The Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player Reviewed

Samsung BD-J7500
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It is hard to believe that Blu-ray Disc players have been with us for about a decade already, and what started out as an expensive alternative to DVD, has not only become very affordable, but Blu-ray Disc players have become one of the most versatile components you can have in a home theater setup.

One example is the Samsung BD-J7500. This player not only features a thin space-saving stylish exterior, but provides 2D and 3D playback of Blu-ray Discs, DVD, and CD, as well 1080p and 4K upscaling when used with a 4K UltraHD TV.

The BD-J7500 is also able to stream audio/video content from the internet, as well as content stored on your home network. Keep on reading for all the details.

Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player Product Features

1. Disc Format Compatibility: 2D/3D Blu-ray Disc/BD-ROM/BD-R/BD-RE/DVD-Video/DVD+R/+RW/DVD-R/-RW (except DVD-RW VR mode)/CD/CD-R/CD-RW, MKV, AVCHD(v100), JPEG, and MPEG2/4.

2. Output Resolutions: Up to 1080p/60, 1080p/24 or 4K (via upscaling).

3. Upscaling: The BD-J7500 provides streaming and DVD video upscaling to 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and  DVD (under certain conditions discussed later in this review) and Blu-ray upscaling to 4K (compatible TV or video projector required).

4. Video and Audio Outputs: Two HDMI (one audio/video, and the other audio only). DVI-HDCP video output compatibility via the HDMI One output with adapter (3D not accessible using DVI).

NOTE: No component, S-video, or composite video outputs are provided.

5. Audio Outputs: Besides audio output via HDMI, additional audio output options included: Digital Optical and a set of 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio outputs.

6. Audio Formats: Bitstream output for Dolby Digital/TrueHD and DTS Digital/HD Master Audio codecs. Two and Multichannel PCM output for applicable content.

7. Network Connectivity: Ethernet, WiFi, as well as both Miracast and Wifi Direct.

8. USB: One USB port for access to digital photo, video, music content via flash drives or other compatible USB storage devices.

9. Profile 2.0 (BD-Live): Allows access to additional supplementary online content associated with specific Blu-ray Disc titles.

10. Control: A Wireless Infrared Remote Control and full-color high definition onscreen GUI (Graphical User Interface) is provided for easy setup and function access.

11. Dimensions (WHD): 14.17 x 1.57 x 7.72-inches

12. Weight: 3.75 lbs.

Additional Capabilities and Notations

The BD-J7500 employs a menu that provides direct access to online audio and video content sources, including Amazon Video, Netflix, VUDU, Pandora, and more...

DLNA/Samsung Link - Provides the ability to access digital media files from a compatible network-connected device, such as PCs and media servers.

Samsung Multi-Room Audio Streaming (also referred to as SHAPE) - You can play a disc or other content file on the BD-J7500 and wirelessly stream it to other Samsung multi-room link compatible playback devices (such as wireless speakers) you can place elsewhere in your home.

NOTE: the BD-J7500 is also Cinavia-enabled, making it compliant with current copy-protection regulations.

Video Performance

Blu-ray Disc players have definitely matured over the years and it is rare these days to find a player that doesn't provide good video performance, especially for Blu-ray discs, and the Samsung BD-J7500 is right up there with the best of them - However, there a couple of clarifications to note.

The Samsung BD-J7500 can be manually set to output 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or AUTO, for Streaming, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc playback depending on the native display resolution of your TV.

However, if you have a 4K Ultra HD TV, there is a limitation on the BD-J7500 with regards to 4K upscaling.

In order for the BD-J7500 to upscale to 4K, it has to be from a source that is 1080p/24 encoded. This means that not all content can be upscaled to 4K. However, since most Blu-ray Discs are encoded with a 1080p/24 signal on the disc, that means that if the BD-J7500 resolution output is set to AUTO, and it is connected to a 4K Ultra HD TV, then the player will provide the desired 4K upscaling signal to the TV.

However, there is another important qualifier, even though 3D Blu-ray discs are also encoded at 1080p/24, the 3D-encoding prevents the player from upscaling that content to 4K - it is output from the player in 1080p.

For all other source signals (DVD, internet streaming, or USB), the upscaled video output is limited to 1080p - with another qualifier. If you go into the J7500's picture settings menu and select DVD 24Fs Conversion - then the player will upscale DVD content to 4K output. However, using this setting may reveal some slight motion lag on fast action scenes.

With those limitations and qualifiers in mind, the Samsung BD-J7500 does do an excellent job of playing both 2D and 3D Blu-ray Discs, and its 4K upscaling capability, when it is applied (4K Ultra HD TV required, such as the Samsung UN55JS8500, I also had on review loan) for Blu-ray playback provides, an extra detail boost that is noticeable.

On the other hand, the 1080p upscaled signal for DVD and other less-than 1080p/24 sources, output was very good - with minimal upscaling artifacts when shown on a 1080p TV.

However, when combined with when combined with a 4K Ultra HD TV, there was some pastiness and slight edge roughness.

Video performance on streaming content looked good with services such as Netflix delivering a DVD quality image (the BD-J7500 does upscale streaming content). However, it is important to note that consumers may see different quality results in this area as factors such as video compression used by content providers, as well as internet speed, which is independent of the video processing capabilities of the player, does affect the quality of what you finally see on your TV screen. For more on this: Internet Speed Requirements for Video Streaming.

The only video performance downside is that it appears that Samsung incorporates a permanent video noise reduction setting that is higher than necessary that can make some images (including Blu-ray) look slightly "pasty" and sometimes have a minor ring or halo along some edges.

Audio Performance

On the audio side, the BD-J7500 offers extensive onboard audio decoding (which can be output via HDMI or the 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio outputs) for most Dolby and DTS surround sound formats, as well as undecoded bitstream output that as allows the decoding process to be done by compatible home theater receivers.

Also, unlike most new Blu-ray Disc players these days, the BD-J7500 provides both digital, and analog audio output capability, which provides added connection flexibility between the player and a home theater receiver.

Whether using the bitstream output via HDMI or Digital optical or using the two or multi-channel analog audio output options, the sound quality was excellent, taking into account the capabilities of each connection option.

For dedicated music listening, the analog audio outputs provide a more traditional, uncompressed, audio listening option.

Internet Streaming

Internet streaming is a feature that is so common now on Blu-ray Disc players, it is hard to find one without it. For accessing internet streaming content, the BD-J7500 provides the option to connect using either Ethernet or Wifi - both of which I found worked well in my setup. However, if you find that you have trouble streaming using Wifi, the Ethernet connection option is a more stable option, even though you may have to put up with a long cable run.

Using the onscreen menu, users can access streaming content from sites such as Netflix, VUDU, CinemaNow, YouTube, Crackle, Twit, and a lot more...

Also, the Samsung Apps section provides some additional content offerings - which may be expanded via periodic applicable firmware updates. However, just with all internet streaming devices, keep in mind that while most of the available services can be added to your list free of charge, the actual content provided by some services may require an actual paid subscription.

Video quality always varies on internet streaming content as it is dependent not only on the quality of source material but the speed of your internet connection. However, the video processing capability of the BD-J7500 does do a good job of making streaming content look as good as possible, cleaning up artifacts, such as jagged or coarse edges.

In addition to content services, the BD-J7500 also provides access to social media services, such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as providing a full Web Browser.

The Web Browser can work with the provided remote or a standard windows USB plug-in keyboard. Using a plug-in keyboard make web browsing easier as you can type just as would on your PC or laptop. When using the remote control web-browsing you have to use the onscreen virtual keyboard that only allows one character to be entered in at a time.

Media Player Functions

An added convenience incorporated into the BD-J7500 is the ability to play audio, video, and image files stored on USB flash drives or content stored on a DLNA compatible home network via ethernet or wi-fi (such as PCs and media servers). However, for full functionality, you may have to install Samsung Link software on your PC (also referred to as Samsung AllShare).

I found using the media player functions was very straightforward. The onscreen control menus load fast and scrolling through the menus and accessing content was fairly intuitive.

However, keep in mind that not all digital media file types are playback compatible - a complete list is provided in the user guide, which is available for free download

Wireless Portable Device Integration

Another great aspect of the BD-J7500 is the ability to access content on portable devices via a connected home network or Wi-Fi Direct. Ideally, the devices should be Samsung AllShare (Samsung Link) compatible, such as the Samsung line of Galaxy Phones, Tablets, and digital cameras.

I was able to stream audio, video, and still images from an HTC One M8 Smartphone easily to the BD-J7500  via my home wifi network for viewing on TV (including the selected phone app playback menu) and listening on my home theater audio system.

CD-to-USB Ripping

One additional feature that is provided is CD-to-USB Ripping. This enables you able to rip the contents of a CD containing music, photos, and/or non-copy protected videos, to a compatible USB storage device. For more details on this feature, and how it works, refer to my photo illustration.

What I liked about the BD-J7500:

1. Excellent Blu-ray Disc and DVD playback.

2. Excellent 1080p upscaling - 4K Upscaling very good when applicable.

3. Inclusion of both multi-channel analog and digital audio outputs.

4. Abundant selection of Internet streaming content.

5. Fast Blu-ray, DVD, and CD disc loading.

6. On-screen menu system (Smart Hub) has a good visual look and is easy to navigate.

7. Ability to connect standard Windows keyboard to USB port for easier web browsing.

8. The buttons on the remote glow in the dark.

What I didn't like about the BD-J7500:

1. 4K Upscaling is not available for all content sources.

2. Non-defeatable video noise reduction.

3. Lightweight, flimsy-looking, build quality.

4. Only one USB input (would be nice not to have to uplug an external keyboard if you want to play files from a USB drive).

The Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc player provides lots of content access options for home theater entertainment. In addition to playing Blu-ray/DVDs, and CDs, the BD-J7500 integrates well with the internet, your PC, USB flash drives, and, in most cases, your smartphone or tablet. If you have an HD or 4K Ultra HD TVs (or video projector), and Home Theater Receiver/Speaker/Subwoofer setup, the BD-J7500 is the only added component you might need to fill out home theater experieince.

As a final word on video performance, the BD-J7500 does an excellent job for 2D/3D Bu-ray Disc player, and provides very good upscaling for 1080p TVs - You just have to remember the limitations with it 4K upscaling feature, but if you have a 4k Ultra HD TV with good onboard 4K upscaling, the TV would be able to take any incoming 1080p signals coming from the player, and upscale the rest of the way to 4K.

NOTE: I was not able to test the Samsung Multiroom Link feature (also referred to as SHAPE) as I was not provided compatible wireless speaker products that can take advantage of that feature - so, I will have to reserve any judgment on that capability of the BD-J7500 for now.

For additional perspective on the Samsung BD-J7500, also check out my Product Photos.

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Additional Components Used In This Review

Blu-ray Disc Player (used for comparison): OPPO BDP-103.

TVs: Samsung UN55JS8500 4K Ultra HD TV (On Review Loan), Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 1080p TV/Monitor

Home Theater Receiver: Onkyo TX-SR705

Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System (7.1 channels): 2 Klipsch F-2's, 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center, 2 Fluance XLBP Bipole Surround Speakers, Klipsch Synergy Sub10.

Blu-ray Discs (3D): Drive Angry, Godzilla (2014), Gravity, Hugo, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Jupiter Ascending, The Adventures of TintinTerminator Genysis, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Blu-ray Discs (2D): Age of Adaline, American Sniper, Ben Hur, Max Max: Fury Road, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Pacific Rim, and San Andreas

Standard DVDs: The Cave, John Wick, House of the Flying Daggers, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander, Outlander, U571, and V For Vendetta.

CDs: Al Stewart - Sparks of Ancient Light, Beatles - LOVE, Blue Man Group - The Complex, Joshua Bell - Bernstein - West Side Story Suite, Eric Kunzel - 1812 Overture, HEART - Dreamboat Annie, Nora Jones - Come Away With Me, Sade - Soldier of Love.

Original Publish Date: 02/05/2016

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