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Samsung BD-F5100

Blu-ray player with networking

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Our take on the Samsung BD-F5100

Remember when even the most basic Blu-ray players were large machines with big price tags? Not that long ago, was it? Well, those days are gone, and the Samsung BD-F5100 is all the proof you need. Small enough to fit on a night stand, this compact player will make your Blu-ray discs and DVDs pop with color and detail on your HDTV. Plus, with a wired connection to your home network, you can enjoy endless hours of streaming video from Netflix® and YouTube™. HDMI and coaxial digital outputs make it easy to connect this player to a wide range of home theater receivers. That way, you can enjoy sparkling music from CDs and Pandora® Internet radio, as well as thunderous movie soundtracks, from your home stereo system — even with an older non-HDMI-compatible receiver.

Not your older brother's Blu-ray player

Remember when even the most basic Blu-ray players were large machines with big price tags? Not that long ago, was it? Well, those days are gone, and the Samsung BD-F5100 is all the proof you need. Small enough to fit on a night stand, this compact player will make your Blu-ray discs and DVDs pop with color and detail on your HDTV. Plus, with a wired connection to your home network, you can enjoy endless hours of streaming video from Netflix® and YouTube™. HDMI and coaxial digital outputs make it easy to connect this player to a wide range of home theater receivers. That way, you can enjoy sparkling music from CDs and Pandora® Internet radio, as well as thunderous movie soundtracks, from your home stereo system — even with an older non-HDMI-compatible receiver.

Even with this player's streamlined design, Samsung found room for a front-panel USB port. It allows you to pop in a thumb drive for viewing photo slide shows on your TV, playing party mixes on your stereo, or watching home movies on the big screen. And if you have a networked PC, you can stream photos, music, and videos from your computer to the BD-F5100. That's a lot of options for viewing and listening from such a small player — and for such a low price.

Key Features:

  • plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs and rewriteable discs
  • Internet-ready for playing movies, videos, and music from Netflix (subscription required), YouTube, and Pandora
  • mini-chassis design is ultra-compact
  • stream photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • BD-Live and BonusView support for added bonus features with compatible discs (requires external USB storage device)
  • remote control
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p, with video upconversion for DVD
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • front-panel USB port for use with external storage devices
  • HDMI output
  • coaxial digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for connection to a home network
  • 10-5/8"W x 1-9/16"H x 8-15/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc Blu-ray disc player
  • Remote control (AK59-00149A)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • User Manual
  • "Important: Player Update Information" note
  • Netflix brochure

Great player and the price is right. Just cannot get my wife to let me use due to her Yoga CD's

Norm, Nocona TX


Samsung BD-F5100 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(15 Reviews)

Samsung BD-F5100

Norm from Nocona TX on 3/10/2014

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Great player and the price is right. Just cannot get my wife to let me use due to her Yoga CD's

Pros: Great buy and does the job!

Cons: None

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gordonh from sonora,ca on 2/18/2014

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works great. like the compact size




ironmike303 from cleveland OH on 2/9/2014

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it did not work returned I was given full credit thank you

Pros: did not work

Cons: did not work

So far so good

Pete from Troy, il on 1/22/2014

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Got this for the kids room. I've had no complaints from her about noise or video issues.

Pros: Small and cost effective


little plain black box

Jigsaw from New York, NY on 12/7/2013

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Noisy while playing. Wifi apps were blurry, remote & player not in sync. Overall does the job. I wish the manufacture would do colors, more aesthetic please!!! Return item, Crutchfield service 100% the best.



Solid! w/Only one issue. Works very well.

HMT1019 from Snohomish, WA on 11/25/2013

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My first Blu-Ray. I had a lot of experiences with friends Blu Ray that found it was very slow to load. This one is not - very fast. Solid performer - like the fact that the HDMI plug in was easy and the Ethernet connection was a one two punch. Beware the lack of tactile feedback from the buttons on the machine. We find that to eject the disc, we push it too many times (not knowing that we have already pushed the button to eject the disc). Other than that - I would recommend this highly as a low cost, small profile Blu-Ray player. I plugged it in, got the Ethernet plugged in, got the prompt that a firmware update was available, got the update and started to enjoy! I love when a product meets my expectations to just work out of the box. I can live with the wonky button for eject. I will not stand for a product that is buggy.

Pros: Quick load, small profile, Ethernet capable

Cons: Top buttons for functions - little wonky, lack of analog (but you wouldn't buy this product for that anyway) outputs

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S from Springfield Ohio on 10/19/2013

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Get little blue ray player



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Anonymous from wendover on 9/23/2013

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Good product

Pros: Good

Cons: Good

A small player big performance

the Little giant from Macedonia Ohio on 9/18/2013

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I own some of the most expensive blu ray player,s OPPO,s sony ES blu ray player,s no It does not compare but I will say this this blu ray player work,s very well and im very happy with this product It work,s unlike Other low priced player so if you just want a blu ray player for that new tv this would be your best bet.

Pros: Small compact. Performance very acceptible

Cons: No display of time min,s number,s so you half to press info on the remote to see on HDTV

Great Player

Dan from Palm bay on 8/31/2013

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Bought this player for my brother its a great starter blu-ray player he loves it it is easy to use and also produces a great picture!



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Yong from Springfield, VA on 8/28/2013

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Works well with a Samsung TV

WilliamR from Garland, TX on 7/29/2013

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This DVD player was plug and go when I received it. The DVD remote will control the Samsung TV. Turning on the DVD player powers up the TV. I have not noticed any noise from the unit. The picture quality is fine even when watching old black and white movies on non-BluRay disks.

Pros: Easy to use. Integrates well with a Samsung TV. Very small. Inexpensive.

Cons: None observed so far.

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Szosco from Wyomissing, pa on 7/12/2013

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I have not had the opportunity to watch br discs yet, but the sd disc have been better than the Oppo that was replaced.

Pros: Small, easy to add to my system.

Cons: None, yet.

Stay away.

asag from NJ on 7/3/2013

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Sadly, this BD player is extremely unreliable. It doesn't maintain a solid connection and constantly drops out. I even checked it on a different TV with a new HDMI cable.

Pros: If it worked, it would be pretty cool. Apps, BD, DVD... but the player is just poorly manufactured.

Cons: It simply doesn't work.

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Charles H from Maryville, TN on 5/2/2013

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So far, no issues with the player. Menu is easy to read and navigate.

Pros: Price. Small, compact player. Easy to read and navigate menu.

Cons: Disc motor is loud. Can hear the motor during quiet times in movies.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD No
3D Capable No
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix, YouTube
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
DLNA Certified Audio
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Digital Optical Output None
Digital Coaxial Output 1
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.3
Ethernet Ports 1
Analog Audio Outputs None
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs None
RS-232C Port None

Product Research

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

Disc & USB Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Samsung BD-F5100 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types.

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

Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a 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 7.1 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-F5100 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-F5100ZAB-1001.8 (as of 3/14/2013). Visit the Samsung Download Center for the latest Firmware/Software updates.

Video File Support: The Samsung BD-F5100 Blu-ray disc player supports the following video files recorded onto BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, and DVD-R discs.

Video Codec Resolution Audio Codec
AVCHD 1920 x 1080 MP3, Dolby Digital, DTS, WMA, PCM
MKV (.mkv) 1920 x 1080 MP3, Dolby Digital, DTS
WMV9 (.wmv) 1920 x 1080 WMA
MP4 (.mp4) 1920 x 1080 AAC
MPEG1/MPEG 2 (.mpg/.mpeg) 1920 x 1080 MP1, MP2, Dolby Digital, DTS


Music File Support: The Samsung BD-F5100 Blu-ray disc player supports the following music files recorded onto BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, and CD-R/RW discs.

Audio Codec Sampling Rates (kHz) Bitrate (kbps)
MP3 (.mp3) N/A up to 320 kbps
WMA (.wma) 8, 11, 16, 22, 32, 44.1, or 48 5-455

Photo File Support: The Samsung BD-F5100 Blu-ray disc player supports the following still-image files recorded onto BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, and CD-R/RW discs.

Photo Codec Resolution
JPEG (.jpeg/.jpg/.jpe) 15,360 x 8,640
PNG (.png) 15,360 x 8,640

USB Port: The Samsung Blu-ray disc player features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows playback of  MP3/WMA audio files, JPEG still-image files, and MKV/MP4 video files stored on a USB mass storage class 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.

Video Section

HDMI ver.1.3: The Samsung Blu-ray player is equipped with an HDMI (v.1.3) 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.

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

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-F5100 can pass the signal in its native form, without converting the video.

Video Up-conversion: When connected to your TV using the HDMI output, the BD-F5100 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.

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

Deep Color: Deep Color allows more accurate color reproduction with deep color depth. The BD-F5100 must be connected to a Deep Color compatible TV via HDMI for this feature to function.

x.v.Color: The BD-F5100 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-F5100 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-F5100 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 coaxial or HDMI input.

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

Disc Type Audio Stream PCM Bitstream (Unprocessed) Bitstream (Re-encode)
HDMI Coaxial HDMI Coaxial HDMI or Coaxial
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/DTS
Dolby Digital Plus 2ch 2ch Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Dolby Digital/DTS
Dolby TrueHD 2ch 2ch Dolby TrueHD Dolby Digital Dolby Digital/DTS
DTS  2ch  2ch DTS DTS Dolby Digital/DTS
DTS-HD HRA 2ch 2ch DTS-HD HRA DTS Dolby Digital/DTS
DTS-HD HD MA 2ch 2ch DTS-HD MA DTS Dolby Digital/DTS
DVD PCM 2ch 2ch 2ch 2ch 2ch
Dolby Digital 2ch 2ch Dolby Digital Dolby Digital Dolby Digital

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.

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.

Digital Audio Output: The Blu-ray disc player features a digital coaxial (RCA) output. The player's audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the coaxial digital output; bitstream (Dolby Digital or DTS) or 2-channel PCM.

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

Network/Internet Functions

Ethernet 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 the units RJ-45 Ethernet jack. You can setup a wired network connection automatically or manually.

Compatible Network Services: The Samsung Blu-ray disc player (BD-F5100) provides access to three online movie & music services (as of 3/14/2013).

Apps Description
Netflix (5.1ch) Unlimited Movies & TV episodes: For only $7.99 a month, instantly watch unlimited movies & TV episodes streaming over the Internet to your Blu-ray player & TV.
YouTube The world's most popular online destination, comes to Samsung Blu-ray. This forum allows people to discover and watch millions of originally-created videos.
Pandora Free, personalized internet radio playing only music you love. Pandora brings an effortless personal soundtrack into your living room. Enter your favorite artists and enjoy stations created just for you. Rate songs as they play, because Pandora caters to your tastes and adapts stations to your feedback on the spot.

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 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: Windows PCs with XP and Vista installed require Samsung's PC Share Manager software, which can be downloaded for free at 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-F5100 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-F5100 Blu-ray player features a sleek compact design with a distinctive rounded corner and matte black finish that complements almost any room.

OSD Only: The Samsung Blu-ray player features an on-screen menu through its HDMI output. It does not offer a front-panel display.

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 0.9 seconds in Quick Start mode (11.5 seconds in normal mode). In Quick Start mode, it takes approximately 22.7 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback (33.1 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 2013 Energy Star criteria for energy use. See for more information.

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: 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 25 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 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 linked operation with other Samsung components that have the Anynet+ feature, and lets you control those products with one Samsung remote control. To operate this function, you must connect this player to an Anynet+ Samsung TV using an HDMI cable.

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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Dec 16, 2013 ]  Staff