Blu-ray Players

Toshiba BDX5200 3D Blu-ray Player


Setup of the Toshiba BDX5200 3D Blu-ray player

This is a pretty basic player so installation was quick and easy. All I had to do was plug in the non-removable power cord and an HDMI cable and I was up and running. After initial power up, I ran through the menus which are intuitive and well-designed. My first task was to connect to my home network. Wireless operation is automatically enabled if you don’t plug in an Ethernet cable. Simply pick your network from the list and enter the password. (You have secured your router, right?) With a Cisco E3000 router anchoring my network, speeds are about same over the air as they are over a cable. I logged into my Netflix account with the provided code and was able to see my queue in minutes.

Moving on to playback options, I made sure 24p output was enabled by turning on Film Mode and that the signal was locked at 1080p. I prefer players that allow you to force this since my projector mistakenly reports its max resolution as 1080i. If you don’t have this issue with your display, you can use the HDMI Auto setting. You can also select Deep Color if you wish but since no content is encoded this way, it won’t make a visible difference. The only other options are Aspect (16:9 wide, 16:9 Pillarbox, 4:3 Pan and Scan and 4:3 Letter Box) and 3D which can be set to Off or Auto. Like all other 3D Blu-ray players, there is no function to convert 2D discs to 3D.

Audio output can be set to PCM Stereo, Bitstream HD, Bitstream Legacy, Bitstream Mixed, PCM 5.1 or PCM 7.1. Bitstream HD is the choice to make if your receiver or processor decodes lossless codecs, which most models now do. If you have an older unit anchoring your system, choose PCM 5.1 or 7.1 depending on your speaker count. Bitstream Legacy will convert lossless codecs to a lossy format, either DTS or Dolby Digital. And Bitstream Mixed will do the same but add menu sounds and PIP audio. If you want to limit the audio dynamic range, set this option to On. This can come in handy if you don’t want to bother the neighbors or if you have kids sleeping while you watch a movie.

The other two menu areas are System Settings and Network Connection. System Settings controls the media player function, the screen saver, CEC support and firmware updates which can be done over the network. Network Connection has many options for configuring either a wired or wireless hookup. If you have a typical setup like I do, all you’ll have to do is have the player find your router, key in the password and that’s it. There’s rarely a need to get into the weeds with network options.