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Samsung BD-J5900

3D Blu-ray player with Wi-Fi®

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Overview

Our take on the Samsung BD-J5900

Make sure your living room is prepared for the next great movie or show. The Samsung BD-J5900 plays a wide assortment of entertainment including 3D movies, streaming video, and music. It'll play 3D Blu-ray discs when paired with a compatible HDTV. You can also pop in standard Blu-rays, DVDs, or CDs. Or, binge-watch something on a streaming service like Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, or Hulu®. The '5900 handles it all.

3D Blu-rays? Check. Streaming video? Yes. Standard discs? You bet.

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The BD-J5900 has a compact, curved design and gives you a lot of entertainment options, including 3D.

Make sure your living room is prepared for the next great movie or show. The Samsung BD-J5900 plays a wide assortment of entertainment including 3D movies, streaming video, and music. It'll play 3D Blu-ray discs when paired with a compatible HDTV. You can also pop in standard Blu-rays, DVDs, or CDs. Or, binge-watch something on a streaming service like Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, or Hulu®. The '5900 handles it all.

Solid picture and sound for movies, shows, and music

The BD-J5900 makes sure your picture — two- or three-dimensional — looks crisp and clear on your high-definition TV. Blu-ray titles play in 1080p HD, and video upconversion breathes new life into standard DVDs. You'll open up the capabilities of your home theater speakers as well — lossless surround sound formats are supported, including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD®.

Want to throw on some tunes? Play a CD, stream from a music service like Pandora®, or wirelessly connect to a compatible networked PC via DLNA technology and play songs from your computer.

Project images to your screen

While newer phones are getting harder to cram into pockets, sometimes the screens still aren't large enough for certain tasks. 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-J5900. Allshare™, Samsung's take on Miracast™ technology, mirrors the screen of your compatible mobile device, tablet, or computer screen for everyone to see.

This DVD Blu Ray player sets up easily and has good image quality. It uploads quickly. Excellent value for the price. There are no front indicator lights, not even a "power on" indicator light which is un-reassuring during use.

Anonymous, Baltimore, MD

What's in the Box:

  • Blu-ray disc player
  • Remote control (AK59-00149A)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • User Manual
  • Netflix brochure

Product Highlights:

  • plays 3D and standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs and rewriteable discs
  • built-in Wi-Fi for streaming video and music from dedicated apps, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube™, and Pandora (subscriptions required for some services)
  • stream photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • stream content and mirror screens from compatible Samsung smartphones and tablets
  • remote control
  • no front-panel display
  • 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
  • Anynet+ simplifies control of compatible Samsung components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • HDMI output
  • coaxial digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for wired network connection
  • 11-7/16"W x 1-9/16"H x 9-7/8"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,Vudu,Hulu,Amazon
Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
DLNA Certified Audio
Video
Photo
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 1080p, 1080i, 720p
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-J5900 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types.

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

Blu-ray Disc: Blu-ray 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. This Blu-ray player is 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: Visit the Samsung Download Center for the latest Firmware/Software updates.

USB Port: The Samsung Blu-ray disc player features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows playback of a variety music files, photo files, and 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.

Media File Formats: The Samsung BD-J5900 Blu-ray disc player supports the following video, photo, and music files recorded onto BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, and DVD-R discs; or downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive.

Media Type Format Description
Video MPEG, MKV, WMV, AVI, AVCHD 1920 x 1080 max resolution
Photo JPEG, HD-JPEG, PNG 15360 x 8640 max resolution
Music MP3, WMA 8-48kHz sampling rates; 5-355 kbps bit rate

Video Section

HDMI 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-J5900 can pass the signal in its native form, without converting the video.
  • 4:4:4 Max Color Subsampling: The Blu-ray player's HDMI output will support up to 4:4:4 chroma subsampling for full color data rendering of high-definition video.
Note: The Blu-ray player provides no analog video outputs.

Video Up-conversion + Progressive Mode: When connected to your TV using the HDMI output, the BD-J5900 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. The Samsung Blu-ray disc player also provides a Progressive mode to improve picture quality when viewing a DVD movie.

Full HD 3D: The Samsung BD-J5900 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.

Deep Color: Deep Color allows more accurate color reproduction with deep color depth. The BD-J5900 must be connected to a Deep Color compatible TV via HDMI for this feature to function.

Video Settings:  The Samsung Blu-ray disc offers a variety of video adjustments to fine tune the TV's picture image.

  • 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 image.
  • TV Aspect: You can adjust the video output of the BD-J5900 to match the screen-type of your television. You can choose from 16:9 Original, 16:9 Full, 4:3 Letter Box, and 4:3 Pan-Scan.
  • Picture Adjustments: This function enables you to adjust video quality when the player is connected to your TV.
    • Standard: 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 Section

Dolby Digital/DTS Surround Decoding: The BD-J5900 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 up to 7.1ch  2ch Dolby Digital Dolby Digital Dolby Digital/DTS
Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1ch 2ch Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Dolby Digital/DTS
Dolby TrueHD up to 7.1ch 2ch Dolby TrueHD Dolby Digital Dolby Digital/DTS
DTS  up to 6.1ch  2ch DTS DTS Dolby Digital/DTS
DTS-HD HRA up to 7.1ch 2ch DTS-HD HRA DTS Dolby Digital/DTS
DTS-HD HD MA up to 7.1ch 2ch DTS-HD MA DTS Dolby Digital/DTS
DVD PCM 2ch 2ch 2ch 2ch 2ch
Dolby Digital up to 5.1ch 2ch Dolby Digital Dolby Digital Dolby Digital
DTS up to 6.1ch 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 & Wireless Network Connection: You can set up the Samsung Blu-ray player so that it can access your home network and online Samsung 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; PBC (WPS), Auto Network Search, One Foot, or Manually.

  • Supported WiFi networks include IEEE 802.11A/B/G/N wireless LAN networks.
  • Security setup types include WEP (open/shared), WPA-PSK (TKIP/AES), and WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES).
Note: Samsung recommends a home network connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps for standard definition or 10 Mbps for high definition

Opera TV: Samsung's BD-J5900 Blu-ray player incorporates Opera TV software for access to a variety of online entertainment, social networking, & news apps (over 250 streaming apps are available).

  • Preinstalled Apps: The following entertainment, news, and social networking applications are pre-installed with large on-screen icons for easy selection.
  • Opera TV Store: The Opera TV Store is an online storefront of exciting web apps optimized for TV. Opera TV Store apps run from the cloud and suit any screen size or resolution. App categories span Video (the most popular category), Music, Social Networking, Games, News, and Information; making it easier for the user to discover and enjoy the extensive app portfolio. You can also search for apps by New, Popular, or All. The Opera TV Store lets you use the TV's remote control to navigate, select, and launch apps easily. Popular Opera TV Store apps include Facebook, Viewster, and more.
  • My Apps: The "My Apps" home screen displays all installed apps in a user-friendly layout with 4-way on-screen navigation from the player's remote.
Note: Online applications and content are subject to change without notice.

AllShare Connectivity: The Samsung Blu-ray player allows wireless integration with your wireless network devices via AllShare Cast and AllShare DLNA. 

  • AllShare Cast: AllShare Cast is a proprietary "screen mirroring" function which lets you wirelessly send the display from your compatible AllShare Cast Samsung mobile device to the Blu-ray player and your connected 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: 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 or built-in WiFi (wireless). 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-J5900 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

Curved Compact Design: The Samsung BD-J5900 Blu-ray player features a sleek compact chassis with a distinctive curved design to match today's curved flat-panel televisions.

On-Screen Display Only: The Samsung Blu-ray player features an on-screen menu through its HDMI output. There is no 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 (7.3 seconds in normal mode). In Quick Start mode, it takes approximately 14.1 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback (23.7 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 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. You can also restrict access to inappropriate web pages by allowing access only to the web sites you have registered.

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

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, Play, Enter, 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.

Keyboard & Mouse Compatible: The Samsung Blu-ray player will also support a USB-enabled keyboard and mouse (both sold separately) through its front-panel USB port. This make web browsing much simpler.

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Just bought a GREAT 3D tv from Crutchfield and need this to complete my system. After researching for about 2 weeks, Crutchfiled has the lowest prices and best service. [ Frederick  Mar 11, 2017 ]
I was looking for a DVD player that would work with my older TV - right now I just want to watch DVDs but I may want to watch shows from places like Amazon in future. I got helpful advice from your staff. [ Linda  Mar 02, 2017 ]
I like the brand [ Eldon  Feb 14, 2017 ]
We need a new one. Our current DVD player doesn't work. [ Rick  Jan 23, 2017 ]
This a sweet little unit. I prefer this model BluRay DVD player over some of the others, cause it doesn't have the touch sensitive buttons on the top. Just plan simple and powerful too. [ HiTech Upgrades  Jan 09, 2017 ]
I chose this over a similar Sony model, because it will work better with my Samsung TV that it will be connected to. [ John  Dec 18, 2016 ]
it reasonable and like the features. [ CLAUDE  Nov 26, 2016 ]
Have other Samsung product and they have been a very product . Kenny [ KENNY R  Sep 19, 2016 ]
Good reviews [ fred  Sep 02, 2016 ]
I asked for help to the Crutchfield expert staff and they answered back suggesting this item. Also helpful were the comments made by persons that had purchased this item. [ Miguel  Aug 10, 2016 ]
It is a reasonably priced 3D capable bluray player. I already have a 2013 version of this Samsung player and it has worked well for me. The new purchase is to replace an old Panasonic player that recently died. [ CLIVE  Jul 19, 2016 ]
From past experience with Chrutchfield: good products, good prices, free delivery and very good technical support. [ ALFRED  May 27, 2016 ]
Value and plug-and-paly compatibility w/ Samsung TV [ Derek  Apr 26, 2016 ]
It was reasonably priced and had the features I was seeking. [ Garth  Apr 17, 2016 ]
Description on product and Crutchfield's outstanding service. [ LARAY M  Mar 21, 2016 ]
A bit of a toy. Seems like a disposable Blu ray. Previous Samsung blu rays looked like they would last, but I have never had reliability from any of them. [ BRUCE  Feb 18, 2016 ]
New TV, and I needed a new blueray player, great price, great reviews. [ Spencer  Jan 17, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

I have no idea. I don't know what a miracast is. [ Nancy  Dec 02, 2016 ]
Dunno. I use the units remote because it's no hassle. [ M  Apr 11, 2016 ]
Using one of two 'power' buttons on the remote. But, its not clear which is to be used in all situations. Also - you are correct, there are no LED lights anywhere on the machine. very poor design. [ Tom  Apr 20, 2015 ]
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