Blu-ray Players

Toshiba BDX-2700 Blu-ray Player

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In Use

Unfortunately, the first thing I noticed about the 2700 in use is that it is very slow to start up the compared to most current players. The speed reminded me of the Pioneer models from two years ago and was far behind the current players from Oppo or Sony that I use on a regular basis. However, once the movie loaded the image was very nice and worked well at 60p or 24p over HDMI. Watching Toy Story 3, the picture was incredibly detailed with colors that popped, and a soundtrack that took you into the film. I never noticed a single artifact during the film, either in the transfer or from the Toshiba, and highly enjoyed the experience.

Toshiba BDX-2700 Blu-ray player

Moving onto a more classic film, Bridge on the River Kwai looked better than I had ever seen it before. The warm, rich hues of the Technicolor print really came through, with lots of detail and fine film grain. The Toshiba did just as well with black and white film. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was recently released with a new transfer for Blu-ray and looks absolutely superb. Shadow detail and contrast in the film are excellent, and the fine detail in scenes is remarkable for a film of this age. Every Blu-ray title that I played came through just fine, and with remarkable clarity.

One issue did happen with some titles when I would stop playing them, though. In my testing I’d often return to the main menu to change settings, as none of the main settings (resolution, deep color, bitstreaming audio) can be changed on-the-fly. Multiple times when I would do this, the Toshiba would lock up and I’d have to hold down the power button on the front for a few seconds to reset it. It never happened during a movie, but it happened fairly often when I’d stop one to go to the menu, and looking around the forums makes it sound like this happens to others as well. I hope it’s just a small bug that Toshiba can fix with a firmware update in the future.

Using the online services was quite easy. Netflix was much easier to navigate than on my Sony or TiVo, giving me access to the whole library and not forcing us to just use my instant queue to select something to watch. The quality was quite good as well, with it buffering fairly fast and not having pauses during pans or any other content that we watched. Vudu worked quite well as I mentioned earlier, and went from being a feature that I hadn’t cared about to something that I can easily see myself using more and more in the future. The HDX films were pushing the limits of my cable modem connection however, but bandwidth should keep increasing in the future rendering this issue moot. The remote that ships with the Toshiba worked fine, though it’s not backlit and using it in the dark was a challenge.

Finally, there were a couple more issues that I ran into with the player in general use. A few times, if I went a couple of days without using the player, it would just refuse to power on. Once I unplugged the power and plugged it back in the problem was gone, but it would happen again later as well. I thought this might be something in my system causing this, but research showed that other people have run into this same bug. Additionally, the Open/Close button on the front of my review unit would often register a single press as a double press, causing it to open and close instantly, restarting the film. This was more an annoyance, and since review units can go to many different reviewers and really get abused quickly, I’m not sure if it’s unique to this unit, or a common problem. Finally, I had an issue when I first hooked it up to a receiver on review that the receiver was only reporting to the Toshiba that it supported 1080i for a maximum resolution and not 1080p, so I was unable to select it on the Toshiba. Given that EDID information reported by displays is often wrong, I wish that Toshiba would give you the option to overrule this and select whatever resolution you wanted, as you can always go back to the composite connection to fix this. I got around it by hooking it straight up to my display for setup, and it worked fine after that.