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Samsung BD-D6500/ZA D6500 Serivce/blue-ray Disc Player/3d Stereo

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Pros: Has Dolby Digital Bitstream Re-Encode

Cons: It's not a PS3 - controls are primitive by comparison

My Re-furbished BD-D6500 arrived today. Easily hooked up and working.

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. mad.gif

Note: Firmware 1017.3 as reviewed

Posted

Pros: Pandora App - floating screen saver

Cons: NIC errors, no qwerty keypad, UI, memory

When the media streaming devices came out, I really just had to have one. I tried the logitech revue and google tv. I really liked the revue, but it didn't let me stream hulu which I didn't like. It also didn't let me play DVD's or Blu-Rays, so I decided to go with the Samsung product. I actually had to buy three in total because of issues (keep reading), but kept coming back to this player.

The player started out ok, but had many annoying quirks, mostly mentioned in the CON's sections, but many are corrected now (for the most part) after software/firmware upgrades. However I did just put in a service request on this after painfully dealing with the Network Interface error that randomly rears its ugly head... and I figured I'm approaching the end of my year warranty.

Overall I like the player, but it has quirks ...

The biggest issue is ... switching between apps or media sources at times renders network interface errors. The only way to get it working again is reset the unit by unplugging the player from the power source and the data cable... wait a minute and reset everything. After you included the long loading process you have to endure loading "smart hub" you've wasted 10-15 minutes of your life you will never get back!

Support is informative, but the language barrier gets in the way at times... as it is farmed out to India/China, so while you are talking to "Scotty" it's actually Xiangh ...

I'm hoping after 3 players, several upgrades to firmware later and shipping my player off for being repaired ... I will get a little more memory in the unit and a better NIC.

I have mentioned many negatives, but I really just liked the player for the design of the Pandora app and how it floats album/title/song around the screen as a screen saver. Other than that it does what I want it to and they have made long strides in making the UI better. It use to be painful to enter usernames and passwords, and after doing software upgrades it would wipe your current settings ... it does have a qwerty keyboard now on screen, but the remote could be designed better for that use IMO. I recently had to uninstall some useless apps I downloaded, because it would give me "out of memory" errors when I try to switch from hulu to pandora, so hopefully the latest players include more memory. The most annoying thing with this player is the NIC errors, as this is the only device in my home that loses a connection.

Don't let the review scare you off, it's a good player but just make sure you download any and all updates before settling in on an opinion of the player. Also it could come down a bit in price, it was on sale when I got it 11/23/11 for $169.
Samsung BD-D6500/ZA D6500 Serivce/blue-ray Disc Player/3d Stereo
Description:

Samsung Smart Blu-ray Players allow you to easily search for movies, TV shows, explore Samsung apps and find many other types of new interactive content. Samsung Apps is a growing collection of premium apps specifically built for your TV that connects you to your favorite digital content such as movies from Netflix or Blockbuster, TV shows from Hulu Plus, videos from YouTube, music from Pandora, and social updates from Facebook or Twitter. A Search All feature enables you to find videos or files on both apps and other connected devices via AllShare DLNA Technology. The Your Video recommendation engine suggests movies you might like from your video-on-demand services. Samsung Smart Blu-ray Players lets you discover a new world of web-connected entertainment.

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BindingElectronics
BrandSamsung
FeatureD6500 SERIVCE/BLUE-RAY PLAYER/3D. DVD Type: Blu-ray disc player. Media Type 3D Blu-ray,Blu-ray Video,DVD-Video / DVD+/-R / DVD+/-RW,CD DA / CD-R / CD-RW. Sound Output Mode Stereo; Width 16.93 Inch; Depth 8.23 Inch; Height 1.30 Inch. Digital Video Standards ( Supported ) AVCHD, MKV, WMV(1/2/3/7/9), JPEG, HD JPEG; Digital Audio Standards ( Supported ) AAC; DTS; MP3; WMA; Linear PCM; Dolby Digital.
LabelSamsung
ManufacturerSamsung
MPNB9OBEBC
Package Height3.25 inches
Package Length20 inches
Package Width11.25 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberB9OBEBC
ProductGroupCE
ProductTypeNameCONSUMER_ELECTRONICS
PublisherSamsung
SKUARSNX2902523B10111
StudioSamsung
TitleSamsung BD-D6500/ZA D6500 Serivce/blue-ray Disc Player/3d Stereo
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