Philips BDP7100 – Blu-Ray disc drive test and review

The Philips BDP7100 is like all Blu-ray players first generation: imperfect! Efficient as HD diffuser, the device reveals is just OK as a DVD player and becomes downright mediocre as a multimedia platform.

No surprise therefore with this Blu-ray player Philips to downright clumsy look that offers, on its rear panel, HDMI output, analog audio outputs 5.1, YPbPr outputs, two digital audio outputs (optical and coaxial) audio output analog stereo and composite video and S-video outputs. No USB or Ethernet port. This, once again, deprive the user of the BD-Live and firmware update via Internet. Pity.

The user interface, common to the Philips devices, does not offer much interesting. In addition to setting up the system in the case of the use of 5.1 outputs, the application or not of a dynamic compression, the choice of sound stream (PCM conversion or native stream), activation or not the mode 24p, the setting of the output resolution of the HDMI and validation of the CEC decision, it’s flat calm.

In use, it’s always the same old story. The charging time is longer than on the PS3, but the result on the screen is just as flattering. In 1080p HD, the player offers a definition with a line, well-nuanced colors and dynamic contrasts. However, the relevance of the 24p mode is much more random. On most of our tests, we have not felt a significant difference with and without the 24p mode. With a standard DVD, the BD-P7100 is a good DVD, HD upscaling although not always fills the screen. On some wide shots, the image shows a more pronounced relief, but it is episodic. For audio, better to leave the tracks multichannel transit native stream to a suitable receiver to decode. Finally, the surprise side media files, as MP3 and JPEG are supported.