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Join the 3D revolution
Maybe you already own a 3D TV, or maybe you're thinking about buying one. Either way, it's time to take advantage of the growing availability of 3D content with LG's BP520 3D Blu-ray player. Watch 3D or standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, listen to music and stream online movies with this versatile player. Get the most out of your 3D TV's stunning realism. If you haven't yet taken the plunge into 3D TV, make sure your Blu-ray player doesn't get left behind when you do.
One device for all your media
The BP520 can give your old DVDs a makeover with advanced video upconversion. Or get the most out of the latest Blu-rays with BD-Live to download new bonus content like picture-in-picture commentary from the filmmaker. If you're more interested in your own filmmaking, you can watch home videos or show off vacation snapshots using the front-panel USB port. Just plug in your thumb drive or external hard drive to access movies, music, and photos from your digital collection. You can even rip audio CDs onto a USB storage device (keeping copyright laws in mind, of course).
Should you happen to lose the included remote, no worries. Download LG's free remote app for Apple and Android devices. Or if you own an LG TV, you can control the BP520 with your TV remote. Whatever remote you choose, you'll enjoy convenient control over apps like Netflix®, Hulu Plus, YouTube and Pandora® to keep the content coming.
- plays 3D and standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs
- Internet-ready plays TV shows, movies, and music from streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, and Pandora Internet radio (broadband service required; subscription required for Netflix service)
- Wi-Fi®-ready to link to a wireless network (requires USB Wi-Fi adapter)
- stream photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
- control the player from your iPhone®, iPad® or Android device (requires free app)
- BD-Live-ready for downloadable bonus content with compatible discs (requires USB storage device)
- rip audio CDs onto thumb drive with USB port
- SimpLink-compatible for controlling with LG TV remotes
- remote control
- video upconversion for DVD (via HDMI)
- built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS-HD
- high-resolution audio can be decoded in the player or in your compatible receiver (HDMI connection required)
- video outputs include composite video and HDMI
- audio outputs include stereo, and optical digital
- front-panel USB port lets you share media from a compatible camera, thumb drive or external hard drive, or connect a Wi-Fi adapter
- Ethernet port for Internet connectivity
- 16-15/16"W x 1-5/8"H x 8-7/8"D
- warranty: 1 year parts/90 days labor
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Blu-ray Disc players the ultimate picture and sound
Blu-ray players deliver a better picture to your HDTV than any other available source. In fact, Blu-ray's 1080p picture is a perfect match for the 1080p screens found on most current TVs. Blu-ray movies also offer the most precise and realistic surround sound you can get. These players do a terrific job with standard DVDs, too you'll see a cleaner, clearer picture with every disc in your collection. Many Blu-ray players can connect to the Internet for watching online movies from Netflix® and other video services.
LG BP520 Reviews
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Excellent player.I have it hooked up to a LG tv and could not be happier. The surround sound is outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What's in the box?
- Single-disc Blu-ray player
- Remote control (AKB73615701)
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- 46" AV cable (with composite video/stereo RCA connector on each end)
- Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
- Simple Manual
- Limited Warranty
- Important Safety Instructions
- Netflix Offer
Features and Specs
|Surround Sound Decoding||
Dolby Digital Plus
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
|4K Ultra HD|
|Internet Movie Streaming||Netflix 5,1,Hulu,Vudu,CinemaNo|
|Smartphone App Control||No|
|DVD Video Upconversion||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||90 Days|
|Digital Optical Output||Yes|
|Digital Coaxial Output||None|
|Analog Audio Outputs||Yes|
|1080p Video Output||Yes|
|Component Video Outputs||None|
Disc Compatibility: The LG BP520 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:
|Disc Type||Disc Description|
|Blu-ray||BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE|
|DVD||DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW|
|CD||CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW, DTS-CD|
Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 54 mbps. Blu-ray Disc discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:
- Better Picture Quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
- Better Sound Quality: In addition to the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
- Greater Storage Capacity: What makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
- Backward Compatible: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.
Note: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The BDP-S185 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.
Firmware Updates: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet. Occasionally, LG may release updated firmware for this unit that may add or improve the way a feature operates. These updates are available free of charge. This unit is capable of checking the firmware automatically when connected to the Internet via broadband connection.
Note: The tested Blu-ray player contained software/firmware version BD7.392.00.00.C with an immediate update for software/firmware version BD7.574.00.00.C (as of 7/25/2012). Visit LG's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.
AVCHD: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on DVD, using an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition signal.
Video File Support: The LG BP520 Blu-ray disc player supports the following video files recorded onto disc.
|Disc Type||File Format||File Extension|
|BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW||XVID, MPEG1 SS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVCHD, MPEG2 PS, MPEG2 TS, VC-1 SM (WMV3)||.avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .mkv, .mp4, .asf, .wmv, .m4v (DRM free), .vob, .3gp|
Audio File Support: The LG BP520 Blu-ray disc player supports the following audio files recorded onto disc.
|Disc Type||File Format||Bit Rate||Sampling Frequency|
|BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW||MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC||32-320 kbps(MP3), 32-192 kbps (WMA)||16-48 kHz (MP3), 32-48 kHz (WMA)|
Photo File Support: The LG BP520 Blu-ray disc player supports the following photo files recorded onto disc.
|Disc Type||File Format||Recommended Size|
|BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW||JPEG, PNG, GIF||less than 4,000 x 3,000 x 24-bit/pixel; or 3,000 x 3,000 x 32-bit/pixel|
Video Outputs: The LG BP520 Blu-ray disc player features one high-definition HDMI output and one standard-definition composite video output.
- HDMI (ver.1.4): The BP520's HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in one cable. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, or set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your television.
- Composite Video: The composite video output will only output 480i, no matter the source.
Note: This player does not offer a component or S-video output.
1080/24p: Movies are typically filmed at 24 frames per second and some Blu-ray Discs use the same frame rate. If your TV will accept a 1080/24p signal, the BP520 can pass the signal in its native form, without converting the video.
DVD Upscaling: When connected to your TV using the HDMI output, the BP520 scales the output of a standard DVD signal to HD-compatible 720p, 1080i, or 1080p. The unit also supports 480p and 480i output if your television is not HD-compatible.
3D Ready: The LG BP520 Blu-ray disc player supports 3D playback of high-definition 3D Blu-ray discs when connected to a 3D-Ready HDTV via HDMI, along with wearing a pair 3D vision glasses.
Deep Color: Deep Color allows more accurate color reproduction with deep color depth. The BP520 must be connected to a Deep Color compatible TV via HDMI for this feature to function.
x.v.Color: The BP520 supports x.v.Color; meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs, such as AVCHD discs (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format).
TV Aspect Ratio: You can select which aspect ratio the player outputs according to your television's aspect ratio.
- 16:9 Original: Select when a 16:9 wide TV is connected; the 4:3 picture is displayed with an original 4:3 aspect ratio, with black bars appearing at the left and right sides.
- 16:9 Full: Select when a 16:9 wide TV is connected; the 4:3 picture is adjusted horizontally (in a linear proportion) to fill the entire screen.
- 4:3 Letter Box: Select when a standard 4:3 TV is connected; displays theatrical images with masking bars above and below the picture.
- 4:3 Pan Scan: Select when a standard 4:3 TV is connected; displays pictures cropped to fill your TV screen. Both sides of the picture are cut off.
Picture Mode: You can adjust the Contrast, Brightness, Color, and Sharpness of the Blu-ray player's video output.
Dolby Digital/DTS Surround Decoding: The LG BP520 can decode the following Dolby Digital/DTS surround formats; Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio. The player must be connected to a Dolby Digital/DTS surround AV receiver which also supports these same formats via optical or HDMI input. You can set the unit's Digital Output (HDMI or Optical) to match the capabilities of your connected AV receiver.
|Disc Type||Audio Stream||PCM||Bitstream (Unprocessed)||Bitstream (Re-encode)|
|HDMI||Coaxial||HDMI||Coaxial||HDMI or Optical|
|Blu-ray||PCM||up to 7.1ch||2ch||up to 7.1ch||2ch||Dolby Digital/DTS|
|Dolby Digital||2ch||2ch||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital/DTS|
|Dolby Digital Plus||2ch||2ch||Dolby Digital Plus||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital/DTS|
|Dolby TrueHD||2ch||2ch||Dolby TrueHD||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital/DTS|
|DTS-HD HRA||2ch||2ch||DTS-HD HRA||DTS||Dolby Digital/DTS|
|DTS-HD HD MA||2ch||2ch||DTS-HD MA||DTS||Dolby Digital/DTS|
|Dolby Digital||2ch||2ch||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital|
Dynamic Range Control: This function allows you to listen to a movie (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, or Dolby TrueHD content) at a lower volume without losing clarity of sound. The player's DRC function can be set to Auto, On, or Off.
Down Sampling: 192 kHz and 96 kHz digital signals can be converted to 48 kHz for components not compatible with higher sampling rates.
Audio Outputs: The LG BP520 Blu-ray disc player features an optical (toslink) digital audio output and one analog RCA stereo audio output.
- Digital Audio Outputs: The Blu-ray disc player features a optical (toslink) digital audio output. The player's audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical digital output; bitstream (Dolby Digital or DTS) or 2-channel PCM.
- Analog Audio: There is also one set of stereo analog RCA outputs.
USB Port: The Blu-ray player features a front-panel USB (type-A) port for playback of video, still image, and music files stored on a connected USB memory device. The player can support USB external hard disc drives (up to 2TB) and USB mass storage class devices (up to 32GB). The USB storage device must be formatted as FAT 16/32 or NTFS file system.
|File Type||File Format||Description|
|Audio||MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV||Bit Rates: 32-320 kbps(MP3), 32-192 kbps (WMA)
Sampling Frequencies: 16-48 kHz (MP3), 32-48 kHz (WMA)
|Video||XVID, MPEG1 SS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVCHD, MPEG2 PS, MPEG2 TS, VC-1 SM (WMV3)||File Extension: .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .mkv, .mp4, .asf, .wmv, .m4v (DRM free), .vob, .3gp|
|Photo||JPEG, PNG, GIF||Recommended Size: less than 4,000 x 3,000 x 24-bit/pixel; or 3,000 x 3,000 x 32-bit/pixel|
CD-Audio to USB Recording: You can record one desired track or all of the tracks from a CD-Audio disc to an inserted USB storage device. CD audio tracks are converted to MP3 format (128/192/320kbps) and saved to your connected USB device.
Network Connection: The LG Blu-ray player can be connected to your home network via its Ethernet (LAN) port. The network connection offers access to your PC movie/photo/music files & online LG Apps. A 10 Base-T or 100 Base-TX LAN port is required for connection to this TV. Use a standard LAN cable with this TV (Cat5 or better with a RJ45 connector).
Note: LG's AN-WF100 WiFi USB adapter (689USBWIFI, sold separately) can be added to create a wireless network connection between the LG Blu-ray player and your home's wireless router/modem.
LG Apps: LG Apps allows you to access a variety of online services and content directly on the BP520 Blu-ray player through a wired (Ethernet) network connection. LG Apps is an easy way to access online movies, music, news, and social networks; all organized in a simple user interface. LG Apps offers pay and free-of-charge instant streaming of movies, music, news, and photo album services. Once you have connected the LG Blu-ray player to your home network and the internet, you can enjoy entertainment content, up-to-the minute news, weather updates, photo management, and more by simply using the player's remote control and on-screen menu; all without a separate PC.
|Movies||CinemaNow: CinemaNow is a digital entertainment service that offers instant access to an extensive library of premium video content for rental or purchase, including new release movies and TV shows, with no subscription required. Seamlessly access content directly from your LG Blu-ray player.|
|Netflix 5.1: Unlimited Movies & TV episodes: For only $7.99 a month, instantly watch unlimited movies & TV episodes streaming over the Internet to your LG Blu-ray player.|
|Hulu+: Hulu Plus lets you watch current hit TV shows, classic series, and acclaimed movies anytime in HD for $7.99/month with limited advertising.|
|Vudu: VUDU offers an enormous collection of streaming HD movies and TV shows, available in stunning 1080p with rich Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. New releases are available for on-demand streaming the same day they're released on physical DVD, and are available for rental or purchase without a subscription.|
|AUPEO: With AUPEO! Personal Radio, you can listen to free music on the web. AUPEO! lets you play lots of music and choose the playlist based on your personal taste. The basic concept is based on personal music DNA, which allows you to 'love' or 'ban' songs. The highly advanced software then remembers this and adjusts as necessary. As a result, AUPEO offers over 100 compilation genre channels, as well as thousands of artist channels. Listen to music online based on your tastes and preferences or use our one-of-a-kind 'Mood Tuner' to fit how you're feeling.|
|Pandora: Pandora is a free, personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.|
|vTuner: Access web-based radio stations, TV shows and podcasts via an extremely reliable database with a wide variety of content and additional information like genre, quality, status, location, and even station schedule services.|
|Sports||MLB: MLB.tv Live Baseball Games in HD Quality Watch every out-of-market game live.|
|Information||AP: The Associated Press ("AP") is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.|
|ACCU Weather: Local forecasts for everywhere in the United States and over two million locations worldwide.|
|Google Maps: Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.|
|Social||Dailymotion: Engages your world with video of your interests and hobbies, eyewitness accounts of recent news and distant places and everything else from strange to spectacular.|
|Facebook: Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.|
|Twitter: Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.|
|Picasa Web Albums: Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities, and what's happening around the world.|
|YouTube: YouTube Leanback is the version of YouTube that is optimized for viewing user-generated content directly from your LG Blu-ray player without a PC.|
Note: Visit LG Smart TV for the latest compatible apps. Internet connection & subscriptions required. A minimum connection speed of 1.5 Mbps is required. For the best playback condition, a connection speed of 4.0 Mbps is required.
BonusView: The BonusView feature provides picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.
BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and more from a broadband Internet and home network connections (fees may apply). The LG Blu-ray player features an Ethernet port to connect to the Internet via your home network & features front-panel USB port for additional storage.
Note: You must have a minimum 1GB USB memory device inserted in the unit's front-panel USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.
DLNA Certified: This Blu-ray player is a DLNA Certified digital media product that can play movie, photo, and music content from your DLNA Certified network device and DLNA server (such as your Windows 7 PC). The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a cross-industry organization of consumer electronics, computing industry and mobile device companies. Digital Living provides consumers with easy sharing of digital media through a wired or wireless network in the home.
|File Type||File Format||Description|
|Audio||MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV||Bit Rates: 32-320 kbps(MP3), 32-192 kbps (WMA)
Sampling Frequencies: 16-48 kHz (MP3), 32-48 kHz (WMA)
|Video||XVID, MPEG1 SS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVCHD, MPEG2 PS, MPEG2 TS, VC-1 SM (WMV3)||File Extension: .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .mkv, .mp4, .asf, .wmv, .m4v (DRM free)|
|Photo||JPEG, PNG, GIF||Recommended Size: less than 4,000 x 3,000 x 24-bit/pixel; or 3,000 x 3,000 x 32-bit/pixel|
Note: The DLNA certification logo makes it easy to find products that comply with the DLNA Interoperability Guidelines. This unit complies with DLNA Interoperability Guidelines v1.5. When a PC running DLNA server software or other DLNA compatible device is connected to this Blu-ray player, some setting changes of software or other devices may be required.
Neor MediaHome 4 Essentials: Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials is easy to use online DLNA server software for Windows. If you are already using DLNA server software on your PC, Nero MediaHome is not required. Nero MediaHome is not required for Windows 7, since it has a built-in DLNA server.
|1.2 GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Sempron 2200+ processor|
|OS||Windows XP (SP 2 or higher) Windows Vista (no SP required), Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (SP 2 or higher), Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista 64-bit edition (application runs in 32-bit mode)|
|Hard Drive Space||200 MB hard drive space|
|Memory||256 MB RAM|
|Graphics Card||at least 32 MB video memory, minimum resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, and 16-bit color settings|
|Internet:||Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher|
|Software||DirectX 9.0c revision 30 (Aug. 2006) or higher|
|Network Environment||100 Mb Ethernet, WLAN (IEE 802.11b/g/n)|
Start Up/Play Back Time: The LG BP520 Blu-ray player has a start-up time of approximately 7.5 seconds. It takes approximately 23.5 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback.
Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started with the Blu-ray player initially turned off & in standby mode. The Start Up Time test was stopped when the player's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.
On-Screen Display: The LG BP520 provides an OSD via its HDMI or composite video output. The on-screen text can be set to English, French, Spanish, or various other languages. The unit also features a front-panel display (green text).
Last Scene Memory: This unit memorizes the last scene from the last disc that is viewed. The last scene remains in memory even if you remove the disc from the unit or switch off the unit. If you load a disc that has the scene memorized, the scene is automatically recalled. The last scene memory function for a previous disc is erased once a different disc is played.
Parental Control: The LG BP520 offers Parental Control settings to limit BD (0-255) and DVD (1-8) discs according to the age of the users. The control settings are protected by a custom 4-digit password.
Auto Power Off: The BP520's screen saver appears when you leave the player in Stop mode for approximately five minutes. If you set this option to "On", the unit automatically turns off within 20 minutes since the Screen Saver is displayed. Set this option to "Off" to leave the screen saver until the unit is operated by the user.
IR Remote Control: The LG BP520 includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the Blu-ray player. The remote is pre-programmed to control basic functions (Power On/Off, Volume Up/Down, AV Input, Channel Up/Down, & Mute) of select LG flat-panel TVS, and can be programmed to control other manufacture televisions (Zenith, GoldStar, Samsung, Sony, Hitachi).
SIMPLINK: Some functions of this player can be controlled by your LG TV's remote control when this unit and your LG SIMPLINK compatible TV are connected through a HDMI connection. You can control Blu-ray player playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip Previous/Next, and Stop) from your LG TV's remote control. The Blu-ray player can also be set to automatically power On/Off with your LG SIMPLINK compatible TV.
Note: To operate SIMPLINK, an HDMI cable over Version 1.3 with CEC function should be used. This Blu-ray player may work with devices with HDMI-CEC support, but only devices with the "SIMPLINK" logo are fully supported.