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Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray Player review




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Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray Player
  • Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray Player
  • Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray Player
  • Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray Player
  • Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray Player
  • Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray Player
  • Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray Player
  • BD-P4600 BD Player (BD-RE, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-RW - BD Video, DVD Video, VC-1, MPEG-2, JPEG HD, MP3, DivX, AVI, DivX HD, AVCHD, JPEG Playback - Progressive Scan)


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January's CES demonstrated that 2009 will be the year when Blu-ray finally fulfils its potential thanks to a new wave of players equipped with all sorts of exciting innovations. For starters, most of the players coming out this year are BD Live enabled, leaving behind the annoying Profiles nonsense that has blighted the format's take-up since day one. Furthermore, companies like LG have taken web connectivity one stage further by incorporating video-on-demand access, as we witnessed recently with the marvellous BD370.

Another company pushing the envelope this year is Samsung, which storms back onto the scene with two new standalone BD Live players, the BD-P3600 and BD-P4600. We've got our hands on the latter, which has the distinction of being the world's first wall-mountable Blu-ray player. But while the ability to wall mount the BD-P4600 is the obvious headline grabber, from a technological perspective it boasts some arguably more significant developments, which we'll discuss in due course.

The BD-P4600's wall mountability is reflected in its rulebook-rewriting design, which makes it the most jaw-dropping hi-def deck around. With its slim 1.5in profile, elegantly curved bodywork and piano black finish infused with charcoal grey highlights and translucent edges, the BD-P4600 is beautifully unique and will no doubt draw looks of pure envy from anyone who claps eyes on it.

On the deck's front panel is a row of touch-sensitive buttons, which ups the wow factor even further, and a small display panel that shows the elapsed time. Build quality is a bit plasticky but we'll cut Samsung some slack given that lightness is a virtue on a wall-mountable player.

The necessary brackets are supplied in the box, but if you don't fancy wall mounting then you'll also find a screw-on stand that props the player up at a 25 degree angle, which looks equally stylish.

Flip the player over and you'll find a limited array of sockets, which is hardly surprising given the lack of space on the back. There's an HDMI output, an Ethernet port, an optical digital audio output and composite video/stereo audio outputs, but there are no multichannel analogue outputs or component video outputs.


March 15, 2009, 4:23 am

I think I prefer the more conventional looking BD-P3600 - any idea when it's being released?


March 15, 2009, 4:33 am

Dear God! Glossy black had made its way to the Blu-Ray player! What's next? Glossy black remotes? Oh wai-


March 15, 2009, 2:14 pm

Nearly a year after the 'industry' or sorry should that be the 'consumer', killed of HD-DVD we are still only now seeing BluRay players released that meet the finalised BluRay specifications !!

Toby 1

March 15, 2009, 2:15 pm

Any word on whether the red version will be coming to UK? Would look spot on with my A656 TV


March 15, 2009, 3:04 pm

@thats why I always preferred HD DVD still glad I haven't bought into any format yet. BTW there is CH DVD still to watch out for since that is backed by the Chinese govt. so once that gets going (later this year) who knows.


March 15, 2009, 4:03 pm

@ Andrew. I think I have an idea how that might go. Since Blu-Ray is now the considered standard in the rest of the world it's rather late for something else to come to the party, especially now a lot of people have already bought into Blu-Ray.

Besides, since when has anything supported solely by the Chinese government ever become mainstream in the rest of the world? They don't even have manufacturer support. (I suspect this comment would make TR outlawed and/or censored in China, so publish at your peril!)

Also FYI it's now formally known as CBHD, for some reason.


March 15, 2009, 5:19 pm

@smc8788 warner bros are officially supporting CH DVD (CBHD is its first original name from 2007) as from feb 09 and samsung are going to be producing dual blu ray CH DVD decks from 2010, potentially worlwide as CH DVD is so much cheaper. The problem with blu ray at the moment is the still crazy high royalty fees manufactures have to pay. For CH DVD the royalty fees and next to non exsistent.


March 15, 2009, 10:28 pm

Beautiful. Want one - even before I started reading the review, when I saw that awesome scanner lid-like photo.

But I can see why it's a 9/10. We all know the optimal load time for Spider-Man 3 is



March 17, 2009, 12:05 am

I'm not normally a Samsung fan and won't be buying one of these.

However, this a sterling effort to break the boxy disc spinners we've had so far and at a sensible price - so "Bravo Samsung" !!

Matthew Bunton

March 17, 2009, 11:56 pm

Samsung do make some fine looking AV gear.


March 26, 2009, 2:00 am

BD-P3600 mass production for EU market w13, BD-P4600 w14.

BD-P4600 EU only charcoal gray finishing, Korean HQ marketing decision

Owen Hamilton

January 22, 2010, 1:54 pm

Just a quick correction to the review, I have just bought one of these and it does have youtube access on it.

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