The idea of 3D photography came to reality in the nineteenth century. From then on, several evolutionary sequences had paved the way for the first motion picture and subsequently the first 3D picture. With special glasses and hot pop corns, watching such films in theatre was an awesome experience. Samsung this year made 3D movie watching a home experience through their first 3D TV (visit our other review site http://www.3dtvreviews.org.uk/ to know more about the 3D TVs and latest 3D TV Reviews, Prices). There is none like Samsung who have specialised in giving a complete home experience. Holding this trend Samsung has come up with yet another beauty. Any guesses?? Well, imagine a 3D TV with a digital cable coupled with a beautiful Blu-ray disc player? Does it sound perfect? Known for its clarity and large capacity the blue ray disc is one thing that drives film fanatics crazy. There have been blu-ray players in the market. What difference does this new players contain? Does this product stand by the expectations of the makers and millions? Read on further to know.
It is said that good things always comes in small packages. Samsung must have thought to give a shot on this, thereby making the BD-C6900 3D player refreshingly smaller. You can watch your favourite blu ray movie spinning through a window. With a pulsing blue light that pretty much spooks you out this design is really impressive. The fascia, as usual holds the concealed drive tray, simple LED display, and along with a USB socket. Mind a few touch sensitive buttons mounted on top which really simply makes the design rich. The only possible disadvantage one could have with the buttons is when you want to stack something on the top of the player.
Ports and Connectivity:
The rear of the BD-C6900 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player holds a variety of sockets. When it comes to Samsung, you could expect a few hidden surprises. Here, we have an Ethernet jack for taking the advantage of Samsung’s networking and Internet TV options, built in Wi-Fi and what not? Component and composite video output, 7.1 analogue audio out for connecting the machine to an AV receiver. The RCA style jacks for lossless audio. HDMI socket which is actually an HDMI 1.4 connector, that lets your TV switch on automatically to the 3D mode when you play a 3D movie.
Compared to the glossy remote designed last year Samsung has designed a rather wider flatter one. It comes with a simple, straight forward finish with buttons like directional pad and play back controls which are easy to manage with your thumb. This can also double to control a TV.
The user interface of Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu Ray Player is quite nice, with large icons for different media types and with a visually appealing background. There is a wide variety of services available and as a user you can easily jump into which ever service you would like. But custom change is one thing that is not possible here. This could disappoint you if you wish to change the order of, or a particular service if you wanted to. The online offerings by Samsung App platform lets you browse and download new applications like video, game, sport or lifestyle. Navigate through the digital media files easily through this menu. The response times to menus has sufficiently improved compared to the previous generation Blu ray players. When it comes to the choice of menu selections this Samsung player is much faster and more responsive.
Ready to use 3D:
We all must be familiar with the ready to eat noodles or the ready to serve side dishes; now, we have a ready to use 3D which begins right from the word go. From the moment you unpack it you have a 3D logo to remind you of this fact. The movie is played in no time once you insert your 3D discs in this. But, make sure that you have the right number of glasses because this player does not come with 3Dglasses. Glasses costs range from GBP 60 to GBP 100 so, rather expensive. They are very fragile and so, if there are young kids, its better to insure your glasses. Apart the expense and other concerns the glasses are comfortable and give you a very good movie experience.
Greek idea of accessing the internet portal using Samsung’s BD-C6900 Blu ray player came from which brain is an unknown fact but, what we know is that it sounds relatively cool and worth. With this portal, you can access, You Tube, BBC or plenty of such sites down load movies and updates. The few setbacks are that, the claims here mostly, are just theory and the movies you are likely to download need not necessarily be of high definition.
With portable hard discs and USBs flying around, there is no need to wonder why the makers have included the pins to support them. The BD-C6900 can support a wide variety of video formats. Play your favourite media file even using your memory sticks, seriously we have an advanced playback option here.
From the performance point of view, the Samsung BD-C6900 3D Player gives you a good overall performance. It is true that performance and Samsung are related as hand and glove. Both jell so well that no product delivered by the makers would under perform. Speed is the first aspect that pops up. Truly, this is one of the fastest players so far. It loads movies in matter of seconds. Boot up time is yet another remarkable achievement. Even without a quick start mode this player could load movies in about 15 seconds. The overall image quality is good. With 1080p single pixel test patterns, the player produces sharp renderings through its HDMI port. The internal processor does a good job of up converting HD video. Its zoom gives you a stunning 3D experience though it produces occasional jaggies while loading or playing movies.
The sole motto of Blu-ray players is to enhance the picture quality. The Samsung BD-C6900 is no different, giving you an awe-inspiring picture quality detailing movies like epic and animating them with beautiful colours that one could expect. The picture quality is so sharp that once you switch the mode to full screen the image you see could simply melt your face off, because you get a 2.35:1 zoom of the image. Equally important is the quality of the screen we use. With a very good screen and a player like this, look forward for a more stunning and joyful 3D experiences.
The player excels in DVD up conversion and playback. The common problem spotted with many players is with layer change. The transitions this player takes to change the layers are so smooth that you wouldn’t even feel the change.
The way Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray Disc player reads discs reminds us of the ‘Need For Speed’ game in which we buy cars, and win by finishing the laps as quickly as we can, to gain more money. Comparing with it, the drive works at BMW speeds and simply plays any movies in matters of seconds. No matter how intrinsic and complex the movies are written, the BD-C6900 plays it with ease. Additionally, it also moves through the menus and play lists very smoothly. Definitely this player is no slouch.
Sound is one aspect that lacks a little bit of weight, punch and the fervour. So, for an action packed film the soundtrack would just be normal. The other problem with the sound comes with the inability to pass the BDC6900s 3D signal. We would need to buy a 3D enabled receiver or an analogue multi output channel. An additional HDMI port for sound would have been better.
BD-C6900 lacks a quick start mode and therefore consumes little power in stand-by mode. With a low consumption design this beauty is sure to save you a few bucks.
The Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray player comes with a standard parts and labour warranty of 12 months.
Samsung has hit the market rightly this time with the right product. BD-C6900 is seriously a tough customer for other competitors to compete. It has an excellent 3D capability and internet functionality. Though it seems to be more expensive, it has features which make it worthwhile for purchase. It gives you an above par performance if you do not have a 3D TV and completes your 3D home experience if you have. With features of menu selections which combine graphics and text loaded separately and then merge into the viewable image; it gears up the disc menu and text selections to slide horizontally to and from the left in a slow and jerky fashion.
The pros in favour are the 3D Blu ray compatibility, Blu ray image quality; You tube access, Samsung Application platform, built in Wi-fi, 1 GB onboard storage and last but not the least7.1 analog outputs. Now, coming to the cons the first point is the premium high price which affects any decisions to buy it. The sound is relatively weak and not up to the mark. With only a few minor flaws to its name overall this has excellent Blu ray performance and with an overall 3D functionality, it is a definite yes if you want a complete 3D home experience.
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Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-Ray Player – Technical Specification Table
|Model Name||Samsung BD-C6900|
|Product Type||Blu-Ray 3D player|
|Form Factor||Table top|
|Dimensions H x W x D||43.3 cm x 20.5 cm x 4.3 cm|
|Media Type||3D Blu Ray|
|Video Decoding Format||MPEG2, H.264, VC-1, AVCHD, DivX HD, MKV,
MP4, WMV9 and HD JPEG
|Video Output Resolution||1920 x 1080 P, 1920 x 1080 I, 1280 x 720 P,
720 x 480 P (720x 576 P), 720x 480 I (720x 576 I)
|Video Scaling||DVD Upconversion|
|Audio Decoding Format||Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD,
DTS, DTS HD High Resolution Audio,
DTS-HD Master Audio, LPCM, MP3 and WMA
|Playback Media||3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Video, BD-R/RE, DVD-Video,
DVD/ DVD±R/ DVD±RW, Audio CD,
CD/ CD-R/ CD-RW and USB Storage
|Features||BD-JAVA, BD Local Storage, BD BONUSVIEW,
Full Screen, Internet@TV, and All Share
|Connectivity||1 x HDMI output ( 19 pin HDMI Type A )
1 x 7.1 channel audio line-in ( RCA phono x 8 )
1 x USB 2.0 ( 4 PIN USB Type A )
1 x composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3 )
1 x component video output ( RCA phono x 3 )
1 x network ( RJ-45 )
1 x digital audio output (optical) ( TOS Link )