Overall, we really like the picture quality from the player. We lobbed in the usual HD movie suspects, including Casino Royale and The Dark Knight. Both had the usual divine levels of detail. DVD playback was also decent. We found that our much-loved Jurassic Park DVD looked very good indeed. The colours weren't quite as vibrant as you get with Blu-ray movies, but there was plenty of detail present. We didn't notice an over-abundance of mosquito noise or MPEG blocking artefacts.
We tested music playback with Lily Allen's track The Fear, compressed at 320kbps and purchased from the Amazon MP3 store. We liked the sound from the BD370, played through a Monitor Audio system, and found it to be perfectly useable for parties and the like. It won't beat a proper stereo system, but it's a good all-round solution.
There's only one feature missing from the LG BD370 -- analogue 7.1 audio output. We utterly love every other aspect of this machine. We'd like it to load our test disc more quickly, but the MKV playback from USB drives is nothing short of epic.
For us, the media-playback capability, high-quality video and beautiful styling of this machine make it one of the best buys out there. Sony's BDP-S350 is cheaper, but not as well specified and much slower to operate, while Panasonic's DMP-BD60 is great but doesn't include as much media functionality.
Edited by Charles Kloet