The HD DVD company's first Blu-Ray box
Review Toshiba is late to the Blu-ray party, having waited a decent interval after the death of HD-DVD. The BDX2000 - oh, how futuristic products used to seem, just by adding the millennium to their name - is its first offering. It’s a sleek unit, with a pull-down front panel that hides the disk tray, display, controls and an SD card slot.
Toshiba's BDX2000: unusual, but not unattractive styling
Beneath the flap, there are power, pause, stop, play and eject buttons to the left, with the disc tray in the centre and the dot matrix display at the right. The display is visible when the flap’s closed, and the overall effect is quite pleasing.
The BDX2000 supports BD Live, linked through its Ethernet port. In fact, that’s all it supports – you can’t update the firmware over the internet, and have to download new firmware releases then burn them to disc instead.
The main menu is straightforward, and uncluttered, with a set of icons that are selected using the remote, which itself feels a little plasticky, and not quite weighty enough. Delving deeper into the menus, there are some odd quirks. Where most BD Live players have a simple setting to enable or disable the facility, on the BDX2000 it’s buried under custom network preferences, alongside such consumer-scaring options as IP addresses.
The display shines through the front panel
There are, though, some other useful options not found on many players, like audio test tones, and adjustments for relative volume levels, as well as adjustable audio delay for the HDMI output, which helps to ensure perfect sync.
And then you are forced to watch the "you wouldn't steal ..." adverts.
Which is why I bought a media player rather than a bluray.
(I borrowed a bluray just over a year ago, with some original disks and some rips. The rips played immediately and none crashed. The originals took forever to load and some crashed repeatedly.)
The delay is presumably the DRM decoder loading/preparing itself.
Even 1 minute is ridiculous.
Played with quite a few BD players, and to be honest, not one of them matches up to my existing PS3. I've never owned such an excellent device that was slated so much at launch.
need another BluRay player
need another BluRay player for my den. got a PS3 down in the living room...and even now, with all of these BD players around the 100 quid mark, I'm still just going to get another PS3 for the den. no other option makes sense!
One of the better/faster BlyRay players is...
...the Sony PS3. And if you get the $20 "DVD" remote control, you wouldn't even know it's not really a nice player. It is fast. It does other things too, including regular firmware updates over WiFi. Well worth the delta in price in my opinion. I need another BluRay player for the other room, and a 2nd PS3 is top of the list of possibilities.
I read these BD reviews and dispair...
...you still have to wait a minute+ for a movie to run even with the best players?
Plus all these other issues you mention and the whole BD/HD disk thing seems so poorly thought out and implemented.
Roll on streaming, I'm done with discs.