Pros: Has Dolby Digital Bitstream Re-Encode
Cons: It's not a PS3 - controls are primitive by comparison
I own several other Samsung BD players, and a Samsung Plasma TV, but this unit was for my home theater projector setup.
It supplements a PS3 which for reasons I won't get into here, I will not re-flash to the latest firmware.
The 6500 was selected because it will work with my home streaming network server, because it can bitstream re-encode my DTS-only BD disks to AC3 for my aging THX Surround Processor, and because I can re-flash it to keep it's encryption keys current without worrying about losing features or compatibility with my content.
The AC3 re-encode output [optical] works as advertised once the settings are appropriately customized. [ don't PCM Downsample unless Absolutely necessary ]
- Shuttle controls are not to be compared with the PS3 however. No step-reverse or slo-mo-reverse
- I miss the BlueTooth Remote [ This one's IR ]
- Icons and on-screen controls way Way too large for a 100-inch screen [even when set small]
- Not enough detail in the Streaming media screens [only 8 titles at a time]
- 3D to 2D setting won't allow 3D disks to work [ media complains: 2D display ]
- TosLink surround output - no Coax
- Audio sync with image - Excellent [ boy, is that a relief! ]
- AllShare Media playback now chooses from multiple Audio tracks [very cool!]
Still, for the price I paid - it gets me back my THX DD capability.
I wouldn't need this if the studios were kind enough to give us an alternate DD5.1 track for ENGLISH when the main track is DTS.
Note: Firmware 1017.3 as reviewed