Amazon is now taking pre-orders for the Philips BDP7501 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, although no exact shipping date has been announced. The BDP7501 will be only the second 4k Blu-ray player to be sold in the US. And, the retailer is also offering a copy of Creed on Ultra HD Blu-ray with the order for a limited time.
The Philips Ultra HD Blu-ray player supports 4k video at 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, peak video bitrate of 100Mbps, and HEVC (H.265) codec for 4k (as well as MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) for 2k playback). In terms of image depth the BDP7501 supports the BT.2020 color gamut, 10-bit color, and 1,000 to 10,000 nit contrast range with HDR. Audio formats include Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MasterAudio.
The BDP7501 comes with built-in WiFi 802.11ac and MIMO antennas for those who don’t want to run wires to a router (of course we always suggest hard-wiring your audio/video devices for maximum performance). The player also features smart functionality to run apps like Netflix and YouTube (with 4k streaming).
Ports include one HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2 output, one HDMI 1.4b for discrete legacy audio output, one USB, and Ethernet.
We originally thought the player would start shipping last month, and, early press releases indicated the UHD BD player would also sell in a brushed aluminum finish (with a different model number). But that idea may have been scrapped as all we can find is the “piano black” model with the model number BDP7501.
Here in the US the only Ultra HD Blu-ray player available so far this year has been the Samsung UBD-K8500 with curved facade. However, there was no reward in waiting for the Philips model to release (unless the curved design didn’t fit your style), as both players are list-priced at $399. Another Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the Panasonic DMP-UB900 is expected this fall, but with a much higher suggested price of $699.