Philips shows off as a rich uncle of the family with a five-channel analog output.
- Philips BDP-7200
- Data sheet
The family resemblance is when all three players already visually cannot be denied. They discovered individual variables when the number of connections – the FUNAI offers no optical digital connection, Philips shows off as a rich uncle of the family with a five-channel analog output.
You ever at all identical – the – lid, the obvious relationship of the three player jumps forward outright. Identical triplets of the switching power supply via the electrolytic capacitors over on the drive up there to the digital Board. Up on the audio Board at Philips, which is more equipped for the multi channel output with some parts.
A small difference is to see but yet: Although the Philips of the SD card slot on the front is missing, is inside the card reader required. However, this is not empty as the other two devices, but already with a 256-megabyte memory card. Intrigued, the SD card was removed at once orperativ – no significant negative impact on the performance of the player. Probably the Philips falls back on the SD card only as additional space for massive BD-Java applications – for example for backing up games. The other two players, however, as usual – use the card slot to play media files such as MP3 or JPEG from the SD memory chips.
Still a difference in the Philips: the Dutch use a self programmed menu. Graphics as well as the thoughtful user guide are known by other players of the manufacturer. An attribute highly valued for testers is the ability to change settings when running the Setup disc. Normally, the player only require the full stop of the disc in the drive, before opens the Setup menu. Who on the road must be more often in the labyrinths of the system settings, appreciate the time saved when the Philips.
Because the player load times are still not the fastest. A Blu-ray disc requires read, a DVD about 25 seconds in 35 seconds. Subjects create almost a lightning start from standby to operating mode with 15 seconds.
A few HD decoder
All three players to natively output DTS HD Master signals just as Bitstream over HDMI. PCM over HDMI or even an analog multi channel output (conceivable in theory only at the Philips) is not possible because of missing decoders. In these cases, the data reduced DTS-surround-core is then decoded – and thus sound quality is lost can be heard. Owners of older AV receiver without suitable DTS-HD decoder would miss something so clearly.
The second high resolution audio format that Blu-ray is found on one – Dolby TrueHD – is the Onkyo and the FUNAI also not decoded, but only the compressed Dolby Digital version processed. Only the Philips meets again his role as family nerd and handles the data stream on demand to digital PCM or analog signals – uncompressed and high resolution.
The most exciting question but arose in the hearing test: the family resemblance should win again? The same one the three players actually like an egg?
First of all Yes. When the analog stereo reproduction, the differences were very hard to guess – and even harder to divide “better” or “worse”. A surprisingly good figure and appearance compared with the pioneer, an almost lively acting – whether with pop music or classical recordings managed all three.
About the digital coax output to the datenreduzieten soundtrack of a DVD, the Onkyo with a powerful bass and much details seemed to play, followed by a very prominent Philips and a slightly otherworldly FUNAI forward. HD playback as Bitstream over HDMI, the Philips to the top – with the more natural, dynamic sound to the Onkyo past drängelte but then.
But beware – it doesn’t mean much. Because the tonal differences could be one on a normal scattering of the series, on the other hand the ear occasionally tends to focus – especially if the sound is very similar to the smallest nuances. Especially as a plant would be necessary for distinctness in this tiny stages, twenty times exceeding player prices easily. The differences are so negligible – and all three players true Funais.
Philips BDP 7200
Technical data and test results
|DVD-audio / SACD|| /|
|Blu-ray / HD-DVD||/ |
|HD-R / HD-RW / Java|| / / |
|Copy protection: Key2Audio / Cactus / doc loc|| / / |
|Output of Dolby TrueHD, analog / PCM / Bitstream||/ /|
|Output DTS-HD analog / PCM / Bitstream||/ /|
|Output of digital 96 kHz||Yes|
|Playback MP3 /.|
|Playing MP3 / JPEG / WMA /.||/ / /|
|extended color space||YUV|
|AUDIO outputs analog RCA / 5.1 / 7.1||/ /|
|Digital Cinchoptisch / HDMI||Yes /. / (1.3A)|
|Video outputs SCART / RCA / Hosiden /.||/ /|
|Ethernet / USB||/|
|Dolby TrueHD decoder, multichannel output|
|DTS-HD Master audio via Bitstream only|
|Sound HDMI||very good 90|
|HD picture quality||125|
|Picture quality DVD||Top 90|
|Sound judgment||very good 88|
|Price / performance||well|
|tested in issue:||1 / 09|