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Philips BDP7200 review

$400 in the US

Manufacturer: Philips

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Philips BDP7200 Blu-ray player made its bow at this year's CES, and is set to hit the UK in October. Our review of the US-based product suggests it could be well worth the wait.

The Philips BDP7200 Blu-ray player made its bow at this year's CES, and is set to hit the UK in October. Our review of the US-based product suggests it could be well worth the wait.

When we saw how good the Blu-ray version of 'The Searchers' looked on Philips' $400 BDP7200, we wrote down: "looks like VistaVision" - because that's truly how clear and crisp we found the image.

John Ford shot his 1956 western in VistaVision, a special process that used twice the usual amount of film to deliver a beautiful, highly detailed image.

Another juror noted the high-quality colour and sharpness of the image. This Philips BDP7200's overall performance score of 85 placed it in the very highest echelons in terms of Blu-ray player image quality.

For sound quality, as well: the Philips BDP7200 scored highly on our audio tests; in particular, our uncompressed PCM test track from 'The Last Waltz' came out well-rounded.

This Philips BDP7200 is Blu-ray BonusView-enabled, so you can play back the picture-in-picture features available on some movie titles.

You'll need patience to use the Philips BDP7200, though. While the unit powered up in less than 20 seconds (reasonably good for a Blu-ray player), it took an additional, mind-numbing 44 seconds to start playing a disc. The total startup time, 64 seconds, is poor. Once running, the Philips BDP7200 responded sluggishly to such remote control commands as popping up the menu and skipping chapters.

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Blu-ray player
supported media: CD, DVD, BD-R, CD-R, BD-RE, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, BD-ROM, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL
Dolby Digital surround sound
DivX, H.264, MPEG-2
480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Dynamic Range: 100dB
Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 120dB
Remote control
HDMI output, Component video output, 5.1 channel audio line-out, Composite video output, Audio line-out, SPDIF
Audio & Composite cables included
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Minor complaints aside, the Philips BDP7200 distinguishes itself by delivering terrific image and audio quality at a comparatively low price - in the US, at least. Support for BonusView, too, makes this model a great choice, so it may be worth waiting until later in the year before you invest in a Blu-ray player.

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