Recently, Asda had an extremely popular sale on this DVD. Selling at less than half the RRP, at an incredible £57, people were snapping these up like hot-cakes and before we knew it, Asda were sold out.
Luckily, I managed to snatch the last one off the shelf at my local Asda (narrowly avoiding being beaten by a scary looking elderly lady) and purchased it as a present for my Dad.
I've never owned any Philips electricals before and this was the second blu-ray I had bought, the first being a Sony model, so was unsure what to expect.
The player itself is the typical sleek, black design and is approximately the same size as pretty much all standard blu-ray player. It is also light weight.
The general feel and look of the product is that of a well designed and strong product.
The player comes with BD Technology, which allows you to access online features (2.0 operating system).
It also has a 2.0 USB input which allows you to play music etc via such devices as a usb stick.
It displays full HD picture at 1080p, (24 frames per second) which is extraordinally crisp and smooth and I was extremely suprised at the wonderful smoothness this player offers.
DivX playback is supported, which also has a 'ultra certified' addition which displays an even crisper image over this format
DVD Upscaling to 1080p via HDMI lead which makes DVD appear almost HD quility
Handy subtitle shift if not viewing films on widescreen so subtitles do not run off edge of screen
Dolby True HD 7.1 which provides superb surround sound at unbeatable quility
The remote control is easily used, with a simple layout and easy to use menus.
The initial set-up is very simple and takes seconds and the overall results are superb
All in all, this is a great blu-ray player and to be honest, paying an extra £100-£200 on a bigger brand name won't be of much benefit because this player offers everything at a great quility and even better price, because, even now Asda have stopped the sale, you can still get these for about £90 online...