Philips is planning to release next month two versions of the Ultra HD Blu-ray player it originally unveiled at CES 2016 last January.

The brand, which is licensed and managed in North America by P&F USA for Blu-ray players, TVs and certain home theater products, will offer two players differentiated by cosmetic appearance. Both will carry $399 suggested retail prices.

The BDP7501 (pictured at top) will come with a real brushed aluminum finish and the BDP7301 will come in a gloss piano black finish. Both models have a squarish ultra-compact design with a small foot print for easy placement among other AV components.

Read more on the Philips Ultra HD Blu-ray players after the jump:

As previously reported by HD Guru, the Philips Ultra HD players will support a wide assortment of disc formats including: AVCHD, BD, BD R / BD RE, 3D Blu-ray, CD, CDDA, CD-R/CD-RW, DVD, DVD +R/+RW, DVD -R/-RW, SVCD, VCD, Audio CD, and DTSCD.

Two-channel and multichannel SACDs and DVD-Audio discs were not included for support.

On the picture side, the players will also support: HDR metadata (HDR-10 only), Deep Color, and will offer 4K Video upscaling for BD and DVD videos.

Supported video files include: AVI, Divx, m2ts, MKV, MP4, and MPEG (mpg).

Surround sound support includes: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; and supported music files include: AAC, MKA, MP3 and WMA.

Supported still image files include: GIF, and JPEG (JPG).

Inputs/outputs include: one HDMI 2.0a out with HDCP 2.2 and one HDMI 1.4a out (for audio receivers), Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO, Ethernet, and USB 3.0 Multimedia.

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Other features include: HDMI-CEC for multi-component control with one remote, Child Lock, Parental Controls, and USB Multimedia playback.

When the players arrive in stores, they will join the Samsung UHD-K8500 as the only Ultra HD players available in the U.S. market at that time. Other manufacturers, who have said they expect to have Ultra HD players available by the end of the year, include: Panasonic and Oppo.

The playback features and pricing of the Philips Ultra HD players are very similar to those supported by the Samsung UHD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The primary difference appears to be cosmetic design, although we have not yet had the opportunity to test playback functionality of the Philips players.

By Greg Tarr


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