Samsung has always been one of the leading creators when it comes to designing innovative and unique Blu-Ray Players. The highly stylized BD-D7500 player is no exception. Listed at just 28 mm (less than an inch) thick, it claims to be the worlds slimmest player on the market. But like all Samsung players, it does not depend on looks alone; it has all the latest hi-tech advances such as 3D capability, 2D to 3D conversion, Wi-Fi, DLNA and much more. Not to mention a higher price tag than most Blu-ray Disc Players.
Most of this extra cost can be found in the styling of the BD-D7500. It does pose an attractive silhouette with its Samsung’s 3S design concept (slim, symmetrical and slot in). The player itself is coated with an aluminum finish giving it a hi-tech feel and can be mounted to a wall or fitted onto a semi vertical stand. Because of the design and the fact the disc loading tray is located on the right side of the player, the BD-D7500 is not well suited to being placed into a cabinet. Besides, with its touch senor controls and integrated blue lighting effect the BD-D7500 will be a stand out in anyone’s home theater and therefore needs to be placed where it can be noticed.
VIDEO QUALITY: Picture quality on the BD-D7500 player is extremely good, for both 3D images and stand 2D blu-ray images. Images are brought to the screen in a brilliantly displayed of vivid and crystal clear quality. Disc loading speeds are fast and the BD-D7500 will up-convert your old DVDs to near HD levels. The up-conversion of DVDs has greatly improved over past Samsung players, but it is still not as good as some of the higher-end players or even Sony’s PlayStation 3. The player can even take standard 2D images and convert them to 3D. However, the quality of these images will vary greatly, depending on the source material.
AUDIO QUALITY: The BD-D7500 is capable of Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS, DTS-HD HRA and DTS-HD Master Audio with support for 7.1 channels via the HDMI output. Delivering you with sharp, crisps surround sounds perfect for any type of movie you are watching.
Because of the slim design of the BD-D7500, there are not many connectivity options. There is the HDMI Output, two channel Audio Output, an Optical Digital Audio Output and one USB 2.0 port located on the left side. However, when connecting to the internet it does provide us with a wireless connection option. Easily making available Samsung’s Smart Hub and access to DLNA devices. It also supports Samsung’s “one foot connection”. This allows the BD-D7500 player to connect to your router by placing it within one foot during the setup. Once connected you can take the player anywhere.
Samsung’s Smart Hub will transform your television into a web-enabled device which allows you to watch movies, TV shows, listen to music, view pictures and much more. It has over 200 apps to choose from including Hulu Plus, Netflix, Blockbuster, YouTube, Pandora, Twitter and Facebook. It has a unique search feature for you to find videos and files, as well as access connected DLNA devices like your computer. With this AllShare feature you can view movies, videos, pictures or listen to music found on your computer. It also has a Your Video recommendation feature which suggest movies you might want to watch based on your streaming habits.
Other useful features include an enhanced graphic user interface and USB play back of multimedia files like WMA, AVI, MP3, JPEG, DivX HD, MKV and MP4. Unlike many players, the BD-D7500 has 1 GB of local storage for downloading any BD-Live content locate on certain Blu-ray discs. So there is no need for using an external USB flash drive, unless you want more storage space.
THE PROS: Samsung’s 2011 Flagship model, the BD-D7500, has a very unique and eye-catching design. Clamming to be the World’s slimmest Blu-Ray Player as well as being wall-mountable. Other great features include excellent HD images and sound, 3D support, built-in Wi-Fi, DLNA capability, Ultra Fast Play, USB Playback, 1 GB of local storage and access to online streaming media and social networking through Samsungs’s new Smart TV with Web-Connected Apps (Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, Blockbuster, and Twitter). Samsung has also included innovative features such as video recommendations and One Foot Connection.
THE CONS: The unique design and high cost of the BD-D7500 may not appeal to everyone. The BD-D6700 and BD-D6500, offer similar features, but are $50.00 – $100.00 cheaper. The BD-D7500 only has one HDMI Output, while the cheaper BD-D6700 has two. The player is lacking 7.1-ch analog outputs.
THE FINAL WORD: Overall the Samsung BD-D7500 is an excellent Blu-Ray Player. But the high price tag may put some consumers off. But those looking to add a bit of style and flare to their Home Entertainment theater, there is probably no better choice than the BD-D7500. And it does not rely on looks only, Samsung has packed many great blu-ray features into this tiny package – 3D support, DLNA capability, built-in Wi-Fi, on-board storage and Smart TV with Web-Connected Apps. Which allows you to do everything from viewing movies and TV shows to Social Networking and even online shopping. If you are willing to pay extra for the unique style (most retailers are selling it for around $300.00), you will end up with a great player that should meet all your high-definition requirements. – Price you should look for when purchasing – Under $350.00 … Please view a detailed list of the 2011 Blu-ray Players: A List of 2011 Blu-ray Players. I would also like to offer a FREE BLU-RAY PLAYERS BUYING GUIDE