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Samsung's BD-C6500 Blu-ray player packs features

CNET reviews the Samsung BD-C6500, finding it has excellent image quality, outstanding features for the price, and a slick design--we just wish it were a little faster.

Samsung BD-C6500
Samsung BD-C6500

Now that Wi-Fi and extensive support for streaming media services such as Netflix has become commonplace on midrange Blu-ray players, manufacturers have struggled to find ways to stand out from the pack. Samsung's differentiating feature on the BD-C6500's is Samsung Apps, the company's expandable platform for streaming media and other Internet services like Twitter. While it may not achieve the same popularity as Apple's App Store, the platform is already well-stocked with names like Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, and YouTube.

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Aside from Samsung Apps, the BD-C6500 is also one of the few players to also keep 7.1 analog audio outputs, which is a bonus for anyone with an older non-HDMI AV receiver. On the downside, the BD-C6500 operational speed was in the lowest tier of players we've tested this year, coming in even slightly behind the Vizio VBR200W.

We'd also keep our eye on the BD-C6500's user reviews, as last year's Samsung players seemed to have reliability issues, although we didn't experience any issues during our test period. The Samsung BD-C6500 wouldn't be our first choice for speedy playback, but it's the most feature-packed non-3D player we've tested at this price level.

Read the full review of the Samsung BD-C6500.