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Samsung BD-F5900 Disc Playback

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The HQV tests for the Samsung BD-F5900 were fairly stellar so I wanted to first test it with a DVD to see how well it did upscaling the content. I popped in The Dark Knight as it is not only one of my favorite movies, but it also has a number of panning shots of buildings. With the PS3, I often found that the parallel lines would be an issue and something that would drive me crazy. As the camera pans, the lines on the buildings seem to vibrate or shimmer just a bit as the player tries to render the lines properly.

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These shots have tons of parallel lines - the Samsung did will rendering them.

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Samsung BD-F5900

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While it may be hard to tell in the above pictures, I felt that the Samsung BD-F5900 did a slightly better job with these lines than the PS3 with one caveat: The Samsung BD-F5900 often took a second or so to lock on. During that second the building would blur or shake fairly violently much like the vertical scrolling test on the HQV tests. I would bet that many people would just think it was a weird thing but it drove me crazy.

The fact is that the Samsung BD-F5900 is a Blu-ray player and will likely be used primarily for Blu-ray playback. In this, the Samsung BD-F5900 preformed just fine. When I started working on my home theater, I bought myself a new Blu-ray as my "break-in" disc. X-men: First Class restored my faith in X: Men movies after the travesty of The Last Stand.

As you can see, the Samsung BD-F5900 does a fantastic job with the video reproduction and everything looks pristine. The sound, while not something I can post in a review, was nothing short of amazing. I listened to selections from Porcupine Tree, Blue Man Group, Diana Krall, and more and they all sounded spectacular. Please ignore the MST3K comments.

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Kevin Bacon. He's almost up to five degrees.

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Angry magnet boy is angry.

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Never though they'd put Emma Frost in a movie for the costume alone.

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Totally doesn't look like a covert base at all. Probably a Wal-Mart or something.

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Introducing Havok, Cyclops' brother. Fun fact: their respective powers can't hurt each other.

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Not sure Shaw's power actually works like this in the comics. Also, he wears a puffy, pirate shirt.

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Kevin Bacon should use this as every avatar on every social media outlet.

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"I don't know, looks 'shopped to me."

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Because stealing the captain's hat is truly evil.

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She was putting herself through school to be a submarine pilot. Obviously.

 

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tyhjaarpa posts on September 02, 2015 00:11
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 22:14
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 10:21
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 08:46
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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