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The BDP9600 was at the very top of Philips' range of Blu-ray players when this came out, and has a price-tag to match. It is very expensive. So what is it that it has compared to other blue-ray players? According to Philips there are lots of reasons why, including a Qdeo image treatment system to reduce visual artefacts, a Buzz-Brown digital to analogue converter from Texas Instruments with a 192 KHz sample rate at 24 bits, and a separate power supply with a toroidal transformer for audio. That all sounds great but is the proof in the pudding?
There is aluminium around the outside so your precious purchase is well-protected, and it's hard to make a dint in 4.2 kg of hardware. It feels solid and unlike other players it doesn't feel empty. The design is what you would expect for a piece of kit this expensive with a curvaceous shiny form that complements the look of Philips' TVs.
The shiny front panel is bare and contains nothing but the power switch and a flap which opens to reveal the single USB port. Only when you switch on do the other controls light up. All of the connectors on the back are gold-plated so you're starting to realise they mean business.
The image quality is brilliant and there isn't any blurred text or picture.
It is clear Philips has invested well when it comes to audio quality. There is no need to use an external audio decoder its actually that good.
The energy supply isn't great though as with so many advanced components to power, the BDP9600 sucks up 25 W while playing a disc, but doesn't need anything while on standby. Heat is evacuated efficiently without recourse to an external fan.
So to sum it up this product has great design and quality finish, Qdeo technology does a great job of reducing visual artefacts, perfect array of inputs and outputs, right down to 7.1 analogue audio, separate power supply for audio components, accurate colour reproduction.
The let downs are that Qdeo technology goes a little too far with SD content, it takes a long time to start up, software interface not up to the same standard, firmware rarely update
The best blu-ray player that Phillip's has to offer at the moment - and one of the best on the market full stop.
Design: When you take this out of the box, it makes a big impression. The design is awesome, there is no other way of describing it. Flat blacks and greys make this a player you can put anywhere and it will just fit. No matter the surroundings this looks great. A brushed aluminium shell protects the player (you don't want to be damaging it at prices like this) in case you drop it right out of the box, it isn't too heavy though so setting it up isn't a pain. The front has nothing but the power switch and a single USB port. There are touch sensitive control (capacitive controls) which show up when you turn the player on.
Image quality: The playback on this is absolutely perfect. The image reproduction is absolutely some of the best I have seen from any blu-ray player. This is probably down to the fact that you can enable artifact reduction in one of the options menus. This essentially gets rid of some of the static looking stuff on the screen when you are playing a disc. It is something I couldn't go back to watching films without and you aren't going to find it anywhere else.
This has a great design and finish, excellent technology for artifact reduction that I couldn't go on without using, goes up to 7.1 analogue audio for surround sound and great image quality. If you are thinking about getting a new blu-ray player, make this the one.