Blu-ray Players

Toshiba BDX-2700 Blu-ray Player

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Design and Setup

The 2700 has a few hardware and software features to help distinguish it from the rest of the Blu-ray players on the market: 7.1 analog outputs and WiFi are included on the hardware side, which are both very nice features to see. The 2700 will decode all of the new audio codecs for the 7.1 output if you need that, though it only supports a global crossover frequency for all your speakers. The 2700 is lacking any internal memory for BD Live support, which means you’ll need to take advantage of the SD card slot on the front of the machine. With Profile 2.0 having been established for over two years now, there really is no reason for any player to not include at least a minimum of 1 GB of memory to support it. Physically the 2700 is very light and has a very shallow chassis that makes it easy to move around and fit into tight spaces, but does not feel really solid.

On the software side, the streaming media support that Toshiba includes is Vudu, Netflix, Blockbuster and Pandora. The Netflix interface is quite nice and lets you browse the entire library of streaming titles, instead of restricting you to selecting from your Instant Queue as many other players do. The speed of navigation on it was pretty decent as well. Vudu has a nice library of high definition movies you can download and watch, many in 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus audio. While I didn’t pay for any movies, I did watch a few of the movie trailers in this HDX format, and they were possibly the best streaming content that I’ve seen to date on a Blu-ray player. I’ve never been a big fan of paying to stream movies because of how they look on a large TV, but the HDX content from Vudu could make me reconsider that. Pandora worked just fine as well in my quick use of it and I don’t have a Blockbuster account to try it out. There’s no other streaming content available, such as YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, or DLNA support. The 2700 also supports playback of media files from the SD card slot on the front of the machine.

Setup of the 2700 was very easy as I just plugged in an HDMI and Ethernet cable to the back and was ready to go. I later changed from Ethernet to WiFi as I used the player in my bedroom and after the initial setup, I didn’t have any issues with the connection. The menu system of the 2700 is a little strange, with 3 main choices: BD-ROM, Settings, and Connected. Selecting BD-ROM will load the movie in the tray, Settings will bring up your configuration options, and Connected will bring up the streaming options. The animation flipping through these options and then bring up the sub menus is a bit slower than I would like, and I wish I could disable it to speed up the system. Additionally, with only 3 options under connected, it seems they could have made a single menu with all the options available at once to speed it up.

Settings contained the most common options that you would see for a player, including output resolution, film mode, Deep Color support, and bitstreaming or PCM for audio support. There were no options to change the deinterlacing of the player (many players offer Auto, Film, or Video selections) or to change the format of the color output (The 2700 outputs x.v. Color, not RGB or YUV formats, over HDMI). This is not something that every player offers, or most people care about, but it’s a nice option to have.