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Samsung DVD-HD850 Up-Converting DVD Player

by Samsung

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  • HDMI Output
  • Hi-Def Conversion
  • EZ View Letter Box Eliminator
  • Plays DVD, R/RW, Audio, SVCD
  • FLT Display
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Product Description

Product Description

Buying a DVD player should be simple. When dealing with new widescreen technologies matched with HDTV capabilities, it may be important to consider whether your DVD player's performance can be upgraded to meet new resolution standards. Progressive Scan, for example, meets 480p video display. It does not support 720 and 1080 display resolutions. The Samsung DVD-HD850 does. That's where this player has the edge. RCA A/V Cable Unit Dimensions (W x H x D) - 16.9 x 2.3 x 9.8 Color - Silver

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Samsung's DVD-HD850 single-disc, progressive scan DVD player enhances video performance by increasing the video resolution of ordinary DVD titles and up-converting them to HDTV compliant formats (720p/768p/1080i), enabling you to enjoy an HDTV compliant picture-roughly twice the resolution of progressive scan DVD players.

It's compatible with a wide range of disc formats, including DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW, VCD, and SVCD, as well as MP3, WMA, and JPEG file formats. Compression rates supported for MP3 are from 128-192 kbps and for WMA from 64-192 kbps. JPEG files can be seen in a slide show with intervals of 6, 12, or 18 seconds between images; and you can zoom in (2x or 4x) on an image or rotate it 90-degrees clockwise.

The bookmark function lets you mark and store up to three scenes at a time for easy recall. Instant replay shows you the previous 10 seconds of the movie again--in case you missed something important. Instant skip jumps ahead 10 seconds--in case you want to miss something. And parental control lets you set a password that must be given before a password-protected disc can be viewed.

The 720p/768p/1080i DVD Players greatly enhance video performance by increasing the video resolution of ordinary DVD titles and up-converting them to HDTV compliant formats. A normal DVD player outputs 480i (interlaced) video. Progressive Scan DVD players can roughly double that resolution by outputting 480p video. the HD players enable you to enjoy an HDTV compliant picture-roughly twice the resolution of progressive scan DVD players. It is not High Definition DVD, so it is not a new format and works with existing discs.

It features the following video and audio connections (which includes HDMI for uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface between the TV and any HDMI-equipped audio/video component):

  • Composite AV Out (RCA): 1
  • S-Video Out: 1
  • Component Video Out: 1
  • HDMI Out: 1
  • Coaxial Digital Audio Out: 1
  • Optical Digital Audio Out: 1

What's in the Box
Samsung DVD-HD850, remote control, AAA battery, HDMI cable, AV cable, printed instructions


Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight5 pounds
Product Dimensions13 x 21 x 5.4 inches
Item model numberDVD-HD850
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Color Name365 Parts/365 Labor
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB00092HNO0
Best Sellers Rank #263,248 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJune 16, 2006
  
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Customer Reviews

This is a great DVD player to tide you over until Blu-ray and HD-DVD are out.
Jesus Castineira
Don't know if I will get this cable but just beware if you are planning on purchasing the refurbished option of this player.
sdang888
I have this DVD player connected to a HDTV plasma display with an HDMI-DVI cable and the picture is really amazing.
Y. Segal

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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful By The GOAT on May 22, 2005
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First, let me say that I actually have a DVD-HD850 connected to a Sharp LC-32D5U (which I also reviewed). My brother has the same DVD player plugged into his Samsung HLN507W (50 inch DLP). I've noticed many reviews (in general) are from people who haven't bought or even seen what they're reviewing. Rest assured; I've been playing with my DVD payer for four days and I've tried everything there is to try.

The Good... HDMI looks great. I played The Matrix simultaneously on my old DVD player and the HD850. All five people who watched thought the HDMI picture looked better. The digital signal gives a noticeably clearer picture. I changed the display when people weren't looking and everyone was able to identify analog vs. digital.

The Bad... All the upconversion stuff is hype. First, I was annoyed by the false advertising of 768p. It turns out to be 1024x768 for using a 4:3 computer monitor, not a 1366x768 16:9 TV like my Sharp. I played The Matrix and toggled all three modes: 480p, 720p and 1080i. They all looked exactly the same. All the gains come from the digital signal, not the upconversion.

As for all the other complaints about the remote and other issues listed in the other reviews... I haven't noticed any of them. I hooked the HDMI cable from the HD850 to my Sharp TV and everything worked from the start. One of the other guys said there were problems with dark scenes. That is probably his TV, not the HD850. My Sharp has the same problem. I ran a THX Optimizer and I can only see 7 of the 10 shades of black. The darkest shades all blend into one color regardless of the color settings on the TV. The Samsung's manual talks about RGB color pallet. It has a selection for full range (0-255), so if you don't see it all on the TV, it's not the DVD player's fault.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By HWS Branson on March 27, 2006
I probably can't add much to what others have said about the HD850, but I will throw in my two-cents worth anyway.

I'm not one who picks a component apart trying to find its shortcomings. I go purely by how a particular unit serves my needs and what I see for myself. Comparing the HD850 connected through the HDMI connection to my 50 inch Sony Grand Wega, this player just blows away any progressive scan unit I have ever had utilizing component video hook ups!! That's all there is to it...No comparison!! But I will agree that the newer DVD's available now have a much better digital transfer, which makes this player shine that much better. However, I did notice older DVD's in my collection looked much better with this unit than before, So I know there is something to be said about the up-conversion even though it may not have achieved true HD yet...But believe me, it's getting mighty close!! This unit will require a separate audio connection since the HDMI with this unit DOES NOT support audio...the operating manual makes this quite clear.

We had company drop by one night while watching the second Star Wars...Attack of the clones. These folks were totally blown away at the quality of the video. One person even asked if the TV was a plasma on a HD channel. When I showed them it was a DVD, all I heard was "WOW!!"

For the money, most people will not go wrong with this unit....No, it's not perfect, and will not be the correct choice for everyone...Only YOU can make that decision. But in my opinion, at this point in time, compared with brands who DO NOT provide the HDMI cable with the player, the value provided in the HD850 was a no-brainer for me! Until the new generation HD players hit the market with the new HD DVD's, this unit will serve me just fine!!

Then we can start buying all our favorites all over again in HD!!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Schey on June 3, 2005
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Video via the HDMI is excellent. Audio using the coaxial out is also crisp and clear. Definately an above average player. That said though, I do not see any noticable improvement using either 720p or 1080i settings and HDMI output compared to my other player (Denon DVD-3800) which is using component outs. Television used was a Sony HDTV KD-34XS955 34" WEGA. This player was purchased primarily for the HDMI capability and the DivX playback support I had read about in reviews. However, the version of the DVD-HD850 available in the United States does NOT support DivX/XVID playback. I verified this myself with many file types/settings and double checked with Samsung support.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Schlenker on January 10, 2006
It takes a little while to make sure all the connections are right, and I had to add audio L and R cables to the HDMI to get the sound. Overall I am very pleased. Good stong picture, easy to use controls, easy to read manual. It is true that you will not get actual HD but at 480dpi it looks good, 720 it looks a little better, 1080 doesn't change much over 720. The more updated and digital the movie though the better you will notice the upconversion. Recently released animated flicks look nearly 3D. Yes the blue light showing that the unit is plugged in is too bright. In a bedroom or if the box is set where you can see the face even when it is off it may get annoying. In my entertainment center filled with many lights I don't really notice it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jasond on February 21, 2006
Today I took delivery of my HD-850 player. At $110 including delivery it seemed like a good option for a HDMI/progressive scan player and includes an HDMI cable which is a nice bonus.

Connecting the player to my Viewsonic N3250W 32" HDTV was a breeze using the supplied HDMI cable. After running the THX optimizer tests from a DVD, the unit was calibrated quickly and all my test movies played with a much greater picture quality than the units I've used before. I've noticed a little color banding during certain scenes in The Incredibles but an otherwise fantastic picture. Other movies with hard to render colors like the water scenes in U-571 seem to play with improved color rendition over the other players I've tried. Movies with wide and easy to render color palettes render exceptionally.

Like everyone else here, I find the blue light obnoxious, and I've found some articles on how to disconnect it online. It really does draw your eye from across the room. The remote as previously observed needs to be pointed directly at the player in order to work, which is also somewhat annoying as it's quite unforgiving. And finally, with some movies the player will display subtitles by default which is frustrating - this seems to be disc specific, but not a problem I've noticed with the same discs on other players.

Now for the 768p mode (which is deceptive). The ViewSonic monitor supports a 768p mode natively (1366 x 768), however the HD-850 only supports a full screen 1024 x 768p mode. The Viewsonic TV will not recognize this mode.
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