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Samsung BD-P3600

Blu-ray Disc™ high-definition player with wireless Netflix® streaming

Item #: 305BD3600

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Samsung was the first company to release a Blu-ray player in the United States. Now with the BD-P3600, they're one of the first companies to release a player with out-of-the-box Wi-Fi capability. Add this versatile player to your system to enjoy the stunning picture and captivating surround sound of Blu-ray, or get online to wirelessly stream Netflix® or Blockbuster® movies, YouTube™ video clips, and music from Pandora®.

Built-in 1GB memory for downloadable bonus content
The BD-P3600 also supports the "BonusView" material found on some Blu-ray movies for picture-in-picture directors' commentaries and behind-the-scenes footage. Connect the player to your broadband Internet connection to access "BD-Live" — potential bonus features ranging from online games to downloadable movie trailers. The 'P3600 gives you 1GB of built-in flash memory for saving downloaded content. If you need more space, just plug a thumb drive into one of the player's two USB ports.

Play DVDs and CDs, too
In addition to playing Blu-ray discs, the 'P3600 handles just about any other disc you may have. Pop in a classic from your DVD collection, or enjoy your favorite music CD. It also plays home-burned discs, plus those filled with MP3 tunes and JPEG digital photos. And if you download videos from the Web, you'll appreciate the 'P3600's ability to play DivX video files burned to DVD.

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Product Highlights:

  • plays Blu-ray high-definition discs (selectable output resolution: 1080p signals available through HDMI output only; 720p/1080i signals available through HDMI or component video)
  • plays BD-ROM and BD-R & BD-RE
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and DivX discs
  • plays audio CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CDs
  • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
  • selectable 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for DVD
    (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential
  • multichannel PCM output via HDMI
  • bitstream output for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • BD-Java interactive capability
  • BD-Live and BonusView support (BD Profile 2.0) with 1GB internal flash memory (expandable via a USB thumb drive)
  • Netflix and Blockbuster movie, YouTube video, and Pandora music streaming (subscriptions to these services required)
  • HDMI version 1.3
  • Anynet+ for control of compatible Samsung components via HDMI (HDMI-CEC)
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite video, component video, and HDMI)
  • stereo and 7.1-channel audio outputs
  • optical digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for Internet connectivity and possible future upgrades
  • 2 USB ports (1 front, 1 rear) for storing downloaded BD-Live material
  • Wi-Fi capable (includes wireless USB adapter)
  • remote control
  • 17-5/16"W x 2-3/16"H x 10-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • viewing high-definition Blu-ray content requires an HDTV or HD-ready TV
  • plays "Region 1" DVDs and "Region A" Blu-ray Discs only

Blu-ray Disc players — the ultimate picture and sound

Blu-ray players deliver a better picture to your HDTV than any other available source. In fact, Blu-ray's 1080p picture is a perfect match for the 1080p screens found on most current TVs. Blu-ray movies also offer the most precise and realistic surround sound you can get. These players do a terrific job with standard DVDs, too — you'll see a cleaner, clearer picture with every disc in your collection. Many Blu-ray players can connect to the Internet for watching online movies from Netflix® and other video services.

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Horrible for blue-ray discs

Written By Anonymous, Naperville, IL on Thursday, January 26, 2012

It is a horrible product. It will play most, not all, regular discs but I had to have it delivered back to Samsung since it did not recognize ANY blue-ray dics, now it only recognizes one in five. I am disapppointed in the product. My $20 player does a better job! I usually don't complain about products, even if they only have minimal preformace, but this is so bad that I had to say something to warn other consumers.

Samsung BD-P3600

Written By Anonymous, Phoenix on Monday, August 01, 2011

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I had this unit replaced a few weeks after the first purchase arrived. The second one worked better, but barely. I have yet to watch a DVD without an issue. It freezes up frequently, the play button on the remote does not work, it will not produce a signal thru the HDMI cable, so I have to hook it up analog.

The netfilx feature used to drop out in the beginning, but that seems to work descent now. Overall, I just would not recommend it .

i like it

Written By Charesse, California on Friday, April 02, 2010

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I bought the player earlier this year (2010). All blu ray movies have played on this system. We also stream netflix on it with very few issues. The only issues that did come up were after streaming for 4+ hours we would need to turn the unit off then back on. It has only had trouble connecting to AnyNet three times and each time cycling the power on the router has worked. I am overall happy with my purchase adn would purchase the same blu ray player in the future.

2 months

Written By Jonathan, Alexandria, VA on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I installed the Samsung 3600 Blue Ray player for my mom the day it arrived
(early January) ad spoke to my mom 2 months later. She ABSOLUTELY LOVES IT.
She uses the Netflix Wi-Fi streaming and watched movies every night. She also
said the video quality was wonderful on her HDTV.
The WI-Fi connection is complex to establish when you have an encrypted network
(simple interface, just would not connect during 20+ tries). Follow the manual
and it will be easier which did help after try #3, but it simply kept fighting
like 2 brothers with the router to connect from either direction - i tried it
multiple ways from each end.

Problem after problem with this DVD Player

Written By Mark, Winston Salem NC on Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I purchased the Samsung BDP 3600 a few days before Christmas. I loved the features the unit had to offer; wireless connection to Netflix and Pandora.

Intial set-up was fairly easy and the wireless connection worked as it was suppose to.

But, I've found that you can not watch an entire Netflix movie without the unit dropping its internet connection. DVD playback is a horrible experience. I have yet to watch a complete DVD without the unit locking up, freezing or shutting down completely.

I've been very satisfied with my other Samsung products, but this product is not worth a second look.

Samsung BDP3600

Written By Gracewind, Fayetteville, GA on Monday, March 01, 2010

Poor quality product, system freezes during Blu-Ray play, loses connectivity with AnyNet network, very poor technical, product, and customer support from Samsung. Do not waste your time no matter what the price. Purchased mine in August 2009, unit has been returned twice with the same problems. Save yourself the hassles of dealing with Samsung. We purchased the extended warranty. The standard warranty is only 1 year parts, 3 months labor. Cannot find anyone that can replace a part without labor. Buy another unit. Seriously. I have a file of paper work on mine because each time I have to call to find the status of my repair from Samsung.

Good but not Great

Written By deltoro, SJ PR on Saturday, February 27, 2010

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Easy setup, great wifi feature (their new 2010 model has it built in which is better).

Pandora goes to screen saver after a while, bummer (they should fix this) but the biggest problem is that at somepoint watching a movie it will freeze up and you will need to restart it - Also, setting up the audio settings with an A/V receiver can be tricky, manual and online recommendations conflict. Took me a while and a lot of testing to get it right.

Overall, its an OK gadget for the price but I will be checking out the competition casue I am not totally sold on this one. Bought if casue my Sony SB360 zonked out, needed a quick repalcement and wanted the wifi feature.

Samsung BD-P3600 outdated already

Written By bob, Jersey Shore on Saturday, February 13, 2010

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This player will not play new blurays, gets stuck on startup screen.
have to disconnect from network to play movie and then no bluray live access
have no problems with playstation in other room
very disapointed will go with sony next time.
samsung support is very slow and behind the times.
have upgraded firmware did not help
Now i have $300 dvd player

Samsung BD-P3600

Written By Kevin, Northport, NY on Monday, February 08, 2010

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Great Blu Ray Player. Set up was easy and wireless connectivity is a great plus.
It's great to use for Pandora radio and I have just subscribed to Netflix and have been downloading movies with ease.
The Player works great with my Samsung HDTV. I just insert a disc into the player and the TV turns itself on and begins playing the disc at the correct setting.

Ultimately disappointed

Written By yes, Hellertown, PA on Thursday, February 04, 2010

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I own Samsung's 50" B860 plasma TV and wanted a Blu-Ray to integrate nicely with the TV and provide connection to our wireless network for Netflix streaming video. This player fit perfectly into our budget and feature requirements. Unfortunately, after 2 attempts from 2 different sources I gave up completely disappointed - it wouldn't play an entire Blu-Ray or DVD from start to finish without freezing up. Most of the time I needed to restart the movie and jump foward to complete the movie. Definitely ruins the mood. I gave up on this model and purchased a similar Sony model which is working great. Since I don't have ethernet in my living room I am thinking about purchasing a bridge networking product to connect into my wirelss network yet enabling me to run an ethernet cable to the back of my Sony Blu-Ray.

Samsung BD-P3600

Written By James, Houston, TX on Thursday, January 28, 2010

I have had this player for about a month and have really enjoyed it. The wireless network setup was very easy and the whole installation took me about 10 minutes from box to watching. I have only used the player for DVD's and Netflix, but both of those have been fine. The load time for DVD's seems typical to me. Netflix loads slower, but not unacceptably slow considering that it is essentially streaming a near-DVD quality movie from the internet via a wireless connection. I have had a problem once with Netflix freezing, but that was when I tried to resume a movie that I had paused for a short break; I've had no problems watching movies straight through or stopping a movie and restarting later. It's a small issue to me that is far overshadowed by the convenience of Netflix access and the wireless capability. Overall, I've been very pleased with the unit and would recommend it to friends.

As usual, Crutchfield customer service was great and the order arrived within 3-4 days.

Samsung BD-P3600

Written By Joan, Wenonah, NJ on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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Ordered the product on-line and it arrived the NEXT day!! Everything about the DVD player is exceptional. Easy to install, easy to operate!! Price was right!! Would definitely recommend over SONY!!!

Samsung BD-P3600

Written By moentby, Illinois on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I just recently hooked everything up. Used the Blu-Ray only once to watch Gran Torino and everything was fine. Very good picture.

Too Many Unresolved Problems

Written By Doug, Bangor, ME on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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In a nutshell, this is a unit with great potential but very poor functionality. I have been thru
two of them, and both have frozen up and permanently died. (by the way, Crutchfield has
been excellent in their response to these problems, Samsung has been terrible).
Samsung also offers an unusually short warranty, and if you buy this, I bet you'll need
the warranty. Other than the fact that they freeze up, there are a few other objectionable
designs. The soft touch buttons are "cool" at first but are actually very hard to use. They
are on top of the machine and hard to see and feel. The load time for a DVD or Netflix
movie is much slower than other players, and even before the player froze I would have
to restart it often due to firmware glitches. I switched to a Sony Blu-ray with internet
access (Netflix etc... but no Pandora). This needs to plug in to an ethernet port so you
have to have one close by or bring one in via a wi-fi bridge, which turned out to be quite
easy. This has been running well, and has better overall design.

Loads of features, minor software issues

Written By Tom, North Jersey, USA on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Was a little worried when I first purchased, as there are some pretty bad reviews out there. But I decided to take my chances as I wanted a blu ray player with wireless netflix capability. It does have some software issues- more on that later.

netflix, blockbuster, pandora, youtube, and wireless dongle included
great picture quality- even on a 720p TV set
Great price from Crutchfield!

There are software issues. BUT- make sure you check your firmware version before updating. If you update with same version of firmware already installed- I am sure that may cause major issues. I did not update the firmware as mine already had the most recent. The issues I've experienced are:
-continuous popping noise from speakers after a movie is done. It stops once you start another movie, or reset the unit. Not a big deal..
-Netflix streaming was getting hung up. Was not a connection issue- I have FIOS w/ 20 mbps. Resetting the unit solved the issue. Of the 10 movies I have streamed- it only happened once.

Great features for the price. The software issues are a concern, but not a deal breaker. I trust that Samsung will be fixing the issues with later firmware releases. I did purchase the 1 year extended warranty just in case, and I'd recommend you do the same if buying this unit.. Overall, I am very pleased with this unit and the minor software bugs are not enough to warrant a negative review.

a very good dvd

Written By Anonymous, Bloomingdale, Ga on Friday, January 15, 2010

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A very good product. I had a little bit of time to understand it initially but then everything came into place. I enjoy the internet feature (Netflix) and Pandora and that was primarily why I bought this product. The blue ray part is excellent.

Samsung BD-P3600

Written By Ron, Indialantic, FL on Monday, January 11, 2010

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Crutchfield service, delivery and overall performance was excellent as usual.

The product performs as expected.

I am very saticfied.

Generally Disapointing

Written By fishlaw, Rockport, MA on Sunday, January 03, 2010

Some good, mostly bad. Unit sets up easily and gives great picture. Anynet feature causes TV to change input anytime anyone breaths near the BD-P3600-we disabled Anynet and it works much better. Menus are obscure. Most importantly, the BD-P3600 freezes in load phase or loses sound altogether-will work only after unplugging unit for a few minutes and allowing it to reset (reset button-fast forward, will NOT fix this).
Based on other similar complaints, I am surprised Crutchfield still sells this unit.
We are returning ours and very frustrated having recently bought a Samsung LCD that I will have to mix brands.

Worked for a while...

Written By Tom, Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, December 12, 2009

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Bought this unit in April and it worked fine until I started downloading firmware (3 times) from Samsung. Wireless download of Netflix and Pandora Internet Radio was what I used exclusively. Unit started having difficulty initializing my network and I would have to go through the setup menu each time and reset my state of the art D-links N router. After too much time on the phone with Samsung techs (they told me to send it back for repair) I respectfully requested a new unit. When they declined I elevated to a supervisor. After being told someone would call me back in 48 hours, nobody called (now 10 days later) I called Crutchfield to get their suggestion and the first person I spoke to proactively offered to send me a new unit. He emailed me a prepaid shipping label and am awaiting a new unit at no cost. I don't trust Samsung anymore as my costly Samsung PC HD monitor died after only 3.5 years. I will buy from Crutchfield always as they know how to "wow their customers", but I'm done with Samsung.

Big Improvement

Written By james, Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, December 12, 2009

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I bought this to replace a 1st generation blu-ray player I bought this time last year. I hadn't been too happy with that one, long load times for blu-ray discs, frequent firmware updates that were a hassle to download to my PC then install via CD-ROM, frequent freezes while watching blu-ray. However, this new unit is a huge upgrade. 1st off, its ability to wirelessly download the firmware update is a big improvement, though it still takes a long time (20 min) to finsish installation. 2nd, load time is now about 15 sec, which is great. 3rd, no freezing during blu-ray playback. Finally, the Netflx streaming and Pandora are really great. One thing to know about Netflix is that image quality is not so wonderful unless you have a super-fast internet connection, and sound is only in stereo (no multi-channel surround sound).

The wireless feature was not effortless to setup. It found my network right away but entering my (long) password did not seem to do the trick, I had to manually enter my ISP address and server addresses, took forever and the manual is very vague about the process. However, once it was connected it saves the info and just re-connects on its own, so it's just that initial setup that is a bit of a pain.

I hadn't used Pandora before and just this feature alone makes it worth buying the player. If you held off last year from buying Blu-ray I think the major bugs are now worked out, it's time to jump in!

Promising but disappointing

Written By geekguy, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, November 28, 2009

Well my first one died after 10 days. Stuck on LOADING screen. Great Crutchfield customer service swapped it out and the next one is working fine 5 days in. Fingers are crossed.

Except for the reliability issue, the guts of this machine are fine. Loading time is reasonable. BluRay discs look great. DVDs look ok although I was expecting a bit more from the upconversion. Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, and Music/Video/Picture networking are great features and work well. The WiFi works fine and the physical connections are easy, especially with HDMI.

The ergonomics of this unit are not so good. The remote is dreadful. It does have an OPEN/CLOSE button but that is the only nice thing I can say about it. The layout is terrible, the keys are small and poorly labeled, and the response to keypress is crazy slow. Placement of the soft-touch buttons on top of the unit is an idea whose time will never come. You can't see them in a cabinet but you can hit them by accident! And why, oh why, does Samsung hide the letters when entering a cumbersome WiFi network password? I AM IN MY OWN HOME, WHO IS GOING TO SEE IT?

My nerd side likes this unit for all its capabilities. My practical side says I should have returned it to get something else. Time will tell who was right.

Stuck at loading

Written By Scott, Los Angeles on Sunday, November 22, 2009

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Thanksfully, we didn't make it to the 90 day warranty period before we got stuck at "Loading" on the display. Similar to the other reviewer, stuck with or without at disc in the tray and no video output at all via HDMI, component or composite. Crutchfield was gratious enough to send a replacement FOC so we will see how that one works....stay tuned.

Great while it lasted

Written By John, Jax, FL on Friday, September 25, 2009

Barely made it past the 90 day warranty period, then nothing. Stuck at "Loading" on the display, even with no disc in, and no video output at all via HDMI, component or composite. Save your money.


Written By Anonymous, Chico, CA on Thursday, September 24, 2009

Although Utube showed up on the menu,, Netflix did not, I recieved the update... still I cannot find any netflix on the menu,, Should be able to have a download for this unit. But Samsung does not provide the information how to have netflix on the unit a samsung 3600

Netflix Wonder

Written By John, Bridgewater, NJ on Monday, September 21, 2009

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No complaints and very satisfied with the picture quality on disk and via wireless Netflix connection. Did have difficulty is finding "password" aka 10 digit ASCI Code on router or better known as "SSID." And yes, don't name your Router with more letters then the BD-P3600 will accept. Unit won't recognize and that includes spaces. After much time, SAMSUNG Tier 2 support identified problem. Renamed Router using only 4 letters, and no trouble since.


Written By Anonymous, PR on Wednesday, September 02, 2009

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I bougth this player in april and in July was damage with no bluray disc play.
Sent it to Samsung to repair. Is a deception to buy a player of $400.00 and in 3 month have it to repair.

A great disappointment

Written By Michael, Austin TX on Sunday, August 30, 2009

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I picked this Samsung model because I've been quite happy with my Samsung TV, except for its poor remote control and poorer menu system. Now I see that Samsung has included both of these negative features in its DVD player. The player is so unresponsive to its own remote that I have had to use my Harmony remote to make the player function; and the menus are awkward at best.

Setup was easy enough, and the WiFi streaming of Pandora and Netflix works well (although many of Pandora's normal online features are inaccessible from this version). Indeed, it was the inclusion of Netflix and Pandora that steered me toward this particular model.

However, the DVD player is quite difficult to operate and, compared to the 12-year-old JVC player that this product was intended to replace, it is downright sluggish.

I'm disappointed overall and will probably return this model and look at other brands.

Samsung BD-P3600

Written By Tom, West Tisbury, MA on Friday, August 28, 2009

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The player installed like a dream. It found the WiFi first try and downloaded the updated firmware. Netflix streaming works great. Images on TV have good contrast and color. Enhancement of DVDs is impressive and Blue-ray disks (we saw our first one yesterday) movie house quality. Quibles: the instruction manual leaves a lot to be desired. The functions on the remote are not clearly explained. The remote does not control a six months old Panasonic even though we tried all the codes they suggested (and several others). There really is no good reason for the cabinet to be so shiny that every speck of dust shows up and the controls on top instead of in the front are a nuisance. The on line registration procedure did not accept the serial number on the back of the unit and Samsung has not responded to e-mail, now over 10 days ago.

Crashed after 30 minutes

Written By Jacky, Advance,NC on Friday, August 21, 2009

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I set up the BD player which actually was not all that difficult. We played a movied and after 30 minutes the unit totally crashed! I had it less than ONE week. I have sent it back to Samsung and waiting to see the outcome. I must say that Crutchfield's attention has been EXCELLENT. I do not hold them accountable for a faulty product. That is Samsung's responsibility. Crutchfield has even told me that if Samsung does not send me a new unit, I can return it to Crutchfield. That is customer service. Perhaps I got a "lemon" as most other reviews are positive. I cannot rated this unit as good as NO new product should fail so soon. I do rate Crutchfield as EXCELLENT and will continue to do business with them!

You're taking your chances

Written By quasi2001, MN on Saturday, August 08, 2009

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This was my first Blu-Ray Player. After installation, it crashed after about 30 minutes of play. I sent it back to Crutchfield, and they sent me another. The second Samsung player played Blu-Rays beautifully, but did not play some of my DVDs, and I refused to have two players hooked up. So, returned this one as well, and went with a Panasonic. So far, so good. Plays Blu-Ray and standard DVDs as it should. Purchase the 3600 at your own risk.

Samsung BD-P3600

Written By Jennifer, Bloomington, IL on Wednesday, August 05, 2009

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This product set up on my wireless network like a dream. The biggest problem that I had was remembering my WPA password. Movies stream off Netflix with ease. The unit hooked in to my Samsung LCD with no problem at all. I have had the product for about a month and have watched dozens of movies. My next project is to set up photos from my collection to play on the system. I was most glad to not have to run extra wiring and cords for the system. This was a great purchase!

Looking Good and Sounding Better!

Written By Bill, Seattle, WA on Friday, July 10, 2009

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I finally crossed over to hi-def blu-ray and must say it has been worth waiting for! I am pleased with the Samsung BDP 3600 because it delivers what I expected. The audio quality is superior but still only 5.1 delivered through my Denon 1909 receiver (7.1 ready). But I will be installing two more speakers to max out the audio. The recent Star Trek Blu-Ray six pack is recorded in Dolby HD 7.1 and sounds great now, but the enhanced theater experience is something I look forward to. The start up wait-time and transition for movie play is only 15-20 seconds --which is fine with me. Some standard def DVDs look better, but the dialog improvement is what I notice the most. The dialog comes across much more clearly. The Mummy series music soundtrack is the most impressive I have heard on Blu-ray DVDs and made re-buying all of them worth the extra $$. I am looking forward to setting up the wi-fi and downloading Netflix. The included Wi-Fi dongle influenced my decision to go with the higher priced Samsung player, because the cost is recovered completely. The hard drive memory is also a good selling point. Crutchfield threw in a discount for Father's Day and that made it all worthwhile. Now I just sit back and enjoy. Thanks Crutchfield!

This Samsung Rocks

Written By John, SF Bay Area on Friday, July 03, 2009

I chose this player specifically because of it has wireless capabilities, and is set up to stream Netflix & Pandora out of the box. In my case set up was easy, one HDMI cable, put the USB Wireless Dongle in the slot and it immediately found my network, entered the WEP password and it was good to go. The Blu-Ray picture is great, the Netflix on-demand is very cool-that alone makes this worth it. I highly recommend this unit.

Samsung BD-P3600

Written By lawrence, los angeles on Wednesday, July 01, 2009

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first time the player is hooked up:

will play regular dvd but voice is 1/2 second delayed, watch people open their mouth and voice come up 1/2 second later is annoying.

will not play blue ray movies, will freeze up in less than 5 minutes and the whole machine is locked. tried 5 to 6 different title all end up the same.

emailed cruthcfield for their advise, will return this player for refund or exchange for another blue ray player.

Samsung BD-P3600

Written By Don, Lubbock, TX on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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I am a novice when it comes to installing Home video/audio products but as a music professional and entertainer I do appreciate the advances they have made in the video/audio components

I have had this player for 3 weeks now.

I have had absolutely no problems hooking it up to get the maximum performance.

HDMI connected to Sony Flat Screen without a problem.

Optical cable to receiver was easy and made the audio (7.1) sound great!

WIFI worked great after I put my secure code in.( I never reset my wifi code so it was about a million letters/numbers long----maybe some day you will be able to input directly through a USB keyboard....hint)

Netflix is streaming flawless through the player to the TV!

Why not 5 stars you say. I thinks HDMI, optical and component cables should come in the box!

When working it's great

Written By Aaron, Fort Worth, TX on Saturday, June 20, 2009

The first day I opened the package they player would skip after playing any BD movie after 5 minutes of play time. I got it replaced with a new one that worked great until a few days ago I had the same problem. Only now it's 3 days past the only 90 day manufacturer warranty and I can't get it replaced without paying for shipping and labor. I think there is a reason there is only a 90 day warranty. Don't be tricked into getting this player over others just because of the Netflix and Pandora playback as I did!


Written By Christopher, Encinitas, CA on Monday, June 08, 2009

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I live in California, and it took a while to get my first one (read on!!). Second is "on it's way".......And I have real estate for sale on the outer moons of Saturn...... ;)

I enjoyed this for 2 Netflix movies, pretty easy (even for me) to hook up, but the HDMI issue can drive one nuts!!!

You MUST have an HDCP capable TV to utilize the HDMI, otherwise the TV will NOT accept the signal.

WIFI worked fine, quality of the movies from Netflix was very good, excpet the 5.1 channel will NOT work with the streaming movies.

Pandora is cool, also, if you WORK for Pandora and know how to USE it. This can be confusing.

First BluRay movie was really enjoyable, all 5 minutes and 48 seconds of it!! The machine shot dies on my FIRST BluRay disc.......and now I have to wait till the replacement gets here.......I hope I have better luck with the second one......Pic was great (what I remember of it.........). So, I've been over 2 weeks in the "buying of this disc player".......... GGGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Third Times a Charm

Written By Michael, Oak Point, TX on Monday, May 11, 2009

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Thanks to the Crutchfield team for getting me answers to my questions before my purchase.

This is my first blu-ray player. I don't have any blu-ray movies yet. I chose it to match my Samsung 720p TV. We do have Netflix and can watch instant movies which is a big reason I made this purchase. The upscaling on some dvds is better than others, but I can see a huge difference in detail when the upscaling is good.

Setting up the wi-fi was easy on the initial set up. The unit located my signal, but wouldn't connect. I tried a few different scenarios, but nothing worked, so I went online. After doing some research online I found an answer I thought might work. My home network name had two words with a space. The information I found online mentioned renaming the network without the space. I made the changes, tried connecting, and it connected. Samsung needs to fix this issue.

Watching Netflix instant movies was important to me for this purchase. The resolution is good on most movies and some even in HD. I use a wireless G router, go through 3 walls, and have had no lag issues.

I have the unit hooked up with HDMI cord. It loads about as fast as my other dvd player. It has to start up like a mini-computer so I expected a slower start up (1 minute or so to initialize). I like being able to use the players remote to control my tv and the unit.

I would recommend this unit to a first time blu-ray owner.

Samsung bdp-p3600

Written By Gil, Maryland on Sunday, May 03, 2009

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This thing rocks, all my normal DVD's play almost a clear as a bluray DvD. The sound and picture is incredible.

Great so far but no wireless!

Written By Robert, Tracy CA on Friday, May 01, 2009

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Have it hooked up to a Sony VPL-HS51 projector (1080i) via HDMI and it looks very good. Player is really better suited to being placed on the top of your entertainment center, as opposed to being placed inside of it, since it has soft-touch buttons on the top for the basic functions. If you use the remote exclusively, this may not be a concern.

Aesthetically, The unit has a very nice look to it (super high gloss "piano" black) which I'm sure will get scratched up in time.

The remote is not very intuitive, and does not have any button illumination, which is (for me) a bummer on a player in this $ range.

The only functional problem that I have with this unit is that it does not work with my Wi-Fi network. Player "sees" the network immediately, but it can't authenticate. Problem is all over the internet right now and it is definitely a problem with the 3600, as our family has just about every kind of wireless product (iphones, PC laptops, mac laptops, and desktops, etc) all talking to the network without any issues whatsoever.

Dongle is a Dangle

Written By Bob, Richmond, Va. on Thursday, April 23, 2009

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Excellent picture and sound, if you can get the HDMI connection to work. I couldn't. However, using alternate connections (optical cable and component video jacks), still give you excellent results. Very little feedback concerning what kind of sound processing is going on. The wifi dongle never worked and I had to spend a lot of money running an ethernet cable to the player, which is on the other side of my living room. Netflix and Pandora are great. The picture is excellent for movies and, with Pandora running through my sound system, sound quality is fabulous. Pandora is the best thing that has happened to radio since Marconi. The player has a fabulous look. Some people have criticized the placement of control buttons on the top of the player, but since the player is so small, I have it at the top of my stack of equipment, so it works fine for me.

More than a disc player

Written By William, Frederick, MD on Saturday, April 18, 2009

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Bought this for its ability to download Netflix and play Pandora content. Couldn't be happier. The networking was a little tricky to setup, and Samsung support was zero help (they basically told me to call someone else), but it's been working flawlessly since I solved the initial wireless networking problem (hint: try WPA instead of WEP). Some folks don't like the plastic casing and the buttons on top, but I'm fine with them. I think the top bottons are convenient. Remote is nice too - easy to use. My only nit is that it's a little noisy for a DVD player. There's a fan inside that never stops whirring, but you'll be watching movies so loudly that you probably won't hear it. In all, a good DVD player that does more than spin discs. A great value!

Excellent Player

Written By James, NJ on Thursday, April 16, 2009

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I ordered this on Monday and Received it on Wed. which is excellent service (Thanks Crutchfield)!! I had it hooked up including getting the wireless access configured within 20 mins and everything looks great so far. The Picture is phenomenal and Netflix loads up as quick as it did on my PC. Excellent player, I just need more Blu-rays to watch now.......

Finally, the right blu ray player at the right time

Written By jorge, East Harlem, NYC on Monday, March 23, 2009

When choosing a blu ray player, the choice can be confusing at times. After months of searching I now believe the best ones are the ones that match your needs most, after price point. Here is my review after a night well spent learning the ins and outs.


Wifi-- This year Wifi will be all the rage. Set up with my samsung after a slight learning curve took 20 mins tops and once connected it worked flawlessy. I didn't even need to read the manuel. Superb and blazing fast!

Pandora--what a terrific gem of a music program. And its free! The learning curve is super easy and fun. I was able to program it from my mobile phone, and there it is two seconds later. I am a happy camper!

Netflix-- Great. super simple, and no more trips to mailbox. What else can i say!

wifi dongle!- They could have charged for this. They didn't. Great!

cons, if it is one--The player feels flimsy upon first contact so that you almost want to be super gentle with it. As opposed to the sturdier players out there. If that concerns you, i suggest you hold a floor model first and decide for yourself. Also, still no hdmi plugs offered with the majority of players, this one included. Makes no sense at this point. Luckily i have spares.

Overall- a solid player, with wonderful audio and visual clarity. My test for blu ray, The Dark Knight. Looked amazing, sound oustanding. Test for upscale, Wall-E. Looked incredible and rich.

Nice job samsung!!!

GREAT player, great price!

Written By lawcpt, Houston, TX on Friday, March 20, 2009

Just picked up this Blu-ray player this week. It was very easy to set up, and the wireless interface is terrific! I was streaming NetFlix movies within the hour. The player preformed flawlessly for me right out of the box. I found the load times quite acceptable. I'd say around 15 seconds or so. Samsung has done it again by offering a great player at an affordable price point. I would highly recommend this player for anyone yearning to get into Blu-ray, but does not want to go the reference model route.

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Single-disc Blu-ray disc player
  • AK59-00104k wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 2-Piece wireless LAN USB adapter
  • 47" A/V cable (has an RCA composite video and stereo audio connectors on each end)
  • User Manual
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Online Product Registration information
  • Customer support contact information notice
  • "Player Update Information" note
  • Pandora internet radio brochure

Features and Specs

Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
3D Capable
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
DLNA Certified No
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote Yes
Parts Warranty 1 year
Labor Warranty 90 days
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output None
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.3
Ethernet Ports Yes
Analog Audio Outputs Stereo +7.1-ch
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs 1
RS-232C Port None

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Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
Network Functions
Remote Control

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Samsung BD-P3600 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types.

Disc Types Recorded Content Disc Size
BD-ROM/BD-RE/BD-R Audio + Video Single sided (25GB/50GB)
DVD-Video Audio + Video Single sided (5 or 3-1/2 inches)
Double sided (5 or 3-1/2 inches)
(V mode and finalized only)
Audio + Video 5 inches (4.7GB)
(V mode and finalized only)
Audio + Video 5 inches (4.7GB)
Audio-CD Audio Singled sided (5 or 3-1/2 inches)

Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 40 mbps. Blu-ray Discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:

  • Better picture quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 1080/24p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
  • Better sound quality: In addition to the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, and uncompressed 5.1 channel PCM.
  • Much greater storage capacity: What makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
  • Compatibility with your current disc collections: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.

Note: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet.

DivX: The Samsung BD-P3600 supports DivX playback from DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW discs, as well as USB storage devices. You can even view DivX content from a wired or wireless network connection via the unit's Ethernet port or wireless LAN/USB adapter. The unit supports DivX video with a resolution up to 2780 x 576 pixels.

AVCHD: The BD-P3600 will play home videos recorded in AVCHD. AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on a standard DVD.

MP3/JPEG Playback: The BD-P3600 supports MP3 (48kHz/320kbps) and JPEG playback from CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW discs, plus a USB storage device. You can also view MP3/JPEG content from a wired or wireless network connection via the unit's Ethernet port or wireless LAN/USB adapter.

Region Code: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The BD-P3600 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1.

Copy Protection: Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Video Features

Graphic Interface: The BD-P3600 includes two individual HD resolution graphic planes (layers), one for graphics within the frame, such as subtitles, and one for interactive buttons; play movie, scene selection, etc. Because of Blu-ray's extremely high transfer rate and ability to preload data from the disc, the menu system can consist of several pages and can be accessed while the movie plays in the background. Some BD discs allow adjustable fonts, sizes, and colors for subtitles.

Video Up-conversion: When connected to your TV using the HDMI output the BD-P3600 scales the output of a standard DVD signal to HD-compatible 720p, 1080i, or 1080p. The unit also supports 480p and 480i output if your television is not HD-compatible.

Video Output: There are three types of video output on the rear panel; composite video, component video, and HDMI. The output resolution is adjustable as follows:

  • Video: The composite video output resolution is always 480i when playing Blu-ray Disc or DVD.
  • Component: When playing Blu-ray the resolution can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i; when playing DVD the resolution can be set to 480i or 480p.
  • HDMI: The output resolution can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i or 1080p when playing a DVD or Blu-ray Disc; also 1080/24p when playing a compatible BD.

1080/24p: Movies are typically filmed at 24 frames per second and some Blu-ray Discs use the same frame rate. If your TV will accept a 1080/24p signal, the BD-P3600 can pass the signal in its native form, without converting the video.

BD Wise: BD Wise is Samsung's latest inter-connectivity feature. When you connect Samsung products with BD-Wise to each other via HDMI, the optimum resolution will be set automatically.

TV Aspect: You can adjust the video output of the BD-P3600 to match the screen-type of your television. You can choose from 4:3 Letter-Box, 4:3 Pan-Scan, 16:9 Wide, and 16:9 Normal.

Picture Mode: This function enable you to adjust video quality when you are connected to a TV via HDMI. You can choose from Dynamic, Normal, or Movie.

Bonus View: The Bonus View feature provides picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.

Parental Lock: The Parental Lock function works in conjunction with Blu-ray Disc/DVDs that have been assigned a rating which helps you control the types of Blu-ray Discs/DVDs that your family watches. There are up to 8 ratings levels on a disc. The rating levels are protected by a customer user 4-digit password.

Dimmer: The unit's display offers three dimmer settings - Automatic, Dim, and Bright. The Automatic setting automatically dims the display during playback and brightens the display when stopped.

Audio Features

Dolby Digital/DTS Surround Decoding: The BD-P3600 can decode the following Dolby Digital/DTS surround formats - Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio. The player must be connected to a Dolby Digital/DTS surround AV receiver which also supports these same formats via optical or HDMI input. These decoded signals can also be output from the 7.1 channel analog RCA jacks or as multi-channel PCM from the HDMI jack.

Digital Audio Output: The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical and HDMI outputs:

  • PCM: Decodes Primary, Secondary, and Effect audio streams together into PCM audio using the player's optical or HDMI output.
  • Bitstream (Re-encode): Decodes Primary, Secondary, and Effect audio streams together into PCM audio, then re-encodes the PCM audio into DTS bitstream using the player's optical output.
  • Bitstream (Audiophile): Outputs only the Primary audio soundtrack (main soundtrack of the movie) so that your receiver can decode the audio bitstream sound using the player's HDMI output.
  • Down Sampling: Select this when the connected amplifier or pre-amp will not accept signals with a sampling rate of 96 kHz, 96 kHz signals are then down sampled to 48 kHz.

Speaker Setup: When using the analog audio outputs the speaker setting menu allows you to set the size of each speaker. The front speakers are set to Large or Small; the center, surround, and surround back are set to Large, Small, or None. The subwoofer is set to on or off (if the front speakers are set to small, the default on the subwoofer is on). The crossover point for the sub and any speakers set to Small is fixed at 100 Hz.

Dynamic Compression: When movie soundtracks are played at low volume or from smaller speakers, the system can apply appropriate compression to make low-level content more intelligible and prevent dramatic passages from getting too loud. This is only active when a Dolby Digital signal is detected.

Network Functions

PC Streaming: You can connect this Blu-ray disc player to a PC via a wired (using the unit's Ethernet port) or wireless (using the supplied Wi-FI/USB dongle) LAN connection and play back MP3, JPEG, or DivX file content from a shared folder through the BD-P3600.

BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and more from a broadband internet and home network connections (fees may apply). The BD-3600 features an Ethernet port to connect to the internet via your home network and features a 1GB internal Flash memory and two USB ports (front/rear) for additional storage. You can also connect to your LAN using the included wireless LAN adapter.

Video and Music on Demand: The Samsung BD3600 Blu-ray disc player offers online video and music on demand via a network connection, using the unit's rear-panel Ethernet port or the included wireless LAN adapter. The Samsung BD3600 allows access to the following internet websites.

  • Netflix: This Blu-ray disc player supports the Netflix streaming service which enables you to enjoy various movies. You can instantly watch from a selection of over 12,000 (and growing) movies and TV episodes from Netflix (Netflix membership required).
  • Blockbuster: With Blockbuster On Demand, you can watch newly released movies without ever leaving your living room. You can rent or buy movies to watch right away on your Internet-connected HDTV or Blu-ray player. You are able to choose from thousands of titles, including new releases and cinema classics, with no monthly fee.
    • Rent Movies: Blockbuster rental allows storage up to 30 days. Once you start playback, you can watch the movie as many times as you like during a 24-hour period. Rentals start at $2.99 per title.
    • Buy Movies: Purchased movies store for an unlimited amount of time and range from $1.99 (for TV shows) to $19.99 (for new movie releases).
  • YouTube: Directly from the Samsung BD3600, you can enjoy access to YouTube. You can upload your home videos and stream them right to your TV. You can also search the millions of videos from other YouTube users.
  • Internet Radio: The Blu-ray disc player allows you to stream music from Pandora, an Internet Radio service.  Pandora is a free internet radio service that lets you program an unlimited number of personalized "stations" that play the music you love, and makes relevant suggestions based on your choices. Choose from any genre, performer, and even specific songs. You can listen and control your Internet Radio music from the BD-3600. If you already use Pandora, you can just log in to your account directly from the BD-P3600 and you are ready to go. If you don not have an account, you must create one initially.

Remote Control

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on multiple brand TVs. Once programmed, the remote controls the TV's power on/off, input select, volume up/down, channel up/down, and mute.

Anynet+: Anynet+ is an AV network system that enables compatible Samsung components connected by HDMI cables to transfer command codes along with video and audio signals.


HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The unit's HDMI version 1.3 output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio all in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. If your TV has a DVI input instead of an HDMI input, you can connect this unit to your TV using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. You will also need to connect audio cables to the player because DVI is a video only cable. HDMI video can be output at 1080/24p, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, or 480p.

Component Video: The component video resolution can be set to 1080i, 720p, 480p, or 480i.

Composite Video: The composite output is always live and fixed at 480i; it can output video when playing a Blu-ray Disc.

Digital Audio Output: The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical digital output; bitstream (Dolby Digital or DTS) or 2-channel PCM.

Analog Audio: There is a pair of stereo RCA outputs plus 7.1 channel outputs for utilizing the built-in surround decoders.

LAN: The rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet port is used to connect to the internet for firmware updates and to access BD-Live, Internet Radio, Netflix and PC (MP3/JPEG/DivX) content.

Dual USB Ports: The USB type-A ports on the front and rear panel of the unit allow you to perform software upgrades using a USB flash drive. It can also be used to add more local storage for BD-Live content or playback of MP3/JPEG content. In addition you can connect to your network wirelessly using the supplied proprietary Samsung Wireless LAN USB adapter (802.11b/g/n).

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