India takes time to catch up with the new trends in technology, but already the niche early adopters, call them videophiles in this case, have started developing keen interest in Blu-ray discs and the high definition movie format. Blu-ray players are soon going to pick up in our country; after all each and every TV manufacturer is riding the Full HD bandwagon today. We have a new player model by Philips, called the BDP7500. Philips have had a reputable past with us reviewers, thus we are pretty keen on seeing what this one can deliver.
Design and Features
The back houses connectors, that add up to the regular requirement in a Blu-ray player: we have a single HDMI 1.3 out, a component video, optical audio and analog 7.1 audio output. Besides there is also a coaxial audio out and Ethernet port. This player also has a USB 2.0 slot in the front, for all your DivX and MP3 files. The player comes up to date with file format support and features: we have BD Video, BD-R/RE 2.0, DVD, DVD-Video, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, DivX, Video CD, CD, CD-R/CD-RW, and in terms of codecs, we have H.264, VC-1, MPEG2, DivX Ultra, AVCHD, WMV, XviD.
The AVCHD is useful for HD camcorder owners, which is getting pretty common these days, as one can easily share and display their HD shot footage. The player supports BD Live, and onboard decodes DTS-HD Master Audio Essential, Dolby True HD and the older ones like Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Digital Plus. An interesting point to note is the new aspect ratio this player supports, which is 21:9, this is besides regular 16:9 and 4:3. This is probably because Philips has released an interesting looking 21:9 TV (watch this space for a review, it's already in our lab). There are a few features that are unavailable, like some GB of storage space, which is offered by others. This helps when downloading and storing content with BD Live.
Updated 20 May, 2013, 8:22 pm IST
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