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.
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.