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Phillips used to be the brand of choice for many people in the 1970s but it seems to have been overtaken in popularity by the other big names - well, this DVD player puts it back at the top for me. I am not very patient or knowledgable with technical stuff but connecting this to my TV/Sky setup took less than one minute using an HDMl jack. The Blu Ray player itself is smaller and lighter than my old one so cuts down on the size of the 'clutter' below the TV. The start-up is simplicity itself (I already had an HDMI but the player does not come with one but neither did the last one I had); the opening screen has three options which are easy to navigate via the handset - press play and up pops the most clear and crisp picture I have seen outside a cinema. I would like to add that the instructions in the user manual are good, the illustrations are simple and the sections on connecting, getting started, playing and various settings don't bamboozle with technical jargon. This clever player has a host of interactive options which I am not going to list because you can see them next to the product here on Amazon and also, apart from the photo and music play I will be using it mostly for playing DVDs.
Now for the very best bits - apart from an excellent quality of picture, the sound quality is very, very important in my household. If you live with someone who is hard of hearing, the 888 choice on TV or subtitles option on a DVD is a really good facility but not all screenings have subtitles at the bottom, often the words are placed in the most inconvenient part of the screen, obscuring a bit of the action or a vital part of the plot. This player gives you the option of moving the subtitles which is brilliant. Another best bit - on the audio setup (again, it's easy to navigate) there is an option for Night Mode. When you want to have the volume low, this raises the soft sound levels such as the dialogue and it decreases the loud sounds like accompanying music, gunfire , etc. This is an absolute gem when the TV is below the bedroom and someone wants to sleep and someone else wants to watch the millionth re-run of Rambo or Bourne!
I cannot find fault with this Blu Ray player from Phillips, even the price is very good and I wish it had been available a year ago when I bought my previous, more expensive and top-of-the-range one because I do think this one is better. One last bit, at first I thought the player was not responding to the handset but it just required a firmer press than I was used to with my other one.
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...