"Defective product"on by D1M1
Pros 1) Nice features if they work
Cons 1) Poorly constructed,
2) Very difficult to update firmware
3) Dismal Samsung service
Summary Overall looked like a very nice product on paper but have been sorely diasppointed. My impression was Samsung was top line company but quality of this product is dismal and is not even worth paying $50 dollars. Far better to buy Sony, Panasonic or even Sylvania where it would at least work as promised instead of promsing a lot of features that dont work!
Pros Good Bluray load times, good upscaling of SD.
Cons I bough it to replace my other Bluray so I could stream netflix HD & SD videos. Even though I have connected it to 25/25 Mbps FIOS direct wired (not wireless) it buffers HD & some SD movies.
Summary Disappointed as this issue has been discussed on avs & cnet forms with no help from samsung. Also affects its other 5500 &.. models
QUESTION FOR CNET: Did you really test the internet connection performance of this player???
Pros The set-up was easy and it plays Bluray disks with a clear picture and no obvious problems. Integration with the Samsung plasma TV seems to be generally quite good.
Cons After playing a few Bluray discs I decided to try a DVD from Blockbuster and it didn't recognize it.
Summary If all you play is Blueray and don't care if you get software updates, this player would be fine.
Thinking I may have had a bad DVD, I tried two others that didn't work - including a DVD that came with the Star Trek Bluray disk. The online update feature results in a "model name mismatch" with Samsung. Also, if you download the firmware to a USB drive and plug it into the front, nothing happens if the version is the same as what is already on the machine. The thing is, there is no indication that the player even sees the USB drive.
I'm going to return this one and hope that I get one that works.
Pros Clean design. Easy to read status. Easy to update firmware.
Cons Slow loading Blu-Ray discs. Scenes frozen & skipped. "Snow" in several scenes. Too hoops to access internet sites. Remote difficult to feel by touch.
Summary I tested a couple of my "bad" discs using a Play Station which played fine.
Pros Player automatically connects with my Samsung TV when I turn the player on. Don't need to mess with remotes telling what devices need to be connected. Plays videos from my USB thumb drive. I like the user menu interface. "Touch" interface on player.
Cons Player had "blinking/flashing" video output. Fix is in the Summery.
I don't like the apps that seem to constantly need updates.
Summary I have the Samsung BD-C6900 3-D Blu-ray that had a "blinking/flashing" video output. It started doing this from day 1 out of the box. I got it to stop by Turning OFF the (DEEP COLOR; Blu-ray) (Settings, Display, HDMI Deep Color=ON "turn to OFF") "Default Was ON" I was getting the interference every 2-15 seconds regardless of what I was watching; (Player menus, Netflix, USB, CD/DVD movies) It has only been 11 months so far It has not messed up once. If I turn the option on then the problem returns. I have not updated any firmware yet. I have had bad firmware updates with other hardware and don't want to take a chance of loosing my player when I have the option of such an easy fix.
I love how the player automatically connects with my Samsung TV when I turn the player on. I don't need to mess with remotes telling what devices need to be talking to each other. I like the ability to play videos from my USB thumb drive on my key chain. I like the user menu interface and ability to customize the visual effects of menus.