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Samsung BD-D6900 review

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

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The BD-D6900 isn't for everyone, particularly those on a tight budget or those who want more flexible recording options, but if you want to consolidate digital TV and Blu-ray into one box and save space in your AV cabinet then the BD-D6900 is a terrific way to do it.

The amount of features on board is hugely generous, plus the external design and on-screen menus are gorgeous to look at. On the downside it's a little sluggish to respond in places, and Smart Hub could do with a couple more catch-up TV services, but that aside the BD-D6900 really is among the best Blu-ray products on the market.

We liked

The feature list is outstanding, covering all of latest techno-tricks like media streaming and 3D playback, and its picture performance with 2D and 3D material is stunning. The external design is dreamy, the touch-sensitive control panel is genius and we love the improvements to the onscreen GUI, particularly the terrific new Smart Hub system.

We disliked

The single tuner means you'll need a separate Freeview tuner in your TV if you're going to take advantage of the USB recording feature – if recording flexibility is an issue you should step up to the twin-tuner BD-D8500 or invest in a separate Blu-ray deck and PVR.

And although there's plenty of content on Smart Hub, it could do with a couple more catch-up TV services, although they'll probably be added in due course. Also, elements of the operating system are a tad sluggish and the price will be prohibitive for some.

Verdict

The BD-D6900 is a fantastic fusion of Blu-ray and Freeview HD technology that may not satisfy everyone's needs but certainly won't leave buyers feeling short-changed thanks to its all-encompassing feature list, terrific pictures and alluring looks.

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