Philips get stylish with the BDP7300 Blu-ray player


I don’t often think “sexy” when I look at a Blu-ray player but there’s something about the Philips BDP7300 that’s got that kind of Naim/NAD utility chic about it. It’s the minimal black design. Shame they didn’t go the whole hog with the angle cut corners and matte finish but you can’t have it all, I suppose.

Still, what counts with these things is the insides and there the BDP7300 doesn’t disappoint. Again, there’s a minimal feel to what Philips has on offer but what there is, is solid.

Naturally, it does all your bog standard Blu-ray playback at 1080p/24fps but, as we’ve come to expect with most of these machines these days, it’ll upgrade your DVDs to an approximation of HD quality too.

As well as your discs, it also supports DivX Ultra, WMV, MP3, WMA and JPG files formats via the USB port on the back. There’s also a 1GB internal memory for downloading and saving any BD Live extras you might want to bore yourself to death with before you get up off the sofa and go and buy another film.

Audio-wise it decodes both Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio Essential 7.1 to make sure you’re getting the sound as the director intended. You will, of course, need a proper amp and enough speakers to appreciate that, though.

It’s out this month for £249 but you will be saving a few pence and the planet as you go too. It only uses 0.2W in standby. Of course, you could always just switch the thing off when you’re not using it and do everyone a favour.

Buy it here

Sony announces high-spec, low-end BDS360 player


When Sony announces a low end Blu-ray player without offering a price it does make me wonder exactly how low end they’re talking. This is, after all, the nearest company to Apple the AV market has.

That aside, the BDS360 does sound like an excellent piece of kit and just the ticket if you’re searching for some HD content for your newly bought LCD. It’s both DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD compatible and will upgrade all your DVDs to some kind of simulated 1080p.

You can connect the player up via Ethernet to get all your BD Live downloadable nonsense and there’s even a USB port to store it through as well. And, if you’re into unmeasurable proprietary technology, then Sony’s Precision Drive and Deep Colour systems promise to make sure even scratched and wobbly discs get played and played in good colour too.


Sony’s also announced some 2.1 home cinema speaker systems to go with the set up in the shape of the HT-SS360 and HT-SF360. Both are wireless and support Sony’s DCAC (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration) to make sure you put them in the right place and at the right volume for a decent experience.

More details of dates and prices as soon as I find out.


CES 2009: Panasonic's portable Blu-ray player


I guess now that Blu-ray discs are getting cheaper it’s only natural that portable players will come into their own, and Panasonic has made history by creating the worlds first travel Blu-ray DVD player. The DMP-B15 has a 8.9 inch WSVGA screen, and has a three hour rechargeable battery. More excitingly however is the fact that the machine has an HDMI slot which means you can hook it up to an

CES 2009: Samsung get wall mount fever with the first attachable BD-P4600 Blu-ray player


Alongside the glut of screens and assorted boxed up circuitry, Samsung announced the slightly bizarre but rather attractive wall mountable BD-P4600 Blu-ray player. Funnily enough, it’s the first wall mountable Blu-ray player largely because most normal people aren’t interested in stapling all appliance to their masonry. What’s next? The kettle? The 1″ microwave?…