A part of Samsung’s 2011 Blu-ray player line-up, the BD-D6700 is pack full of great features, with an innovative and unique design. This 3D player has built-in Wi-Fi, an exhaustive list of Online Streaming Media Services and dual HDMI Outputs. One major drawback of the BD-D6700 is its high price of almost $300.00 (Online retailers are selling it for about $270.00). Most Blu-ray players have decreased significantly in price over the last few years. So the question needs to be asked if the BD-D6700 is worth the cost.
The main reason for the high price tag is largely because of the dual HDMI Outputs. Very rare in most players, dual HDMI outputs are for those users who want to hear the latest high-resolution audio from a Dolby Digital True HD or DTS Master soundtrack but do not have 3D-compatible A/V receiver. Dual HDMI outputs allows you to have one HDMI cable connected to your 3D HDTV (Video Connection) and the other connected to your A/V receiver(Audio Connection).
But this is not the only feature to like. There are many other great things to rave about with the BD-D6700. This includes its unique design. Samsung has always tried to provide players with aesthetics that are attractive and appealing to the eye. The silver color chassis of the BD-D6700 will definitely accomplish this and stand out from all those glossy black boxy players. The disc loading tray is gone; in its place is a slot-loading system. The disc simply slides into the player, much like a car CD player. Right beneath this is a LCD display screen with basic touch sensitive control buttons. Providing the BD-D6700 with a clutter-free exterior.
The remote control has a nice lay-out, with a dedicated Netflix button which will allow you to access the popular online service quickly and easily. The BD-D6700 can also be controlled by your smartphone. There are applications for iOS and Andriod to perform basic control functions. The best part of which will allow you to entry text commands. Great for searching or registering for online streaming services. The user interface for the BD-D6700, although modern looking and colorful, could be made a little simpler to use.
VIDEO QUALITY: The BD-D6700 provides excellent Full HD 1080p/24 video resolution. And it can up-scale SD content to near HD levels. Great for those users who have large DVD collections. Image quality when playing 3D Blu-rays, standard Blu-rays, DVDs or streaming online video should be satisfactory to most consumers. Connections for the BD-D6700 include the two HDMI Outputs, a Component Video Output (restricted to 480i resolution due to AACS rules) and Composite Video Output.
AUDIO QUALITY: The BD-D6700 provides decoding for the latest High-Resolution audio formats – Dolby TrueHD – DTS-HD MA – or you can transmit these audio formats in their native bit-stream form to be decoded by your A/V receiver. As stated before, one of the highlights of the BD-D6700 is its dual HDMI outputs. Allowing users with a non-3D-compatible A/V receiver to enjoy the 7.1-channel surround sound. A nice feature that will save you money by not having to upgrade your A.V receiver. But for those with less concerning ears, you can use the optical digital audio output that comes with most 3D players. You basically get the same sound quality. For these users, a player with dual HDMI outputs would not be worth the extra cost.
The BD-D6700 does not only play 3D Blu-rays but it will allow you to convert SD images to 3D. This means your standard Blu-rays, DVDs and even streaming content can be transformed into 3D images. While this is more or less a gimmick (and can be found on most 3D HDTVs), it is still a nice little feature will allow you to relive movies from a whole new perspective. Other new innovative features include the One Foot Connection. With a Samsung wireless router, you can connect the BD-D6700 by placing it within one foot of the router during the setup, without a password. Once connected you can move the player anywhere within your house. This provides an easy and quick way to connect to the internet.
There is also an Ethernet Port to establish an internet connection. But once connected you have access to Samsung Smart TV and the Smart Hub interface. Here is where you will find all of the BD-D6700’s streaming media services. This includes Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Vudu, and Blockbuster. Also social networking sites as Facebook and Twitter. There is an application store, you can customize a home page, due searches and it even recommends movies to you based on past viewing habits.
With an internet connection you can also use any BD-Live features found on certain Blu-ray discs. The BD-D6700 has 1 GB of internal memory for storing any BD-Live data. Other features include USB playback and DLNA support. DLNA allows you to streaming content from other DLNA devices, such as your computer, to be displayed on your TV screen. The BD-D6700 can support the following files – AVI, MKV, WMV, MP4, MPG video, DivX HD, MP3, WMA and JPEG.
THE PROS: The BD-D6700 3D Blu-ray player from Samsung is equipped with two HDMI Outputs, built-in Wi-Fi, 1GB of internal memory, tons of Online Streaming Media Services (Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB.TV, Vudu, CinemaNow, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter and more) and DLNA capability. It provides excellent images (Full HD 1080p/24 video output) and sound (Dolby TrueHD – DTS-HD MA) quality on both standard Blu-rays and 3D Blu-rays. It can up-scale DVDs to 1080p.
THE CONS: The BD-D6700 high price tag may not appeal to many consumers. You may want to consider the cheaper Samsung’s BD-D6500, which is a very similar player, only lacking the dual HDMI Outputs. Speed times for the BD-D6700 is slightly below the average of most 2011 mid-level players.
THE FINAL WORD: The Samsung BD-D6700 is an excellent Blu-ray player. Offering many great features including 3D, stunning images and sounds, Dual HDMI Outputs, internal storage memory, DLNA support and much more. It’s innovative Smart TV and Smart Hub offer one of the most comprehensive array of online streaming and social networking services – lacking only Amazon Instant Streaming – Which has the largest collection of Television shows. If you are not put off by the high price, the BD-D6700 is a good choice and would make a nice addition to anyone’s Home Entertainment Theater. – Price you should look for when purchasing – Under $270.00