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3D Blu-ray player with Wi-Fi®

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by Meredith Krebs
Samsung

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.

3D TV Learn more

Enjoy super-sharp, ultra-realistic images with rich, eye-popping colors from today's hottest Blu-ray discs — including 3D Blu-ray releases — on the Samsung's BD-D6500. This slim player will even upconvert 2D sources to make them look like 3D. And it supports the latest high-res Dolby® and DTS® soundtracks, so you can connect it to your receiver with an HDMI cable to enjoy master-quality surround sound.

Netflix®, YouTube™, and other online options
If you're a fan of Netflix, YouTube, or PANDORA® Internet radio, you can use the 'D6500 to stream your favorite movies and music wirelessly via your broadband Internet connection. Plus, the AllShare™ feature lets you stream content from a compatible computer on your home network, so you can enjoy music, watch videos, or browse pictures using your TV and home theater system.

Play DVDs and CDs, too
In addition to playing Blu-ray discs, the 'D6500 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.

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Key Features:

  • plays standard and 3D Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs
  • Internet-ready — plays TV shows, movies, music and social media updates from a number of sources, including Netflix, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, PANDORA®, and more (subscription required for Netflix service)
  • TV™ web apps let you sample the Internet on your TV
  • built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
  • free Samsung remote app lets you use your iPod touch®, iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi remote
  • BD-Live Ready — requires USB memory drive
  • streams photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • remote control
  • viewing 3D video requires a 3D TV and 3D glasses
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p via HDMI output
  • video upconversion for DVD (via HDMI)
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS-HD
  • high-resolution audio can be decoded in the player or in your compatible receiver (HDMI connection required)
  • video outputs include composite video, component video, and HDMI
  • analog component video output resolution may be limited when viewing copy-protected discs
  • audio outputs include stereo and optical digital
  • Ethernet port for Internet connectivity and possible future upgrades
  • USB port for storing downloaded BD-Live material
  • 16-15/16"W x 1-7/16"H x 9-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Surround Sound Decoding
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Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
3D Capable
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Yes
Internet Movie Streaming
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Blockbuster/Hulu+/Netflix/Vudu
DLNA Certified
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Audio
Video
Photo
Smartphone App Control
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No
DVD Video Upconversion
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720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Capable
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Yes
CD-R/W Capable
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Yes
MP3 Playback
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Yes
WMA Playback
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Yes
SACD Playback
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No
DVD-Audio Playback
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No
Outputs
Digital Optical Output
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1
Digital Coaxial Output
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None
HDMI Outputs
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1
HDMI Version
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1.4
Ethernet Ports
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1
Analog Audio Outputs
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Stereo
1080p Video Output
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Yes
Component Video Outputs
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1
RS-232C Port
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None
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Single-disc 3D-ready Blu-ray disc player
  • AK59-00123A wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 4' Composite AV cable
  • User Manual
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Online Product Registration information
  • "Important: Player Update Information" note
  • Pandora brochure
  • Blockbuster brochure

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Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
USB/Network Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Samsung BD-D6500 3D Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types.

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
DVD DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW

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.
  • 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.
  • Backward Compatible: 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: 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-D6500 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1.  Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Firmware/Software Upgrade: 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. The player's Software Upgrade menu allows you to upgrade the player's software & firmware for these performance improvements & additional services. You can upgrade in four ways - Internet, USB, Disc, or Downloaded file.

Note: The tested Samsung Blu-ray player contained firmware version 2011/08/05_001015 (as of 11/21/2011). Visit the Samsung Download Center for the latest Firmware/Software updates.

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 DVD, using an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition signal.

DivX: The Samsung BD-D6500 supports DivX (v.3.11/4.x/5.1/6.0)playback from DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW discs. The unit supports DivX video with a resolution up to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

MPEG Playback: The Samsung 3D Blu-ray disc player supports playback of MPEG (1-2) video files recorded on BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, and DVD-R discs.

JPEG Playback: The Samsung 3D Blu-ray disc player supports playback of JPEG still image files recorded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-or RW. JPEG images can be displayed as a slide show. Individual still images can be zoomed (up to 4x) or rotated (clockwise/counter-clockwise).

MP3/WMA Playback: The BD-D6500 supports MP3 (up to 320 kbps) and WMA (5-384 kbps) audio file playback from CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW discs. The player provides Playlist, Repeat (Track/All),  and Shuffle playback functions for MP3/WMA audio files.

Video Features

Video Connections: The Samsung BD-D6500 is equipped with High Definition video outputs (HDMI, Component) and one standard definition video output (composite).

  • HDMI: The Samsung 3D Blu-ray player is equipped with an HDMI (v.1.4) output. HDMI simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio all in one cable. The HDMI 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.
  • Component Video: The Samsung Blu-ray disc player features a single component video output. 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.
  • Composite Video: The Blu-ray disc player also features a single composite video output. The composite video output resolution is always 480i when playing Blu-ray Disc or DVD.

Video Up-conversion: When connected to your TV using the HDMI output, the BD-D6500 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.

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-D6500 can pass the signal in its native form, without converting the video.

Full HD 3D: The Samsung BD-D6500 3D Blu-ray disc player supports 3D playback of high-definition 3D Blu-ray discs when connected to a 3D-Ready HDTV via HDMI, along with wearing a pair 3D vision glasses. You can select from three 3D modes to suit your viewing needs.

  • Auto: You can choose whether to watch a 3D Blu-ray disc in 3D or 2D mode before playing a 3D Blu-ray disc. It is automatically played in 2D mode if your TV cannot support 3D contents.
  • 3D: The 3D Blu-ray disc is played in 3D mode at all times. The original video signal of the 3D image is displayed without any conversion. If a TV cannot support 3D Blu-ray discs, the playing screen will be black.
  • 2D: The 3D Blu-ray disc is played in 2D mode at all times. Choose this to view a picture without 3D effects or when a TV cannot support 3D Blu-ray discs.

Deep Color: Deep Color allows more accurate color reproduction with deep color depth. The BD-D6500 must be connected to a Deep Color compatible TV via HDMI for this feature to function.

Progressive Mode: The Samsung Blu-ray disc player provides a Progressive mode to improve picture quality when viewing a DVD movie.

Screen Size: You can enter the actual screen size (up to 116") of your TV, so that the player can adjust the image according to the screen size and display an optimal 3D image.

TV Aspect: You can adjust the video output of the BD-D6500 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 Settings: This function enables you to adjust video quality when the player is connected to your TV.

  • Normal: Suitable for most viewing applications.
  • Movie: Suitable for watching movies.
  • Dynamic: Increases sharpness.
  • User: Lets you adjust the sharpness and noise reduction function manually.

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.

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.

Audio Features

Dolby Digital/DTS Surround Decoding: The BD-D6500 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 as multi-channel PCM from the HDMI jack.

Digital Audio Output: You can set the unit's Digital Output (HDMI or Optical) to match the capabilities of your connected AV receiver.

  • PCM: Choose if you have connected an HDMI supported AV receiver.
  • Bitstream (Unprocessed): Select if you have connected an HDMI supported AV receiver with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding capabilities.
  • Bitstream (Re-encode DTS): Choose if you have connected and AV receiver using a Digital Optical input that can decode DTS.
  • Bitstream (Re-encode DD): Select if you don't have an HDMI supported AV receiver, but have an AV receiver with Dolby Digital decoding capabilities.

Digital Output/Surround Mode Chart:

Setup/Connection PCM Bitstream (Re-encode) Bitstream (Unprocessed)
HDMI Optical HDMI or Optical HDMI Optical
Blu-ray Audio Stream PCM up to 7.1ch PCM 2ch Dolby Digital/DTS re-encoded PCM PCM 2ch
Dolby Digital up to 5.1ch PCM 2ch Dolby Digital/DTS re-encoded Dolby Digital Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1ch PCM 2ch Dolby Digital/DTS re-encoded Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital
Dolby TrueHD up to 7.1ch PCM 2ch Dolby Digital/DTS re-encoded Dolby TrueHD Dolby Digital
DTS up to 6.1ch PCM 2ch Dolby Digital/DTS re-encoded DTS DTS
DTS-HD HRA up to 7.1ch PCM 2ch Dolby Digital/DTS re-encoded DTS-HD HRA DTS
DTS-HD HD MA up to 7.1ch PCM 2ch Dolby Digital/DTS re-encoded DTS-HD MA DTS
DVD Audio Stream PCM PCM 2ch PCM 2ch PCM 2ch PCM 2ch PCM 2ch
Dolby Digital up to 5.1ch PCM 2ch Dolby Digital Dolby Digital Dolby Digital
DTS up to 6.1ch PCM 2ch DTS DTS DTS

DTS Neo:6: DTS Neo:6 lets you enjoy multi-channel sound from a simple 2-channel audio source. You can select from the following modes - Cinema, Music, or Off.

Dynamic Range Control: 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.

Downmixing Mode: You can select how the unit will downmix multi-channel audio into fewer channels.

  • Normal Stereo: Downmixes the multi-channel audio into two channel stereo. Choose when connected to equipment that does not support virtual surround functions, such as Dolby Pro Logic.
  • Surround Compatible: Dowmixes multi-channel audio into surround compatible stereo. Choose when connected to equipment that supports virtual surround functions, such as Dolby Pro Logic.

Audio Outputs: The Samsung 3D Blu-ray disc player features both analog and digital audio outputs.

  • Digital Audio Output: The Blu-ray disc player features an optical digital output. The player's 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 for simply connecting to your television.

USB/Network Functions

USB Port: The Samsung 3D Blu-ray disc player features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows playback of MP3 (up to 320 kbps)/WMA (5-384 kbps) audio files, JPEG still image files, and DivX (up to 1920 x 1080) video files stored on a USB storage device. Your USB device must be formatted in FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS. The USB port also allows you to perform software upgrades using a USB flash drive. In addition, it can be used to add more local storage for BD-Live content

Note: A USB device consuming more than 500mA requires a separate power supply device for normal operation.

Network Connection (wired/wireless): You can set up the Samsung 3D Blu-ray player so that it can access your home network and online Samsung Apps through your local area network (LAN) using a wired (RJ-45 Ethernet) or wireless connection (built-in WiFi). You can setup a wired network connection automatically or manually. You can setup the wireless network connection using these four methods - PBC (WPS), Auto Network Search, One Foot, or Manually.

Note: The Blu-ray player's built-in WiFi supports IEEE 802.11A/B/G/N wireless LAN networks and WEP (open/shared), WPA-PSK (TKIP/AES), WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES) network security.

Smart Hub: Once you have connected the BD-D6500 to your home network, you can start using Samsung's Smart Hub interactive menu system. With Smart Hub, you can stream audio/video content from select Internet sites, access various pay or free-of-charge applications, and view them on your TV. Application content includes news, sports, weather forecasts, stock market quotes, maps, photos, and games. The Smart Hub offers the following on-screen menu functions.

  • Commercial: Displays the Smart Hub Guide - an introduction to the player and new application introductions.
  • Your Video: Provides recommendations for on-line movies based on your tastes. Once you have selected a movie from the recommendation list, you can select which VOD (video-on-demand) provider to use.
  • Search: Provides an integrated search for your video providers and connected All Share devices.
  • Samsung Apps: You can download various for play or free-of-charge application services.
  • Recommended: Displays recommended contents and apps managed by Samsung.
  • My Applications: Display your personal gallery of applications which you can add to, modify, and delete.

Note: You must setup a user name and password to activate Smart Hub. 

Samsung Apps: Samsung Apps lets you download for pay or free-of-charge applications and services to the Blu-ray disc player and view or use them on your connected TV. You can enjoy a variety of content from various downloaded applications - such as videos, music, photos, games, and news. Samsung Apps has a growing collection of pay and free-of-charge online applications that connect you to some of your favorite online content - such as movies from Netflix or Blockbuster, TV shows from Hulu Plus, videos from YouTube, Next Level sports information from ESPN, music from Pandora, and social updates from Facebook or Twitter. Once connected to your home network, you can visit the online Samsung Apps store from the TV's Smart Hub menu and download free Apps or purchase advanced applications. The following App categories are available.

  • What's New: Displays newly registered applications.
  • Video: Displays apps that provide video media - such as movies, TV shows, and short length videos. You can access Netflix (2ch), HuluPlus, Blockbuster, Vudu, YouTube, etc..
  • Game: Displays various game apps - such as Monopoly, Sudoku, and Chess.
  • Sports: Displays apps that provide sports content - such as game results, images, and highlights. You can access ESPN, Associated Press, and USA Today.
  • Lifestyle: Includes apps that provide lifestyle media services - such as music (Pandora/Napster/Vtuner), personal photo management tools (Picasa), and social networking - like Facebook and Twitter.
  • Information: Includes apps that provide information content - such as news, financial information, stock quotes, and weather.
  • Other: Includes other miscellaneous apps.
  • My Account: Displays the application list and your cyber cash balance.
  • Help: For questions about Samsung Apps.

Note: Smart Apps require an Internet connection with a speed of 1.5mbps or greater. Some application services may be provided in English only and the content available may vary, depending on your area.

AllShare/DLNA Certified: The Samsung Blu-ray disc player's AllShare function, along with its DLNA Certification allow you to watch videos (DivX), photos (JPEG), and listen to music (MP3) saved on your Windows PC (or other DLNA Certified media server) through the TV via its Ethernet (LAN) port or built-in WiFi (wireless). This eliminates the need to copy your photo, video, and music files to a separate USB storage device.

Note: Windows PCs with XP and Vista installed require Samsung's PC Share Manager software, which can be downloaded for free at www.samsung.com. Not compatible with older Windows OS versions and Mac.

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-D7500 features an Ethernet port and built-in WiFi to connect to the internet via your home network, and features USB (type-A) port for additional storage.

Note: You must have a minimum 1GB USB memory device inserted in the unit's USB slot in order to download content from BD-Live.

Convenience Features

Stylish Design: The Samsung BD-D6500 features a slim, simple, stylish design with a high-gloss black finish and an integrated blue disc lighting effect. The 3D Blu-ray disc player also includes front-panel touch-sensitive controls for simple operation. In addition, the player is fitted with a slot-loading ("inhaler-type") disc mechanism.

Ultra-Fast Play: Ultra Fast Play speeds up the load time on movies, so discs start faster after they're inserted into the Blu-ray player. The Samsung Blu-ray player has a start-up time of approximately 7.6 seconds. It takes approximately 35.1 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback.

Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started with the Blu-ray player initially turned off & in standby mode. The Start Up Time test was stopped when the player's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.

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.

Screen Saver: If you leave the player in the stop mode for more than 5 minutes without using it, a screen saver will appear on the TV. If the player is left in the screen saver more for more than 20 minutes, the power will automatically turn off.

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. The remote's playback buttons glow in the dark so its easier to use late at night.

Note: This remote control has Braille points on the Power, Channel, and Volume buttons for the visually impaired.  

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.

Note: Anynet+ supports up to 12 A/V devices in total. You can only connect up to 3 devices of the same type

 
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5 out of 5

Samsung BD-D6500 3D Blu-ray Player

Written By L. A, Burns, OR on Monday, March 19, 2012
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Setup was very easy. Used the ethernet connection to obtain the latest updates. Just followed the instructions and setup was a snap. Have only watched one 3D Blu-ray DVD and some of the scenes were right in your face. Very pleased with the product.
Pros:
Price and quality
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5 out of 5

Great Player

Written By Anonymous, Laingsburg, MI on Saturday, March 17, 2012
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Great player for a great price! Easy set-up, wireless even set itself up. Only thing is that it won't play region 0 discs (we have concert dvds from England that play on the Sont blu-ray in our computer). Other than that it's awesome!
Pros:
price point is awesome, easy set up and use.
Cons:
won't play region 0 dvds
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5 out of 5

Great Blu Ray

Written By Anonymous, South Carolina on Thursday, March 01, 2012
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Good player at outstanding price. Looks great with Samsung 59" Plasma.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Wireless connection is slow and weak

Written By Anonymous, pittsburgh, pa on Sunday, February 26, 2012
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Nice look, menu, etc but I have struggled with its wireless "capability". My laptop can connect with a perfect signal right beside this blue ray, yet the blue ray is displaying a weak signal. The weak signal makes it impossible to watch movies through Netflix and all other internet items. So I went out and spent $75 bucks on a signal extender and placed it beside the samsung and presto I now have full signal strength. My other problem is the player's inconsistency when connecting to the internet, even with full signal strength. For me, sometimes it connects right away, other times it's slow and drags and can take 3-5 minutes to connect to Netflix or Pandora, and sometimes I have to go into the menu and re-set up my wireless connection. I really like the player and it offers everything I wanted and needed but I REALLY could do without all the wireless internet complications. Someone might say, "well then don't connect wireless" but where I have this set up wireless is my best option.
Pros:
Looks, menu, netflix button on the remote
Cons:
Weak wireless capabilities.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Samsung D6500

Written By Lance, Winston-Salem, NC on Friday, February 03, 2012
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First & foremost, Crutchfield is a wonderful company to work with ~ my experience has been outstanding and they are truly customer oriented. Any audio and video gear that I am considering will first be checked out and ordered from Crutchfield! The Samsung D6500 blue ray is all I would have expected from a good quality unit. The Wi-Fi connection is through a Cisco Linksys E4200 and an upgrade download was needed for the Snow Leopard I am running on my iMac to interface with the router.
Pros:
Easy set up ~ works well and looks great in the entertainment rack. The interface with my Samsung TV is automatic and you get great quality sound and video with the addition of an HDMI cable.
Cons:
None!
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4 out of 5

Nice unit

Written By Bill, Fayetteville,TN on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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I really like this blu-ray player.I like the way the disc goes in,it's like inserting a cd in your car.I did have a problem with the wi-fi.I can't say it's the unit because it said interference.I hardwired it and it works fine.The picture quality of blu-rays is awesome.My only gripe is sometimes it's hard for it to read regular dvds.Sometimes I have to re-insert the dvd a few times.
Pros:
Great picture quality.Lot's of cool apps like youtube,netflix,etc.This unit gives you a lot for the money
Cons:
It has trouble playing older regular dvds.
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5 out of 5

Samsung BD-D6500

Written By lev b, ney york, ny on Friday, January 27, 2012
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good. very good design, good 3D
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3 out of 5

Failed in three weeks

Written By RJW, Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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The only real complaint I have is the unit failed in the first three weeks, after maybe 5 or 6 uses. Crutchfield support was awesome and I received a new unit in about three days. Aside from that, the unit performed well. We'll see how the new player holds up. One other item, playing a movie from a hard drive via the front panel USB port is cumbersome to say the least. Was hopeful to retire my WD-TV.
Pros:
Nothing stand out
Cons:
Failed in three weeks and USB interface
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5 out of 5

Very nice

Written By dc, Chicago on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Player looks very sleek and fancy. Happy with purchase
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5 out of 5

Everything I needed!

Written By Typical Guy, Long Island, NY on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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I'm fortunate to have all my devices in the same location, but if your tv is away from your Internet, connecting is a breeze. Great picture. Now I know what 3D REALLY looks like. (Crutchfield's 24-7 phone support is worth the cost alone!) Well done again guys!

you have your Internet WiFi away from your tv? Setting up this BluRay for Netflix, Pandora, etc is effortless. Picture is great for the price and thanks to crutchfield
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Well Designed, great wireless

Written By tripper, McKinney, Texas on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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I was installing a TV in the Bathroom (wife request) and decided to add a blu ray player as well. I chose the Samsung as it integrated well with the Samsung TV I had selected, plus it was wireless, an important factor since the location it was in did not have access to CAT 5 cable. The setup was quick and easy...similar to the setup in most Samsung products. The wireless setup was also easy. Once that was complete system updates are as quick and easy as they are with my wired BR players. PQ is very good, load time is good (not great) for movies, we do not use the other features so I cannot comment on them. If you are looking for a wireless BR player, this is one to consider.
Pros:
Wireless connection to your network, easy setup, Very Good Picture Quality.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Fantastic Blu-ray player

Written By Vince, Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, January 23, 2012
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This is the first Blu-ray player I have owned. My previous DVD player was a 5-disc Sony. My old TV was also a Sony. After purchasing my 55" Samsung LED HDTV flat screen, I decided it was time to upgrade to a Blu-ray player even though there was nothing wrong with the Sony DVD player. After a lot of research I settled on the Samsung Blu-ray BD-D6500. The picture is absolutely brilliant - superior to the Sony player. My older standard DVDs even look better using this Blu-ray! When I connected the Samsung player to my Samsung TV, they both "communicated" with each other during the setup. Setup was so easy. I haven't even begun to explore all of the other options with this player so I can't rate them yet. If you want an amazing picture at a great price, I can't rate this Samsung model high enough. The quality of Samsung is top tier for sure.
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3 out of 5

Won't play all blu-ray discs

Written By B.Ben, Chicago, IL on Sunday, January 01, 2012
 
I have the Samsung BD-D6500/ZA. A classy look with see-through lights on the metallic front. The blu-ray picture quality is great. The menu is user friendly, start-up to play is quick, and the built-in wifi connected without any issues at all. The DVD picture quality is mediocre, though.

My complaint, and blu-ray has been in the market place for years now so my complaint is legitimate and FRUSTRATING, is the BD-D6500 won't play all blu-ray discs. For example, Killers (Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl...I know not the best movie but I like it) flashes 'loading' for a few seconds then the screen stays black and that's it. No menu, no previews, no movie, nothing but a black screen. Eject Killers and insert any other blu-ray, such as Pirates of the Caribbean 4 or the latest Harry Potter and the BD-D6500 works fine. I am running firmware 1020.5 as of this date.

I bought the BD-D6500 because Panasonic stopped firmware updates for their first-gen DMP-BD10. A check of Samsung's website showed they have a current firmware update for their first-gen BD-P1000, a gesture that I appreciate as they obviously care about their customers, not to mention the environment. Why would Panasonic force customers to recycle or dispose of their perfectly functional DMP-BD10 players? My DMP-BD10 was a quality manufactured player and still has/had a few years of life left.
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5 out of 5

Amazing Product

Written By Eric, Columbus, OH on Friday, December 30, 2011
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Overall, i would suggest this player to anyone. It's extremely easy to set up and has a very large amount of settings to tweak (for the pros) yet is fool proof if you just want the wife or kids to be able to watch a movie. Haven't tested out the 3D because my tv won't come until tuesday but i can't wait. This is a fantastic player.
Pros:
This player was very easy to set up and the quality is outstanding. I loved the touch sensitive controls on the front as it gives a very futuristic look. I use this strictly for blu ray and netflix and it preforms them fantastically.
Cons:
The only thing i don't like (which happens to every blu ray player) is the loading time for a blu ray disc. From the time the disc is put in, to the time blu ray content comes up, is about 10 seconds
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2 out of 5

If you are buying this for the streaming, don't

Written By Steve, Frederick on Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Buy it if you primarily just want to play DVDs and Blu-Ray. Avoid it if streaming is your goal.
Pros:
Plays DVDs quite well. Standard DVDs look great.
Cons:
Very, very slow to load Netflix or Pandora or other internet sites. Seems to have a tiny buffer that quickly becomes exhausted. Streaming is interrupted constantly. Before you say it's just the network watching movies or listening to Pandora on a computer works fine. Also it is advertised as being able to play Blu-Ray discs via the component output. It doesn't. DVI or HDMI cables are needed. SAMSUNG's internet-based help desk unable to answer questions.
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4 out of 5

Samsung BD-D6500

Written By Bob R., Boston, MA on Monday, November 21, 2011
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I bought this DVD player primarily for the Internet streaming feature. Secondarily for playing Blue ray discs. The folks at Crutchfield were very helpful making product recommendations. The product arrived with 2 days as promised. It took about 10 minutes from the time I took it out of the box to when it was streaming video from Netflix.
Pros:
Easy installation Excellent picture quality
Cons:
Nothing
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4 out of 5

BluRay Quality

Written By Joe C., North Las Vegas, NV on Monday, October 31, 2011
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Overall fine product with outstanding picture quality and ease of use for both BluRay and Regular DVD.
Pros:
Sleek narrow design. Small footprint. Internet wireless capability works great.
Cons:
Keystrokes to enter site information for wireless internet awkward and cumbersome.... often difficult to read how the information is being input.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Can't connect to Wi-Fi

Written By RonJ, Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, October 08, 2011
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The unit would not connect to Wi-Fi. I called a Crutchfield tech. He recommended the purchase of a Channelmaster CM-6100 which uses the house electrical wiring. Still does not connect. Maybe I should have purched a different 3D Blue ray player.
5 out of 13 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Samsung BD-D6500

Written By markymark, sunset beach,nc on Friday, August 26, 2011
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great wifi ,cool apps...GReat player all around ..I returned another purchase after using this player
3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Samsung BD-D6500

Written By Russ, Fairfield, PA on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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I am very pleased with this unit. It does more than I ever imagined.
3 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Samsung BD-D6500

Written By Tony S, Shrub Oak, NY on Friday, July 22, 2011
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We are really enjoying our internet-ready DVD player. Set up was a breeze and it is performing as expected. The price was very reasonable and my adviser JP was awesome. He spent a whole lot of time with me asking exactly what I was planning and suggested a great setup including cables, shelves, and power supplies. My only problem now is that my wife doesn't want to leave the bedroom where I installed my new home theater system! I will no doubt be going back to Crutchfield. Hello Crutchfield; goodbye BestBuy.
4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

WOW!

Written By Phil, Palm Coast,FL. on Friday, July 22, 2011
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This was the fastest I have ever received a product, within three days!This blu- ray player is second to none. It was hooked up and playing Netfix streaming in 15 minutes. Picture quality just like from dish or DirecTV. Best bet for the money, quality, sound, features on this player and speed of the service from Crutchfield, very impressed. Thanks.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Samsung BD-D6500

Written By Charlie, Baltimore MD on Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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I never have an item ship so fast 24 hours. Wow!!!! Keep up the good work DVD look and work great.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

First Blue Ray Player

Written By Hugh, Houston TX on Monday, July 04, 2011
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I was please with simplicity of installation, how the unit turned on the tv and synched up with my wireless router & computer. I also like the internet connectivity choices it offers that were not part of my computer set-up.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Disaster - sent it back for a new one

Written By HLM, New York, NY on Saturday, July 02, 2011
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It simply didn't work and I exchanged it for another one. But, customer service was, as usual, terrific. I love Crutchfield and have bought all my equipment from them.
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5 out of 5

Unbelievable!

Written By Tom, Arlington, MA on Monday, June 27, 2011
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I can't believe this blu-ray player! I also have a Sony ES BD PS1000ES and this Samsung is FAR superior, it has almost no "boot time" and the ability to access the Samsung apps is amazing and very intuitive. The NetFlix app is especially well integrated (having it's own button on the remote) and is very easy to setup and use.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Samsung BD-D6500

Written By John, Fort Washington, MD on Monday, May 23, 2011
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Excellent unit! Works well with my new 64" Samsung TV.
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