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Philips BDP7600 review

Philips' newest deck offers a web browser and excellent media streaming

Our Verdict

For

  • Slick design
  • Fast disc loading
  • Multichannel analogue audio outputs

Against

  • Runs hot
  • Thin Net TV

Philips has created a thing of beauty with its 7 Series 3D Blu-ray deck. Finished in a greyish-silver and sporting a sculpted lip with illuminated soft-touch buttons, it's a real step up from the humdrum.

The company has long advocated online connectivity for its gear, famously launching its own Connected Planet product line back when most of us were still getting online with steam powered modems. The brand was way ahead of its time.

Philips' Connected Planet strategy faltered and now it's being forced to play catch-up. However, rather than create a walled-garden of IPTV like its rivals, the Dutch giant is endeavouring to establish a common standard of sorts, called Net TV.

This loose confederation of entertainment services will also be offered by Loewe and Sharp on selected product lines.

Be 'appy

The smorgasbord that is Net TV is accessed via a simple grid system. Buttons lead through to an App Gallery where you'll find the BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Picasa, Twitter, TuneIn Radio and CineTrailers.

Apart from the free VOD, paid streaming channels are also available, including Cartoon Network, Box Offi ce 365 and Hit Entertainment. You can add more content to the launch page from the frugally stocked apps store. If you've been looking for a French language news channel, or a wallpaper screensaver of classical art, then you're in luck.

Perhaps the best supplemental content service currently on offer is iConcert; this has a broad range of music videos on tap which can be searched by artist or genre. The streaming clips may be in SD but they look pretty good.

If you want to venture out into the open web, the BDP7600 also offers a browser, but it lacks Flash support. While only one HDMI output is offered, there are 5.1 analogue outputs, which can be used to route lossless multichannel sound to a legacy AVR. This 5.1 output can be bumped to a 7.1 if you re-assign the separate stereo AV outs to the group.

The unit doesn't have any persistent memory, so you'll need to add your own. Unusually, this has to be done in the form of an SD card rather than USB. Remember, though, that the rear-placed card slot doesn't permit playback of media. For that you'll need to use the front-mounted USB.

Media streaming support is excellent. The player successfully accessed all our test files across a network, including AVIs, MOVs and MKV wrapped material, and also played them direct from USB. Audio support covers WMA, MP3, WAV and AAC, with album art when present.

Tech Labs

Tech labs

Power consumption: Watts
Idle: 11 Watts
Playing: 14 Watts

Not as green as some of its rivals.

Audio Jitter: Picoseconds
Analogue: 155

Not as impressive as Panasonic's DMP-BDT310, but a low figure that suggests good component quality and system design.

Loading: Boot/Java
Boot speed and tray eject: 11 seconds
Tray in to BD menu: 39 seconds

Quick to spin up our resident disc, but takes a while to boot.

Performance

When it comes to disc playback, the BDP7600 doesn't disappoint. Blu-rays look suitably detailed, with smoothly gradated colours and scads of texture.

The player's two-channel audio presentation is also above average, making this a good choice for CD fans. The BDP7600 is the fastest loader in our group by the tiniest of margins, but takes a while to wake.

It should also be noted that our test sample ran extremely hot. The right rear underside of the unit became uncomfortably warm after just a few hours use.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, CD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RW
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, DTS
Number of Discs1
Brand NamePhilips
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC
Video FormatsBD Video, Video CD, SVCD, MKV, VC-1, AVCHD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, XviD, WMV, DivX Plus HD, MP4, AVI, DVD Video, H.264
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Operating Power Consumption15 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Composite VideoYes
Digital to Analog Video Converter12-bit - 150 MHz
Digital to Analog Audio Converter24-bit - 192 kHz
Digital Audio Coaxial OutYes
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
Height43 mm
Width435 mm
Depth236 mm
ColourSilver
Picture ControlZoom, Rotate
Product Series7000
Image FormatsJPEG, GIF, PNG
Features1080p Upscaling, BD Live, Bonus View
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product ModelBDP7600
Product NameBDP7600 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
Aspect Ratio21:9
Input Voltage220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberBDP7600/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Crystal clear HD video and 3D playback offers awesome movie experiences - right in your living room. Delivering the ultimate in performance, the stylish player also keeps you connected with your favourite websites on the TV screen via Net TV.

Package Contents
  • BDP7600 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
  • CD-ROM (User Manual)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
Remote ControlYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)2 kg