For 3D testing, we viewed Monsters Vs Aliens on Samsung’s UE46C8000 LED TV. In terms of quality, it’s hard to say where this deck stands in the grand scheme of things as it’s the first 3D Blu-ray deck we’ve tested. But on face value it certainly appears to do a decent job, making the image look deep and layered without compromising on detail clarity or colour vibrancy, even through the tint of the lenses.
After your eyes have grown accustomed to the effect, you start marvelling at the way characters seem to stand forward from backgrounds, and the exaggerated sense of perspective and distance that you don’t get from 2D pictures.
But as we discovered with the HT-C6930W, 3D playback isn’t always the breathtaking spectacle it’s cracked up to be. This is due largely to ghosting, where the faint outline of an object is visible next to it (most commonly thin dark lines set against light backgrounds), which muddles up the overall 3D effect.
The clearest example of this is the movie’s Golden Gate bridge sequence, where the bridge’s posts and suspension cables look blurred. As a result, you can’t get ‘lost’ in the image as much as the 3D hype-mongers would have you believe. We don’t know how much of this is down to the TV, but either way it’s something that will need sorting if 3D is ever going to take off.
Sonically, we can’t fault the Samsung – soundtracks fed to our test receiver through the HDMI output or the 7.1-channel outputs are clear, expansive and bursting with detail.
Even without its 3D capabilities, the BD-C6900 would be one of the best Blu-ray players on the market. It boasts a phenomenal range of features, the most impressive of which are comprehensive multimedia support and wireless networking, while its 2D picture quality, fast disc loading and slick operating system are also to be applauded. The only issue is the ghosting on 3D playback, but this is sure to be ironed out over time and the extra depth and visual dynamism still inspire enough wonder to make it worth the investment.