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Samsung BD-F6500 - Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips



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Samsung BD-F6500


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Samsung BD-F6500 - Performance

Apart from 4K upscaling, the video processing is identical inside both the BD-F7500 and BD-F6500, with the cheaper player offering exactly the same stunning hi-def picture quality as the step-up model. The first thing that jumps out when watching 2D Blu-ray discs is the intense detail, which results in punchy, forceful images. Areas of fine detail look razor sharp, which is particularly noticeable on facial close-ups where you can see pockmarks in skin and fine hairs. Tricky patterns and textures hold steady, contributing to a beautifully sharp, nuanced picture.Samsung BD-F6500

The picture is also duly cinematic thanks to the wide contrast range, solid blacks and excellent handling of shadow detail. The many murky shots of Gotham City streets and sewers during The Dark Knight Rises, for example, look gloomy and atmospheric and but you can make out everything that’s going on.

The BD-F6500 also renders colours with wonderful sensitivity, lending subtlety and smoothness to tonal blends. But when called for it fires out stronger colours with punch and vibrancy, making the bright comic-book colours of X-Men: First Class really stand out.

Samsung BD-F6500

With 3D material, the BD-F6500 takes things up a notch, retaining all the sharpness and vibrancy of 2D pictures while rendering the ‘layers’ with remarkable composure and clarity. That results in a wholly absorbing, immersive viewing experience – provided your TV keeps up its part of the 3D bargain, that is.

Like the BD-F7500, the F6500 handles the Silicon Optix HQV disc without any major malfunctions. The Video Resolution Loss test pattern is crisp and composed; diagonal edges on the jaggies tests look super smooth; the Film Resolution Loss test pattern strobes slightly but looks otherwise stable; while the camera pan across the football stadium is expertly handled, keeping judder and moiré noise under control. This suggests the BD-F6500 can handle pretty much anything you throw at it.

Samsung BD-F6500

If you have loads of DVDs that you can’t be bothered to replace on Blu-ray, then the BD-F6500’s excellent upscaling means you don’t have to. Don’t expect miracles, but SD images look clean and stable in 1080p, with tight edges, clear detail and deep colours. There’s a significant drop in quality when you watch web video – prevalent mosquito and block noise makes programmes from BBC iPlayer look hazy, but it’s perfectly watchable.

Plumb the player into a decent system and you can get some pleasing sound quality out of it. It’s nicely balanced, easy on the ear and handles rhythms with good timing.

Samsung BD-F6500


If your budget doesn’t stretch to the BD-F7500 – or you simply don’t need 4K upscaling, two HDMIs and analogue audio outputs – then the BD-F6500 is a fine alternative. Apart from the above features and a more basic design it’s essentially the same player at a lower price. That means you get the same generous internet content, slick DLNA streaming, screen mirroring, 3D playback and wide format compatibility, not to mention the superb new operating system that makes navigation a breeze. It’s also quick in operation and loads discs faster than ever, making it an early contender for 2013’s best budget Blu-ray deck.

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Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Performance 9
  • Value 9

Jukka Laurila

April 20, 2013, 3:11 pm

Can you set this player to be region free for DVD? For Blu-ray?


May 4, 2013, 12:14 pm

Going to upgrade my old BD-C6500 blu ray player with is one, having netflix and LOVEFILM with out Xbox Live is a big selling point for me


May 19, 2013, 11:20 pm

Does the webbrowser support Flash ?


July 14, 2013, 1:11 pm

Is the upgrade feature on the internet?


August 3, 2013, 2:46 pm

Does anyone know if the F6500 supports up to 60fps video? It does appear to support 28 Mbps bit rate.

Keiran B

August 7, 2013, 12:58 pm

Bought this a couple of days ago.

Looks nice and shiny.

Plays DVDs...

Unfortunatley that's where the good stuff ends...

Remote's a bit old fashioned, but hell, it's just a remote right...

But, I thought, at least there's some cool apps for it...

Let's get this Smart Hub rolling....

Oh.... It's a bit slow... but no matter...

That looks a bit ugly... Shouldn't it have a nice shiny screen design? Like a swimming pool...

Hang on a minute...

Where's Spotify gone?

Where's TED?

Turns out that it doesn't contain the Smart TV Smart Hub, but a cut down version for blu ray.

Also, unfortunately, the remote is soooooo sloooooowww to use to do anything. Typing something into youtube takes eons because you're having to press left/right 20 times to move between letters...

Liekwise moving between menu items.

The web browser is next to unusable... If you'd ever used the 'Experimental' browser that came on the old kindle you'd know what I'm talking about. Just can't move around the screen since it takes so long to respond to the remote.... And comes preloaded with msn and bing for good measure.

The app (Samsung Smartview) control drops out all the time, so it's difficult to use as a replacement, and doesn't pick up the keyboard controls (which would be the one useful thing about having an app to control the thing..) i.e. it presents you with a keyboard and then when you submit the text you've written it ignores, or just inputs the letter you were previously focussed on... Genius...

Just spent an hour on the phone to Samsung Customer Services and Technical Support.

Technical Support:

"I'm trying to get these apps working and can't seem to find them in the Samsung Apps page on the machine"

"I can't see these apps. Are you sure we support them?"

"Yes. They're on the front page of your Concepts and Services TV Apps page. Front and centre. Spotify and TED"

"What model is that?"


"I can't see those apps. They're not listed on the page."

"They're right in the middle."

"Doesn't say anything about them"

"Are you looking in the right place? Try http://www.samsung.com/uk/t... "

"I'm looking at the page for your player... It says that is supports iplayer and ITV"

"Sure, but those are only the preloaded things. There's only about 5 apps on that page. This comes with 'Smart Hub' so I can download other apps onto it"

"We can only guarantee the apps that come with it"

"Sure, but you also have this wonderful app store where I can get other stuff. That's why it's smart, right? Now, Spotify says it supports Smart TVs F5000-F8000. Why can't I see it?"

"That must be written by a third party."

"Sure. But they write it with your SDK. You approve each app. And you advertise this one on your front page. It's not something written by two kids in a garage that makes lightsabre noises. It's the biggest music streaming service on the planet"

"It's not on the page."

"It's on your services TV apps page. Right there."

"We can't guarantee third party...."

"I know. Ok. But you can tell me if my player should be showing these... So I know it's a fault with the player... right? It says it's supported on models F5000-F8000"

"Those are only available for our Smart TV service"

"But I've got the Smart Hub. I get that a TV listing app isn't going to be much use on a bluray player, so I wouldn't download that, but spotify's useful. As is TED..."

"But you've got a bluray player, not a Smart TV..."

"But it comes with the Smart Hub. It's a Samsung Smart Blu Ray player.. That's why I bought it..."

"It's not a Smart TV..."

"Ok, so you're telling me that the Smart on the Blu Ray is a different product to the one on the TV? Shouldn't you be making that clear in your advertising?"

"I'm just technical support. I don't know about that."

"Can you confirm that it shouldn't work, and it is definitely a different product?"

"Sorry, I don't deal with Third Party Apps"

"But surely the whole point of the Smart service is that you can have apps for it?"

"I don't know about that sir, I'm just technical support"

"Ok, could you put me through to customer services... Maybe they can help with what it's supposed to do?"


"And, as I was saying, I sort of expected that the Smart Hub would mean it had the functionality of the Smart Hub on your Smart TVs, otherwise it's a different product and you'd have told me that in your advertising"

"I don't know about that. I'm not technical"

"Sure, but we're not talking about some chip on the mainboard, or the operating system upgrade. This is sort of what the thing does... It's a product feature... you've been advertising it all over the place..."

"As I said, sir, I'm not technical"

"Don't you work in customer services for a massive technology company?"

"I only do policy. Since there is no fault with your unit, we can't do anything under warranty. And as per the Sales of Goods Act any other issue you'd need to take it up with your retailer."

"Ok. Technical Support can't help me with product features as they're just technical. You can't help me with product features as you're not technical. Could you transfer me to someone who can help?"

"You've already reached the highest point of escalation.."

"........ ..... You're the highest point of escalation!? OK... Good... Thanks for your time..."

Absolutely hopeless...

The worry, as discovered in the past with Samsung Products... (actually, Sony are pretty good at this too), is that since this isn't the 'real' smart hub, it will soon be unsupported at whcih point you've got a nice shiny piece of junk under your TV.

If you want my advice. I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole...

My friend has the LG-BP730 which me and some mates bought him for his birthday... Knocks the spots off this... And now I'm stuck with it... (justifying two Smart BluRay players to the Mrs is unlikely to go down well)


September 11, 2013, 12:00 pm

I don't know about this exact model but I have last year's model (BD-e5500) and it will play MKVs over dlna if you rename them .mp4 (go figure)


September 25, 2013, 5:09 pm

Why the backplane picture shows coax output even if it has optical?

Oscar Grouch

October 16, 2013, 10:37 pm

You have more time on your hands than sense..


October 20, 2013, 12:04 pm

If you have a problem with advertising, tell the Advertising Standards Authority. You won't get your money back though. If you need a refund, go to the Citizens Advice Bureau and Small Claims Court


December 28, 2013, 9:14 pm

Anybody wanting to use Youtube or any web application on a DVD player must be pretty desperate. You know, there are PC's with keyboards and a mouse around ;-)
What's more, I guess those browsers don't have any form of adblock. I'm allergic to ads, my religion forbids me to watch ads and they annoy me terribly. I never see ads on Youtube or Facebook under Firefox on my PC, so why should I fiddle with a remote on TV?
Does it play Blueray 3D or not? Like my dad always said: the proper tool for the proper job.


January 20, 2014, 7:08 am

Is it a multizone player?

Vernon Cholerton

January 20, 2014, 3:07 pm

No at this time it is with a Samsung repair centre for new parts to be fitted.Not bad since it was brand new at Christmas 2013 !!! Why Samsung didn't swap it for a new one don't know but will be reluctant to buy Samsung in the future !!!

Vernon Cholerton

January 27, 2014, 10:00 am

further to my original comments player now back from Samsung repair centre working perfectly.I am now.very happy.


January 29, 2014, 4:14 pm

If you stream films to the player will it upscale them?

Rene Z

May 3, 2014, 2:50 pm

Today bought and ...brought back BD-F6500. First, advantages: fast, Blu-Ray quality, simple, convenient remote control. Cons: very, very bad sound quality is inconsistent with the view music videos; boom! in the movie, well, the dialogues bad; bad quality of upscaling DVD, mediocre quality when viewing a photo, noisy operation of the drive.


June 8, 2014, 8:50 pm

Not sure why you say this doesn't upscale to 4k when it very much does !

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