Originally Posted by ToonMasterTim
So what are your thoughts so far regarding the Samsung versus the Sony?
I found the J7500 performed better than the S6500. Both have dual core processors, but the J7500 boot-up quicker and seemed smoother. The S6500 has two boot modes, a fast and slow mode. The slow mode powers the entire unit off when you shut it off, while the fast mode puts the device into a sleep mode. I didn't notice those modes on the J7500.
Sony released their first firmware update for the S6500 about a month ago. I noticed the J7500 only had one as well, but I'm not sure when that came out.
The menu systems on both are good, and it comes down to preference.
The J7500 has more apps than the S6500 if you live in the US. I think for Canadian users, the apps on the S6500 might be better or more useful. Both have Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, Pandora. I found the apps on the S6500 ran a little more sluggish. Netflix on the S6500 would lock-up the unit upon exiting the app after several hours of use, and the Hulu menu system would be very laggy or non-responsive after watching something for a while. I'm not sure if the firmware update fixes the Netflix lock-up issue, but I know it didn't fix the Hulu issues. Both apps ran better on the J7500.
I do recall reading that some users noticed audio/video issues with the S6500 apps. Netflix won't play 4K content or certain audio formats, I just can't remember which. The J7500 Netflix app apparently supports 4K content.
The built-in WiFi on the S6500 only works on the 2.4GHz band. The J7500's built-in WiFi works on dual band. Either way, both still work well when streaming to the apps.
The build quality is completely different on both. The S6500 comes in a plain metal casing with no LED screen. The J7500 comes in a plastic casing with LED screen. The plastic casing seems more solid, but neither has the feel of a premium device.
Connectors on the back of the Samsung BD-J7500
Connectors on the back of the Sony BDP-S6500
I can't speak about the picture quality, as that's subjective, but both looked great to me.
IMO, if you don't need/want the PlayStation Now support, the J7500 is probably the better choice since it comes with more features, but only if they're price similarly. The J7500 is usually about $50+ more than the S6500. Since I got them for around the same price, I'm getting rid of the S6500. This is the first Samsung blu-ray player I've owned after owning four Sony blu-ray players.