At 430mm (wide) x 46mm (high) x 211mm (deep) x 1.7kg it is a little bigger and heavier than the other 4K Blu-ray players I have reviewed.
The best description is a big black slab. I don’t think any current Blu-ray player makes a fashion statement. It may be nice to see it in Sonos White!
Not that this is a bad thing – it fits in well and is strong enough to stack the Foxtel IQ3 on top.
It has HDMI Out ARC (called Simplink if you use an LG TV) and HDMI Out (to a soundbar). Both support HDCP 2.2. That makes it a little more flexible.
Most will connect it to a soundbar if that supports 4K pass through. I used an LG-SJ9 (last year’s Dolby Atmos model), and it was perfect.
It also has Digital Audio Optical (to a sound bar), Ethernet LAN port, Dual-Band Wi-Fi AC and USB (5V/.5A) that supports flash drives and external hard disks for playback. Take care with the USB – at .5A it may not support external hard disks. I tested it with an SSD.
A nice feature is support for DLNA devices on the LAN/WAN. It found my WD My Cloud DLNA server.
USB also supports content from an Android phone that supports MTP (Media Transfer Protocol). Great for showing photographs.
The addition of Wi-Fi AC dual band is a tremendous boon for those with no Ethernet cabling or a router in another room. In tests, it streamed a 4K Netflix Dolby Vision/Atmos title flawlessly.
More Blu-ray disks now support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. And if you have a TV/soundbar that supports it, then you have the best viewing experience of all.
Let me tell you what a delight it is to unlock that experience. I had used Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle as a test Blu-ray during our recent 4K TV tests. I missed so much!
At present Sony and of course LG have Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos TVs and sound bars.
GadgetGuy reviewed the LG 65C8 OLED here and the LG SK10Y soundbar here. Superb TV and sound experience.
We also reviewed the Sony A8F OLED – another impressive OLED TV. This was tested with a Sony 4K Blu-ray.
Let’s just say that Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos have spoiled all other TV reviews for me.
Upscaling means that it can take older 1080p DVD/Blu-ray content and add in extra pixels to make it look better. Most 4K TVs can also do that.
It natively decodes sound streams including LPCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio.