JVC’s second Blu-ray player, the XV-BP11 is an entry-level model, priced about $30 less than the company’s original XV-BP1. We have not performed a hands-on review of the XV-BPl1, but here is an overview of its features. Inexplicably, JVC has made the XV-BP11 a Profile 1.1 player, which means it supports BonusView/picture-in-picture playback but it does not allow you to access BD-Live Web features. Pretty much every new player on the market supports BD-Live, as does JVC’s original XV-BP1, so the decision to go backwards with the XV-BP11 is an odd one. The XV-BP11 offers both onboard decoding and bitstream output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. This model does not support any type of video-on-demand streaming or download service, such as those offered by Netflix, Amazon, and CinemaNow.
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The back panel is bare bones, to say the least. On the video side, you get HDMI and composite video outputs (no component video or S-video). This player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI. Audio outputs include HDMI, coaxial digital, and stereo analog. As I mentioned, the XV-BP11 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. The player lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so the only way to pass decoded high-resolution audio formats is via HDMI. The setup menu doesn’t offer any advanced picture and sound adjustments.
On the plus side, the XV-BP11 does support a nice range of digital-media files. The disc drive supports BD, DVD, CD audio, AVCHD, MP3, WMA, and JPEG playback. Since this is not a Profile 2.0 player, there’s no Ethernet port for Web connectivity and firmware updates. The front panel does include a USB port that supports MP3, WMA, and JPEG/PNG playback. The XV-BP11 does not have any type of advanced control port, such as IR or RS-232.
Read about the high points and low points of the XV-BP11 on Page 2.