Philips BDP7501 UHD Blu-ray Player User Manual
Philips BDP7501 UHD Blu-ray Player Overview
With 4K Blu-rays ultimately striking shop racks in considerable numbers, electronic devices manufacturers are hurrying to create players for the brand-new discs. Panasonic, as an example, has 2 of these ultra-high meaning gamers– the wonderful, but costly DMP-UB900, and also the all-around excellent DMP-UB700. Problematically, though, the last is just readily available in the UK.
The solution is the $229 Philips BDP7501, a no-frills 4K Blu-ray player that does precisely what it claims it does. Not interested in a smart OS to support your brand-new Blu-ray gamer? Good, due to the fact that the BDP7501 doesn’t have one. Uncommitted concerning Amazon.com, Hulu or streaming services like HBO, STARZ as well as Outset et alia? Not a problem. You won’t find them here.
There’s something distinct about the BDP7501’s design. It’s not a rectangular gamer that we’re made use of to seeing from typical suppliers, however a square with rounded corners.
Each face of the BDP7501 is covered with a combed aluminum do with the center tray, which folds up forward to put discs, showing off the Philips logo.
On top you’ll locate 2 buttons– eject and also power– which implies you’ll should discover the remote if you intend to play your film.
Likewise ahead is a rubbery covering that, we think, maintains various other devices you put on top of the gamer from slipping about throughout playback.
Spin the gamer around and you’ll discover a couple of sporadic (however fairly vital) ports. There’s 2 HDMI out ports (one for audio and also video clip, as well as one for just audio), plus an ethernet port and USB port in case you wish to put a flash drive for photo or video clip playback.
There are a couple of things we wish to see here– consisting of an SD card slot to present images directly from your video camera and also a couple of more audio-out alternatives– but just what you get below is more than enough for the basic performance.
Among the large frustrations for us with Philips first 4K player is the basic lack of material on the gamer itself. Sure, most individuals will certainly head out and buy a 4K Blu-ray collection soon after acquiring this gamer, yet there are some that will be slower to embrace the new innovation. Those people could be disappointed to locate simply two solutions on-board: Netflix and YouTube.
Both services can be found in 4K versions and can be accessed through the two shortcut switches on the remote, yet it would certainly’ve behaved to see various other streaming services below. Panasonic’s gamer has Netflix, Amazon Video clip, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, BBC Information and also Sport, Netflix and My Area– in addition to a number of more lesser-known apps. The difference below is all the time.
Moving past that, the user interface the BDP7501 utilizes is straightforward and simple.
You’ll find sections for videos, songs, pictures, residence network (a.k.a. Your DLNA web server), video apps as well as setup in one row on the house screen.
The residence screen sits on a blue slope history that, to our knowledge, cannot be changed in any way. That said, as stated over, you could put a flash drive for pictures and songs, or just put a CD or DVD should you intend to utilize your gamer for more than simply enjoying movies.
As for pure specifications are worried, the BDP7501 looks excellent. It supports the BT.2020 shade space, a dynamic variety approximately 10,000 nits (despite the fact that the brightest TVs just hit concerning 2,000 nits), 10 or 12-bit depth and H. 265 video clip documents. And while that noises remarkable, the result is just dull.
Scenes from Celebrity Expedition or Creed in UHD don’t have a particular shimmer or luster that you ‘d find utilizing another gamer. Yes, some scenes do actually take advantage of the expanded array– we saw especially room scenes that usually have a bright white next to a dark, inky black– yet most 4K video footage look basically like a 1080p Blu-ray.
Part of that is since when you utilize a 1080p Blu-ray, the player will still upscale for 4K when connected to a 4K panel. You’ll shed several of the fidelity from HDR, but more or less the picture comes out the same: lackluster. Some scenes look washed out, others have a hefty grain to them and some merely look no much better compared to they do on a 1080p TELEVISION.
As well as while that appears bad, there are two positives that are worth focusing on right here. The initial is that the player uses an HDMI out for audio-only that you can make use of if your receiver isn’t up on the most up to date HDMI criteria and could pass 4K signal to your TELEVISION. The 2nd is that the player itself, while a little bit slow-moving to get going (starting up and beginning playback), doesn’t present any type of latency right into the system. An additional admittedly a lot smaller sized benefit is that the player is whisper silent and also stays supremely cool under a heavy workload.
Philips BDP7501 UHD Blu-ray Player User Manual