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Samsung BD-UP5000 1080p HD-DVD Blu-Ray Disc Combo Player

by Samsung
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  • Blu-ray and HD DVD playback at content native HD resolution of 1080p/1080i/720p
  • 1080p 24fps playback on Blu-ray and HD DVD
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Technical Details
Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight9.3 pounds
Product Dimensions16.9 x 3.1 x 12.8 inches
Item model numberBD-UP5000
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB000VDG0UK
Best Sellers Rank #121,885 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight13 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Shipping Advisory:This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Date First AvailableApril 18, 2005
  
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  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: BD-UP5000
  • Parental Lock: Y
  • Surround Sound Effects: Dolby Digital output, DTS digital output
  • Color Name: Black
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Product Description

Blu-Ray or HD-DVD - There's no question when you get the Samsung BD-UP5000 Blu-Ray and HD-DVD Combo Unit. This duo HD Video format player plays both. Plus your old DVD discs too. Your home-theater can finally reach fruition. Developed by Sony, Blu-ray discs offer picture quality beyond anything available, with full capability 1080p HD resolution in Blu-ray and up to 40 Mbit/secs, encoding 5-10X the capacity of regular DVDs. It also features theater-quality uncompressed audio up to 7.1 channels surround. Developed by Toshiba, HD-DVD playback at 1080p/1080i/720p, and 1080p at 24Fs/60Fs. These are the only 2 disc formats that are fully engineered to fill your 16:9 widescreen TV with a full image. No need to Zoom it up! The BD-UP5000 offers Blu-ray Disc playback at an amazing 1080p resolution, superb HD-DVD playback, and full interactivity from HD DVD and Blu-ray formats. With HQV and Full HD+1080p you'll enjoy the truest image reproduction possible. It has HDMI and HDMI-1.3 connectivity and i8s also 480p DVD backward compatible.

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Customer Reviews

All my old DVD's play well and much better because of the Reon HQV chip.
Jean-Yves
First movie up - 3:10 to Yuma "loads" for 5 minutes - I lost my patience at that point, and stuck a second movie in - this time it worked.
David L. Gibbs
As far as the sound goes i have it set up so that my reciever decoeds all the audio signals DTS HD, Dolby True, Dolby Digital Plus, Etc.
Andrew D. Vande Poppe

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114 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Windrem on January 26, 2008
I picked up a BD-UP5000 when limited quantities appeared in mid December 2007 and have been quite happy with the unit. It's my first venture into HD disc playback and having a single box to play all DVD formats was essential. This player delivers excellent picture and sound quality (including exceptional SD DVD upscaling). Less than 10% of HD DVD and Blu-Ray titles have only a TrueHD track which will output as 2-channel stereo. Most discs have other tracks that can be selected: Dolby Digital, multichannel PCM, DTS, etc. So lack of multichannel TrueHD isn't as big an issue as it may seem. Still even one title that limits you to 2.0 is frustrating. Lockups and strange behavior when loading and playing some discs is frustrating, but from what I've read most players go through growing pains and the content providers are at least part of the problem because they can influence the way the player behaves with custom menus and features.

The 5000 has a Silicon Optix Reon running HQV SD upconversion. SD DVD quality is amazing. You need HDMI/HDCP video as the analog components are limited to 480p based on licensing constraints. The HDMI output supports 1080p60 and 1080p24 as well as other more common rates. 1080p24 is noteworthy since it sends a film to the display at it's native frame rate of 24 frames per second without introducing a 3:2 pull-down sequence. However, the display must be capable of receiving 1080p24 AND have a refresh rate of 72 or 120 Hz to completely eliminate motion "judder".

The 5000 will decode Dolby Digital and DTS encoded sound tracks to multichannel PCM and ship them out via HDMI. Or the player can be placed in "audiophile" mode which sends the undecoded bitstream to the receiver for decoding there, again via HDMI.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Keesing on January 27, 2008
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Credit is due Samsung (and LG, for that matter) in trying to resolve the HDM format war with universal players. The 5000K, lacks full HD audio codecs implementation. Playback on a limited number of High Definition media was impressive, although compatability problems have been noted for discs of both types by other owners. If you currently have of library of both types, this model is worthy of consideration, although with Warner's recent declaration of going Blu-Ray only, HD DVDs will likely become increasingly rare. SD playback is troubling with respect to multiple audio drop-outs.
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Mine is a Dec 07 build. I'm using HDMI through-out. Based on a day and half's use, Set-up was straight forward (to an Integra DTC 9.8)and Sony SXRD XBR2 LCoS set. Performance is as follows:
-HD DVD (1 tested) Fast loading, full menu navigation, excellent sound and picture. No stoppages
-Blu-Ray (1 tested) Fast loading, full menu navigation, excellent sound and picture. No stoppages
The tested discs do not include those noted as having play-problems (e.g. 3:10 to Yuma, Star Trek OS, etc.)

Mitigation:
Samsung has issued one firmware release with another reportedly in the works in the immediate term to deal with various playback issues. A longer term upgrade to handle the advanced Audio Codecs activation may be issued in May 08. Samsung's responsiveness to the problems has been rather halting with various parties getting different answers from customer support. (See AVS Forum for details). The Samsung website currently has only limited information.
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142 of 174 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Johnson on January 24, 2008
Warning! This thing is not Dolby TrueHD multi-channel capable.

They are using the fine print specifications of Dolby TrueHD to deliver a product that is, in my opinion, of inferior quality when it comes to home theater.

The samsung bd-up5000 only plays 2 channels in Dolby TrueHD.

The user manual states in the fine print "When playing a dolby TrueHD disc, audio will only be heard over the front left and right speakers".

I also called Samsung support about this.

After being kept on hold and disconnected several times... they confirmed that this unit will only play 2 channel TrueHD.

The level 2 technician at samsung kept telling me that Dolby TrueHD only requires a minimum of 2 channels for the specs and kept telling me to read about it on the Dolby website.

The samsung technician also told me that they have no plans on issuing a "fix" to make the samsung bd-up5000 thing multi channel for TrueHD.

I just upgraded my amplifier so I could accept a multi-channel Dolby TrueHD signal and I ordered the samsung bd-up5000 because it is advertised as having dolby TrueHD.

The samsung hd duo bd-up5000 isn't multi-channel Dolby TrueHD compatible... at least not if you ask anyone who expects to hear their home theater in "surround sound".

Not much surround sound to hear from a unit that only outputs 2 channels of Dolby TrueHD.

I am truly disappointed with Samsung.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simon E. on January 2, 2008
This is an excellent combo player that has performed flawlessly for me with both HDDVD and BluRay. An elegent, albeit expensive, solution to the current hi-definition disc format war, both formats look and sound great. If you own an HDTV of greater than 40 inches in size you owe to to yourself to check out these new formats - WOW!
More movies please - I'm done with regular DVD!
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