Toshiba BDX5500 review | What Hi-Fi?

Toshiba has had a tough time with its Blu-ray avid gamers in recent years. The remaining one we reviewed was once ultimate 12 months’s BDX5400 (two stars). Now we've got the Toshiba BDX5500, the latest flagship style. Will it fare higher than its predecessor?

Build and design

The thing we truly preferred about ultimate 12 months’s model used to be its small dimension and discreet seems to be. Toshiba has taken this further: the BDX5500 is even smaller and more inconspicuous. It’s a tiny field measuring just 5x20x20cm.

You can also set it up vertically, propping it up with a small stand integrated within the field. You’ll haven't any issues discovering a home for this, and we like the departure from the standard rectangular slab.

The small stature is also in part right down to the loss of a disc tray: what you get is a slot-loaded drive sat next to a couple of touch-sensitive buttons.

At the again, you’ll find an HDMI output, a USB port and a digital coaxial output. There’s an ethernet socket, as well as integrated wireless.

Interface

This Blu-ray player isn't particularly excellent to use. The Blu-rays we attempted took more than 30 seconds to load, which could be very gradual in comparison with opponents. We’re now not great fans of the interface both. It’s a ways from streamlined, and most operations lag.

This is identical interface we’ve observed on Toshiba products the ultimate couple of years, and we’re disenchanted it has no longer been overhauled. Connecting to wireless took a very long time; we’d stick to the ethernet socket. We’re also baffled by way of the good hub, which is ruled via a few huge images. In the past, a shortcut to ‘Acetrax’ would occupy this spot.

Now that the carrier is defunct, that is actually a waste of space. There are different apps, however, with the key ones being YouTube, Netflix, Picasa, and BBC iPlayer. We’d like to look more, but possibly performance will make up for it.

Performance

Sadly, this isn't the case. Picture and sound performance are decent, however the Toshiba doesn’t arrange to distinguish itself. If you need your pictures to pop, you’re in good fortune. It’s a punchy image with bright colours, sharp edges and a good quantity of element. We assume it’s overdone, however. We’d like extra subtlety.

Instead, the extreme sharpness makes the picture processed and unnatural. Still, it really works fine for 3D, the place the darkness of the glasses calms the image. We even have issues with movement. There’s a tricky panning shot in Edge of Tomorrow that makes the Toshiba go back and forth up.

Switching to DVD, the video shortcomings are less apparent. The Toshiba does a tight task of upscaling, with forged traces and little noise. Again, it’s no longer the subtlest picture.

The audio performance is first rate. It sounds just a little brash, and shall we do with more punch, however there’s a pleasing amount of weight and element.

Verdict

Toshiba has taken a step in the proper direction – however it’s now not far enough yet.

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