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Philips BDP7500 Blu-ray Player review

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Philips BDP7500 Blu-ray Player
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  • Philips BDP7500 Blu-ray Player
  • Philips BDP7500 Blu-ray Player
  • Philips BDP7500 Blu-ray Player

Summary

Our Score:

9

After perusing the myriad new Blu-ray players at last year’s IFA in Berlin, this deck from Philips was one of the few to leave a lasting impression. Not so much because of its feature list (which looks pretty impressive) but more because of its strikingly unusual appearance, which could set a new aesthetic benchmark for the budget-to-midrange market. And after finally getting our hands on a sample, it looks every bit as delectable as it did back then.

Although it doesn’t stray too far from the conventional set-top box shape, the BDP7500 still looks unlike anything we’ve seen before. The use of a slightly sloping mirrored fascia, gorgeous glinting silver highlights and a raised ‘lip’ at the bottom edge give it real star quality, but there’s more – a strategically-placed blue light below the lip adds extra hi-tech allure, and the icing on the cake is the row of illuminated touch-sensitive controls built into the mirrored front panel.

Not only is it pretty, but the BDP7500 also boasts the sort of build quality you expect to find on a high-end player. The casing is crafted from rigid, vibration resistant aluminium and it feels a lot more robust that most players at this price point. And our fascination with its looks isn’t as superficial as you might think – with so many budget players now offering similar levels of performance and the same features, looks could be a deciding factor for many buyers.

But enough drooling for now; let’s get on with the more mundane business of sockets. On that front the Philips won’t leave you wanting, with a selection that includes HDMI, component and composite video outputs, as well as a full house of audio outputs – optical/coaxial digital audio, analogue stereo and a set of 7.1-channel analogue outputs. The latter is useful for channelling hi-res audio to an AV receiver without any HDMI inputs. As mandated by the Profile 2.0 spec to which this deck adheres, there’s an Ethernet port on the back for all your BD Live downloading needs.

On the subject of BD Live, Philips hasn’t built Wi-Fi access into this player as LG has with the BD390. The wired connection is your only way of hooking the BDP7500 up to the web, which isn’t the end of the world but we still can’t see that many people bothering with BD Live unless their player can connect to the web wirelessly.

Hamish Campbell

January 15, 2010, 1:51 pm

I noticed you mentioned there was no judder originating from the deck.


Now perhaps this is only an issue with, as you say, fast action scenes. But what about judder from those slow panning shots? I had thought this was to do with frame rates between the film and lcd tv's. But am I off the mark here?





On slow pans from my upscaling philips DVD deck I get very noticeable judder on my Sony lcd w5500. I can only remove this by ensuring that the 100Hz function (motionflow in sony talk) is switched on.

PoisonJam

January 15, 2010, 3:28 pm

The Sony BDP-S360 is available around the £100 mark online right now, and was even at £90 in one store. A very tempting alternative if you're on a budget.

Nicholas Name

January 15, 2010, 3:51 pm

I would like the facility to play discs, access internet content and stream media over a home network. This and the LG look tempting, but is one better off with a PS3? (Not sure I share the enthusiasm for the blue light underneath - does it also come with fluffy dice, a body kit and deafenning bangin house music?)

PoisonJam

January 15, 2010, 4:30 pm

@ Nicholas: Well, the PS3 offers extras - for example the built in hard drive and the ability to play games as well as full internet access including the BBC iPlyer app. The Slim is also much quieter than the old PS3. I got my PS3 slim 120GB for £200 but I already have a dedicated BR player so it was purely to play games.





The controller does not make for a good remote so you would probably also have to factor in for the price of the Bluetooth remote (around the £10-£15 mark) and more if you want to use a Logitech Harmony with it...





The picture and sound quality of a dedicated player will be slightly better, though. I guess it depends if you ever want to play games or not and would use the HDD space and full Internet access.

Metalex

January 15, 2010, 5:38 pm

Apparently the PS3 will support Blu-ray 3D, so that is worth bearing in mind if you're considering a Blu-ray player. However, as the PS3 doesn't have an HDMI 1.4 port, I don't know to what extent it will support 3D, but then the manufacturers (and media) aren't being very forthcoming as to whether HDMI 1.4 will be a significant requirement. Does anyone actually know?

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