October 15, 2010
| by Rachel Cericola
Creating the 3D experience at home isn’t easy, but the end result is certainly comfortable. While we wait for additional 3D content to come through our cable and satellite providers, we do have a few (yes, just a few) options on Blu-ray 3D disc. Of course, to watch those movies, you will need a player like Samsung’s BD-C6900.
The BD-C6900 differs than your standard Blu-ray player because it can actually play Blu-ray 3D discs; standard Blu-ray players cannot. Of course, you will also need a 3D TV, and if you want to take full advantage of all of the audio and video aspects, a 3D-ready receiver. While you build your 3D arsenal, the C6900 actually does a lot of other stuff as well.
First of all, it does BD Live—right out of the box. Many of today’s Blu-ray players still don’t come packing the storage required, and users often need to add in some type of external device. However, the C6900 features 1GB of internal storage.
Also, the player offers the option of additional content. In other words, while you wait for more Blu-ray 3D discs to drop, the player’s access to Samsung apps should keep you plenty entertained. This feature streams movies, TV shows, games, news, and other content straight to your TV, through the C6900. (Subscription fees do apply on some of the services.)
What the Manufacturer Says
The Samsung BD-C6900 Blu-ray 3D Disc Player allows you to see vivid dimensions in picture depth and action that both leaps off the screen, and draws you deep into the experience. Enjoy the superior picture quality and brilliant color of Full HD 1080p in a way you’ve never seen it before. 1080p Up-conversion optimizes resolution, for better viewing. Samsung Apps like Blockbuster, YouTube, Netflix, Twitter and Facebook, built for your Blu-ray, let you stream video, play games, view pictures and more. Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly access pictures and music from your PC and stream content, including apps, straight to your Samsung Blu-ray Player. BDLive connects to exciting online content, providing countless hours of additional digital entertainment. The BD-C6900 has a sleek, black design that adds a beautiful, modern look to your décor.
Visit Samsung.com to Learn More About the Samsung BD-C6900 Blu-ray 3D Player
Reviews and Ratings from Around the Web
The C6900 combines 2D, 3D and web content into one super-slick package.
Ready for BD Live. Includes 1GB of internal storage
Wi-Fi Support. Built-in wireless connectivity
Added Content. Samsung web apps stream movies, TV, and more
Image Issues. Reviews say the picture could be better
3D Add-ons.You’ll need to buy a 3D TV and glasses
Big Picture Big Sound
Rating: 3 out of 4 stars
“Samsung has made good on their promise to deliver a true Hollywood 3D experience in the home theater, bringing with this breakthrough a host of refinements to an all-around respectable player. Those eager to be the first on their block with Blu-ray 3D can buy with confidence, if a few caveats too. And the 3D TV/Blu-ray bundle bonus offers that Samsung is currently offering to consumers make early adoption hard to resist.”
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“Despite the unit’s lack of girth, image quality is very good. There’s some serious silicon beneath the hood of this player and regular Blu-rays look blisteringly sharp. Fine detail is excellent and colour reproduction is without compromise.”
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“Pop one of the few 3D discs available into the drive, and the C6900 demonstrates a pleasingly fast load-time. Unfortunately, while there are impressive degrees of depth to its reproduction of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, it looks a little too much like a series of flat, overlaid images, rather than a rounded, solid whole. It’s certainly not the only player to lack a bit of believability, though, and the vivid but balanced colours prove to be a bonus once more.
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What Electronic House Says
Being a first-gen product is tough, so we’d expect Samsung’s BD-C6900 to have its issues. That said, the C6900 rates very well, even though the reviews are a bit of a mixed bag as far as image is concerned. Some also admit that the issues could have been a TV problem and not the player. While they try to figure it out, the C6900 does offer nice 2D playback and a boatload of other content, making it a decent option for your existing setup as well. If you’ve managed to hold out this long, you’re in luck; currently, the player can be found for about $100 less than its $349.99 MSRP.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.