Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player Review Part 2 - Photos

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Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Front View w/Included Accessories

Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Front View with Remote and Quick Start Guide
Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Front View with Remote and Quick Start Guide. Photo © Robert Silva

The Samsung BD-J7500 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-J7500 is also able to stream audio/video content from the internet, included CinemaNow, Crackle, Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, and more - as well audio/video and still image content network-connected PCs and many smartphones and tablets via Screen Mirroring. For closer look at the BD-J7500, check out this photo profile.

To start off is a look at the player with its included accessories. Starting along the back is the Quick Start Guide, attached power cord, and remote control. Note: The full user manual is available for download.

For a look at the front and rear panels of the BD-J7500, proceed to the next photo

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Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Front and Rear Views

Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Front and Rear Views
Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Front and Rear Views. Photo © Robert Silva

Shown on this page is both a front (top photo) and rear (bottom photo) view of the Samsung BD-J7500.

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

The front of the BD-J7500 consists of a Blu-ray/DVD/CD disc loading slot on the left side, in the center is the LED Status Dispaly, and on the right side, on the top of unit are the on-board controls (disc eject, stop, play/pause, power), and facing front is the USB port (shown uncovered).

Moving down is a look at the rear connection panel of the BD-J7500, which provides several connection options that are shown in larger close-up, with explanations, in the next photo.

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Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Rear Panel Connections

Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Rear Panel Connections
Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Rear Panel Connections. Photo © Robert Silva

As promised in the previous photo, this page features a close-up view of the rear panel connection options provided on the Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player.

Starting on the left is the attached power cord.

Moving right, first, there is a set of 5.1/7.1 analog audio output connections.

These connections allow access to the internal Dolby Digital/Dolby TrueHD and DTS/DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound decoders and multi-channel uncompressed PCM audio output of the BD-J7500. This is useful when you have a home theater receiver that does not have digital optical/coaxial or HDMI audio input access, but can accommodate either 5.1 or 7.1 channel analog audio input signals.

Also, the FR (red) and FL (white) can also be used for two-channel analog audio playback. This is provided not only for those that do not have surround sound capable home theater receivers, but for those that prefer a good quality 2-channel audio output option when playing standard music CDs.

Moving right are 2 HDMI outputs.

The Dual HDMI connections can be used in the following manner:

The HDMI output marked Main (1) allows access to both Audio and Video. This means on TVs with HDMI connections, you only need one cable to pass both audio and video to the TV, or through an HDMI receiver with both HDMI video and audio accessibility. If your TV has a DVI-HDCP input instead of HDMI, you can use an HDMI to DVI Adapter cable to connect the BD-J7500 to the DVI-equipped HDTV, however, DVI only passes 2D video, a second connection for audio is needed.

In addition to the first HDMI connection, there is a 2nd HDMI connection labeled "SUB". This additional HDMI connection is provided for those that may have 3D or 4K TV, but not an HDMI equipped but non-3D or 4K enabled home theater receiver. In other words, if you have a 3D or 4K TV, you can connect the HDMI Main output directly to the TV for video and connect HDMI Sub to a home theater receiver to access Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks.

Moving further to the right past the HDMI outputs is a LAN/Ethernet port. The ethernet port allows connection to a high-speed internet router for access to 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-J7500 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.

Finally, located on the far right, is a Digital Optical audio output. It is best 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.

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-J7500 DOES NOT HAVE Component Video (red, green, blue) or composite video outputs.

Proceed to the next photo for a look at the BD-J7500's Onboard Controls.

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Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Onboard Controls

Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Controls
Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Controls. Photo © Robert Silva -

Shown in this photo is a closer look at the onboard controls provided on the Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc player.

The controls are touch sensitive type. From left to right (in this photo), they are STOP, PLAY/PAUSE, DISC TRAY OPEN/EJECT, and POWER.

For a look at the additional control functions provided with the Samsung BD-J7500, proceed to the next photo, which features the provided remote control

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Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Remote Control

Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Remote Control
Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Remote Control. Photo © Robert Silva

Pictured on this page is a close-up view of the wireless remote control provided for use with the Samsung BD-J7500.

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 are the playback transport controls (Search Backwards, Play, Search Forwards, Skip Backwards, Pause, Skip Forwards, and Stop). The buttons can control disc, digital media, and internet streaming playback.

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

Continuing to move down buttons that access Tools (used for copy or sending files from the BD-J7500 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 button provide access to Search, Audio format, Subtitle, and Full Screen.

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

For a look at some of the onscreen menu functions of the Samsung BD-J7500, proceed to the next series of photos...

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Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - Home Menu

Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Home Menu
Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Home Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

Here is a photo example of the onscreen menu system. The photo shows the Home Screen for the Samsung BD-J7500.

The menu is divided into six 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 Multimedia Menu. This provides access to content from USB (flash drives, camcorders, cameras, smartphones, tablets) and network connected devices.

Continuing to the right is Samsung Apps menu. This menu provides access to both pre-installed internet streaming apps, as well as additional apps that can be downloaded to your personalized App menu.

The Multimedia and Samsung Apps Menus, taken together, are part of the Samsung Smart Hub feature.

Moving down to the bottom left of the screen is the recommended Apps menu.

Moving to the center bottom of the photo, is the access point for the My Apps menu. This will go to a screen that shows all of apps that have been -pre-installed, as well as added by the user.

Continuing to the right on the bottom row is the Screen Mirroring feature, and finally on the far bottom righ of the screen is an acceess icon for the BD-J7500'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-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player Web Browser Example

Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player Web Browser Example
Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player Web Browser Example. Photo © Robert Silva

Another feature of the BD-J7500 is a built-in Web Browser. Shown in the photo above is how a web page looks on a TV screen when accessed via the web browser.

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Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Picture Settings Menu

Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Picture Settings Menu
Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Picture Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

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. 3D-3D setting will always play 3D content in 3D, 3D-2D will only send a 2D signal only to TV, even when playing a 3D source. If you do not have a 3D TV or video projector, the Auto setting would be most appropriate to use.

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

16:9 Original - 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 Full - 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-J7500 to be set automatically, based on the resolution of the disc content.

Resolution: Sets the video output resolution. The options are: 480p, 720p, and 1080i, 1080p and Auto (Includes 4K when playing Blu-ray discs on an Ultra HD TV).

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 important to not 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.

Fit Screen Size: Set the screen to the optimal size for displaying the Smart Hub and Screen Mirroring.

HDMI Color Format: Activates the Deep color feature for compatible content.

HDMI Deep Color: Sets the video output to Deep Color mode.

Progressive Mode: Allows user to set the best option when viewing film-based and video-based material.

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Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Sound Settings Menu

Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Sound Settings Menu
Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The Sound Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

Here is a look at the Sound Settings menu for the BD-J7500.

Speaker Settings: There are two parts to this sub-menu.

1. Speakers connected to a home theater receiver when the BD-J7500 is connect to the home theater receiver via the 5.1/7/1 channel analog audio outputs.

Instead of changing your home theater receiver's speaker setup configuration, this option provides for designation of which speakers are active, the speaker size, and distance. A test tone is also provided to assist in this provide.

2. Speaker setup options when you integrate the BD-J7500 into a compatible Multi-link speaker setup connected via a home network. NOTE: Using Multi-room link functions will disable the player's Screen Mirroring feature.

Digital Output: Sets how the BD-J7500 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 imbedded 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 form 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-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player - The CD-to-USB Ripping Menu

Samsung BD-J7500 CD-to-USB Ripping Menu
Samsung BD-J7500 CD-to-USB Ripping Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

There is one more photo I wanted to present before closing out this visual look at the Samsung BD-J7500 CD-to-USB ripping menu, which is a very practical feature that many may overlook.

The photo above shows the menu and illustrates CD ripping process provided on the BD-J7500.

The process is as follows:

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.

The Ripped music is encoded on the USB drive in the MP3 format at 192kbps.

Final Take

This completes my photo look at the Samsung BD-J7500. As you can see, this Blu-ray Disc player does a lot more that just spin discs.

For additional information and perspective, also read my full Review.

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