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Samsung BD-D7500 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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Samsung_BD-D7500_3D_Blu-ray_player_review.jpgThe BD-D7500 is the new top-shelf player in Samsung's 2011 Blu-ray lineup. We have not performed a hands-on review of the BD-D7500, but here is an overview of its features. This player supports 3D playback and 2D-to-3D conversion, and it offers Samsung's new Smart Hub interface, which includes video-on-demand services, access to the Samsung Apps store, AllShare/DLNA media streaming, and a Search All function that makes it easier to find content across all connected devices. Netflix, Blockbuster, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, Facebook, and Twitter are among the many available or included apps. The BD-D7500 features built-in 802.11n for a wireless network connection, and it offers Samsung's new One-Foot Connection: If you use the player in conjunction with Samsung's CY-SWR1100 dual-N band wireless router, you can add the player to the wireless network by simply placing the products within one foot of each other during setup. The BD-D7500 has a more stylish form factor than the lower-priced models in Samsung's line--with a wall-mountable design, a brushed-metal finish, a 0.9-inch height, and a 2.2-pound weight.

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The BD-D7500's connection panel offers a single HDMI output, an A/V mini-jack output (with a supplied breakout cable for composite video and stereo analog audio), and an optical digital audio output. It lacks the dual HDMI outputs offered on last year's top-shelf BD-C6900, which is handy if you own an older A/V receiver that cannot pass 3D video. It also lacks multichannel analog audio outputs. The BD-D7500 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it passes these high-resolution audio formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. Samsung has added a new feature called BD-Wise that allows the player to output a disc at its native resolution and frame rate when connected via HDMI to a compatible BD-Wise Samsung TV. This is desirable if you'd prefer to let the TV handle the upconversion and frame-rate conversion. The setup menu includes the ability to choose between three preset picture modes or go with a user mode in which you can adjust sharpness and noise reduction. When you engage 2D-to-3D conversion, you can adjust the depth of the 3D image.

The BD-D7500 supports playback of BD, DVD, CD audio, AVCHD, Divx HD, MKV, MP4, WMA, MP3, and JPEG. You can add the player to your home network using either an Ethernet port or the internal 802.11n wireless module. The BD-D7500 has 1GB of internal memory to store BD-Live content, and a USB port is provided for additional storage. This USB port also supports music, photo, and movie playback. The player lacks advanced control ports, such as RS-232 or IR.

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