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LG BP-530

3D Blu-ray player with Wi-Fi®

4 Reviews | 1 question - 8 answers

Item # 689BP530

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Our take on the LG BP-530

Give your HDTV the 1080p content it deserves. In 3D or 2D, your Blu-ray movies will look spectacular with the LG BP-530 Blu-ray player. And while you're building up your disc collection, take advantage of the BP-530's expansive selection of apps for Internet streaming services. With access to Netflix®, HuluPlus™, YouTube™, Vudu® and lots of others, there'll be no room for the phrase, "There's nothing to watch." With the BP-530's Wi-Fi connectivity, it's easy to enjoy the benefits of streaming video from any room in the house. It also features Wi-Fi Direct™ for sending music, video, and photos wirelessly to the player from a compatible smartphone.

Never a dull moment

Give your HDTV the 1080p content it deserves. In 3D or 2D, your Blu-ray movies will look spectacular with the LG BP-530 Blu-ray player. And while you're building up your disc collection, take advantage of the BP-530's expansive selection of apps for Internet streaming services. With access to Netflix®, HuluPlus™, YouTube™, Vudu® and lots of others, there'll be no room for the phrase, "There's nothing to watch." With the BP-530's Wi-Fi connectivity, it's easy to enjoy the benefits of streaming video from any room in the house. It also features Wi-Fi Direct™ for sending music, video, and photos wirelessly to the player from a compatible smartphone.

Headphone listening through your smartphone

Ever struggle to understand dialogue while keeping the volume down during late-night movie viewing? If only there were an easy way to listen through headphones without a long cord tethering you to your player. Now there is, thanks to LG's Private Sound mode. Private Sound lets you send audio from the player directly to your smartphone with LG's free AV Remote app for Apple® and Android™. So you can plug in your headphones and hear every word of dialogue clearly without worrying about explosive sound effects waking up your kids. Requires connection to a wireless network.

Simple navigation through a wide range of choices

The BP-530's front-panel USB port is a great way to listen to digital music through your home theater speakers. It's also perfect for showing photo slide shows on your HDTV. You can even rip CDs to thumb drives for use with other devices like a car stereo. All these features are easy and fun to explore thanks to LG's intuitive on-screen guide. And the AV Remote app gives you easy control from your smartphone or tablet. It's a great way to navigate between the BP-530's apps, for when you're finished watching a movie on Netflix and feel like listening to some music with Pandora®.

Key Features:

  • plays 3D and standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, and rewriteable discs
  • built-in Wi-Fi — plays movies and shows from streaming services including Netflix, YouTube, and HuluPlus (subscription required for some services)
  • stream photos, videos, and music from a compatible DLNA-enabled computer
  • send audio from a Blu-ray movie to your smartphone wirelessly for headphone listening with Private Sound mode
  • Wi-Fi Direct-compatible for streaming music, video, and photos from a compatible smartphone without a wireless network
  • BD-Live-ready for downloadable bonus content with compatible discs (requires USB storage device)
  • rip audio CDs onto a thumb drive via the USB port
  • SimpLink-compatible for controlling with LG TV remotes
  • free LG AV Remote app for Apple® and Android™ lets you control the player with your smartphone or tablet
  • remote control
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p, with video upconversion for DVD
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • high-resolution audio can be decoded in the player or in your compatible receiver
  • HDMI output (cable not included)
  • front-panel USB port for use with external hard drives and thumb drives
  • coaxial digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for wired Internet connection
  • 14-3/16"W x 1-9/16"H x 9-5/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc Blu-ray player
  • Remote control (AKB73735801)
  • "AAA" battery
  • Owner's Manual/Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials CD-ROM
  • Simple Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Netflix brochure

Great unit at a fair price. Thank goodness it has front panel controls, not like some makes where the power/open/close buttons are on the top front edge.

Malky, Thomaston GA


LG BP-530 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Small in size. Big in features.

Malky from Thomaston GA on 1/19/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great unit at a fair price. Thank goodness it has front panel controls, not like some makes where the power/open/close buttons are on the top front edge.

Pros: Works as promised.

Cons: Non so far.

LG BP-530

babs from Brentwood, Tn on 12/31/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Blu-ray player works perfectly and was not too complicated to install and use. Plays both Blu-ray discs and DVDs. Am very pleased with the purchase and would recommend to fellow customers.

Pros: Easy to install and play.

Cons: none

LG BP-530

Anonymous from Tucson AZ on 12/30/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Small and relatively inexpensive but as they say. get what you pay for. Video luminosity on Blue Ray playback varies Light to darker. Especially noticeable when scenes are static. Very annoying. DVD playback appears OK. Evaluating possibility of requesting a replacement as it appears the UV laser might be defective. The biggest squawk is that the unit does not store the last place you have watched the disc if you turn it off before the end of the movie. WHAT ? This is a feature that was native to even the earliest DVD players. I hope LG will fix this via a firmware update ASAP but so far, no indication that they will. In any event Crutchfield should highlight this serious deficiency in their website collateral.

Pros: Cost, size.

Cons: No playback memory, Blue Ray video quality.

Crutchfield response on 1/6/2014 Thanks for your review. We tested the BP-530 and found out that it does support the resume function from a compatible Blu-ray disc. (Some discs don't support this feature.) The player you received may be defective, so we are exchanging it for a new one.

Great DVD Player

John P from Palm Coast, FL on 11/17/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This DVD player works well with my 42" LG LCD television and LG sound bar. The player is compact and the remote has a long range compared to my old JVC unit. The HDMI output (cable purchased separately) to the TV coupled with the upscaling feature of the player makes my standard DVD's look very close to Blu-ray DVD's. The unit was easy to set up with clear instructions. I had no problems or surprises and would recommend this unit.

Pros: Compatible with other LG products, easy to install and set-up

Cons: None that I experienced


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD No
3D Capable Yes
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix,Hulu,Vudu,YouTube
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
DLNA Certified Audio
Smartphone App Control Yes
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote TV
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Digital Optical Output None
Digital Coaxial Output Yes
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.4
Ethernet Ports 1
Analog Audio Outputs None
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs None
RS-232C Port None

Product Research

Disc & USB Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
Network/Internet Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Disc & USB Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The LG BP530 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW

Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a 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 player 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 BD1.489.30222.C with an immediate for software/firmware version BD2.194.30325.C (as of 5/21/2013). 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.

Front-Panel USB Port (w/ CD-to-USB Ripping): 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 32 or NTFS file system. You can also 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.

Compatible Audio/Video/Photo Formats:  The LG BP530 Blu-ray disc player supports the following video, audio, and photo files recorded onto disc (BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, or CD-R/RW) or USB (MSC/HDD).

File Type File Description
Audio MP3 (32-320kbps; 16-48kHz), WMA 32-192kbps; 22-48kHz), WAV, FLAC
Photo 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 Features

HDMI (v.1.4): The BP530'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.

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 BP530 can pass the signal in its native form, without converting the video.

DVD Upscaling: When connected to your TV using the HDMI output, the BP530 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 BP530 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.

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 Modes: You can select one of four preset Picture Modes (Standard/Vivid/Movie/User). The User mode allows you to manually adjust the Contrast, Brightness, Color, and Sharpness of the Blu-ray player.

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.

Audio Features

Dolby Digital/DTS Surround Decoding: The LG BP530 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 HDMI or digital coaxial input. You can set the unit's digital output to match the capabilities of your connected AV receiver.

Audio Stream PCM Bitstream DTS (Re-encode)
HDMI Coaxial HDMI Coaxial HDMI or Coaxial
Dolby Digital  2ch  2ch Dolby Digital Dolby Digital DTS
Dolby Digital Plus 2ch 2ch Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital DTS
Dolby TrueHD 2ch 2ch Dolby TrueHD Dolby Digital DTS
DTS  2ch  2ch DTS DTS DTS
PCM up to 7.1ch  2ch up to 7.1ch  2ch DTS

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.

Digital Coaxial Output: In addition to the player's HDMI output, the Blu-ray disc player features a coaxial (RCA) digital audio output. The player's audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the coaxial digital output; bitstream (Dolby Digital or DTS) or 2-channel PCM.

Network/Internet Functions

Network Connection: The LG Blu-ray player can be connected to your home network via its Ethernet (LAN) port or built-in WiFi. The network connection offers access to your PC movie/photo/music files & online LG Premium Apps. A 10 Base-T or 100 Base-TX LAN port is required for a hardwired Ethernet connection (use a standard LAN cable with this TV; Cat5 or better with a RJ45 connector). A wireless connection requires a home network with an 802.11 b/g/n access point (802.11n recommended) and internet connection; supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.

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 or 8 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. If you don't already have DLNA software on your  computer or server, simply download the Nero MediaHome 4 software from the included CD-ROM onto your Windows or Mac computer.

File Type File Description
Audio MP3 (32-320kbps; 16-48kHz), WMA 32-192kbps; 22-48kHz), WAV
Photo JPEG, PNG, GIF (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.

WiFi Direct: When using WiFi Direct, you can connect directly with other devices without using a wireless router. You'll be able to wirelessly transfer personal content (such as photos & videos) to the LG Blu-ray player without connecting to your home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses your WiFi access point/router, so it's easy to set up. Streaming of copy-protected content and other certain formats are not supported.

LG Smart Apps: LG Smart Apps allows you to access a variety of online services and content directly through the LG BP530, via its network connection. LG Smart Apps is an easy way to access limitless content, thousands of movies, customizable apps, videos, and browse the web; all organized in a simple to use interface. LG Smart Apps offers pay and free-of-charge instant streaming of movies, weather, videos, and photo album services.

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.

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.

Convenience Features

Quick Start: Quick Start speeds up the load time on movies, so discs start faster after they're inserted into the Blu-ray player. The LG Blu-ray player has a start-up time of approximately 3.0 seconds in Quick Start mode (8.1 seconds in normal mode). In Quick Start mode, it takes approximately 21.7 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback (25.3 seconds in normal mode).

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 BP530 provides an OSD via its HDMI output. The on-screen text can be set to English, French, Spanish, or various other languages. This player does also offers a front-panel display.

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 BP530 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 BP530'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.

Remote Control

IR Remote Control: The LG BP530 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, Input) 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.

LG AV Remote App: With the LG AV Remote App (from Apple iTunes or Google Play), you can use your Apple iOS (4.0+) device or Android (2.3.3+) smartphone to control the playback functions of the BP530 Blu-ray player. Your smartphone and the Blu-ray player must be connected to the same network.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

1 question already asked

Hi Jake Sorry for the delay. I just had my son to set me up to all the internet goodies. I have not tried all those goodies to give you feed back. I'm very pleased with the unit and the service received from Crutchfied. [ Clinton  Jan 05, 2014 ]
Don't know, haven't tried yet. [ TOM  Jan 03, 2014 ]
Amazon Instant video is NOT supported by the LG BP-530. [ PETER M  Jan 03, 2014 ]
Not sure... It does connect to Netflix, Hulu, etc. [ HILTON H  Jan 02, 2014 ]
No. It cannot be used with Amazon at all [ DANIEL  Jan 02, 2014 ]
I do not know. I have unverse. [ JEREL  Jan 02, 2014 ]
Hi. Sorry I have not tried that feature. Right now just hooked up to play discs. Nice unit. [ Malcolm  Jan 02, 2014 ]
Sorry I am not sure I only use to pay Blu-Ray movies [ RONALD T  Jan 02, 2014 ]