Samsung BD-D6900 review

3D Blu-ray playback and Freeview HD bundled up in a single, stylish box

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Using Iron Man 2 as a test disc, the Samsung BD-D6900 delivers excellent 2D picture quality.

The image boasts almost clinical levels of detail sharpness and bright, punchy colours that make the Iron Man suit look richer and redder than ever before.

Skin tones also look natural, but it's the subtle shading and delicate detail within those tones that really make them believable. Edge definition is razor sharp, with no stepping or ugly pixel noise to cloud the clarity, and with 1080/24p output engaged there's precious little judder as Iron Man and other fast-moving objects jet around the screen.

It also fares well with trickier video evaluation Blu-ray discs such as Silicon Optix's HQV – the diagonal filter test, which shows a white bar moving within a circle against a black background, shows no evidence of 'stepping' along its edges, while the Video Resolution Loss test card is smooth and stable.

Only the Film Resolution Loss test gives any cause for concern – the strobing boxes reveal the deck has trouble converting video from 1080i back to 1080/24p, but that's of no consequence if you mostly watch movies.

Flipping over to the 3D Blu-ray version of Avatar – viewed on the awesome Panasonic TX-P46VT20 plasma – the BD-D6900 is equally assured when handling 3D material. Essentially the player is just passing on the pixels to the TV digitally, but it does so without any flaws at all.

The resulting pictures are absolutely spellbinding, particularly during the 'First Sortie' chapter when the camera glides past flying creatures and scenery. The various layers are depicted with amazing depth, sharpness and fluidity, making the whole 3D experience incredibly believable.

Then as the helicopter touches down in the forest, the way the image stretches from the flapping ferns in the foreground to the background glimpsed through gaps in the trees is mesmerising.

And the 2D to 3D conversion is better than you might expect. It works better with some material than others – digital TV doesn't scrub up well in three dimensions – but with Iron Man 2 you can certainly make out the different layers being added by the player, adding a distinct element of depth to the image.

It's by no means as good as real 3D and the processing introduces a slightly gauzy effect, but on the whole it's not a bad effort. And with the 2D version of Avatar the results are almost as good as the real thing, thanks to its clearer 3D cues that are easier for the player to pick up.

Digital TV pictures are as good as you'd expect – bold and brightly-coloured but beset by the usual shimmering and edge noise that few receivers manage to side-step. It's at its best with Freeview HD channels such as BBC One HD – flagship shows like Eastenders, Human Planet and Holby City look stunning, melding punchy detail with rich, natural colours that benefit from smooth tonal gradation.

Standard def channels look scruffier, with greater levels of block and mosquito noise, but remain perfectly watchable, and when recorded onto USB memory picture quality is identical.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
HDMIYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, DTS
Number of Discs1
Brand NameSamsung
Audio FormatsMP3, AAC, WMA, CD-DA
Features1080p Upscaling, BD Live, Bonus View, Screen Saver
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, DivX HD, MKV, MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, MPEG-2, WMV, H.264, MPEG-1, WMV2, WMV3, WMV7
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Green CompliantYes
Height33 mm
Width430 mm
Depth256 mm
ColourSilver
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelBD-D6900
Product NameBD-D6900 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
Manufacturer Part NumberBD-D6900M/XU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung is unleashing the smarter side of home entertainment with the D6900 Blu-ray Player. Harnessing the very latest technologies and applications, like Smart Hub and Samsung Apps, it delivers an experience that is truly remarkable. Smart Hub, which includes access to Your Video, Search All and Samsung's Apps Store, allows your world on online content to co-exist in one easy platform. From social networking and web browsing to the latest TV apps, it all comes together seamlessly for smarter living.

Package Contents
  • BD-D6900 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x "AAA" Batteries for Remote Control
  • A/V (RCA) Cable
  • RF Cable for TV
  • User Manual
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)2 kg