Philips BDP3000 review

The Philips BDP-3000 Blu-ray player has a decent picture and lively sound – all at a tantalisingly affordable price Tested at £169.00

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Our Verdict

A solid performer at a tantalisingly affordable price

For

  • Ultra-competitive price
  • intuitive interface and smart design
  • detailed, lively sound and decent picture

Against

  • No DTS-HD decoding
  • not as sharp or subtle as rivals
  • sound lacks solidity

Of all our Blu-ray player reviews, this Philips is the first machine to sneak in with an RRP of under £200 – now, the high-definition format really is in reach for the masses.

That said, a quick search online shows one of our current favourites, the Sony BDP-S360, can be found for as little as £160, some £80 lower than the price we originally listed.

That player delivered all the necessary technical specifications, which this Philips doesn't – it's unable to decode DTS-HD Master Audio. It can bitstream this codec, however, and it can decode (or bitstream) Dolby TrueHD. If you have an amplifier that can do all the decoding anyway, none of this is a big issue.

Round the back of this neatly curved, slimline machine you'll find HDMI, component and digital coaxial outputs – but no optical socket – plus an Ethernet connection and a USB input, which you'll need for the added memory required for BD-Live content. Huge menu icons make navigation simple.

Good quality for little money
So, we're soon enjoying the fantastic action of Watchmen, and considering the knockdown price, there's certainly nothing disheartening about the image.

Do an A-B comparison with a five-star performer, and edges lack a little sharpness and fast motion isn't handled so smoothly – but it's a good HD picture.

The bright colour palette of the disc can look a little OTT, but more natural films show the Philips capable of good black levels, solid contrast and plenty of insight.

Sonically there's a lack of weight and solidity, but the Philips will leave a fair few quid in your pocket compared to most, making it a good proposition.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Brand NamePhilips
Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberBDP3000/05
Product NamePhilips BDP3000
Product ModelBDP3000

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • BDP3000 Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Audio Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • IFU / User Manual
  • Product Registration Card
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Remote Control
Energy StarYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationENERGY STAR

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes

Audio

Audio FormatsMP3, WMA
Sound SystemDolby Digital, DTS, Dolby TrueHD

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Physical Characteristics

Width43.5 cm
Depth227
Weight Approximate2.95 kg
Height58
Dimensions58 (H): 43.5 cm (W): 227 (D)

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, MPEG-2, VC-1, DivX, DX50, Video CD, WMV, XviD