I just purchased an Insignia NS-WBRDVD Connected Blu-Ray Disc Player on Nov. 23rd, 2009.  Why didn’t I wait until Black Friday?  As, I had suggested in yesterday’s post “Christmas Shopping starting early this year” I plan to spend some quality time with my wife on Friday morning.  While we were in Best Buy, we decided to look at the Blu-Ray Disc Player offerings.  It was a difficult choice, we had a few buying criteria had to be met before the purchase would occur.
Purchase Criteria:

  • Below $150
    • closer to $100 would be even better
  • NOT brand X or brand Y
    • When it comes to customer loyalty, some customers will not forgive a slow user interface
  • User Interface
    • No Flaps or doors (control cover)
      • They’re too easy to break
    • Start video without the remote control

Believe it or not many of the issues the Blu-Ray Player vendors think are issues are non-issues.

Some non-issues:

  • Don’t need composite video, I can use component video or HDMI
  • Don’t need NetFlix, I currently use TiVo for my NetFlix needs.  At some point in the future I may compare the performance/user interface.
  • Don’t need wireless, I have wired access
  • Wasn’t planning on using USB, although I might try out that feature

Connectors:

  • Video Out (Yellow)
  • Audio Out (Red, White)
  • Componenet Video Out (Red, Green, Blue)
  • HDMI
  • Ethernet
  • Optical Digital Out
  • Coaxial Digital Out
  • USB port
  • WiFi antenna

What comes in the box:

  • Blu-Ray Disc Player
  • Standard Audio/Video cable (Yellow, Red, White)
  • Remote Controller & Batteries
  • Manual

What’s missing from the box:

  • HDMI cable
    • I understand leaving the HDMI cable out, maybe the user has component video
    • It’s better to not charge for it & have the customer decide what type of video or audio connectors to get

Features, I’ve checked out so far:

  • Standard DVD 1080p upscaling
  • HDMI interface
  • Component Video
  • Digital Audio
  • Blu-Ray playback

Features I plan to check out in the future:

  • USB
  • Audio CDs
  • NetFlix

Out of the Box experience

  • Power-up – fast
  • Power-down -fast
  • Connection to Ethernet – easy
  • Connection to Display – easy
  • Connection to Power – easy
  • Connection to Audo – easy
  • Software upgrade – easy
  • Play standard DVD – easy
  • Play Blu-Ray DVD – easy
  • Drive Door open – fast
  • Drive Door close – fast
  • Disc recognition – fast
  • Drive noise
    •  made loud noise during SEEK operations
    • noise not detected during PLAY operation

 Recommendation:

If you’re looking for a very functional well connected entry level Blu-Ray player this is it.  It is ready to connect to upper end systems as well as lower end TVs.  The only feature, it lacks is S-Video.  I would have used S-Video instead of composite video.  It’s definitely a great buy in my eyes.