Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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BLU-RAY PLAYER USER MENU SUBSYSTEM
In this section we will take a very brief look into the BD-D6500's upgraded menu system. Although this might seem like a complicated system, the menu control is actually very simple and to the point. If there are any questions, the included manual is excellent.
Once you are into the menu system, you can chose between an assortment of options from video, sound to even setting up your WIFI connection. As mentioned earlier, this is where you can also update the firmware over the net instead of downloading it and flashing it via a thumbdrive.
The SmartHub user interface when the player is not currently playing a blu-ray movie is very intuitive and through navigating large easily understood icons, you can go to the feature you want to start, or go to the setting to tweak a setting. At the top, if you are connected through the internet, you can access Youtube to play your favorite videos, access picasa, stream a movie on Netflix, check local TV listing, update your twitter page and if it is not listed, you can download an app you need through Samsung's APP program. Some of the APPs are free, and some you will have to pay for. You can browse the APPs available HERE.
You also have the ability to view downloaded movies, view your photos, listen to your music pretty well exactly like the functionality built into all Samsung TVs that are available. Click HERE to get a feel for what I am talking about. The interface and functionality are almost exactly the same.
3D BLU-RAY DISC, STANDARD BLU-RAY & DVD PLAYBACK
As Samsung is boasting, the load times for this player are exactly 15 seconds to boot once the Blu-ray is inserted and an additional 15 or so seconds to start the movie. If you are having issues with waiting times, it is not because of the player, it is because the manufacturer of the disc. Compared to years past, inserting the disc and watching a movie 30-40 seconds later is pretty fantastic. I still remember waiting close to two or more minutes when Blu-ray players first came out.
Now in terms of video playback, it keeps things simple, the player works as advertised. Image quality is fantastic, 3D viewing is flawless and easy to setup and after 10 Blu-ray movies, I have yet to find a flaw with this product. Mind you, the first thing I did do is upgrade the firmware so if there was any issues in the past, they would have been fixed with the new release.
If you own a recent Samsung TV, you will quickly become acquainted with Samsung's BD Wise which essentially sets the TV and the player up once the disc is inserted and sets everything up automatically. Things just couldn't get anymore seamless.