Philips BDP3000
Blu-ray player prices are dropping by the day, and this £169 BDP3000 model from Philips is aimed at the more affordable end of the market

We've just tested the £250 Philips BDP7300 Blu-ray player in the new September issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, and now the company is targeting the budget end of the Blu-ray market with its new £169 BDP3000.

This latest Philips model handles Full HD, 24 frames-per-second images, and can upscale DVDs to near-HD quality.

The player is Profile 2.0, BD Live-enabled, and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 surround sound decoding is built in. But there's no onboard decoding for DTS-HD.

Connection options include single HDMI, composite, component, digital coaxial and analogue phono outputs, as well as USB and Ethernet sockets.

It has a super-slim design, measuring just 5.8 x 43.5 x 30.8cm (HxWxD), and is finished in high-gloss black.

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Standby power is an eco-friendly 0.5W, and users can also use it to view DVD, DivX and JPEG files, as well as listen to MP3 music files.

The Easylink system allows multiple devices to be controlled using a single remote control.