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A Stylish, Understated Performer,
This review is from: Samsung BD-H6500 3D Smart Blu-ray Disc Player (2014 Model) (Electronics)
I chose this Blu-Ray player as a companion for my Samsung 3D LED TV. They actually share many features, such as Apps, SmartTV, and interface "look and feel", and can even be controlled using a single remote control, which helps cut down on the number remotes around the lounge. The player can also be controlled via an Android App, which passes commands via the TV and a remote control relay cable that was included with my TV.
By having a Samsung Blu-Ray player and TV, I was also able to turn on a "smart" display mode on this player which communicates with the TV, and automatically adjusts TV display settings for optimal presentation of Blu-Ray content. So far, my experience with this has been very positive indeed - displayed images have beautiful and appropriate colour, contrast, and brightness.
The design of this 3D Blu-Ray player is minimalist, with the main operation buttons located on the top of the device. This keeps the front of the device free of controls, and there is a black LED display that helps to maintain the sleek, minimalist look of the device. Unfortunately, having the operation buttons on the top of the device is a negative for users who have this player in a narrow shelf, as it is difficult to see which button you are pressing. In particular, the eject button (at the 9-o'clock position on the control "circle) is essential for operation of the device, as there is no eject button on the included remote control. It's frustrating to reach under the shelf to try to locate the "Eject" button, only to accidentally hit the "Play" button on the way.
However, this is my only gripe about an otherwise excellent unit, which has made movie viewing at home a real pleasure. The 3D movies I have watched so far (specially-shot films such as "Avatar" and "Life of Pi", and 3D animations) have been flawlessly rendered. There is sometimes a slight pause in playback as the player changes layers on the Blu-Ray disc; but otherwise, I've been very pleased by the quality of playback, as well as with the upscaled quality of DVDs. These have been remarkably free of pixelation or artifacts, and have also been a pleasure to watch.
I'm happy to be able to recommend this player to others who already own a Samsung LED TV, but suggest avoiding it if you will be installing it in a narrow shelf with low clearance above the unit.
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Initial post: Apr 4, 2014 11:13:54 AM PDT
Thank you for this review. Did you need to perform any firmware updates before using the unit? Have you tried any video or audio files other than standard Blu-Ray discs? Is the audio quality comparable to a dedicated CD player? Thank you for any additional info you can share.
Posted on Apr 13, 2014 1:20:06 PM PDT
it's also worth noting unlike last year none of the new Samsung players this year have dual HDMI out. Which means audio will suffer if you want to watch this in 3D with an AVR a few years old.
Can you confirm this model still does not support Amazon Instant? That is a major factor now Amazon is ramping up content and for the Prime users who might be interested in this.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2014 10:41:53 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
As I'm considering this unit so I download the "Samsung BD-H6500 PDF manual" (Google to get PDF file) and the picture if the remote shows an "eject disk" button.
AMAZON A PICTURE OF THE REMOTE AND BACK OF UNIT WOULD BE NICE.
Posted on May 22, 2014 8:29:24 AM PDT
Does it have wifi? I am guessing not because I don't think I came across that feature.
Posted on May 31, 2014 10:29:33 AM PDT
I purchased this player (BD-H6500) and while you are correct about the location of the touch-sensitive buttons on the player itself being inconvenient, my remote does have an eject button on it and as such I don't need to touch the player at all. Perhaps there has been a revision to the remote since your purchase was made.
In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 10:30:02 AM PDT
This player does have WiFi.
In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 10:31:05 AM PDT
The BD-H6500 does support Amazon Instant Video, if that's what you're referring to.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2014 9:43:11 AM PDT
It does have WiFi.. it supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2014 9:44:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2014 9:46:16 AM PDT
My remote also has an eject button. I wonder if the OP could get Samsung to send him a new remote.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2014 1:50:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2014 1:52:23 AM PDT
Really???? When all else fails, check the manufacturer website. Amazon is well known for not having all or the correct product info on it. Of course it has WiFi and in this case, it does show in the features.