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3.0 out of 5 stars No Amazon Instant Video & No Optical Digital Out, April 1, 2014
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This review is from: Samsung BD-H5900 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player (2014 Model) (Electronics)
Let me start off by saying that if Amazon Instant Video or an Optical digital out aren't important to you, then this is otherwise a solid player.

NOTE: At the time I purchased this product (3/17) and the time if this review (4/1) product photographs at Amazon and Samsung showed that this product had optical digital out. The actual product DOES NOT have optical digital out. BEWARE.

For me, the lack of those two features was a disappointment. It seams, as is increasingly typical of Sammy, they feel their proprietary features (screen sharing, device mirroring, blah, blah, blah and so on) take precedent over other more widely used, and generally accepted as standard, features. Additionally, the Opera TV Apps Store is pretty weak. Also, there is no way to dim or turn off the blazingly bright blue readout. In a dark room it screams "LOOK AT ME!" Very distracting. I cover mine with a glasses cleaning cloth. Finally. Who uses coaxial for digital output anymore? If you are planning to pipe the audio out to an external surround sound processor, and you're heart-set on this player, make sure your processor has the ability to accept a coaxial digital input cable.

On the upside... The player will push bit stream digital output. This is a good thing if your receiver has a quality chip-set. You'll enjoy a superior surround sound experience.

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Initial post: Apr 2, 2014 10:38:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2014 6:46:12 PM PDT
Nate B. says:
This player definitely supports BD Live. I've downloaded and watched an extra feature from Prometheus. You may have to go to the BD Live options in the players options menu and choose a storage device before it works properly (I use a 32 GB flash drive).

Also, they advertise the screen mirroring as their proprietary screen mirroring but the player supports Wifi direct/Miracast. I've mirrored my LG phone many times to my tv screen through this player and it works great.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 12:05:35 AM PDT
G. Lapidus says:
Thank you. Did you find, or can you recommend a Blu Ray player with optical out? Also, one that can do HDMI out to TV without interfering in the optical out to my surround sound for audio. Cheers

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2014 9:15:04 AM PDT
Gail Lively says:
About six months after Samsung released this one they released another. I looks equivalent with two exceptions: it has optical out and the browser/streaming content interface is completely revised and updated. As far as simultaneous optical audio and HDMI audio output, I can't say for sure. This one, however, can do that.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 9:43:03 AM PDT
J. Denk says:
You need to update your review. The Amazon Instant Video app is now available on this model.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2014 4:27:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2014 4:31:32 PM PDT
jeff says:
Confused in response to Gail Lively.... reviewer is reviewing H5900 which he says does not have optical digital out despite the image. You are saying this one can do it? Is there a 2nd model you are referring to?

I noticed the picture on Samsung website correctly shows the bitstream (digital coaxial out) versus the optical which one of the resellers must have mistakenly uploaded.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 5:46:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2014 5:50:35 PM PST
Who uses coaxial digital? Anyone who wants a better digital out - typically far lower jitter than all but the very finest optical outs using high end glass fiber. The interface is actually a bigger challenge than the fiber itself if you are using top flight plastic. That said I don't use the coaxial out on my Oppo anymore, as the HDMI output through my processor is just as good these days.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 6:43:27 AM PST
Cman says:
The F5900 HAs the Optical Out and still are available on the net

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 1:09:16 PM PST
C. Leach says:
What is this blazingly bright blue readout? When is it displayed and why? Is it always present? Is it only when using the Opera TV app? Please update your OP. Thanks .. Plus here's a link to a converter that might help you (or not).. C2G / Cables to Go 40018 Coaxial to Toslink Optical Digital Audio Converter

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2015 11:19:28 PM PDT
Susan Heider says:
I just received this model as a gift. I have updated my software but see nothing anywhere about Amazon Prime. Did I miss something?
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