I jumped on the Blu Ray bandwagon quite early on when the films and players started to become readily available, sure they were expensive and the films were probably overpriced for what are essentially DVDs with better clarity but I was converted from the start and appreciated the advancement in technology and where possible I would always favour Blu Ray's over DVDs when it came to watching a film at home. As with all technology these days things don't stay new for very long and the introduction of 3D not so long ago once again brought an advancement in home cinema and it was only matter of time before I had to try this out for myself. Taking advantage of a Post-Christmas sale on Tesco's website recently saw me ordering a brand new 3D 42" HD television and included in the offer was a 3D Blu Ray player, specifically the Philips BDP3282 and the focus of this review.
What is it?
The BD3282 is a multi-functional Blu Ray/DVD player which supports and plays 3D Blu Ray discs, if you are unfamiliar with 3D Blu Rays then I'll quickly explain that these are the only media that display 'true' 3D films and features and are the same as what you're likely to see at the cinema should you choose to watch a 3D film. To be able to view in 3D you need a TV which supports this function along with either 'passive' or 'active' 3D glasses (active glasses are battery run whereas passive ones are the type found in cinemas - the BD3282 is a passive player and as such only needs the passive glasses of which 8 pairs are supplied) I don't know that much about the technology behind 3D so won't even attempt to explain it here and fortunately for me the set up for the player was as simple as connecting a HDMI cable from the back of the player into the back of my television and it was good to go.
The player itself is sleek in design, predominately black with a sliver contrasting front fascia. It looks like any other DVD player that you might have owned in the past with a series of small buttons running across the front which control the various play, eject, stop functions etc. There is a USB input allowing you to watch films or television shows from a portable USB drive and the player can be connected to an internet router via an Ethernet cable to experience online content from the likes of BBC iPlayer, YouTube or Lovefilm etc.
Using the player
Blu Ray discs are converted into High Definition format so that they are clearer than DVD's, the difference is usually noticeable but is dependant on what you are watching and there really is little point in owning a Blu Ray player if you don't have a HD television as the effects will be wasted. With the right television to display a HD film on the clarity can be amazing, colours are sharper and brighter, blacks have depth to them without the shadowing and graininess that often appear on DVDs and the sound quality is often a lot better and clearer. 3D films are the next step in home cinema and on Blu Ray they can be absolutely flawless so you need to have a decent player that can support their playback and all in all the BD3282 is an all round good choice even if it's not without its faults.