Philips BDP7200/37 Blu-ray Disc Player

Philips BDP7200/37

Blu-ray disc players remain the single best way to get a crisp and clear picture onto a high-definition, large-screen display. If you want to enjoy superior image quality, the Philips BDP7200/37 is a rock-solid value, considering its strength to produce first-rate color and sharpness. You can enjoy images with upconversion to 1080p via HDMI. Overall, this model is only behind Sharp BD-HP20U Blu-ray disc player in terms of image quality. Panasonic DMP-BD30 and Sony BDP-S300 are two other close competitors.

Released in April 2008, the BDP7200 is Philips’ first ever Blu-ray player. Weighing 9.3 lbs, the model has a 2.8 in x 16.9 in x 13.7 in (H x W x D) dimension. It can output DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD and in bit-stream format. When it comes to sound quality, BDP7200 is also far above the ground. It also features progressive scanning and JPEG photo playback.

On the downside, BDP7200 is heavily criticized for the extremely slow load times (more than 1 minute from boot to movie). The sluggish response from remote control is also a turn off to many users. In addition, the on-screen displays and menus do not look attractive. The menu does not give much in the way of helpful choices or information about the disc.

You may be disappointed even when you access such information: the information screen that pops up when pressing the remote control’s Info button is opaque. Worse, it is also pointlessly near the middle of the screen, which can be very annoying since it blocks images. In addition, while the player supports BonusView, you cannot upgrade it to Profile 2.0 as it lacks Ethernet port. Philips BDP7200/ also has no onboard decoding for DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD.

In general, despite major complaints, the model boasts of terrific image quality and superior audio at a relatively low price. BDP7200 is priced at $399, much cheaper compared to other competitors.









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