimsy and doesn't like the interface as much as other reviewers do, but he goes on to call it "a great budget player with some minor flaws."
Review: LG BP620 Blu-ray 3D Player, David Vaughn, Aug. 14, 2012
The LG BP620 earns an Editors' Choice award and an excellent rating from PCMag.com. The navigation speed and high-quality Blu-ray performance factor strongly into the results, along with the low price and abundance of features.
Review: LG BP620, Will Greenwald, March 30, 2012
4. Sound & Vision Magazine
Calling the LG BP620 "A sweet deal in a crowded market of solid contenders," Al Griffin says the player has a handful of negatives, but they're all minor. He adds that the excellent Blu-ray quality and extensive app and DLNA support more than make up for any drawbacks.
Review: Review: LG BP620 3D Blu-ray Disc Player, Al Griffin, July 24, 2012
The LG BP620 doesn't have nearly as many user reviews as Panasonic or Sony Blu-ray players at Amazon.com, but there are still several dozen, and most users are happy with their purchase, leaving a 4- or 5-star rating. A handful of reviews report running into device malfunctions, but no more so than with any Blu-ray player.
Review: LG BP620 3D Blu-Ray Player Built-In Wi-Fi -- Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Sept. 2012
BestBuy.com has even fewer LG BP620 reviews than Amazon.com, but its users are even more positive than the Amazon.com crowd, with the Blu-ray player enjoying an overall average rating of 4.1 (out of 5). The majority would recommend the device to a friend, as well.
Review: LG - Smart 3D Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of Sept. 2012