BD-D5700

17 December 2011

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[font family="Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif" size="24" color="DE0202" textshadow="0" alignment="center" weight="bold" style="normal" lineheight="110"]Not The Cheapest Player, But One Of The Best[/font]

 

Samsung BD-D5700 Blu-ray Disc Player ReviewBefore I start with my Samsung BD-5700 review let’s put the conclusion at the beginning: I DO recommend Samsung BD-5700. But now let’s start: While Blu-ray players have been on a constant momentum swing from the time this technology was showcased to the world, the players have notoriously been products that stretch beyond the pocket books of some, and considered more of a luxury than a sophisticated media accessory. Now we’re starting to see affordable, user-friendly, functional Blu-ray players that don’t try and compensate for a lower price by skimping on the performance or the features.
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Meet the Samsung BD-5700, which is one such Blu-ray player that falls into that category. At about two-hundred bucks, it’s not the cheapest player, but it’s certainly not anywhere near the most expensive, yet it lingers more than just in-between status quo when it comes to features and functionality.

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Design and Build

samsung bd 5700Encased in a glossy, black rectangular chassis, the BD-5700’s dimensions are 1.5×16.9×8.3” with a weight of a little under four pounds; a player that can conveniently fit almost anywhere and in any tight space. The LED illuminated touch control display and the spiffy flip-down door for the disc tray adds a certain technological pizazz to the player’s interface. A USB port is located on the right edge of the panel in front, encased in a small rubber door, but if you want to access BD-Live features on your discs, you’ll need to leave the door open to allow free access to a USB flash drive.
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In the rear, there’s an Ethernet port, an optical-out, an HDMI-out and a composite video output port. The remote control is about as standard Samsung as they get with a bit of Blu-ray fare– long and rectangular. The buttons are glow-in-the-dark large playback controls, while the rest of the remote is not lit.

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Features

This is really where the Samsung BD-D5700 shines because for just two-hundred bucks, it’s packed with a bunch of cool and neat features. You have the option of running a Cat-5 cable to the Ethernet port or utilizing its integrated Wi-Fi to access online content via the Smart Hub menu. The Smart Hub features have on-board downloadable apps from Samsung’s online app store, which include Youtube, Netflix, Hulu Plus and Vudu. --> Find out what other customers are saying  – CLICK HERE

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The built-in service apps include some pretty quirky and fun features, such as Mood Lights, which can emulate various relaxing effects of fireplaces, candles and other “moody” light simulations. Though the player only has 150mb capacity storage, most of the Web-content apps are around 2mb or less. The lack of 3-D is the only real drawback. This player will certainly play 3-D movies, but at 2-D, yet if you’re not really into 3-D, there’s no reason to settle for a more expensive device.

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Performance

The Samsung BD-D5700 comes very close to outshining the Toshiba BDX5200 when it comes to speed in BD-Live loading and actually loads non-BD-Live content as fast as the LG-BD670, which is one of the fastest players out there. It starts-up in about six seconds, and loads Blu-ray discs at an average rate of about twelve seconds. Though certainly not as good as Blu-ray discs, DVD standard-definition content is up-scaled when played on this player, so that the content is displayed at almost HD quality. This is a major plus if you have an extensive DVD library already; the BD-D5700 will take good advantage of it.
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At two-hundred dollars or less, this Samsung player is by far the best one on the market in comparison to its features and fast load times. Built-in WiFi is an added plus, in addition to its selection of online and non-Web app features and superb video processing. This is going to be the one Blu-ray player to beat.
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• AVCHD
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You can now hook up your portable HDDs via NTFS capability, but because the player no longer supports DiVX, this might mean that most of the movies you have in this format won’t be recognized. Various cool new features not available from Sony’s predecessor the S370 include DTS-HD High Resolution Audio and Dolby Digital Plus, in addition to power-saving eco-mode and parental control. The remote to the S380 is much more compact than the one provided with the S370, which makes it somewhat cuter and ergonomic.

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