Over time, DVD players in India have been phased out by the ever-advancing technology. A while ago CD’s were the primary means of conveying data. Today, thumb drives and Micro SD cards are the fresh things. Consequently, DVD manufacturers have resulted in developing advanced media players. Nowadays, media players feature advanced features such as 3D support, Blu-ray and 4K functionality as well as Smart Technology. Some premium televisions and projectors already have these features, but in most cases, such devices are too expensive.
In as much as most TVs and projectors come with USB ports and Smart Functionality, a good Blu-ray player could help you make the best from your television.
► Sony UBP-X700 – 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player
In this article, we review one of the best Blu-ray players in India. Our focus today is on the Sony UBP-X700 4K Blu-Ray Player. My friend recently purchased this device, and I thought it wise to review it for our readers. Here is what I liked in the Sony UBP-X700:
4K Ultra HD Imaging: To start with, Sony incorporated 4K technology into this Blu-ray player. Now, as mentioned earlier, most of today’s high-end televisions already feature 4K resolution. However, a dominant 4k upscaling media player like this Sony device can enhance your picture quality and video experience. Through its 4K ultra HD engine, the UBP-X700 delivers vibrant imaging and four times the resolution of standard Blu-ray players. Additionally, this device has HDR10 signaling capability, meaning that it outputs deep blacks and detailed picture quality.
Smart functionality: With this device, you really don’t need to have a smart television. This Full HD Blu-ray video player can stream 4K movies from the internet right to your standard television. All you need to do is to connect it to your home network either through Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable, and you are good to go. Moreover, the Sony Blu-ray player comes with a simple, intuitive interface. Actually, I found its interface more appealing than most smart television interfaces.
→ Numerous connectivity options
One fascinating thing about this 4K DVD player is that it does not limit you in terms of usability. Sony installed two HDMI ports on this device. You can use these ports to project your image through a projector, a TV or a PC screen. I tested the HDMI ports through a 19-inch HP monitor and an Epson VS345 home projector.
From my experience, I can attest that the picture quality is worth every cent. Nonetheless, for a real 4K experience, I would recommend that you use this device with a 4K TV screen. Other connectivity options in this device include an Ethernet port, a Coaxial SPDIF port and a wireless radio (Wi-Fi). This device also has a USB port for playing media files stored on thumb drives.
|Feature||Watch | Listen | Stream | Menu & Apps | 24p True Cinema | 4K Upscaling | Screen Mirroring | 3D Streaming | 4K Streaming | Live Streaming | Auto Power Off | Bravia Sync | Child Lock | Parental Control|
|Video||Play 4K Ultra HD media file | HDR10 (100X more brightness) | Dolby Vision (Deep Dark and Vibrant color) | Watch Movie in 4K Quality on a Non-HDR TV|
|Sound||Digital Music Compatible | DTS | Dolby Atmos | Dolby True HD Decoding|
|File||CD | DVD | Blu-ray Disk | Play all types of media files|
|Build||Weight: 1.4-Kg | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB, Ethernet Port|
|Sales Box||Media Player | Remote Control | Batteries|
► Sony Blu-ray Player BDP-S6500
With the rise of 4K, the future of Blu-ray technology has gone into uncertainty. But the manufacturers who used to earn a lot of income from it in the last decade are not ready to give up yet. And, they are trying to grab the opportunity that the absence of a physical technology capable of storing and playing 4K videos has generated.
The Sony BDP-S6500 Blu-ray Player is also a result of this situation. This device promises 4K upscaling functionality that many customers are looking for these days. In India, this projector can be purchased for an amount of 12,299 rupees, which is not that high.
Appealing Form Factor: This Blu-ray player comes in a black painted body that offers a sleek look. Its outer shell is made out of metal and is highly durable. A plastic panel covers the mouth of the player where the disk is inserted. The power and eject buttons are located on the right side. In terms of looks and design, the built is impressively compact and it is strong enough that you can keep other stuff above it.
→ 4K Upscaling Technology
If you have a full HD video stored on your Blu-ray disk and want to upscale its resolution, then this player might be in a position to help. But before making the purchase, there are a couple of things that you should know. Firstly, upscaling is useless if you do not have a 4K TV. Secondly, the concept of upscaling is overrated in the market. To increase sales, brands are generating a myth that after upscaling, the whole experience of the users will change, which is absolutely not true. No device in the world can generate details in a footage that it does not contain. Basically, upscaling was introduced to help users use all the pixels on their 4K TVs.
This device might be able to increase the contrast ratio by playing with the pixels of original footage, but that also at the cost of other things. You will only benefit from it if your 4K TV is located at a distance.
Streaming and Gaming Functionality: Other than 4K upscaling, Sony also teases this product with its capability to stream media and play games. However, here we need to clear a few things. As far as media streaming is concerned I agree with Sony. The onboard apps of services like Netflix do add to the experience of the users. But I cannot take this Blu-ray serious as a gaming platform. This is because it does not have enough processing power to handle textures and animations.
→ Multiple Connectivity Options
The Sony BDP S6500 Blu-ray player comes with all those connectivity features that you can ever imagine on a device like this. It has got inbuilt Wi-Fi network card and also comes with a full-size Ethernet port. On the front, you can find a USB port just below the power button. Hidden on the back is a set of HDMI and Digital Audio Out ports.
- Comes with a number of utility apps
- Offers media streaming capability
- 3D support
- Impressive performance
- Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity
- Cast Smartphone screen onto the TV using this device
- Bad gaming performance
- Not a great upscaling quality
Verdict: It can be a good solution until a new technology gets evolved. Do not think of purchasing this player for the 4K upscaling feature if you do not have a 4K TV. Moreover, I like to consider this Sony media player more as a media-streaming platform than a Blue-ray player.
|Dimensions||10.04 x 1.54 x 7.56 in|
|Native Resolution||1920 X 1080 pixels|
|Extra Features||Streaming and Gaming|
|Connectivity||HDMI, USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Digital Coaxial Audio Out|
► Philips Blu-Ray DVD Media Player BDP2190
I am sure you are satisfied watching HD channels on a 1080P TV using an HD setup box. However, this is an incomplete setup. You are very much restricted to watch content telecasts in high definition on few HD channels. What is missing from your home entertainment setup is a Blu-ray media player, which lets you decide what, when and how to watch FHD movies in razor-sharp quality.
You will agree with me, there cannot be a better brand than Philips, LG, and Sony for gadgets to entertain at home. In the search of better media player, we present reviews of two super devices. These two DVD players have been doing well since the launch and do come with some exciting features.
I will explain the Philips Blu-ray player BDP2190 in detail and let you have a say whether it is a good product or the other one from Sony.
Media Player with latest features: The most unfortunate trendy with a gadget is when the user decides to give up because a better alternative at much affordable price becomes available. Smartphones are the biggest victim of this problem.
In the case of this Philips Blu-ray player, its features and connectivity options let you assured it will not be outdated at least next five years. That is so because it comes with all innovative and popular technology available to play a media disk. Even at connectivity front, it is fit & fine and in fact highly loaded.
Now let us access value addition features of this FHD media player one by one.
→ Watch 3D Cinema at Home
Thanks to this Philips player, now you can enjoy 3D video content at home in the same quality as you do in a movie theater. However, take a note, you need extra accessories such as 3D glasses to see a movie exactly in three-dimension format. Yes, it will work fine with your current 2D TV to watch 3D content like Kung Fu Panda movie series in 3D.
DVD Video upscaling to FHD: This is a feature for which, I will say Philips you have proved your metal. Because of the quality-upscaling feature, you can play your old DVD collection in almost close to real 1080P quality. Thus, you make the best use of old DVD collections. After taking this media player home, no longer will you say, hay what I am going to do with this priceless mega DVD library. Moreover, cherry-on-cake is you will enjoy the collection even more because it is playable in better quality now.
“Old is gold” contents are mostly available in DVD quality and in that case, this Philips player comes in handy because of the upscaling feature.
→ Watch Online Videos in utmost clarity
An Ethernet port here offers internet connection on demand. In fact, it brings the concept of viewing internet content right on home TV. However, it misses apps like Net flicks and others.
If your wish to watch online content at home, then there are many better options available in the market. I do not think I should hype on its internet feature and you should buy it just to watch online content.
Dolby Digital True HD sound: This is interesting- the player supports three types of sound system and one sound enhancement feature. In general, a regular media player features only one audio enhancement technology to purify audio for users. However, here, you can choose a suitable audio output based on the speaker setup, content nature, and your mood.
Single remote for multiple device control: Philips brings a concept to instruct entire home entertainment devices with single remote. In order to use this feature, you need to connect all the devices using HDMI port.
To active this feature on the TV, just press the home button on media player remote, select setup, then installation, now preference and finally active the Easylink option.
Honestly, this is one good feature, but how many users will prefer using this is questionable. The reason is a bit complicated initial setup, which is through HDMI ports.
→ Suitable Subtitle Shift
This is one feature makes it a unique gadget to have in the home. I am sure you have encountered such problem wherein subtitle is cut off or missing or appears in very narrow size. With this player now you can adjust and increase & decrease font according to your viewing preference.
I enjoy watching non-Hindi and non-English movies. There, to understand dialogue and running frame I have to rely on given English subtitle. Sometimes, I have to struggle with subtitle cut-off problem. In such cases, this is one handy device to have in your home.
- Upscaling dull content into close to HD or Full HD
- Power sound production
- Connect with internet and download lots of content of your choice
- User Interface CD in the sales box
- Watch 3D and real FHD content at home
Final Verdict: The Philips media player is able to present some good features such as upgrading video quality, enhancing sound, and adjusting subtitle. Thus, it is not just an ordinary player rather it scans content and presents reformatted version according to your preference.
I have explained the Philips Blu-ray DVD player BD2190 in detail. My focus was only on the worthy feature, which helps you take a purchase decision. There are many micro features onboard that lets you have convenient and good quality entertainment every time you use it. The product is from the brand Philips so you can be sure of excellent built quality.
|Aspect Ratio||16:9, 21:9, 4:3|
|Picture||High Def (720p, 1080i, 1080p), Progressive scan, Video upscaling|
|Picture||Rotate, Slideshow with music playback, Zoom|
|Sound||Night Mode, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS 2.0 + Digital out|
|Compression formats||DivX Plus™ HD, MPEG4 (AVC), H.264, XviD|
|Disc Playback Modes||A-B Repeat, Angle, Disc Menu, Pause, Repeat, Resume Playback from Stop, Search forward/reverse, Skip, Slow Forward, Standard Play, Zoom|
|Playable Discs||AVCHD, BD, CDDA, CD, SVCD, DVD, VCD|
|Convenience||Child Protection, EasyLink (HDMI-CEC)|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0, Digital coaxial out, Ethernet, HDMI output|