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Samsung BD-F5900 Blu-ray Player Review

by August 15, 2013
Samsung BD-F5900 Blu-ray Player

Samsung BD-F5900 Blu-ray Player

  • Product Name: BD-F5900
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: August 15, 2013 10:00
  • MSRP: $ 119
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Features

  • Anynet + (HDMI CEC) Yes
  • Apps Platform Smart Blu-ray™
    • -Full Web Browser
    • -Samsung Apps
    • -Smart Hub
  • 3D Yes
  • BD Wise™ BD Wise™ Web & BD Wise™
  • Design Slide out Disc Tray, Touch Key Control Buttons
  • AllShare™ AllShare™ Play & AllShare™ Cast
  • Media Hub Yes
  • Samsung Smart Blu-ray ™ Yes

Audio

  • Dolby Digital Yes
  • Dolby Digital Plus Yes
  • Dolby True HD Yes
  • DTS Decoder DTS HD High Resolution Audio Decoding
  • DTS-HD Decoder DTS HD Master Audio
  • DTS Output DTS HD Bitstream Output
  • DTS Audio Decoding Output Yes
  • Dolby Audio Decoding Output Yes
  • DTS Surround Yes

Video

  • HD Upconversion Yes
  • Picture Quality 1080p
  • Quick Start Mode Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi Ready Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Inputs and Outputs
  • HDMI Output 1
  • Optical Digital Audio Outputs 1
  • USB 2.0 1
  • Ethernet (RJ45/LAN) Yes

Compatibility

  • Playback Formats MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, DivX HD, AVCHD, MKV, WMV, MPO
  • Playback Media 3D Blu-ray, BD, DVD, DVD±R, DVD±RW, CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW

Dimensions

  • Product Size (W x H x D) 14.2" x 1.6" x 7.7"
  • Product Weight (lb.)
  • Shipping Weight 4.4 lb.
  • Product Weight 2.6 lb.

Pros

  • Excellent HQV test results
  • Tons of apps
  • Great aesthetics
  • Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Subpar Netflix performance
  • Some tracking issues
  • Non-backlit remote
  • Noisy

Samsung BD-F5900 Introduction

BD_f5900_tieMany readers of Audioholics and listeners of the AV Rant podcast will know that I've spent the last few years living abroad in Australia. This seriously limited my ability to receive and review products. While there were many complications, the biggest were that Australia has a different power grid (220w/50Hz) and shipping. Ah, the shipping. Considering the prices to ship things to Australia, I have to believe they send them all strapped to the backs of Humpback Whales.

I'm saying it was expensive.

So I was limited mostly to gadgets, headphones, and other small, light, and easy to ship items. Now that I'm back in the States, I've been rushing around trying to build (had to move a wall) and set up a home theater. As of last week, I've finally done it. The Samsung BD-F5900 Blu-ray player will be in inaugural review in my new home theater room.

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Recent Forum Posts:

tyhjaarpa posts on September 01, 2015 23:11
sm31, post: 1094797, member: 38630
Brought back from the dead… But I feel compelled to respond to the “imperfect” disc comment.

I have been tempted to frisbee this POS down the street so many times. If atoms on the disc surface aren't aligned perfectly (much less a slight fingerprint or hairline scratch) the thing jags & skips at least once on every disc played.

In fact, other than the whopping 15 seconds I save when loading discs, I hate just about every aspect of this player… with the weird surface pressure type buttons running a close second to the disc sensitivity.

I'm shopping for a replacement for this piece of crap as soon as I finish this post.
If it is still under warranty I would try contacting Samsung fisrt.. Shouldn't skip that easily.
sm31 posts on August 31, 2015 21:14
Brought back from the dead… But I feel compelled to respond to the “imperfect” disc comment.

I have been tempted to frisbee this POS down the street so many times. If atoms on the disc surface aren't aligned perfectly (much less a slight fingerprint or hairline scratch) the thing jags & skips at least once on every disc played.

In fact, other than the whopping 15 seconds I save when loading discs, I hate just about every aspect of this player… with the weird surface pressure type buttons running a close second to the disc sensitivity.

I'm shopping for a replacement for this piece of crap as soon as I finish this post.
fmw posts on August 16, 2013 09:21
Thanks for the review. I'm a BD-F5900 owner. Choosing it was a roundabout process. I needed a narrow profile BD player for my bedroom to fit in the furniture and I bought the BD-5100 to handle that. Interestingly, when I got smudged or scratched BD's from Netflix, My Panasonic 220 in the home theater would fall to its knees in a heap of misery. Strangely, I could take most of those discs and play them without an issue on the $69 5100 upstairs. I finally got tired of the Panasonic's fussiness about what it was served and bought the BD-F5900 to replace it, hoping it would save me having to watch so many BD's in the bedroom that I would rather watch downstairs. The 5900 has acquitted itself well.

I don't use the Samsung remote. My Harmony One is backlit. I like the large timer display because it is easy to read. I don't notice it because the unit is near the floor on the bottom shelf of the audio furniture. I have yet to use the manual control circle. It is boots twice as fast as the Panasonic and I appreciate that.

I have only two problems with it. The first is that it won't accept a wireless keyboard for use with the browser so I don't use the browser. The second is that I'm unable to download any of the apps in the Samsung app store. I'm not much of a streamer so that isn't huge for me. There is a real computer only two rooms away so I can live without the player's browser.

And best of all, it isn't brought to its knees by imperfect Netflix Blu-Ray discs. I certainly recommend it.
smurphy522 posts on August 16, 2013 07:46
Of note to Amazon Prime and Instant Video users this device is listed on Amazon's website as one of Samsung's two BD players that will stream/run this service. Link to all Amazon compatible devices here. It is odd that Samsung does not list a full complement of all the streaming services available on their players. LG and some other popular brands do not either.


I would suggest to future reviewers that when possible all streaming services be listed. Although in many of the Sony BD player's case that may be a page of details.
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