Conclusion: On this Philips, playback of Blu-ray movies is impressive - quite in contrast to the weak DVD playback, especially with discs that lack a progressive flag. We were, on the other hand, happy to see analog and digital audio outputs, which make the device attractive to owners of both old and new AV receivers. Buyers of this Philips will, however, have to live without an internet connection.
Pros: Excellent 24p movie picture., The player comes supplied with an HDMI cable., Bitstream output of HD audio., 7.1 HD-audio decoder and analog 5.1 audio output.
Cons: Weaknesses in DVD playback., No picture controls., No BD-Live., Long loading time for Blu-rays.
Philips Quality Apparent in the Blu-ray DVD Player BDP7200/37
Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
Excerpt: This Philips brand is familiar to me and I have a favorable impression of the company. When the war was settled between HD DVD and Blu-ray, I immediately went shopping. I found there are a number of Blu-ray players clustered in the $400 range like the BDP7200/37. Then the price jumps several hundred dollars.
Summary: Minor complaints aside, the Philips BDP7200 distinguishes itself by delivering terrific image and audio quality at a comparatively low price - in the US, at least. Support for BonusView, too, makes this model a great choice, so it may be worth waiting until later in the year before you invest in a Blu-ray player.