Review Price £799.95
Using the 751BD is a piece of cake. When you boot it up for the first time, an Easy Setup mode guides you through the main settings (resolution, aspect ratio, audio etc) but the real meat of the installation process is found in the thorough setup menu – which, coincidentally, boasts exactly the same jazzy, modern-looking design as OPPO’s Blu-ray players. That’s great news, because like OPPO’s players, this setup menu can be accessed without having to stop the film, superimposing its graphics over the picture.
Here you can delve into an reasonably detailed range of picture adjustments and speaker settings, further boosting the decks audio and videophile credentials. When tweaking the pictures, three memory settings let you store your optimised picture. There are separate menus for the two HDMI outputs, with the Mediatek chipset offering fewer adjustments than Marvell QDEO. For audio you can adjust the speaker size, distance and volume for each channel, as well as setting the crossover point.
Wireless setup is simple – after selecting ‘Wireless’ from the network menu, the deck scans for access points quickly and lets you enter your encryption key using a very slick text-entry box.
Your content can be found in the Home menu, a bespoke blue screen with six options – Music, Photo, Movie, My Network, Internet and Setup Menu. It looks rudimentary with its simple white icons, but it’s easy to navigate. My Network is where you’ll find content on connected PCs and NAS drives, while Internet is your gateway to Picasa. It’s all presented in a clean and logical design, with judicious use of icons and friendly colours, all of which makes it easy to follow.
The remote also plays a part in this care-free operation, sporting rubbery buttons and a perfectly placed multi-direction pad in the centre. That said, some of the labelling is a little on the small side and the ranks of identical buttons blur into one.