The Philips BDP2700/12 looks just like the dozens of other Blu-ray players available in the market. I’m not saying it looks bad; just quite ordinary. It is also pretty similar to most other Blu-ray players in terms of features and functionality. So what’s so special about it?
Nice looking, but nothing out of the ordinary
Design and Features
The BDP2700/12 is a pretty nice looking player and is jet black in colour, with a glossy finish at the front and a matte finish on the top. It measures in at 435 x 44 x 200 mm (w x h x d) and weighs just 2.3 kg.
As far as connectivity goes, the BX580 has all the usual connections like component/composite, HDMI, digital coaxial out, analogue audio left/right out and Ethernet at the back, as well as a USB 2 port in the front. One thing I was a bit disappointed in was the fact that this Blu-ray player has only stereo analogue outputs. This is something that more and more manufacturers are not including, and it can be quite annoying if you want to set up a simple home theatre system with only analogue inputs.
No multiple analog audio outputs
As far as other features go, Philips BDP2700/12 Blu-ray player is quite standard. The file formats supported are MP3, WMA, WAV for audio, MPEG 2, DivX Ultra and XviD for video and JPEG for pictures. It also has some other features such as child protection, online firmware upgrades and the EasyLink function which allows for one touch play and standby.
The BDP2700/12 is really easy to operate. The menus can be navigated through easily, and the remote fits in one’s hand nicely. The only thing I didn’t particularly care abut too much is the buttons on the front panel, as I sometimes had to press them a few times to get them to work.
Easy to use remote
I really like the quality of imaging that this player provides. The visuals, were quite smooth, and everything seemed quite fluid, and I enjoyed the overall experience. The images are crisp and sharp, although I did notice that some colours seemed a little bright, especially blues. But this could also be due to the TV I used, a mammoth 55-inch VU TV, which will be reviewed soon.
Like I said in the beginning, the Philips BDP2700/12 Blu-ray player is quite ordinary. It has no discerning features, and will most likely be ignored by a lot of people on their hunt to buy a new Blu-ray player. But it is a good player after all and that fact cannot be ignored. It is also quite affordable at Rs. 9,990. But don’t forget that there are also other players that deserve mention such as the Sony BDP-S370 , which is also the same price, and an equally good option. Of course, if you want something even better, I’d definitely recommend the LG BX580 (Rs. 16,999). This is definitely more expensive, but has some killer features such as 3D and MKV playback.
I give this player 4 stars, as it is a really good, affordable player. There’s nothing really wrong with it, apart from the front panel buttons, but it’s just another Blu-ray player that sits on the shelf hoping to be picked up. It doesn’t really have that extra jazz that most shoppers are looking for, and will quite possibly be ignored over other platers. But I’d definitely recommend this player to anyone who is looking for a basic Blu-ray player to watch movies on, as it most certainly has what it takes.
Subtitle Shift is an enhancement feature that lets users manually adjust a movie's subtitle positioning on the television or computer screen. Using the remote control, users can shift the subtitles up and down on the screen. On widescreen displays, such as 21:9 cinema and projectors, the subtitles sometimes get cut off. In order to see them clearly, the user has to change the display aspect ratio, which defeats the purpose of the widescreen. With the Subtitle Shift feature, the user can retain the correct display aspect ratio and have the subtitles ideally positioned on the screen. Blu-ray Discs have the capacity to carry high definition data, along with pictures in the 1920 x 1080 resolution that defines full high definition images. Scenes come to life as details leap at you, movements smoothen and images turn crystal clear. Blu-ray also delivers uncompressed surround sound - so your audio experience becomes unbelievably real. The high storage capacity of Blu-ray Discs also allow a host of interactive possibilities to be built in. Seamless navigation during playback and other exciting features like pop-up menus bring a whole new dimension to home entertainment. Dolby TrueHD delivers 7.1 channels of the finest sound from your Blu-ray Discs. Audio reproduced is virtually indistinguishable from the studio master, so you hear what the creators intended for you to hear. Dolby TrueHD completes your high definition entertainment experience. The Universal Serial Bus or USB is a protocol standard that is conveniently used to link PCs, peripherals and consumer electronic equuipment. Hi-Speed USB devices have a data transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps - up from the 12 Mbps in original USB ones. With Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Link, all you have to do is plug in your USB device, select the movie, music or photo and play away. With DivX support, you are able to enjoy DivX encoded videos in the comfort of your living room. The DivX media format is an MPEG4-based video compression technology that enables you to save large files like movies, trailers and music videos on media like CD-R/RW, and DVD recordable discs. DivX Ultra combines DivX playback with great features like integrated subtitles, multiple audio languages, multiple tracks and menus into one convenient file format.
|Composite Video Output||Yes|
|Digital Audio Output: Optical||Yes|
|Digital Audio Output: Coaxial||Yes|
Picture and Audio
|Full HD 1080p output||Yes|
|Audio D/A Converter||12Bit/148MHz|
|DVD-R/RW (Video Format) Playback||Yes|
|BD-ROM Playback (Single, Dual Layer)||Yes|
|Power Requirements||220-230V, 50Hz|
Published Date: Jan 15, 2011 09:30 am | Updated Date: Jan 15, 2011 09:30 am