Blu is the colour

Contented though we are with the Blu-ray player somehow shoe-horned into our PlayStation 3, there is much to be said for having a standalone device through which to play our favourite films in retina-cosseting full HD. Particularly when the  machine in question - the appealingly understated Philips BDP7300 - will set you back just £249. For this recession friendly outlay you also get playback support for the best audio formats (Dolby TrueHD, etc) and a USB socket on the front so that you can view picture and video content from a camera/MP3 player through your TV.

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