Philips new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player hits stores in June
Stephan Jukic – May 18, 2016
Three companies debuted 4K UHD Blu-ray players in 2016 so far and among these, the Samsung model UBD-K8500 was by far the first to go on sale as of March 2016, followed in April by Panasonic’s DMP-UB900 4 Blu-ray player model for a steeper price, and now the highly compact Philips BDP7501 is finally going to also be hitting the store shelves.
More closely resembling a set-top box than any sort of Blu-ray player device, the BDP7501 lacks the bulky sleekness of its Samsung cousin but still offers pretty much all the tech feature’s one would have a right to expect from one of these new media players in the current 4K entertainment and TV market.
Philips originally claimed that the BDP7501 would go on sale in the spring of this year and it looks like they will just barely be keeping their word with a release of their player right before summer officially rolls around in June.
The company with the exclusive North American license to distribute Philip’s products in North America, P&F USA, has announced that the BDP7501 will be hitting store shelves in June for a price of $400, putting it pretty much right in the same price range as the Samsung UBD K8500 rival <a href=”http://4k.com/4k-blu-ray-ultimate-guide-everything-you-need-to-know-discs-hdr-movies-player-more/”>4K Blu-ray player</a>.
As for its roster of specs and features, the new BDP7501 for starters offers the obvious, which is full 4K Blu-ray disc media support. In addition to this, the compact media player supports HDR media in both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards and comes with HEVC (H.265) and VP9 4K content compression support. It of course comes with its own smart interface and delivers access to 4K content apps such as Amazon Prime, YouTube and Netflix among others. Furthermore, audio feature like Dolby Audio support and DTS-HD Master Audio Essentials are also supported by the BDP7501.
The BDP7501 is also compatible with playback of other disc media like HD Blu-rays and DVDs, much like the Samsung UBD K8500.
According to Karl Bearnarth, P&F USA Executiv vice president of sales and marketing,
“4K Ultra HD Blu-ray provides consumers with the opportunity to own and enjoy stunning 4K content without the glitches that can occur when streaming large 4K files. This is a significant step in the transition from HD to 4K Ultra HD, and one that we believe will quicken consumers’ adoption of 4K, especially as they see what the combination of 4K, HDR and Ultra HD Blu-ray’s wide color gamut can achieve.”
Interestingly, the new Philips 4K Blu-ray disc player will be released in two versions. The first of these is the BDP7501, which comes with a brushed aluminum chassis and the BDP7301, which is available in Piano Black. Both of these models feature the same essential specs and offer connectivity for HDMI 2.0a, HDMI 1.4a and HDMI audio out along with Ethernet, WiFi, USB and support for playback of USB media in codec formats like HEVC, H.264, AVCHD, AAC, MP3 and JPEG.
While P&F hasn’t named a specific release date yet, we can be fairly sure that The Philips BDP7501/ BDP7301 will be going on sale before the 21st of June, when Summer begins, assuming that the manufacturer wants to stick to their original promise of a spring release, even if just barely.
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