The Toshiba BDX3000 is the flagship and most expensive Blu-ray Player in the Toshiba Blu-ray lineup. So it is not surprising that it is loaded with very good features such as Online Streaming Media Services, handles many media files, built-in Wi-Fi and 7.1 channel analog audio outputs. While being the most expensive in the Toshiba lineup, the player is still affordable, with a price range online of $200.00 to $250.00.
The key feature of the BDX3000 is its ability to playback Full HD 3D Blu-ray Discs. With the aid of a 3D TV, 3D glasses and a High Speed HDMI cable, you can play 3D Blu-ray Discs to view amazing 1080p video resolution for each eye. If you do not have these items, do not worry, the BDX3000 has no problem handling standard 2D Blu-ray Discs and DVDs.
VIDEO QUALITY: When connecting the BDX3000 you can use the following video connections: HDMI, Component Outputs and Composite Outputs. To get the best picture when playing back Blu-ray discs (1080p/24/60 fps. resolution), a HDMI connection is needed. Through the HDMI connection the player can up-scale standard DVDs to near 1080p levels. You will not get the same crisp, clear, detailing you would find on Blu-rays, but your DVDs will never look better. Tests done by various experts show the BDX300 should give you with very good image quality that has great detail, contrast and black levels when playing Blu-ray Discs.
AUDIO QUALITY: The audio connections for the BDX3000 are the HDMI, Analog Audio Outputs (both 2.0 and 7.1) and Digital Optical Output. The BDX3000 has built-in audio decoding for the latest high resolution audio formats (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio) and can transfer these formats in their native bitstream form. And those who have a non-HDMI Audio/Video receiver do not have to upgrade because the BDX3000 has 7.1 Analog Audio Outputs.
While 3D may be the next trend in Home Entertainment, the BDX3000 has not forgotten to include other very good features such as Online Streaming Media Services. Being able to stream movies, music and photos from the comfort of your living room is becoming more prevalent. The BDX3000 provides access to Pandora®, BLOCKBUSTER on Demand®, Netflix® and VUDU®. Unfortunately, the exclusion of YouTube might not appeal to some consumers.
Of course a connection to the internet is required to access any online streaming content. There is an Ethernet Port and a integrated Wi-Fi for this purpose. Once connected, you can access BD-Live functions found on certain Blu-ray discs. The BDX3000 does not have any built-in memory storage. So when using the BD-Live function you will need a USB or SD Card memory device for storage. The SD Card can also handle the playback of MP3, WMA, JPEG and AVCHD files.
THE PROS: The Toshiba BDX3000 Blu-ray Player has 1080p/24 playback on all Blu-ray discs. Like the BDX2700, the main difference is that the BDX3000 can playback 3D Blu-ray Discs. It has up-scaling of standard DVDs to near High Definition levels. It is a Profile 2.0 player that supports BD-Live content. There is a built-in Wi-Fi which will give you easy access to Online Streaming Media Services. The BDX3000 has Netflix®, VUDU™, and Pandora®. It can playback MP3, HD-Jpeg, WMA and AVCHD. Great audio quality with internal audio decoding for Dolby® True HD and DTS HD Master Audio or you can pass the signal through with the HDMI® Output for external decoding.
THE CONS: It has the same interface as the BDX2700 which is basic, can be a hard to navigate. It does not have any internal storage memory, therefore you will need to use a USB device or SD Card to download BD-Live data. Unlike many of it’s competitors, it is not DLNA certified. YouTube does not come with the online streaming services.
THE FINAL WORD: The Toshiba BDX3000 Blu-ray Disc Player is the flagship Blu-ray Disc Player for Toshiba. With many very good features including playback of 3D Blu-ray Discs. It has built-in Wi-Fi, online streaming and great audio and video quality. It is a step up from the BDX2700 model. But the only difference is 3D capability. So if you are not interested in 3D, then you should look at the cheaper BDX2700. Has great images, 7.1 multichannel audio output, online streaming media services and Wi-Fi options. — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $250.00