Samsung BD-D6700 Reviews

15 Apr

The good: The Samsung BD-D6700 sports dual HDMI outputs, built-in Wi-Fi, and one of the most extensive suites of streaming video services in comparable Blu-ray players this year, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB.TV, Vudu and CinemaNow. Its 1GB of onboard memory is also more than you get in most of the competition.

The bad: It’s tough to justify the BD-D6700’s high price, especially with the Sony PS3 electronic gadgets being available for only slightly more. And while the dual HDMI outputs are nice, most buyers that need them will be just as satisfied with a player with a single HDMI output and using the optical output for audio.

The bottom line: The Samsung BD-D6700 is an excellent all-around Blu-ray player with dual HDMI outputs, but for most buyers its upgrades won’t justify its high price.

Blu-ray players have come way down in price in the last couple of years, so the main question most buyers will have about the Samsung BD-D6700 electronic gadgets are is: why should I spend $270 (current street price) on a Blu-ray player? Samsung’s answer is dual HDMI outputs, which are necessary only if you have a non-3D-compatible receiver and demand to hear the real Dolby Digital True HD or DTS Master soundtrack. Less demanding listeners can hook up the optical digital audio jack instead of the second HDMI output and get basically the same sound quality.

There’s plenty to like about the BD-D6700 overall, including built-in Wi-Fi, tons of streaming video services and smartphone control, but all of those features are available on the step-down BD-D6500 too, which is almost $100 cheaper. Buyers who don’t need dual HDMI will get more bang for their buck by spending a little more for the Sony PlayStation 3 Slim or by going with a cheaper alternative, whether that’s Samsung’s BD-D6500 or a competing Wi-Fi Blu-ray player.

The premium-priced BD-D6700 has several added features including built-in Wi-Fi, 3D Blu-ray support, and 2D-to-3D conversion. While Wi-Fi and 3D Blu-ray support are worthwhile in our book, we wouldn’t put much stock in the 2D-to-3D conversion feature, which is more of a gimmick.

Also note that the 1GB of onboard memory is a step up from Samsung’s cheaper BD-D6500 electronic gadgets, which doesn’t have any onboard memory. On the other hand, the onboard memory is only used for BD-Live features, which we never find ourselves using.

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