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Samsung BD-H5900

3D Blu-ray player with Wi-Fi®

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Our take on the Samsung BD-H5900

Did that hit 3D movie everyone called a "jaw dropper" make you shrug your shoulders instead? Maybe you weren't watching it the way it was meant to be seen. With the Samsung BD-H5900 and a 3D-capable HDTV, you'll see the deep, unique visual palette the director created when you pop in that 3D Blu-ray disc. Expect a quality two-dimensional picture also. The BD-H5900 plays regular Blu-ray titles in 1080p HD and offers video upconversion for standard DVDs. And you won't just improve the picture, you'll open up the capabilities of your home theater speakers as well. The latest surround sound formats are supported, including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD®.

Improve your movie experience

Did that hit 3D movie everyone called a "jaw dropper" make you shrug your shoulders instead? Maybe you weren't watching it the way it was meant to be seen. With the Samsung BD-H5900 and a 3D-capable HDTV, you'll see the deep, unique visual palette the director created when you pop in that 3D Blu-ray disc. Expect a quality two-dimensional picture also. The BD-H5900 plays regular Blu-ray titles in 1080p HD and offers video upconversion for standard DVDs. And you won't just improve the picture, you'll open up the capabilities of your home theater speakers as well. The latest surround sound formats are supported, including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD®.

Keep the kids — and parents — happy

Not only will the BD-H5900 play the Blu-ray disc the kids like to watch over and over again, but when they (or you) get tired of it, you have options. Built-in Wi-Fi connects you to streaming services loaded with children's programming. When they go off to sleep, you can stream those grown-up TV shows you wouldn't dare watch around the little ones. There are also several ways to unwind with some music. You can play a CD, stream directly from a music service, or wirelessly connect 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-H5900. Miracast™ technology mirrors the screen of your compatible Samsung mobile device, tablet, or computer screen for everyone to see.

wonderful DVD, Blue Ray and CD player everything that we expected plus more would recommend this product to anyone

Michelle S, South Dakota

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

Key Features:

  • plays 3D and standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs and rewriteable discs
  • built-in Wi-Fi for streaming TV shows and movies from dedicated apps
  • 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)
  • rips CD to MP3 files with a USB storage device
  • stream content and mirror screens from compatible Samsung smartphones and tablets
  • 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 or wireless keyboard
  • HDMI output
  • coaxial 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
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Features and Specs

General
Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD No
3D Capable Yes
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix,Hulu,Vudu,YouTube
Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
DLNA Certified Audio
Video
Photo
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Outputs
Digital Optical Output None
Digital Coaxial Output 1
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-H5900 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-H5900 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 B-HM60BSPWWB-100.5 (as of 3/18/2014 ). 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 video and photo images from a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or BD-R/RE disc 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-H5900 can pass the signal in its native form, without converting the video.
  • HD Up-conversion: With HD Up-conversion, non-HD video is auto-enhanced to bring you near-HD quality. You'll see your favorite titles with greater detail and clarity on your HDTV.
Note: The Blu-ray player provides no analog video or audio outputs.

Full HD 3D: The Samsung BD-H5900 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: 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-H5900 must be connected to a Deep Color compatible TV via HDMI for this feature to function. The BD-H5900 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-H5900 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-H5900 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 coaxial 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 coaxial 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 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
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

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

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.

Online Apps: The Samsung Blu-ray disc player (BD-H5900) provides access to several online movie, music, and social networking services & apps (as of 3/18/2014).

Categories Apps
Movies/TV Shows Netflix, Vudu, HuluPlus, CinemaNow, & Flixter
Social Networking/Lifestyle YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, flickr, Picasa
Music/Radio Pandora, Rhapsody
News/Weather AccuWeather
Note: Available app content is subject to change. 

Opera TV Store: The Opera TV Store provides a collection of additional downloadable web apps that are optimized for TV viewing. These apps range from videos, music games, weather, news, sports, technology, and social networks.

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-H5900 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-H5900 Blu-ray player features a sleek compact design with a distinctive rounded corner and matte black finish that complements almost any room.

OSD + Front-Panel Display: The Samsung Blu-ray player features an on-screen menu through its HDMI output, and offers a convenient 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 0.5 seconds in Quick Start mode (10.1 seconds in normal mode). In Quick Start mode, it takes approximately 17.7 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback (24.3 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.

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 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 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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I was looking for a blue ray player and this was rated best in 2015. I chose Crutchfield because they were rated the best. [ Jeta  Dec 07, 2015 ]

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No, there is no digital optical output on the unit. You can hook it up to your receiver with a digital coaxial cable. That's what I did and it works fine. [ Robert  Dec 06, 2015 ]
Rear panel has HDMI, LAN and Digital Audio (coaxial) out. Sorry, no digital optical. [ Teddy  Dec 05, 2015 ]
Yes, as I recall I hooked it to my TV with HDMI cable and to the audio receiver (which is fairly old with no HDMI input/output) with digital optical cable for the audio. Either that, or I went to the TV with HDMI and then from the TV to the audio receiver with digital optical cable. Not in a position to check it at the moment. [ J Harper  Dec 05, 2015 ]
NO. The BD-H5900 does not have optical audio output ...sorry. [ Marco  Dec 05, 2015 ]
It does not have the Amazon app, so streaming content from Amazon is not possible. Thanks Joseph [ JOSEPH  Mar 30, 2015 ]
Yes, it does. [ Thomas  Mar 21, 2015 ]
YES [ Phil  Mar 21, 2015 ]
I'm not quite sure what a region free player is, and since I do not own this unit I'm not able to answer your question. I would have to rely on the first answer by Scott A. as he seems to have had his unit for a year and it appears to be working fine for him. Robert S [ ROBERT  Jan 29, 2015 ]
Yes, from what I have read this is a Region Free player. Absolutely love this player! Have had this for almost a year now, have had no complaints. Hope this helps. Scott [ Scott  Jan 27, 2015 ]
sorry i don't even know what "region area" means [ JAMES A  Jan 27, 2015 ]
You would need to purchase a coax digital to optical audio converter. Then you could connect it directly to an active or powered sound bar with optical inputs. You could not connect it to a passive or non powered sound bar without a receiver. [ DAVID  Aug 06, 2015 ]
The only audio out of BD-H5900 is either through high-speed HDMI cable or coaxial cable. There is no optical signal output nor outlet for an optical audio cable. Moreover it could not be connected with speakers or sound bars without the assistance of an audio amplifier in between. [ GIO B  Sep 16, 2014 ]
Sorry. We do not have access to FIOS. . [ ARIE Y  May 14, 2014 ]
I only installed this machine less than a month ago ando not have much experience. Pictures are super. It did connect to FIOS internet flawlessly, and I suspect it will do what you ask. Keying in commands is a slow business, but I imagine all BD players have this handicap. Stay well, GBG [ GIO B  May 14, 2014 ]
I haven't tried. I stream directly to my new Samsung 75H7150 TV using Verizon FIOS. [ Phil  May 13, 2014 ]
No I have not tried to play a 4k bluray on this player. [ TERRY V  Apr 23, 2014 ]
really don't know,sorry [ JAY  Apr 22, 2014 ]
i haven't tried any 4k discs that is beyond my system capabilities [ JAMES A  Apr 22, 2014 ]
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