A new Blu-Ray player
The Korean company is back with a new device, this time a Blu-ray disc player; its name: Samsung BD-C6500. We all know how famous and loved Samsung’s products are; and let’s not forget how well they perform. Does this product rise up to everyone’s expectations? Or should they look elsewhere for such a gadget? We decided to test this Blu-ray disc player and here is what we have to say about it.
First of all, let’s see how the latest Samsung BD-C6500 does when it comes to design. As is the case with Samsung devices, this one is quite a looker; it is quite possibly the most attractive one out there due to its brushed-metal and stylish look. The cabinet is made of plastic and the center of the gadget houses an LCD display; on the right sit an USB port and some responsive illuminated touch-sensitive keys. During the test for our review we liked the fact that the power button stayed lit even though we didn’t use the BD-C6500 blu-ray player. The logo is placed on top of the product and it is illuminated as well; fortunately we could turn it off by accessing the settings menu. When compared to its predecessor, this remote control was redesigned; it is now flatter and wider, without the usual glossy finish which wasn’t protected against fingerprints. The layout is straightforward and comfortable to the touch; we had no problem using the remote control and we noticed that it could also control a TV.
Online streaming services access
Manufacturers have also decided to change the user interface of this new Samsung BD-C6500. Its background is now wood-grain and features large icons for things such as streaming services – like Pandora, Blockbuster, Vudu and Netflix – and media types – music, [email protected], photos, video and many more. The gadget also features a Samsung Apps platform; we could thus look for and download free applications. When we connected an USB drive to the device, we saw that it was able to browse digital media files.
In the features department, Samsung’s newest Blu-ray disc player sports 1GB of memory, Blu-ray profile and 802.11N Wi-Fi. In the streaming media category, beside the already mentioned Pandora, Blockbuster, Vudu and Netflix (with its older interface), we also have the following: YouTube, Picasa and Weather. The gadget is DLNA compliant and able to stream audio, video and photo files from a computer connected to a network; or we could simply view them from an USB drive. On the downside, there’s no 3D compatibility.
When talking about connectivity, the Samsung BD-C6500 boasts the following: HDMI 1.3, stereo analog, composite video, optical, Ethernet, 1 USB, component video and 7.1 multichannel analog. As for audio decoding options, the product we’re reviewing today ships with Bitstream output, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and, finally, DTS-HD HR. Unfortunately, there’s no SACD/DVD-Audio or the possibility to play back DVD-Audios and SACDs.
Good image quality
Now let’s see how the device performed in terms of DVD image quality: it passed the Text overlay on film, cadence and film resolution, but failed the video resolution test. In the image quality department, the BD-C6500 player was impressive, passing all the program material: Chroma bug, Film resolution, Dynamic range high and low, Video resolution, Chroma multiburst, Luma multiburst and cadence reviews; however, it failed the Text overlay on film check. Image quality for streaming video was good.
When the player was turned on and there was a movie playing, speed was really good; otherwise, the product was slow when loading: 32.01 seconds.
This Blu-ray disc player used very little power, because it didn’t come with a quick-start mode; it was slow to boot-up.
The Samsung BD-C6500 is a good buy, thanks to its nice features, superb image quality and beautiful design. But, if you want a faster device, you should look elsewhere.
|Product Type:||Blu-ray disc player|
|Media Type:||CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD, CD, BD-R, BD-RE|
|Built-in Audio Decoders:||Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD decoder, DSD decoder, Dolby TrueHD|
|Supported Digital Video Standards:||MPEG-2, DivX HD, VC-1, AVCHD|
|Upscaling:||Yes ( up to 1080p )|
|Digital Audio Format:||Dolby Digital output, DTS digital output, Dolby True HD digital output, DTS-HD digital output, Dolby Digital Plus output|
|Signal-To-Noise Ratio:||110 dB|
|Response Bandwidth:||4 – 44000 Hz|
|Dynamic Range:||100 dB|
|Sound Output Mode:||Surround Sound|
|Total Harmonic Distortion:||0.00%|
|Additional Features:||Progressive scanning|
|Additional Features:||USB host function, built-in 1GB flash memory, AllShare|
|Type:||Universal remote control|
|Power Consumption Operational:||14 Watt|
|Voltage Required:||AC 120 V ( 60 Hz )|
|Power Device:||Power supply|
|Connector Type:||1 x HDMI output ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) – rear ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3 ) – rear ¦ 1 x digital audio input (optical) ( TOSLINK ) – rear ¦ 1 x 7.1 channel audio line-out ( RCA phono x 8 ) – rear ¦ 1 x USB 2.0 ( 4 pin USB Type A ) – front ¦ 1 x component video output ( RCA phono x 3 ) – rear ¦ 1 x network ( RJ-45 ) – rear|
|Cables Included:||1 x A/V cable|
|Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)|
|Height (Shipping):||3.8 in|
|Weight (Shipping):||6.4 lbs|
|Width (Shipping):||19.9 in|
|Depth (Shipping):||12 in|