Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo Profile

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Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player Product Photos

Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Front View with Included Accessories
Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Front View Photo with Included Accessories. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player is a compact and stylish unit that provides 2D and 3D playback of Blu-ray Discs, DVD, and CDs, as well as both 1080p and 4K upscaling. The BD-H6500 is also able to stream audio/video content from the internet, such as CinemaNow, ​Netflix, ​Pandora, Vudu, and more - as well as network-connected PCs. For a ​closer look at the BD-H6500, check out this photo profile.

To start off is a look at the player with its included accessories. Along the back is the User Manual,  and just to the right, a Netflix promotional brochure.

Resting between the User Manual and Netflix brochure is the provided remote control and batteries.

Moving forward, on the left, is a firmware update guide, and, in the center, is an illustrated Quick Setup Guide.

For a closer look at the front and rear panels of the BD-H6500, proceed to the next photo.

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Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Front and Rear Views

Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Front and Rear Views
Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Front and Rear View Photo. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is both a front (top photo) and rear (bottom photo) view of the Samsung BD-H6500  (click on the image for a larger view).

As you can see, the front is very sparse. This means that most of the functions of this Blu-ray player can only be accessed via the provided wireless remote control - Don't Lose it!

The front of the BD-H6500 consists of a Blu-ray/DVD/CD disc loading slot on the left side, and on the right side (on the top of unit) are the onboard controls (disc eject, stop, play/pause, power).  Facing front is the USB port (shown uncovered).

As you can see, just like the front of the player, the rear of the player is also very sparse.

Starting on the left is the attached power cord.

Moving right is the HDMI output, followed by a Digital Optical Audio output. It is preferable to use the HDMI output for both audio and video, however, there are instances when using the digital optical output may be necessary, such as when your home theater receiver not 3D or 4K compatible if you are using a TV with either, or both, of those options.

Also, next to the Digital Optical output is a LAN/Ethernet port. The ethernet port allows connection to a high-speed internet router for access Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) content associated with some Blu-ray Discs, as well as access to internet streaming connect (such as Netflix, etc...), and also allows direct download of firmware updates. However, the BD-H6500 also features built-in WiFi network/internet connectivity as well, giving you the choice as to which internet/network connection option you want to use. If you find the WiFi option to unstable, the LAN/Ethernet port is a logical alternative.

Also, if your TV has a DVI-HDCP input instead of HDMI, you can use an HDMI to DVI Adapter cable to connect the BD-H6500 to the DVI-equipped HDTV, however, DVI only passes 2D video, and a second connection for audio is needed.

It is important to note if you have a TV or video projector (whether SD or HD) that does not have HDMI inputs, you cannot use this player as the BD-H6500 DOES NOT HAVE Component Video (red, green, blue) or composite video outputs.

Proceed to the next photo.

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Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Remote Control

Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Remote Control
Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Remote Control Photo. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is a close-up view of the wireless remote control for the Samsung BD-H6500.

Starting on the top left is the Power On/Standby Button and Disc Eject button and on the right is the source select, volume controls, and power standby button for a compatible TV (such as a Samsung TV).

Proceeding to move down is the direct access keypad that can be used to enter channel and track info.

Moving down, the next group of buttons ("blue-colored") are the playback transport controls (Search Backward, Play, Search Forwards, Skip Backwards, Pause, Skip Forwards, and Stop). The buttons can control disc, digital media, and internet streaming playback.

Next is ​the row of buttons that provide access to the Samsung Smart Hub, Home Menu, and Disc Track/Scene repeat functions.

Continuing to move down are buttons that access Tools (used for copying or sending files from the BD-H6500 to other compatible devices on your home network), Info (displays playback information, such as running time, audio format, resolution of source material), and menu navigation functions.

Below the menu navigation buttons are the Red/Green/Blue/Yellow buttons. These buttons are specialized for specific features on some blu-ray discs or other functions assigned by the player.

The last row of buttons provides access to Search, Audio format, Subtitle, and Light (turns on the remote control backlight function).

It is also important to note that since very few functions can be accessed on the Blu-ray Disc player itself, don't lose the remote.

For a look at some of the onscreen menu functions of the Samsung BD-H6500, proceed to the next series of photos.

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Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Home Menu

Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Home Menu
Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Home Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo example of the onscreen menu system. The photo shows the Home Screen for the Samsung BD-H6500 (click on image for larger view).

The menu is divided into nine sections.

Starting on the left side is the Play Disc function. This allows you to access music, photos, and/or video on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Discs.

Moving to the center of the page is the Movies and TV function. This provides access to listings of movies and TV shows available for streaming. When you click on this section, you will be taken to a listing of movies and TV shows, then when you click on the Movie or TV show you wish to stream, it will display which services provide access, such Vudu, CinemaNow, etc... Click on the service and you will be provided the information needed to view the desired content.

Moving to the right of the Movies and TV section is the Multimedia function. This provides access to content from USB (flash drives, camcorders, cameras, smartphones, tablets) and network connected devices.

On on the right side of the screen are the Sign-in and Search features, as well as the Apps menu.

Returning to the left side of the screen, on the bottom row is the My Apps display.

Continuing to the right on the bottom row is the Screen Mirroring feature, and finally on the far bottom right of the screen is an access icon for the BD-H6500's general settings menu.

For a closer look at some of the sub-menus, proceed through the rest of this presentation...

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Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Picture Settings Menu

Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Picture Settings Menu
Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Picture Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown above is a look at the Picture Settings Menu.

UHD Output: Sets the 4K2K resolution function ( 4K Ultra HD TV required to use 4K2K setting).

3D Settings: AUTO setting allows automatic display of 3D content in 3D mode. OFF setting will send 2D signal only to TV, even when playing a 3D source. If you do not have a 3D TV or video projector, the OFF setting would be most appropriate to use.

TV Aspect Ratio: Sets the video output Aspect Ratio. The options are:

16:9 Normal - On 16:9 TVs, the 16:9 Wide setting will display both widescreen and 4:3 images properly. The 4:3 images will have black bars on the left and right side of the image.

16:9 Wide - On a 16:9 TV, the 16:9 Wide setting will display widescreen images properly, but stretch out 4:3 image content horizontally to fill the screen.

4:3 Letterbox: - If you have a 4x3 Aspect Ratio TV, select 4:3 Letterbox. This setting will display 4:3 content in full screen and widescreen content with black bars on the top and bottom of the image.

4:3 Pan & Scan - Do not use the 4:3 Pan&Scan setting unless you are viewing only 4:3 content exclusively, as widescreen content will be stretched vertically to fill the screen.

BD Wise: Allows the output resolution of the BD-H6500 to be set automatically, based on the resolution of the disc content.

Resolution: Sets the video output resolution. The options are: 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i, 1080p.

Movie Frame: Outputs all source content in 24 frame-per-second progressive frames. Good with film sources originally shot at 24fps, but also makes video look more film-like. It's important to note that some older HDTVs are not 1080/24p compatible.

DVD 24Fs: Allows DVD content to be output at 24 progressive frames-per-second. Just as with Blu-ray - this works well with film sources originally shot at 24fps, but also makes video look more film-like.

Proceed to the next photo.

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Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Sound Settings Menu

Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Sound Settings Menu
Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Sound Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Sound Settings menu for the BD-H6500.

Digital Output: Sets how the BD-H6500 outputs digital audio signals.

PCM Downsampling: This function sets the sampling frequency output to 48kHz. Use only if your home theater receiver is not compatible with 96kHz sampling rate signals.

Dynamic Range Control (aka Dynamic Range Compression): The control evens out audio output levels from Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby TrueHD tracks so that loud parts are softer and soft parts are louder. If you are bothered by extreme volume changes (such as explosions and crashes) this setting evens out the sound to you don't get as much sonic impact from the differences between soft and loud sounds.

Downmixing Mode: This option can be used if you need to mix the audio output into fewer channels, which is useful if you are using the two-channel analog audio output option. There are two settings: Normal Stereo mixes down all surround sound signals into a two-channel stereo, while Surround Compatible mixes surround sound signals down to two channels, but retains embedded surround sound cues so that home theater receivers using Dolby Prologic, Prologic II, or Prologic IIx can extract a surround sound image from the two channel information.

DTS Neo:6: This option extracts a surround sound signal from any two-channel audio source (such as a standard CD).

Audio Sync: If you find that your audio and video signals are out of sync, this setting will allow you to set the audio delay so that the audio and video match up.

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Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Network Settings Menu

Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Network Settings Menu
Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Network Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Network Settings of the Samsung BD-H6500.

Network Status: Displays the operational status information of your network with regards to the connection of the BD-H6500.

Network Settings: This takes you through the steps needed to integrate the BD-H6500 to your home network,

IP Setting: Allows Auto or Manual entry of your IP information.

WiFi Direct: Allows direct wireless connectivity between the BD-H6500 and WiFi Direct or compatible smartphones and tablets.

WiFi Direct Setting: Scans for active compatible WiFi Direct devices.

Multimedia Device Settings: This allows users to designate which network connected devices are allowed to share (or stream) content to the BD-H6500.

Device Name: Allows you to assign a name a different name to the BD-H6500 (for example, Living Room Blu-ray Player) if you so desire. The assigned name will be the name it is identified with by other devices on your home network (such as your PC). If you do not choose a name, the player's default name, [BD]H6500, will be automatically assigned.

BD-Live Settings: Allows automatic or manual access to internet-based content provided on some Blu-ray Discs. This feature can be disabled if desired.

Proceed to the next photo.

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Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - CD-to-USB Ripping Menu

Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of CD-to-USB Ripping Menu
Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The CD-to-USB Ripping Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

There is one more photo I wanted to present before closing out this visual look at the Samsung BD-H6500 - the CD-to-USB ripping menu.

Along with all of the other features provided on the BD-H6500, is the ability to rip CDs to a USB compatible USB storage device. Although the BD-H6500 is not the only DVD or Blu-ray Disc player that offers this capability, but it is really mentioned in product promotion. I think it is nice added bonus a DVD or Blu-ray Player's feature set.

The photo above show the menu and illustrates CD ripping process provided on the BD-H6500.

The process is pretty simple:

Plug in your USB storage device.

Place the CD you want to rip in the disc tray.

When the Disc Play Menu displays - click on the settings ICON, click on Rip, select the tracks/photos/videos (or the entire CD using the Select All option) you want to rip, then press the enter button on the remote. The ripping process starts, providing a visual display of the copying progress, one track at a time. The entire ripping/copying process for an average CD takes less than 10 minutes.

Final Take

This completes my photo look at the Samsung BD-H6500. As you can see, this Blu-ray Disc player does a lot more that just spin discs.

For additional information and perspective, also check out my Review and Video Performance Text Results.

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