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Samsung Blu-ray players: thin, 3D, WiFi connectivity, more

updated 07:10 pm EST, Wed January 6, 2010

Players, home theater feature apps, internet

Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its 2010 lineup of four Blu-ray players along with new Blu-ray Home Theater systems. The flagship Blu-Ray player includes the BD-C6900 that features built-in 3D playback and supports the new 3D Blu-ray standard, while the BD-C7500 offers what Samsung claims is the slimmest Blu-ray player in a new "nature-inspired" contemporary form factor; the BD-C6500 combines performance and speed along with affordability and the entry-level BD-C5500 delivers an eco design. All of its players support Internet@TV, providing access to a wide range of online content.

The ultraslim BD-C7500 weighs is a mere 1.1 inches and has a "nature-inspired" wood design coated with jewel-like gloss that is designed to be wall-mounted, placed on a 25-degree angle stand or placed flat. According to the company, the BD-C7500 features improved disc load and boot up times, while the 1080p playback reproduces movie images at 24 fps without need for up-conversion.

The BD-C6900 boasts support for 3D content and enhanced with multi-channel HD surround sound; it is compatible with the company's new line-up of 3D HDTVs and recently ratified 3D Blu-ray standard. The BD-C6900 features a slim design and a transparent cover that allows the consumer to see the disk spin as it plays.

The step-up BD-C6500 offers fast 15-second disc load and 15-second boot-up time as well as features enhanced Blu-ray disc playback using Samsung's Adaptive Servo Technology (AST). All of this is packaged in a slim and sleek design. The entry-level BD-C5500 has improved energy efficiency by using new technologies such as loader duty control, low voltage spindle motor, and analog video detect -- all of which contribute to a reduced power consumption of 13W during disc playback and just 0.1W in stand-by mode. The company also claimed that the players are all compliant to the more stringent EnergyStar 4.0 guidelines and said that all models from the step-up BD-C6500 and above include built-in Wi-Fi support and an expanded selection of content and applications. Finally, the affordable BD-C5500 is Wi-Fi ready -- through a separate purchase of Wi-Fi USB dongle -- and allows consumers to surf the content of DLNA devices or Internet@TV.

New Blu-ray Home Theater Systems

Samsung also unveiled its next-generation Blu-ray Home Theater Systems that feature new amplifier, DLNA connectivity and BD Live Profile 2.0 support: the HT-C6730W, the HT-C7530W and the HT-C6500. All three models introduce a new retro, no-grill speaker design and Samsung's newly-introduced immersive Crystal Amplifier Pro technology, which it says ensures accurate sound reproduction and minimal noise interference. Samsung's new Home Theater systems now have access to the same upgraded Internet@TV service, featuring Samsung Apps -- its new service that provides an expanded selection of content and applications from content and service providers, such as Accedo Broadband,, The Associated Press, Blockbuster, Fashion TV, Netflix, Picasa, Pandora, Rovi, Travel Channel, Twitter, USA TODAY, and Vudu. In addition, the HT-C6730W and HT-C6500 will have built-in WiFi connectivity while the HT-C7530W will support Wi-Fi through the included wireless dongle. Each of the new models feature Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) connectivity for sharing content with other electronic devices on the network..

The flagship 1330-watt HT-C6730W, designed for the ultimate home theater aficionado, offers 7.1-channel surround sound using a new built-in digital signal processor (DSP) that allows for more realistic vertical 3D surround sound experience. It also supports 1080p video playback (for both Blu-ray discs and standard DVDs), Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio high-definition audio formats. The system includes eight speakers; a wide center channel speaker, a large subwoofer, two tower speakers and four surround speakers, including wireless rear satellite speakers. It is available in a dark black, high gloss finish.

Meanwhile, the 5.1-channel Samsung HT-C7530W offers a "nature-inspired" Touch of Color (ToC) design with a wood-grain texture; it is encased in a "luxurious" translucent material, according to the company. It includes two tall satellite speakers, 2 wireless rear speakers, a center unit and an active subwoofer. The entry-level, but compact 1000-watt HT-C6500 is designed for smaller spaces and also features built-in Wi-Fi, 1GB of built-in storage, 5.1 channel surround sound and advanced auto sound calibration in a compact form factor.

Samsung BD-C7500

Samsung BD-C6900

Samsung 5.1-channel Samsung HT-C7530W

Samsung 1330-watt HT-C6730W

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