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

By Danny Phillips

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Philips BDP7500 Blu-ray Player

Summary

Our Score:

9

When connected to a 1080p TV via HDMI, the BDP7500 delivers superb picture quality. Detail is meticulously sharp, edges are clean and smooth, plus fine patterns and complex textures are reproduced without significant pixel crawl.

Bruno on Blu-ray looks particularly mesmerising. The deck’s strong colour saturation makes the title character’s procession of outlandish costumes look vibrant and, well, fabulous. The deck’s amazing detail retrieval also displays the movie’s risque scenes a little more graphically than you’d normally hope for…

Next we loaded the Silicon Optix HQV Blu-ray and the Philips proves its worth once again. A close look at the two jaggies tests reveals very slight feathering along the edges of the moving bars in pattern ‘A’ but nothing worth getting worked up about and the processing on pattern ‘B’ is faultless. Both the Video and Film Resolution Loss test patterns are steady and composed with no strobing or loss of detail, and during the camera pan across Raymond James stadium it renders the rows of tiny seats with pin-sharp clarity and minimal moire noise.

The BDP7500’s DVD upscaling quality is equally impressive, getting a clean bill of health with the Silicon Optix DVD and with The Fellowship of the Ring. In 1080p mode, the frenetic action scenes are delivered without any judder and virtually no artefacts, making this a player that you can rely on no matter what disc you slip in the tray.

Apart from CDs perhaps. Musically the Philips won’t give dedicated CD players anything to worry about, particularly when listening through high-class speakers that expose its slightly thin treble and muddy bass, but we never expected miracles at this price - you can't have everything, alas.

Verdict

Much like the BDP7300 and BDP3000, the BDP7500 is a very likeable Blu-ray player with a wonderful operating system, speedy operation and jaw-dropping, distinctive looks that’ll bring a bit of glamour to any AV system. And on the performance front it’s hard to fault, sending gloriously sharp, vivid and nuanced hi-def pictures to your TV.

At this price, that would normally add up to an absolute bargain, but like many Blu-ray players in this price bracket it’s up against a considerable opponent in the LG BD390, whose combination of Wi-Fi, PC streaming and superior media support still makes it seem like a more tempting proposition, particularly given its similar price tag. Even so, take a punt on the Philips and you won’t be disappointed.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 9
  • Value 9
  • Features 8
  • Design 10

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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