“Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”
Facebook Youtube Twitter instagram pinterest

Samsung BD-F5900 First Impressions and Build Quality

By

BD-F5900_groupThe Samsung BD-F5900 came well boxed in a very small package. As you might expect with a Blu-ray player, there really wasn't much to it. The player, a remote, and a manual. There was a paper reminding me to check for updates to the firmware. Like most users, I totally ignored this and never really had a problem with the player. I did update it eventually just to see if it would make any difference but, like most Blu-ray player updates, it seemed to be focused on making sure some newer (that I didn't own) discs would play back correctly. I updated it over the wireless connection and it stalled out a few times but eventually it took.

The Samsung BD-F5900 is a very good-looking player with a gloss black finish on all visible surfaces. Like many components with gloss finishes, the Samsung BD-F5900 came with a plastic sheet stuck to all of them to keep fingerprints off. The right front edge of the Samsung BD-F5900 is curved which highlights the round iPod-eque control panel on top. While the control looks like it should spin to fast forward or rewind, it doesn't. There are capacitive controls for play/pause, eject, stop, and power. Just below this, there is a large readout on the front which will let you know the status of your disc or the player.  In the Settings, under "General" it says there is a way of adjusting the output of this readout but there doesn't seem to be an actual control for it yet. I had the player set in my rack off to the side so it didn't bother me. Some consumers may find the brightness distracting; others might find the size of the display (large) to be refreshing and easy to read.

BD-F5900_front

 

The Samsung BD-F5900 is a light player but you'd expect that from a standalone Blu-ray box. The BD-F5900 is not designed with audiophiles in mind as you can tell from the back of the box. With an HDMI port, an optical output, and an Ethernet connection, this player is designed for those that have fully made the switch to HDMI. It is possible to send the audio out the optical port and the video (and audio) out the HDMI port, for those that have a high definition display but a legacy receiver.  However, keep in mind that the lossless audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD will only output via HDMI.

BD-F5900_back

One thing I was surprised not to find in the box was an antenna. For me, one of the big draws of the Samsung BD-F5900 was its built-in Wi-Fi. For many devices, an external antenna is a requirement. It was nice that Samsung had built the antenna into the BD-F5900. External antennas, in my experience, tend to be a weak point - i.e. they tend to get in the way and/or get snapped off. An internal antenna solves that particular problem. The front has a USB port under a small cover. Oddly, the warning about switching off that input (or powering down the BD-F5900) before disconnecting the USB source was located on the back.

BD_f5900_USB

 

Confused about what AV Gear to buy or how to set it up? Join our Exclusive Audioholics E-Book Membership Program!

Recent Forum Posts:

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.
Post Reply