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Samsung BD-J5100

Blu-ray player with networking

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Overview

Our take on the Samsung BD-J5100

Want a solid Blu-ray player that won't cost a lot of scratch? The Samsung BD-J5100 has all the basics covered — like a clear 1080p HD picture and high-quality, lossless Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD® surround sound. Your Blu-ray discs will look and sound great on your home theater system. DVDs discs get a boost, too, thanks to video upconversion.

Budget Blu-ray player that delivers the essentials, and more

Samsung BD-J5100 Blu-ray disc player

Want a solid Blu-ray player that won't cost a lot of scratch? The Samsung BD-J5100 has all the basics covered — like a clear 1080p HD picture and high-quality, lossless Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD® surround sound. Your Blu-ray discs will look and sound great on your home theater system. DVDs discs get a boost, too, thanks to video upconversion.

Get connected with streaming video and music options

You won't have to rely on shiny discs alone. When connected to your home network via an Ethernet cable, the BD-J5100 gives you access to popular streaming video services like Netflix®, Hulu®, and Amazon Instant Video. After you binge-watch a few shows, fire up Pandora® and listen to some tunes. Or you can pop a USB thumb drive into the port on the front panel for easy access to music files, digital photos, or video clips.

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-J5100. Allshare™, Samsung's take on Miracast™ technology, mirrors the screen of your compatible mobile device, tablet, or computer screen for everyone to see.

Product Highlights:

  • plays standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs and rewriteable discs
  • Ethernet port for streaming video and music from dedicated apps, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube™, and Pandora (subscriptions required for some services)
  • front-panel USB port for use with external storage devices
  • 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, menu options display on your TV screen
  • 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
  • Anynet+ simplifies control of compatible Samsung components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • HDMI output
  • coaxial digital audio output
  • 11-7/16"W x 1-9/16"H x 9-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

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

I got to say that we could not use this unit, I needed a Blue Ray Player that would connect to the Wifi wirelessly, unfortunately this one would not, It has to be hard wired. I had to return it un used, at this time Im steal waiting for Crutchfield to credit my account.

Jeff, West Jordan, UT

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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 No
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix,Vudu,Hulu,Amazon
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
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

Product Research

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

Disc & USB Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Samsung BD-J5100 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types.

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

Blu-ray Disc: 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-J5100 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-J5100 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-J5100 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.

Deep Color: Deep Color allows more accurate color reproduction with deep color depth. The BD-J5100 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.

  • TV Aspect: You can adjust the video output of the BD-J5100 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-J5100 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 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). You can setup a wired network connection automatically or manually.

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-J5100 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. 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-J5100 features an Ethernet port 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-J5100 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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Why did you buy this?

perfect for our other TV [ Rick  Sep 24, 2018 ]
Needed a BluRay player, did not need mega-features. This will work well with the Samsung TV. [ Thomas  Jun 25, 2018 ]
Need a simple, low-cost Blu-ray player for a second bedroom. [ E  Apr 18, 2018 ]
Value, defined as quality at a price [ F Ian  Jan 19, 2018 ]
BD Playback & Apps. I already have a Samsung 4K and love it. Got this BD player for my shop! [ JAMES  Dec 16, 2017 ]
For good revews [ Daniel  Dec 02, 2017 ]
Replaced existing unit in travel trailer [ Malery  Sep 26, 2017 ]
Same brand as TV, wanted a basic model. [ David M.  Jul 28, 2017 ]
Price. [ CRISTINA REHBEI  Jul 07, 2017 ]
A b-day gift for daughter, item was least expensive bluray player. [ SANDRA  Jun 17, 2017 ]
Needed player with minimal features. Good price. [ Michael  Apr 19, 2017 ]
Because ours was broke and we liked the idea of connecting with Samsung phone [ Jeffrey  Mar 09, 2017 ]
I am a samsung customer [ B  Feb 28, 2017 ]
needed inexpensive player [ A  Dec 19, 2016 ]
We often play DVDs [ Robert P  Nov 15, 2016 ]
ALREADY HAVE ONE WORKS WELL. [ RALPH  Nov 07, 2016 ]
Suggested by Crutchfield at end of order process. [ J  Oct 24, 2016 ]
Good value for a great price. [ Gary N.  Oct 22, 2016 ]
Came with Amazon video and Netflix and I have a Samsung TV [ RANDELL  Oct 10, 2016 ]
My TV is the same brand, and I now is a very choice. [ Jimmy  Aug 05, 2016 ]
Good stuff cheap. Replacement/upgrade. [ James  Jul 07, 2016 ]
Low price, good reviews [ William  Jun 10, 2016 ]
It was on sale, and I don't need the bells and whistles that come with the more expensive players (WiFi, 3D, 4K, etc.). Also it comes with DLNA support. [ GARY  Jun 07, 2016 ]
Because my my garbage Sony blu-ray player crapped out after two whole months and figured Samsung might be a little better. [ Christopher  Mar 24, 2016 ]
price [ Ray  Mar 10, 2016 ]
I wanted to update my blue ray player at an affordable price. I have eary connect to router via Ethernet cable. I wanted connection to Amazon video because my wife is Prime member. I am not happy with current LG player since it will not update firmware to handle HD on Netflix. [ rod  Mar 03, 2016 ]
i like shopping with you. easy quality products, thank you [ chris  Feb 10, 2016 ]
because i want to see some HD Movies [ Daymar  Jan 16, 2016 ]
good price and Crutchfield [ steve  Jan 15, 2016 ]

10 questions already asked

Not quite sure your question, but as far as the remotes, with the exception of the one for our TV, they are all the same. We have several Samsung DVD players [ BRIAN  Sep 28, 2017 ]
I'm not quite sure what you are asking, but the remote has the number AK59-00149A on it if you want to order a new one. You can probably get a universal remote for about the same amount that would likely work. [ Brynnen  Sep 28, 2017 ]
You can try a Samsung app download [ TERANCE W  Sep 28, 2017 ]
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, or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Kenny  Jun 26, 2017 ]  Staff
Looks like Samsung has the manual in a PDF download on their site. Hope this helps!! [ WILLIAM  Mar 16, 2016 ]
What about it? [ Richard  Mar 15, 2016 ]
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: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Mar 15, 2016 ]  Staff
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: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Kenny  Mar 15, 2016 ]  Staff
hey, Greg. I don't know. I don't use Dolby atmos. But I did check the Settings -- Downmixing Mode -- and one of the options is "Surround Compatible." maybe this will work for you. good luck [ Linda  Feb 18, 2016 ]
I have no idea. Sorry. [ Neville W.  Feb 13, 2016 ]
I do not think so, it's not listed in the features [ WENDELL  Feb 13, 2016 ]
I have not personally used it for that but it does state that streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu can be accessed through the player. [ Andrew  Dec 07, 2015 ]
The Blu Ray player and the TV appear to have the same features but the Blu Ray does not use wifi, so I have not used it for anything other than playing discs. [ Michael  Dec 07, 2015 ]
It DOES decode analog closed-captions, it even displays them in multiple colors the rare occasions that feature is actually used. However it places them too far to the left of the screen, and captions meant to be placed further towards the center have a black box trailing them to the very left. I've sent Oppo info about this and they say they will look into it and hopefully fix it in the next firmware update. [ Jesse  May 18, 2017 ]
If that feature is there, it is in a part of the menus that I have not seen. [ Michael  Aug 14, 2015 ]
Yes, I just put in a CD right now from one of my favorite bands (Rush) to test it, and it works fine. [ Erich  Jul 10, 2015 ]
Yes on the DVD and Blue Ray. It is stated that it can play Cd's but I have not personally done that yet. [ Andrew  Jul 10, 2015 ]
Yes, it plays CDs for me. No problem. [ Michael  Jul 10, 2015 ]
Yes. [ Paula  Jul 10, 2015 ]
Don't know. I will use it in a Travel Trailer. Haven't really used it yet. [ Francis  Jul 10, 2015 ]
Yes [ CHARLES  Jul 10, 2015 ]
Sorry, I don't know. I never play CDs on my TV. [ John  Jul 10, 2015 ]
I had to buy a cable. [ Michael  Jun 01, 2015 ]
It does not come with an Ethernet cable. [ CHARLES  Jun 01, 2015 ]
It does not come with an Ethernet cable. [ Matthew  Jun 01, 2015 ]
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