Samsung BD-H6500

3D Blu-ray player with 4K upscaling and Wi-Fi®

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Ultra HD-ready

If you keep an eye on the trends, you know that the television manufacturers are releasing more and more 4K Ultra HD TVs. The Samsung BD-H6500 is prepared to handle this new format by upconverting Blu-ray and DVD video signals to a 4K display. But that's just the icing on the BD-H6500's feature-filled cake.

Get the most out of it right now

Samsung made sure this player will work nicely with your current 3D-capable HDTV and home theater setup. The BD-H6500 has all the top-of-the-line video and audio capabilities we enjoy today. Theater-like 3D experience when you pop in a 3D disc? Check. High-quality HD picture for standard Blu rays discs? You bet. Support for surround sound formats like Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD®? Check, and check again. You'll find it all here.

Beyond Blu-ray

Let's say the kids are tired of that Blu-ray disc they always watch. The BD-H6500 gives you options. Wirelessly connect to your home network via the built-in Wi-Fi and stream children's programming through Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, HuluPlus™, or one of the numerous other available apps. Perhaps the kids are asleep, and you want to binge-watch an award-winning drama series or finally catch that movie everyone told you about. Just a few clicks of the remote, and you're streaming either on your screen. If you would prefer some music to unwind, choose from several streaming music apps. You can even connect wirelessly to a compatible networked PC via DLNA technology and play the tunes from your computer.

Beam images to your screen

Sometimes your phone screen is just too small for your task. Maybe you want to share a video or picture with a group of people. Wirelessly "push" the display to your TV's big screen through the BD-H6500. Miracast™ technology mirrors the screen of your compatible Samsung mobile device, tablet, or computer screen for everyone to see.

Key Features:

  • plays 3D and standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs and rewriteable discs
  • built-in Wi-Fi for playing TV shows and movies from Netflix, HuluPlus, YouTube™, and other services (subscriptions required for some services)
  • 4K video upscaling for use with Ultra HD TVs
  • stream photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • Samsung Link-compatible, allowing you to play media saved to Samsung's cloud service
  • stream content and mirror screens from compatible Samsung smartphones and tablets
  • BD-Live and BonusView support for added bonus features with compatible discs (requires external USB storage device)
  • rips CDs to MP3 files with a USB storage device
  • on-board web browser
  • remote control
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p and 4K (Ultra High Definition) via HDMI (requires compatible display, only upscales HD signals to 4K)
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®, DTS-HD Master Audio, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio™
  • optical digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for wired network connection
  • 14-1/8"W x 1-9/16"H x 9-1/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Single-disc Blu-ray disc player
  • Remote control (AK59-00177B)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • User Manual
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • "Important: Player Update Information" note
  • Netflix brochure

Features and Specs

General
Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
3D Capable Yes
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix,Hulu,Vudu,YouTube
DLNA Certified Audio
Video
Photo
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K
Multibrand Remote Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
MP3 Playback Yes
WMA Playback Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Outputs
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output None
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.4
Ethernet Ports 1
Analog Audio Outputs None
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs None
RS-232C Port None

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

Disc & USB Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types.

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-3D, BD-R, BD-RE
DVD DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW

Blu-ray Disc: Blu-ray disc is a next-generation, optical disc format the enables the ultimate high-definition entertainment experience. Blu-ray disc provides these key features and advantages

  • 1080p Video Resolution: Blu-ray disc delivers full 1080p video resolution to provide pristine picture quality.
  • 25GB/50GB Capacity: Blu-ray disc offers up to 5x the capacity of standard DVDs; 25GB for single layer disc and 50GB for dual layer disc.
  • 7.1ch Audio: Blu-ray disc provides as many as 7.1 channels of native, uncompressed surround sound for crystal-clear audio entertainment.
  • Enhanced Interactivity: Enjoy such capabilities as seamless menu navigation, bonus features, and network/internet connectivity.
  • DVD Compatible: Blu-ray disc players enable you to continue to view and enjoy your existing DVD library.

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-H6500 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 via Network or USB.

Note: The tested Samsung Blu-ray player contained firmware version BSP-H6500WWB-1002.3 (as of 3/20/2014 ). Visit the Samsung Download Center for the latest Firmware/Software updates.

USB Port (w/ ripping): The Samsung Blu-ray disc player features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows playback of a variety of audio files, still-image files, and video files stored on a USB mass storage class device (formatted in FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS). The player even allows you to rip CD-Audio to a connected USB msc device in MP3 format, or copy non-copyrighted music, video, and photo images from a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, BD-R/RE disc, or even a connected network device or Cloud service onto a USB device. 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.

Compatible Audio/Video/Photo Formats: The Samsung Blu-ray disc player supports playback of the following audio/video/photo files recorded on BD-R/RE, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs; plus compatible USB memory devices.

Media Format File Type & Description
Audio MP3 (.mp3): up to 320 kbps bit-rate
WMA (.wma): 5-355 kbps bit-rate
Video AVI (.avi): 1920 x 1080  max resolution
AVCHD (H.264/MPEG-4): 1920 x 1080  max resolution
MKV (.mkv):
1920 x 1080 max resolution
WMV9 (.wmv): 1920 x 1080  max resolution
MP4 (.mp4): 1920 x 1080  max resolution
MPEG 1/2 (.mpg/.mpeg): 1920 x 1080  max resolution
Photo JPEG (.jpeg/.jpg/.jpe): 15,360 x 8,640 max resolution
PNG (.png): 15,360 x 8,640 max resolution

Video Section

HDMI ver.1.4: The Samsung 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.

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-H6500 can pass the signal in its native form, without converting the video.

Note: The Blu-ray player provides no analog video or audio outputs.

4K Video Up-conversion: Upscale your favorite non-4K videos and films and enjoy them in 4K Ultra-HD (3,840 x 2,160) with this Samsung Blu-ray Player and your Ultra-HD TV. 4K provides four times higher resolution than current 1080p high-definition content. The unit also offers 720p, 1080i, and 1080p upscaling if your TV does not support Ultra-HD, but is Full-HD. It also supports 480p and 480i output if your television is not HD-compatible.

Note: To enjoy 4K, you must have a compatible 4K television connected to the Blu-ray player via HDMI.

Full HD 3D: The Samsung BD-H6500 3D Blu-ray disc player supports 3D playback of high-definition (1080p) 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: Automatically detects the 3D capability of your connected TV and play a 3D Blu-ray disc in 3D or 2D accordingly.
  • 3D-to-3D: 3D Blu-ray disc played in 3D mode regardless of your connected TV. When your connected TV does not support 3D, you may see a black screen.
  • 3D-to-2D: 3D Blu-ray disc is played in 2D image at all times. Choose this to view a 3D Blu-ray disc without 3D effect.

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

Deep/x.v. Color: Deep Color allows more accurate color reproduction with deep color depth. The BD-H6500 must be connected to a Deep Color compatible TV via HDMI for this feature to function. The BD-H6500 also supports x.v.Color; meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs, such as AVCHD discs (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format).

TV Aspect: You can adjust the video output of the BD-H6500 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.

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 Section

Dolby Digital/DTS Surround Decoding: The BD-H6500 has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround processors; multi-channel PCM Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio are output through the HDMI jack (when encoded on the Blu-ray Disc). The player must be connected to a Dolby Digital/DTS surround AV receiver which also supports these same formats via Optical or HDMI input.

  • Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound. Dolby Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby Digital bit stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital processors using the Optical digital output.
  • Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit.
  • DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High Resolution Audio supports a maximum sampling frequency of 96 kHz, and 7.1 multi-channel surround. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 6 Mbps, with a lossy compression.
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 24.5 Mbps and uses lossless compression (Lossless), and DTS-HD Master Audio corresponds to a maximum sampling frequency of 192 kHz, and maximum of 7.1ch.
Note: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD are only output via the player's HDMI output.

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

Disc Type Audio Stream PCM Bitstream (Unprocessed) Bitstream (Re-encode)
HDMI Optical HDMI Optical HDMI or Optical
Blu-ray PCM up to 7.1ch  2ch up to 7.1ch  2ch Dolby Digital/DTS
Dolby Digital  2ch  2ch Dolby Digital Dolby Digital Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital Plus 2ch 2ch Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Dolby Digital
Dolby TrueHD 2ch 2ch Dolby TrueHD Dolby Digital Dolby Digital
DTS  2ch  2ch DTS DTS DTS
DTS-HD HRA 2ch 2ch DTS-HD HRA DTS DTS
DTS-HD HD MA 2ch 2ch DTS-HD MA DTS DTS
DVD PCM 2ch 2ch 2ch 2ch 2ch
Dolby Digital 2ch 2ch Dolby Digital Dolby Digital Dolby Digital
DTS 2ch 2ch DTS DTS DTS

Audio Adjustments: The Blu-ray disc player provides the following audio adjustments.

  • PCM Downsampling: This feature lets you choose to have 96kHz PCM signals downsampled to 48kHz before they are output to your AV receiver.
  • Downmixing Mode: This feature lets you select the multichannel downmix method that is compatible with your stereo receiver. You can choose to have the player downmix to normal stereo or to surround compatible stereo.
  • DTS Neo:6 Mode: You can enjoy multichannel sound via the HDMI output from a 2 channel audio source.
  • 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.
  • Audio Sync: In some cases when the player is connected to a TV, the audio signal may not synchronize with the video signal. If this occurs, adjust the audio delay time to match the video signal. You can set the audio delay time between 0 msec and 200 msec.

Digital Audio Output: The Blu-ray disc player features a digital Optical (toslink) 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.

Note: The Blu-ray player provides no analog audio outputs.

SHAPE Multiroom Compatible: The Blu-ray Player easily integrates into Samsung's SHAPE Muti-Room System (sold separately). Enjoy your movies, TV and music wirelessly with rich, multi-room sound and no cluttering cords. Pop in a disc and hear its incredible sound on any compatible speaker in your home.

Network/Internet Functions

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: You can set up the Samsung Blu-ray player so that it can access your home network and select online apps through your local area network (LAN) using a wired connection (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; Automatic, Manual, WPS (PBC), or WPS (PIN). 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), or WPA2-PSK network security.

Note: Samsung recommends a network speed of 10Mbps or above.

WiFi Direct: When using WiFi Direct, you can connect directly with other devices without using a wireless router. You'll be able to wirelessly transfer personal content (such as photos & videos) to the Samsung Blu-ray player without connecting to your home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses your WiFi access point/router, so it's easy to set up. Streaming of copy-protected content and other certain formats are not supported.

Smart Apps: Once you have connected the Samsung Blu-ray player to your home network, you gain access to Smart Apps. Smart Apps lets you download for pay or free-of-charge applications and services to the Samsung BD-H6500. You can enjoy a variety of content from various downloaded applications; such as videos, music, photos, games, and news. Smart Apps has a growing collection of pay and free-of-charge online applications that connect you to some of your favorite online content. Visit Samsung's App Store for a complete list of available Samsung Apps.

  • Movies & TV Shows: Watch movies and TV shows on Netflix, Vudu, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video, & CinemaNow; plus trailers and snippets from a variety of video apps (like Flixter.
  • Music/Radio: Listen to online music and internet radio from Pandora, Amazon Cloud Player, & vTuner, plus more.
  • Social Networks: Share your thoughts and comments about a program on the air through social networking services, like Twitter & Facebook. You can post messages and comments in the same manner as you would using a computer. You also get access to YouTube & Picasa.
  • News & Weather: Includes apps that provide information content; such as news ( USA Today, weather ( AccuWeather), and many more.
  • Sports + Fitness: Variety of Fitness apps to help you stay healthy, plus Sports apps (like MLB.TV) to keep you up to date on scores.
  • Education & Kids: A recommended list for applications and content that is suitable for children; including education-based programs, cartoons, and games.
Note: The Link Service Accounts function lets you link your player to your accounts with Internet services (such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.) so that the player can log you into the service automatically when you start the app for that service.

Web Browser You can access the internet using the player's Web Brower application. You can search web pages by entering a URL address or entering a keyword search. The player will archive your web browser history. You can also save "Favorite" web pages and create a "Home" page. The playback of Flash videos is also supported. The Web Browser is optimized to fill your connected TV's screen. The Web Browser provides two types of browsing; Pointer Browsing and Link Browsing.

  • Pointer Browsing: When you launch the browser for the first time, Pointer Browsing is active. If you are using a mouse to navigate in the Web Browser, leave Pointer Browsing active.
  • Link Browsing: If you are using your remote to navigate in the Web Browser, replace Pointer Browsing with Link Browsing. Link Browsing moves a highlight from one link to the next in the Web Browser and is much faster than Pointer Browsing if you are using your remote.
Note: The Web Browser is not compatible with Java applications. E-commerce, for purchasing products online is not supported. ActiveX is not supported.

Cloud Service: Cloud service saves user content such as music, video, and photo files on an online server . You are able to send non-copyrighted music, videos, and photos from a connected USB device or disc loaded in the Blu-ray player to a Cloud service (such as DropBox/SkyDrive) or network device over your home network and internet connection. You are then able to play these same music, video, and photo files from the Cloud or your network device through the Blu-ray player.

AllShare Services: The Samsung Blu-ray player offers AllShare Cast screen mirroring and AllShare/DLNA wireless media streaming.

  • AllShare Cast Screen Mirroring: AllShare Cast is a proprietary "screen mirroring" function which lets you wirelessly send the display from your compatible AllShare Cast Samsung mobile device through the Blu-ray player and to your TV. This allows you to view pictures and videos that are playing on your compatible Samsung smartphone or tablet on your TV screen. No wireless router or access point required.
  • AllShare/DLNA Certified: The Samsung Blu-ray disc player's AllShare function, along with its DLNA Certification allow you to watch videos (MPEG), photos (JPEG), and listen to music (MP3/WMA) saved on your Windows 7/8 PC (or other DLNA Certified media server) through the TV via its Ethernet (LAN) port. This eliminates the need to copy your photo, video, and music files to a separate USB storage device.
Note: For AllShare/DLNA, Windows PCs with XP and Vista installed require Samsung's PC Share Manager software, which can be downloaded for free from the Samsung Download Center. 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-H6500 features an Ethernet port to connect to the internet via your home network, and features USB (type-A) port for additional storage. 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

Compact Design: The Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray player features a sleek compact design with a distinctive rounded corner and matte black finish that complements almost any room.

Smart Hub Menu: The Blu-ray player features Smart Hub, an interactive on-screen menu system. With Smart Hub, you can surf the web, download applications, and stay in touch with family and friends through social networking services. In addition, you can enjoy photo, video & music files stored on external storage devices. The new Smart Hub interface organizes your entertainment and content into seven convenient sections.

  • Play Disc: Lets you play photos, videos, or music content from an inserted CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc.
  • Movies & TV Shows: Purchase and watch movies and TV shows from an online service provider. You can browse content by Favorites, Featured, Movies, TV Shows, Trailers, or Trending.
  • Multimedia: Play back photo, video, and music files from an external USB or network storage device.
  • Apps: Apps offers an extensive collection of free and paid news, sports, weather, and entertainment content you can directly download to and enjoy on your TV. The Apps menu has a number of sub-menus including Most Popular, What's new, and Categories to narrow down your search.
  • My Apps: Gives you quicker access to the applications you've already downloaded.
  • Screen Mirroring: Activates screen mirroring from your compatible smartphone.
  • Settings: Give you access to the player's audio, video, network, and other system settings.

Quick Start: Quick Start 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 0.5 seconds in Quick Start mode (11.7 seconds in normal mode). In Quick Start mode, it takes approximately 17.1 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback (25.3 seconds in normal mode).

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.

Energy Star: Energy Star qualified products meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. This Samsung Blu-ray player meets the 2014 Energy Star criteria for energy use. See energystar.gov for more information.

Remote Support: The Samsung Remote Support service offers you one-on-one support with a Samsung Technician who can remotely diagnose the Blu-ray player, adjust its settings, perform a factory reset, and install recommended firmware updates; the player must be connected to your home network and the Internet.

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.

Screen Saver + Auto Power Off: 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

Wireless Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on Samsung and other manufacturer TVs. The remote controls the TV's power on/off, input select, and volume up/down. This remote control also has Braille points on the Power and #5 buttons for the visually impaired.

Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC): Anynet+ is a convenient feature that offers HDMI-linked operation with other Anynet+ Samsung products and HDMI-CEC compliant components; and control those products (up to 12) with one Samsung remote control.

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Great device

Written By Daniela, Redwood city CA on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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Great product, all as describet, really enjoying it!

Pros: Easy to set up an operate

Cons: None

Great Blu-ray player

Written By Anonymous, New York on Friday, December 12, 2014

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Love this player. It was just what I needed to compliment my new Samsung TV.

So far, so good.

Written By JZ, Southwestern VA on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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I always hesitate to review/rate electronics and appliances right after i buy them because you never know what could happen right after your review.

Pros: Easy to connect and navigate. Small and discreet appearance. Plays most DVDs without skips or other problems.

Cons: None thus far.

Great player

Written By Ed W, Illinois on Monday, December 08, 2014

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I was looking for a player that was fast and had all the latest technology. This is everything I wanted. I'm a research for months before I buy person so trust me when I say this is a great unit.

Pros: Very fast startup, looks great, full of choices for streaming content

Cons: None so far

Great Samsung Component

Written By KOP, Tennessee on Monday, November 24, 2014

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Pairs perfectly with my Samsung TV. One control handles everything. Easy hookup to TV and network; lots of online content and connections. Plays great video from BluRay. Very Pleased.

Pros: Small, lots of features, easy to use.

Cons: None

Works well, but some aesthetic and app issues

Written By Frank, Northern Kentucky on Friday, November 07, 2014

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I find that the ability of this player to play Blu-ray disks fully meets my expectations, with quick load speeds, fairly quiet operation, and great audio performance when played through the 5.1 surround system which I use in my home theater.

I do, however, have two complaints:

1) the black plastic is very soft, and will develop scratches by just wiping it with a damp paper towel, even with a premium brand paper towel. Samsung really needs to use a harder grade of plastic for the case on this player.

2) the app organization is annoying and not flexible enough. At the Main Menu, the lower left hand corner is the "Recommended" apps section, which displays the first three apps in that list. To the right of it is "My Apps", which displays the first three apps in your custom list. To see the full lists, you press the Smart "Hub" button on the remote. The problem here is that the "Recommended" Apps cannot be added to, deleted, or reorganized. Only "My Apps" have that option. This is irritating., as it would make sense to have the apps which you use most frequently present at the Main Menu, rather than ones of no interest.

The remote is small but functional. I have read reviews where people complain that there is no "Eject/Load" button, but that simply is not true. Those individuals must not read User's manuals. The Eject button is located directly beneath the Power button. It looks like an upward pointing "arrow".

Pros: Good load speed; good video and audio playback for the price

Cons: Cheap plastic case scratches extremely easily; app access lacks full customizability.

Good Blu-Ray with web browsing

Written By GabrielO, Dallas on Thursday, October 30, 2014

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I bought the BD player primarily for the built-in Wi-Fi and the "full web browsing" capability. It was installed in a conference room so it would give us capability od displaying DVD, BD and PC connections. Connection to our network was easy, even though we have fixed ip address to all our devices, it was easy to setup the internet. First thing you need to do is an update, to be sure all apps work correctly. It took a good 1 hr to do the update. One of the other features it comes with is the ability to connect a wireless mouse and keyboard through the USB port. Neither Samsung or Crutchfield mentions which brands of keyboard will work. I connected a Microsoft 800 wireless keyboard and mouse and they worked perfectly. You can even connect a wired mosue to navigate within the browser and the menu options of the BD player. The browser is ok, but not very fast. If you are going to be doing a lot of browsing, you are probably better of connecting a laptop to your display. The BD player runs faster in browsing under a wired connection, than the wireless. I have not streamed movies long enough through the wi-fi to see the reliability of the connection, but so far so good.

Pros: Easy to set-up, compact in size, good options for sound and and video, fast start-up and easy connection to a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Cons: No live streaming APPS for news from Samsung. No coax digital out.

Nice little blu ray player

Written By Anonymous, Milwaukee, WI on Monday, October 20, 2014

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This is a small easy to use blu ray player that is simple to hook up. It easily connects to Pandora, Hulu etc. The 4k upscaling is decent on my 4k TV and a great feature on an inexpensive Blu Ray player. The only thing I would add is a clock on the front display when it is off, I miss my old one from my VCR (R.I.P. VHS)

Pros: Small, fast start up

Cons: No front display clock, Front display is low quality

Samsung BD-H6500

Written By Paul, Glendora, NJ on Monday, September 29, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great Price. Perfect size

Pros: Easy hookup, geat features, perfect picture, Plays old DVD perfectly.

Cons: Control buttons on top of unit causes occaision unintended responses

Love it so far

Written By Anonymous, Petaluma, ca on Sunday, September 21, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Old Samsung stopped playing Blu-Ray and it didn't have the ability to watch Amazon Prime directly on our TV. This one does all - super easy to set up and so far it's been great.

Pros: Plays Blu-Ray discs (of course) and best of all - Amazon Prime and others - super fast streaming

Cons: Buttons on the top of machine (circle dial) are hard to see since we store our device on a shelf. Generally use the remote so not a huge con.

Great Product--Excellent Value

Written By GeeGee, Amissville on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The device is well-packaged in shipment, compact, with a detailed, but easy-to-understand instruction manual. The device is attractive and extremely functional, with setup exceptionally easy. Using the device is simple and straightforward. It simply works as one would imagine it should. I do have 2 complaints as to the design. These complaints were observed in other reviews I encountered elsewhere (during my own research). Those statements were accurate. The 2 issues are: a) the inability to eject the tray via remote, and b) the on-board controls placed on the top right hand corner of the unit. If you place the player in a cabinet (like I did), and if it sits on top of a stack of other components, make certain you've left enough space to reach in to operate the on-board controls. Because the on-board controls don't sit very "proud" of the unit's surface (meaning they don't stick out very far at all); they are almost imperceptible to feel, but are quite sensitive. Because my unit is on top of a stack that completely fills the cabinet space, I must actually grasp the unit and pull it out far enough to "see" the controls. If I don't do this, I will invariably hit the wrong control and usually (and inadvertently) turn the unit off instead of ejecting the tray. Samsung should have created an eject button on the remote. Perhaps a future firmware change might, somehow, allow two keys pressed at the same time on the remote to open the tray--failing that of having a dedicated button.

Pros: Excellent value in a small, inexpensive package

Cons: Cannot eject tray via remote; on-board controls placement can be an issue depending on location of unit.

Exciting

Written By Starship, Lincoln, NE on Sunday, September 07, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great Crutchfield service and delivery. Simple setup. First BlueRay so need to test various movies to see the advantages over previous DVD players.

Pros: Nice unit but have not much time using it yet.

Cons: None.

Samsung BD

Written By robtb, Midwest on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good value. Has many features and works reasonably well.

Pros: Loads quickly, upscaling, apps, etc

Cons: Controls on top instead of front, lightweight build quality looks really cheap

3D Samsung Blu-Ray

Written By Anonymous, Clarkesville, Ga. on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good picture and resolution. Inconsistent response time to remote commands, from immediate to 5 seconds and sometimes more - same command, same disc. A disc that was previously played was placed in the player and a message appeared that stated that the disc was not compatible; the disc was ejected, re-loaded and properly read and played. Once the unit would not respond to the eject disc command; the unit was shut off, re-started, and then responded properly.

Pros: Very good picture quality and resolution.

Cons: Inconsistent reaction time to controls; inconsistent play.

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You should just connect it, and see what happens. I don't know that TV and didn't need to adjust anything with my BD-H6500. The player & TV work together to provide the right signal. I doubt you need to change any setting and if you do, all the features & spec's are on the remote. [ Michael  Dec 23, 2014 ]